NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,192 miles

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2002 Buick Century brakes problems

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2002 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 052010

Century 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. While driving approximately 60 mph the ABS braking system and the track off warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that when the vehicle was turned off and back on the light did not illuminate instantly but came back on after driving a few miles. The vehicle was taken to the dealer.the technicians diagnosed the failure to be the speed sensor and the left front wheel hub that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Updated 02/18/11 the consumer stated after six months, it was finally discovered the ABS was not working properly. The consumer also stated replacing the wheel hub didn't fix the problem. The consumer stated the real problem was a wire harness that ran past a sharp edge under the air filter. The sharp edge cut into the brown or blue wire that came from the left wheel speed sensor which caused the trac off light to come on and the ABS would become disables. Updated evoq 02/18/11

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 072006

Century 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact purchased a pre-owned 2002 Buick Century, from Buick landmark automobile of tuscaloosa on 10/22/2002 with 24733 miles on the odometer. In June 2006 the contact said the vehicle began to make clicking noises when turning right. In 6/7/2006 a Goodyear store replaced the rf hub assembly and the rf outlet tie rod at a cost of $542.91. The contact was told that the ABS was vibrating causing the ABS light to come on when in slow speed left turning. Two days after the contact experienced the same noises. The ABS light turned on. The contact took the vehicle to leigh Buick of tuscaloosa on 7/6/2006 located at 3200 skyland blvd tuscaloosa al 35405 tel.205-556-1111. The dealer replaced the left front hub, at a cost of $456.92. Two days later the contact began to hear the same noise again. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer where the left front hub was replaced at no charge. The contact drove the vehicle a few days after, but noticed the steering wheel was very loose and began to vibrate very hard making the car un-drivable. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on a flatbed truck on 8/21/06. On 8/23/06 the dealer replaced 2 bulbs and the third brake, the vehicle drove normally. Shortly after, when making a left or right turn the contact could not apply the brake at all while turning. The anti lock brake system light turned on, but it turned off when completing the turn. The contact also sensed a burning smell. The dealer said the vehicle needed the pump valve block replaced and the ABS pump mount fluid. The two rear power windows do not close, the digital odometer and digital panels are not working. The contact can not tell the mileage, speed or gear of the vehicle. The contact wants to make a complaint since there are so many issues. Updated 2/21/2007 -

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 072003

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,040 miles
I have three lights coming on {check engine soon}{anti lock &trac off} this has been going on for over two years and several trips to the garage is not getting it repaired. I am told when these lights are on I lose antilock breaks and traction control. ] ]

- Industry, ME, USA

problem #2

Dec 102004

Century 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Consumer complained about brake problems. When they were applied vehicle hesitated to stop. Consumer took vehicle to dealer to be serviced, but dealership could not determine the cause of the problem.....GMC ha dbrake problems in the past, which they failed to admit. The vehicle was repaired at independent garage at owner's expense.

- Warsaw, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,918 miles
At a stop on a hill when depressing the brakes there was a minor vehicle roll back once the foot was off the brake pedal to depress the accelerator pedal. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The vehicle was having problems with excessive rollback while the vehicle was in drive. When the vehicle was tested it rolled back a distance of 15 feet at a speed of 15mph. The vehicle stalled disabling brakes and power steering. The headlights on low beam do not merge. They act as two separate spotlights and distance appears to be limited. The consumer stated that eventually General Motors repurchased the vehicle.

- Pelham, NH, USA

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