Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR
461510023171Abs pump running when not needed. *nj10/31/2007
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - CALIPER
010523006A06/01/2001010523006623403This bulletin is being issued to revise the fastener requirements for the front and rear brake caliper bracket replacement procedures in the disc-brake sub-section of brakes in the appropriate service manual. *tt10/29/2001

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - ANTILOCK
08/13/2003104/28/2002
 Failure of brakes and abs system on my 1998 buick century. i have been involved in a accident due to this. i had this problem with the car when i first purchased it and i had it worked on. but yet it happened again, due to the brakes failing and now i was involved in an accident. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - ANTILOCK - CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
08/13/2003104/28/2002
 Failure of brakes and abs system on my 1998 buick century. i have been involved in a accident due to this. i had this problem with the car when i first purchased it and i had it worked on. but yet it happened again, due to the brakes failing and now i was involved in an accident. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
06/17/201183000
 Tl. the contact owns a 1998 buick century. the contact stated the anti-lock and brake are on indicating a brake malfunction. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic stated the abs motor pack needs to be replaced. the contact stated the vehicle has brakes but not anti-lock brake but does not feel safe driving the vehicle. the contact has not called the manufacturer. the failure mileage was 83,000. jo
06/17/201183000
 Tl. the contact owns a 1998 buick century. the contact stated the anti-lock and brake are on indicating a brake malfunction. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic stated the abs motor pack needs to be replaced. the contact stated the vehicle has brakes but not anti-lock brake but does not feel safe driving the vehicle. the contact has not called the manufacturer. the failure mileage was 83,000. jo
06/17/201183000
 Tl. the contact owns a 1998 buick century. the contact stated the anti-lock and brake are on indicating a brake malfunction. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic stated the abs motor pack needs to be replaced. the contact stated the vehicle has brakes but not anti-lock brake but does not feel safe driving the vehicle. the contact has not called the manufacturer. the failure mileage was 83,000. jo
06/17/201183000
 Tl. the contact owns a 1998 buick century. the contact stated the anti-lock and brake are on indicating a brake malfunction. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic stated the abs motor pack needs to be replaced. the contact stated the vehicle has brakes but not anti-lock brake but does not feel safe driving the vehicle. the contact has not called the manufacturer. the failure mileage was 83,000. jo
05/23/200520000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1998 buick century. while driving in rainy weather approximately 10 mph he had to apply the brakes several times before they would function properly. the vehicle has not been diagnosed by a dealer or a local mechanic. the approximate failure mileage was 20,000. the current mileage was 30,000.
02/15/20101840001
 My brakes stopped working because all the fluid suddenly drained out of the system and it is reported to me by a dealer that this is due to corrosion of the brake lines on my 1998 buick century. i am told that the brake lines need to be replaced and that makes sense to me, however, it would seem that this may be a safety problem beyond my car. why would buick use materials in a brake line that would corrode so badly that it would fail in only 11 years when the car could easily last much longer than that? i now have my car in my garage with no brakes. i will be looking for someone to repair my brake lines but thought that if this is not unique to my car someone would like to review their condition before i have the car repaired. thank you *tr
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
12/27/20061
 The paint on my car keeps chipping off and the brakes have been replaced three times. *tr
08/04/200654400208/08/1998
 Abs system on my 1998 buick century custom failed while i was driving on local street at about 40 mph. failure caused handling issues. buick dealer inspected the vehicle and said the abs motor power pack and the modulator have gone bad. according to the internet, it's a common problem for this vehicle. *nm
09/02/2002
 Cable to brakes are not working properly. please provide further information.ak
01/03/2002
 When starting vehicle abs and brake light stay on. took vehicle to dealer, and dealer indicated needed abs module. *ak
07/26/2001111/18/1999
 Abs motor pack failed, causing abs failure to the . vehicle taken to dealer shop for repairs. owner have part available for analysis.*ak *slc
04/01/2001
 Abs light is coming on and staying on. operation of brakes is not affected. dealership diagnostic states that the ebcm computer chip had stopped operating. please provide any additional information/attachments.*ak
09/23/1998209/01/1998
 Power steering mechanism moans, graons, and shudders, steering wheel hard to turn and fluid levels drop. according to their service manager, the power steering pump system has a factory defect. engineers have been trying five years to resolve, they cannot fix problem. brake system has abnormal wear for age of car, rotors have been turned and ground twice in 18 months. front-end components have broken namely rocker arm assembly in first 100 miles and remained broke for 28,000 miles. nuts and bolts have fallen out of the front end suspense system. (tiresize: p205/70r15) (tiresize: p205/70r15)( dot number: tire size: p205/70r15 )
09/13/20001
 Anti lock brake system failed. *slc
06/15/1999
 Brakes are squeaking when driving down the street at approx 20 mph even when not applying the brakes. *ak
06/12/1998
 While driving at 40 mph applied brakes and the vehicle was shaking. *ak
110/03/1997
 Anti lock brakes make noise continually.
06/17/1998
 When starting vehicle the noise is coming from the dash. when foot is on the brake. *ak
10/24/1997110/24/1997
 Brakes pulsate.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK - ABS WARNING LIGHT
09/01/20026000010008/11/2000
 Tl*the contact owns a 1998 buick century. while driving 45 mph, the antilock brake light illuminated when the brake was depressed. the dealer stated that a module needed to be replaced. the contact was unsure what type of module the dealer wanted to replace. the dealer did not make the repair. the current mileage is 104,000 and failure mileage was 60,000.
11/05/200237000104/15/1999
 Abs light and brake light illiminate at vehicle stared up, dealer stated that many of these buicks have abs failure but no recall has been issued. this system failed at 37000 miles. my son's same model vehicle failed at 49000 miles.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK - CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
11/29/200477951104/01/2004
 The consumer was told she could not drive the vehicle because the abs light and the brake light illuminated. the mechanic stated it was the motor pack which had something to do with the abs. the consumer heard a chain clicking noise when the lights illuminated. *ak *sc
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
 Consumer states of having the abs system light is on and off. dealer was contacted. ts
07/01/1998310/03/1997
 Brakes overheat on occasions.
09/03/199808/20/1998
 While on an incline position at a light or stop sign and brakes applied, when releasing the brake pedal, the vehicle will roll back, almost causing an accident. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM - SHOES/LININGS
201/21/1998
 Brake shoes squeak in am sometimes in the evening, took it two times to the inspector they said it was account of asbestos in brake shoes. *et
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM - WHEEL CYLINDERS
07/06/200328331105/30/1998
 Consumer stated that while driving and without warning, brake fluid leaked from the rear wheel cylinder. dealer notified. *ak the consumer felt that gm parts were of poor quality, as he owned a buick before, that had a number of problems at low mileage. the service dealer told the consumer that the hot climate caused the rubber inside of the wheel cylinders to crack. *scc *jb
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
08/30/2007107000103/01/2005
 Tl*the contact owns a 1998 buick century. while approaching a stop sign at approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when depressed. she drove the vehicle to the dealer and they informed her that all the brake lines had rusted and needed to be replaced. the dealer is currently replacing all of the parts. the current and failure mileages were 107,000.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - PEDALS AND LINKAGES
03/03/1998
 Seat belts difficult to engage, brake pedal makes loud noise when brakes are applied.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST
08/31/200457972103/01/1998
 When depressing the brakes brake pedal would get hard, and consumer was able to hear air noise in the brake line. vehicle was taken to a repair shop. mechanic replaced the brake power booster. dealer was notified, and informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under a recall due to vin. *ak *tc