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1997 Buick Park Avenue 4dr Sdn Ultra (CMI)

  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS)
  • Rear door child security latch locks
  • Front/rear shoulder/lap safety belts (outboard position)
  • (3) passenger assist handles
  • Electronic warning tones-inc: seat belt, ignition key, headlamps on, parking brake on, turn signal on
  • Front/rear articulating head restraints
  • Ultra-soft heated leather 55/45 bench seat w/pwr lumbar adjustment, storage armrest, dual cupholders
 
Crash Test Results for the 1997 Buick Models:
Car Frontal Star Rating Side Star Rating Rollover
Resistance
Rating
Driver Pass. Front Seat Rear Seat
1997 Buick LeSabre 44Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
1997 Buick Skylark 5413Not
Tested
1997 Buick Skylark 45Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
 
Service Bulletins for 1997 Buick Skylark 4dr Sdn Ultra (CMI)
1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE:

Bulletin Number: 000310007A
INFORMATION REGARDING SHAKE/VIBRATION IN STEERING WHEEL, FLOOR,SEAT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS ON SMOOTH ROADS (DIAGNOSE/BALANCE TIRES/WHEELS). *YH

Bulletin Number: 000310007C
SUBJECT REGARDING SHAKE / VIBRATION IN STEERING WHEEL, FLOOR, SEAT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS ON SMOOTH ROADS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 000310007F
VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE SHAKE / VIBRATION IN STEERING WHEEL, FLOOR, SEAT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS ON SMOOTH ROADS. *JB UPDATED *EH GM VOICEMAIL MESSAGE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 000730002B
CONCERNS WITH SLIPS, HARSH UPSHIFT OR GARAGE SHIFTS, LAUNCH SHUDDERS, FLARES, ERRATIC SHIFTS AND INTERMITTENT CONCERNS, DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE P1811 OR P0748 SET. *TT

Bulletin Number: 00310007B
TECHNICAL INFORMATION REGARDING SHAKE / VIBRATION IN STEERING WHEEL, FLOOR, SEAT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS ON SMOOTH ROADS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 010235009A
STEERING COLUMN TO INSTRUMENT PANEL FASTENER REMOVAL. *TT

Bulletin Number: 010601007
ENGINE COOLANT CONSUMPTION OR COOLANT LEAK (INSPECT FOR MATERIAL DEGRADATION/REPLACE INTAKE MANIFOLDS) *TT UPDATED 11/02/07 *NJ

Bulletin Number: 010601007A
EXPERIENCING EXCESSIVE ENGINE COOLANT CONSUMPTION, OR AN ENGINE COOLANT LEAK NEAR OR UNDER THE THROTTLE BODY AREA OF THE UPPER INTAKE MANIFOLD. *TT

Bulletin Number: 010601008
SOME OWNERS MAY COMMENT ON A REPEAT ENGINE OIL PAN LEAK. *TT

Bulletin Number: 010601008A
SOME OWNERS MAY COMMENT ON A REPEAT ENGINE OIL PAN LEAK. *TT

Bulletin Number: 010730032B
SOME OWNERS MAY COMMENT ON A TRANSMISSION OIL LEAK. *TT UPDATED *EH

Bulletin Number: 01768
IGNITION KEY REPLACEMENT. *MR

Bulletin Number: 020730014
INFORMATION ON SERVICING 4T65E TRANSAXLE SPACER PLATE AND GASKETS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 020730014A
INFORMATION ON SERVICING 4T65-E TRANSAXLE SPACER PLATE AND GASKETS FOR VARIOUS MODELS FROM 1997 THROUGH 2002. *TT

Bulletin Number: 02112004
REPLACEMENT IGNITION KEY CLARIFICATION. *TT

Bulletin Number: 02120
HVAC FACEPLATE LENS AVAILABLE FOR REPLACEMENT. SERVICE VME. *TT

Bulletin Number: 040089005
NEW REPLACEMENT KEY BLANK AVAILABLE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 040601017
NEW UPPER INTAKE MANIFOLD AND GASKET KITS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 040601021
NEW REAR MAIN SEAL AND SPECIAL TOOL FOR INSTALLATION. *TT

Bulletin Number: 05-06-04-035D
This informational bulletin provides the technician with information on what E85 fuel may due to a non E85 vehicle.

