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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Belts And Associated Pulleys Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,870 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202005

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,741 miles


Vehicle is a 1998 Buick park ave. The plastic idler pulley and assembly failed and the surpentine belt no longer turned so the power steering was lost (and maybe power brakes also). This happened without warning while driving 60 mph on I 45 in houston and exiting over a cloverleaf onto beltway 8. there was no accident because I was able to use my muscle to get the car off the road. The car was towed to a garage and the pulley assembly and belt was replaced.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 261998

Park Avenue

  • miles
Serpentine belt broke, causing loss of power steering, which could have resulted in an accident. Dealer has replaced belt twice.

- Griffin, GA, USA

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