Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
STEERING
03023600208/01/200310012577Revised steering wheel position sensor or steering shaft lower bearing replacement procedure and steering wheel position sensor centering procedure. *eh03/07/2005
010235009A08/01/2003001023500910004353Steering column to instrument panel fastener removal. *tt12/03/2003
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST - HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
19120012/19/2000617796This message addresses concerns of power steering hose leaks. *tt03/27/2001
STEERING - LINKAGES - TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
03023204911/01/200310004765Release of new outer tie rod ends for service. *tt01/06/2004

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
STEERING
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/09/200965000
 On my 2001 lesabre limited, the dashpad came pulled loose and started bunching up in front of the steering wheel. gm is not doing anything about it. if it causes airbag deploy or a sudden block of the driver's view, a serious accident may follow. ,
08/14/200182762101/24/2001
 2001 buick lesabre experienced the following problems: cruise control would not set, automatic transmission had no reverse ability, water leaking from the coolant pump, ses light illuminated, left rear brake light.***no answer required*** *mr there was a whistling sound coming from around the window area due to a revealing molding piece, the steering felt funny and was noisy when turning, there was also a clunk in the steering, there was excessive play in the right and left tie rod end, the left rear brake light was out, the right rear center bulb was out, the original battery had leaked acid causing a hole in floor under the back seat, the light switch stuck in the on position, and the right front marker light out. the power steering pump was replaced. *sc *jb
02/19/20012602/19/2001
 The rear rotors were hanging up, make noise, pulsate, and the front end of the vehicle vibrates. *ak the consumer states that the front end vibrates, the door assembly is misaligned, sticks out, and noisy, the tire was changed but failed balance and theres a vibration, the engine stumbles/stalls, the interior cloth by the top of the windshield is loose-3 times, can hear a moan coming from the windshield, the onstar antenna fell apart, the torsion rod vibrates, the steering shudders at slow speeds and on turns and the hose/bulletin # 99-02-32-007a, power steering, and hydraulics have been replaced-8 times, the a/c blows hot air/bulletin #990139-004a, and the vehicle pops/bangs when going over bumps and making turns, theres a rattle noise from under vehicle/possible exhaust or air pump-cause: intermediate exhaust pipe rattling (internal) front exhaust manifold to oxidation catalytic converter-replaced, wheel alignment (pulls to the left), there was a rattle noise from the left side of the pillar molding/removed the a-pillar trim and insulated/align/against upper dash, and getting poor fuel economy/idle air control-reppaced. *scc
109/30/2000
 While handling vehicle at speeds of 70 mph, vehicle will not track in windy conditions properly, and drifts from side to side. also, it is difficult to maintain control dealer has repaired vehicle 5 times; however, they were not able to correct problem.*ak consumer states steering needs constant correction to avoid driftin in windy conditions and heavy traffic. *slc
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST - HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
1102/19/2002
 While making a sudden stop, consumer noticed driver's seat moved forward while turning corners. consumer heard a popping noise, seat moving side to side. dealer has been contacted.*ak the automatic transmission has a harsh down shift when merging on to a freeway or goind up a hill. shifts down to lower gear. the solenoid was replaced and the powertrain control module was updated but did not correct the harsh engagement. once in a while the harsh engagement happens when going from drive to reverse. the transmission fluid was flushed due to sediment. the rear brakes still moan and are squeaky at low speeds. they were hosed off to remove the excess brake dust form the rotors. the brakes pulsate when braking hard on freeways or city streets. the steering labors engine when turning a corner or backing up. the power steering hydraulic hoses were replaced. *jg
STEERING - HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
12/26/2007103/19/2001
 Steering was increasingly difficult over a number of months. buick dealership checked and found the power steering unit was leaking. power steering unit was replaced at cost of $869. *tr
11/27/20061006/18/2001
 Tl*the contact owns a 2001 buick lesabre. the contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle's acceleration decreased. the vehicle was able to regain normal acceleration several moments after the accelerator pedal had been depressed. the vehicle stalled and backfired while in motion. the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. the contact stated that the power steering had been replaced.*ak
1102/19/2002