Bulletin Number: 050604058
INTERMITTENT CHUGGLE OR FISHBITE ON LIGHT ACCELERATION OR A HIGHWAY SPEEDS WITH NO DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCS). *TT

Bulletin Number: 10001
INFORMATION ON GROWLING NOISE IN TRANSAXLE DURING FIRST FOUR MINUTES AFTER START UP. *YC

Bulletin Number: 100202
ONWERS MAY ENCOUNTER ONE FUEL READING AFTER THEY HAVE FINISHED DRIVING THE VEHICLE THEN A DIFFERENT READING WHEN RESTARTING THE VEHICLE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 16NA260
THIS TECHNICAL BULLETIN PROVIDES A PROCEDURE TO REPROGRAM THE MEDIA DISC PLAYER WITH THE LATEST CALIBRATIONS TO CORRECT A CONDITION OF THE REAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM NOT OPERATING AS INTENDED IN COLDER AMBIENT TEMPERATURE AREAS DUE TO CALIBR

Bulletin Number: 17-NA-073
This warranty administration bulletin provides policy information with the field action courtesy transportation policy.

Bulletin Number: 17NA073
This warranty administration bulletin provides information regarding the field action courtesy transportation policy.

Bulletin Number: 300800
SUBJECT REGARDING THE FRONT SHOULDER BELT RETRACTOR CAMPAIGN NUMBER 00039. *TT

Bulletin Number: 3015
MULTIPLE STABILITRAK/PRECISION CONTROL CODES SUCH AS C1282, C1283, C1284, C1285, C1287, AND C1288 EXIST ON DELPHI BOSCH 5.0 OR 5.3 SYSTEMS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 32
INFORMATION REGARDING EXTRA CLIPS IN THE 4T65E TRANSMISSION. *SLC

Bulletin Number: 549001A
CLN INDICATOR APPEARS ON RADIO DISPLAY AND DOES NOT TURN OFF (RESET CLN INDICATOR WITH THE EJECT BUTTON ON TAPE). *TW

Bulletin Number: 631050
WAVY OR DIMPLING APPEARANCE IN ROOF PANEL RUNNING FRONT TO BACK OR EXCESSIVE RAIN NOISE (REPLACE CARDBOARD ROOF INSULATOR ADHESIVE). *TW

Bulletin Number: 731207
INTERMITTENT A/C SYSTEM THUMP NOISE ON INITIAL START UP FROM FRONT PASSENGER SIDE FLOOR PANEL (REPLACE ACCUMULATOR). *TW

Bulletin Number: 731503
PAINT CHIPS ON REAR COMPARTMENT LID ( ADJUST REAR COMPARTMENT LID/INSTALL NEW OVERSLAM BUMPERS). *TW

Bulletin Number: 731608
EXCESSIVE VIBRATION OF ELECTROCHROMIC INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR. *TW

Bulletin Number: 731614A
THE FRONT SEAT ADJUSTER SWITCH TRIM PLATE HAS BECOME DTACHED FROM THE SEAT AND/OR SEAT ROCKS. YD

Bulletin Number: 735023
BRAKE NOISE (GRUNT/GROAN/GRIND/CRUNCH) COMING FROM FRONT BRAKES (REPLACE FRONT BRAKE PADS). *TW

Bulletin Number: 735023A
EXPERIENCING NOISE COMING FROM FRONT BRAKES. *YC

Bulletin Number: 738107
UNATTENDED HORN ACTIVATION OR HORN(S) INOPERATIVE (REPLACE HORN PAD/AIR BAG MODULE; HORN FUSE). *TW

Bulletin Number: 776110
ENGINE OIL LEVEL INDICATES OVER FULL (REPLACE OIL LEVEL INDICATOR TUBE ASSEMBLY). *TW

Bulletin Number: 833004
EXPERIENCING SHAKE / VIBRATION IN STEERING WHEEL, FLOOR, SEAT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS ON SMOOTH ROADS. *YC

Bulletin Number: 839606
TRUNK MOUNTED 12 CD CHANGER EJECTS INTERMITTENTLY. YD

Bulletin Number: 970501735019
WHEN BRAKES ARE DEPRESSED FORCE OR ENGINE LOAD MAY AFFECT AND CAUSE VARIOUS NOISES. *YC

Bulletin Number: 970501777160
EXPERIENCING HARSH ENGAGEMENT FROM REVERSE TO DRIVE. *YC

Bulletin Number: 970801738210
COMMENTS ON ERRATIC AUTOMATIC WIPER OPERATION OR THAT THE WIPERS ARE OVERLY SENSITIVE TO SMALL AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE ON THE WINDSHIELD. *YC

Bulletin Number: 970801777155
EXPERIENCING A TRANSAXLE GEAR WHINE NOISE ON COAST DOWN OR LIGHT ACCELERATION. *YC

Bulletin Number: 97080177715F
EXPERIENCE A TRANSAXLE GEAR WHINE NOISE ON COAST DOWN OR LIGHT ACCELERATION. *YC

Bulletin Number: 9709016116A
COMMENTS OF AN ENGINE OIL LEAK THAT APPEARS TO ORIGINATE TOWARD THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE VEHICLE; REAR OF ENGINE. *YC

Bulletin Number: 9709017160A
VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HARSH GARAGE SHIFT REVERSE TO DRIVE. *YC

Bulletin Number: 970901738320
COMMENTS ON A BRIGHT REFLECTION FROM THE HEAD UP DISPLAY (HUD) UNIT IN THE INSTRUMENT PANEL WHEN THE VEHICLE IS POSITIONED WITH THE SUN DIRECTLEY ABOVE THE DRIVER.

Bulletin Number: 9774T65E02
HARSH GARAGE SHIFT, REVERSE TO DRIVE, HYDRA-MATIC 4T65-E TRANSAXLE. *TW

Bulletin Number: 9810010
INFORMATION ON MEMORY SEAT OPERATING INTERMITTENTLY. *YC

Bulletin Number: 9810011
INFORMATION ON INTERIOR LIGHTS INOPERATIVE AND FUSE BLOWN. *YC

Bulletin Number: 9810012
INFORMATION ON NO TURN SIGNAL OPERATIVE. *YC

Bulletin Number: 98737104A
CONCERNS OF NOISE/VIBRATION/GROWL FROM FRONT OF VEHICLE ON RIGHT TURNS OR HARD ACCELERATION. *YC

Bulletin Number: 98838208
PASSENGER SIDE WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER DOES NOT FULLY CLEAN LOWER PORTION OF WINDSHIELD. *YC

Bulletin Number: 990139005
A CONDITION MAY EXIST WHERE THE HVAC CONTROL ASSEMBLY DISPLAYS INACCURATE TEMPERATURE SETTING AND / OR EMITS TICK NOISE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990232007
THIS BULLETIN ADDRESSES CONCERNS OF STEERING VIBRATION / SHUDDER / MOAN DURING PARKING MANEUVERS ON DRY PAVEMENT. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990605005
SOME VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A POPPING TYPE NOISE HEARD IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990730030A
OWNERS OF SOME VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HYDRA-MATIC 3T40, 4T60, 4T60-E OR 4T65-E TRANSAXLES MAY COMMENT ON A GRINDING AND / OR GROWLING NOISE THAT IS NOTICEABLE WHEN STANDING IN PARK ON A HILL OR SLOPE WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING AND THE PARKING

Bulletin Number: 990850018
SUBJECT REGARDING FRONT SEAT ADJUSTER SWITCH TRIM PLATE DETACHING FROM SEAT AND / OR SEAT CHUCKS / ROCKS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990850021
A CONDITION WITH THE FRONT SEAT BACK AND / OR SEAT CUSHION HEAT ELEMENT IS NON-FUNCTIONING. *TT

Bulletin Number: PI1217
This preliminary bulletin provides a way to aid the technician in diagnosing transmission fluid leaking from the trans breather vent.

Bulletin Number: PIC4696A
This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician on how to unlock radios that are Delco TheftLock. Technician will use the radio to get the scrambled code. Technician will need to contact the radio unlock ce

Bulletin Number: PIC4696A
This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician on how to unlock radios that are Delco TheftLock. Technician will use the radio to get the scrambled code. Technician will need to contact the radio unlock ce

Bulletin Number: PIC4696B
This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician on how to unlock radios that are Delco TheftLock. Technician will use the radio to get the scrambled code. Technician will need to contact the radio unlock ce

Bulletin Number: PIC4696C
This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician on how to unlock radios that are Delco TheftLock. Technician will use the radio to get the scrambled code. Technician will need to contact the radio unlock ce