 While making a sudden stop, consumer noticed driver's seat moved forward while turning corners. consumer heard a popping noise, seat moving side to side. dealer has been contacted.*ak the automatic transmission has a harsh down shift when merging on to a freeway or goind up a hill. shifts down to lower gear. the solenoid was replaced and the powertrain control module was updated but did not correct the harsh engagement. once in a while the harsh engagement happens when going from drive to reverse. the transmission fluid was flushed due to sediment. the rear brakes still moan and are squeaky at low speeds. they were hosed off to remove the excess brake dust form the rotors. the brakes pulsate when braking hard on freeways or city streets. the steering labors engine when turning a corner or backing up. the power steering hydraulic hoses were replaced. *jg
09/07/200105/01/2001
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
STEERING - LINKAGES - TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
04/01/200420000306/05/2001
 Tl*- the contact owns a 2001 buick le-sabre with a current odometer reading of 38000 miles. the contact explained that the vehicle had been to the dealer on three separate occasions to replace window regulators of three of the windows. the first repair was of the front passenger side window. the regulator was replaced in april of 2004 at steven smith buick of rogers arkansas. this repair was covered under warranty. the second repair was on the driver's side rear window regulator which was replaced on march 6 2006. this repair was not covered under warranty, and cost the contact $407.77. the third repair was of the driver's side front window regulator on february 15, 2007 at coury buick of mesa arizona 85206. this repair was not covered under warranty and cost the contact an additional $500.00. *ak the air condition was blowing hot air. the compressor was replaced. the tie rods were replaced due to excessive play. updated 03/30/07. *jb
01/01/19011
 2001 buick lesabre tire developed a slow leak. upon inspection and repair of the leak mechanic noticed a problem with the tie rods. *kb a nail was discovered in the tire. *jb
09/10/200444000305/01/2004
 Electric window motor has gone out on 3 of my 4 windows within 30 days. lso, tie rod ends had to be replaced on within same time frame. *ak
11/12/200433675105/24/2001
 Right outter tie rod end fornd to be loose. dealer described as unsafe. vehicle mialeage 33675.*ak
07/08/2004280002
 Consumer stated that she had to replace both left and right tie rods because they were loose. one on the left was replaced at 28,000 miles, and the other was replaced at 49,000 miles. one of the tie rods replaced was on warranty. but, consumer had to pay for the second one. this was not normal for a 2001 vehicle.*ak
06/30/200418886202/15/2001
 While driving, a loud banging noise was heard coming from the passenger's side tire. the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and the mechanic determined the driver and passenger side tie rods needed to be replaced due to worn out parts. *ak the left front window was inoperative due to the regulator shorting out and there was a rattle in the dash on the passenger side due to the right and left outer tie rods being loose. *sc *jb
10/01/2002205/01/2001
 Vehicle's right tie rod ends broke while driving at 15 mph. *mr the consumer discovered that the tie rod ends needed to be replaced when the vehicle was a year old, however in april of 2004 the tie rod busted loose, both inner and outer on the right side. the mechanic stated the tie rods were made out of aluminum and the soft metal was not sufficient enough for the tie rods. *jb
11/02/2003394202
 The left and right tie rod wore badly and caused the vehicle to wander while driving. *ak *nlm consumer noticed vehicle was handling right. he took the vehicle to get new tires and learned the tie rods were defective. *ph
07/15/2003
 The consumer reported multiple complaints with the vehicle. 1)the tie rod on the right side shimmied when vehicle was driven at a speed of 60 mph or more. 2. wheel bearings were making a humming sound when driven at 30 mph. 3. there was a clicking sound in the brakes when braking at any given speed. please provide any further information. *nlm
01/01/1901122001
 Ltr fm denis twomey inquiring if buick (tsb) no. 02-02-008, correct outer tie rod end replacement part usage is in effect. tsb# 02-02-32-008. during a nyc vehicle inspection, the tie rods were found to be loose. *scc *cb *jb
05/24/2003
 Consumer states that the vehicle tire rod snaped. dealer notified. *ph
06/30/200338308110/22/2001
 The consumer took the vehicle into a tire shop center for regular maintenance. they indicated the tie rods were not good. the consumer then took the vehicle to the dealer, and they replaced the left and right tie rods.*ak . the front hub assembly was defective.*ts *jb
121801
 2001 buick lesabre has loose tie rod ends. *mr tsb 02 02 32 008 was issued to correct outer outer tie rod end replacement part. the vehicle had loose tie rod ends during inspection. (the tie rods had worn and was replaced) *scc *jb
STEERING - RACK AND PINION
06/25/200312409207/24/2001
 While driving steering wheel locked up due to the rack and pinion failure. consumer had vehicle towed. the dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. *ak first faikure occurred when consumer was driving at 35 mph, vehicle has 12,409 miles on it. second failure occurred when consumer was driving at 70 mph, vehicle has 17,067 miles on it. *la