Bulletin Number: PIC-4887
GMC: HARSH RIDE OR LINE INSTALLATION CONCERN WITH DELCO SHOCK KIT. CONCERNS WITH CONNECTING THE LINES TO THE SHOCKS AND THE AIR COMPRESSOR. CONCERN OF HARSH RIDE AFTER INSTALLATION. *PE

Bulletin Number: PIC-4887
GMC: HARSH RIDE OR LINE INSTALLATION CONCERN WITH DELCO SHOCK KIT. CONCERNS WITH CONNECTING THE LINES TO THE SHOCKS AND THE AIR COMPRESSOR. CONCERN OF HARSH RIDE AFTER INSTALLATION. *PE

Bulletin Number: PIP4723B
This Preliminary Information communicates to the dealer the process for downloading or updating operating software for the Tire Pressure Monitor, Active Fuel Injector tester, multi media tester, PICO Scope, GR8 starting/charging tester and

Bulletin Number: PIP4723C
This Preliminary Information communicates to the dealer the process for downloading or updating operating software for the Tire Pressure Monitor, Active Fuel Injector tester, multi media tester, PICO Scope, GR8 starting/charging tester and

Bulletin Number: PIP4723C
This Preliminary Information communicates to the dealer the process for downloading or updating operating software for the Tire Pressure Monitor, Active Fuel Injector tester, multi media tester, PICO Scope, GR8 starting/charging tester and

Bulletin Number: PIP4723C
This Preliminary Information communicates to the dealer the process for downloading or updating operating software for the Tire Pressure Monitor, Active Fuel Injector tester, multi media tester, PICO Scope, GR8 starting/charging tester and

Bulletin Number: PIP4723C
This Preliminary Information communicates to the dealer the process for downloading or updating operating software for the Tire Pressure Monitor, Active Fuel Injector tester, multi media tester, PICO Scope, GR8 starting/charging tester and

 
Recalls for 1997 Buick Skylark 4dr Sdn Ultra (CMI)
1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE
NHTSA Campaign ID: 00V117000
Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WEBBING
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufacture Dates: 04/01/1996 - 10/31/1997
Potential Units Affected: 77952
Defect Description:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE FRONT SEAT SHOULDER BELTS THAT MAY TWIST, ALLOWING THE WEBBING TO BECOME JAMMED IN THE RETRACTOR.
Consequence:
WHEN THE SHOULDER BELT WEBBING BECOMES JAMMED IN THE RETRACTOR, THE BELT MAY BE UNUSABLE.
Action to take:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT FOR THE PRESENCE OF UPDATED FRONT SHOULDER BELT BEZELS AND WHERE NECESSARY, INSTALL NEW FRONT SEAT SHOULDER BELT OPENING BEZEL KITS.
1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE
NHTSA Campaign ID: 97V064000
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufacture Dates: 04/01/1996 - 04/15/1997
Potential Units Affected: 156910
Defect Description:
THE ELECTRONIC BRAKE CONTROL MODULE OR THE ELECTRONIC BRAKE AND TRACTION CONTROL MODULE CAN CAUSE THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) TO CYCLE DURING A NON-ABS BRAKE APPLICATION.
Consequence:
THIS CONDITION CAN RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.
Action to take:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ELECTRONIC BRAKE CONTROL MODULE OR THE ELECTRONIC BRAKE AND TRACTION CONTROL MODULE.
1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE
NHTSA Campaign ID: 97V036000
Component: SEATS:MID/REAR ASSEMBLY
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufacture Dates: 04/01/1996 - 01/31/1997
Potential Units Affected: 20959
Defect Description:
THESE VEHICLES WERE ASSEMBLED WITH CENTER REAR SEAT BELT ANCHOR BOLTS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES."
Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE SEAT BELT SYSTEM WOULD NOT WITHSTAND THE REQUIRED LOAD AND INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT COULD OCCUR.
Action to take:
DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE CENTER REAR SEAT BELT ANCHOR BOLTS TO SPECIFICATION.
 


1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4dr Sdn Series I - R7A

  • Color-keyed 3-point front/rear outboard safety belts w/rear center lap belt
  • Warning chimes-inc: safety belts, headlamps-on, key-in-ignition,turn-signal-on
  • Driver & front passenger air bag inflatable restraint system
 
Crash Test Results for the 1997 Oldsmobile Models:
Car Frontal Star Rating Side Star Rating Rollover
Resistance
Rating
Driver Pass. Front Seat Rear Seat
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 5413Not
Tested
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva 45Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
1997 Oldsmobile Aurora 33Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
1997 Oldsmobile Bravada 31Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4413Not
Tested
1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette 44Not
Tested
Not
Tested
Not
Tested
 
Service Bulletins for 1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette 4dr Sdn Series I - R7A
1997 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME:

Bulletin Number: 010601002A
REVISED PISTON PIN REMOVAL / INSTALLATION PROCEDURE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 533307B
SOME VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT FRONT SUSPENSION SCRUNCH / POPPING TYPE NOISE COMING FROM THE FRONT OF VEHICLE THAT IS APPARENT DURING LOW SPEED TURNING MANEUVERS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 549001A
CLN INDICATOR APPEARS ON RADIO DISPLAY AND DOES NOT TURN OFF (RESET CLN INDICATOR WITH THE EJECT BUTTON ON TAPE). *TW

Bulletin Number: 577106A
COLD START RATTLE NOISE (DIAGNOSIS/SERVICE PROCEDURE). *TW

Bulletin Number: 577106A
COLD START RATTLE NOISE. *TW

Bulletin Number: 676305
DIFFICULT TO DEPRESS ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND/OR ACCELERATOR CABLE SEPARATION (INSTALL ACCELERATOR CABLE AND CLIP). *TW

Bulletin Number: 677164
INTERMITTENT NEUTRAL OR LOSS OF DRIVE AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS OR FROM FOURTH GEAR (REPLACE CONTROL VALVE BODY ASSEMBLY). *TW

Bulletin Number: 736313
REDUCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE, RESTRICTED FUEL FLOW (CLEAN FUEL TANK, REPLACE IN-LINE FUEL FILTER AND FUEL PUMP STRAINER). *TW

Bulletin Number: 876002A
SOME V6 ENGINES MAY, ON A VERY INFREQUENT BASIS, HAVE AN OIL ODOR CONDITION THAT IS GENERALLY ENCOUNTERED AFTER THE ENGINE'S OIL HAS BEEN CHANGED.TYPICALLY THE ODOR LASTS APPROXIMATELY 1000 MILES AFTER THE CHANGE OF OIL AND THEN DOES NOT RE

Bulletin Number: 970801676305
SOME VEHICLES EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES TO DEPRESS ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND/OR AN ACCELERATOR CABLE SEPARATION. *YC

Bulletin Number: 970801735026
COMMENT THAT THE ABS LIGHT IS ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTC'S) 46 AND 86 SET AS CURRENT OR HISTORY. *YC

Bulletin Number: 971101776304
SUBJECT PERTAINING TO DRIVEABILITY SYMPTOMS DUE TO FUEL INJECTOR DEPOSITS. *YC

Bulletin Number: 98576124A
COMMENTS ON A TICKING TYPE NOISE THAT BEGINS SHORTLY AFTER COLD ENGINE START-UP AND GRADUALLY DIMINISHES AS THE ENGINE WARMS UP. *YC

Bulletin Number: 98776304A
SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A DRIVEABILITY SYMPTOM OF LONG OR HARD STARTS, CHUGGLE, ROUGH IDLE AND LIGHT OR INTERMITTENT MISFIRE. *YC

Bulletin Number: 99021
SUBJECT REGARDING SPARK PLUG WIRE FAILURE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 99021
SUBJECT REGARDING SPARK PLUG WIRE FAILURE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990309004
CUSTOMERS MAY COMPLAIN OF GRINDING / SCRAPING / GROANING NOISE FROM REAR SUSPENSION. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990604005
SOME OWNERS MAY EXPERIENCE A DRIVEABILITY SYMPTOM OF LONG OR HARD STARTS, CHUGGLE, ROUGH IDLE AND LIGHT OR INTERMITTENT MISFIRE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990604005A
SOME OWNERS MAY COMMENT ON DRIVEABILITY SYMPTONS OF LONG OR HARD STARTS, CHUGGLE, ROUGH IDLE AND LIGHT OR INTERMITTENT MISFIRE DUE TO CLOGGED FUEL INJECTORS. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990730030
SOME VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HYDRA-MATIC 3T40, 4T60 OR 4T60-E TRANSXALES MAY COMMENT ON A GRINDING AND / OR GROWLING NOISE THAT IS NOTICEABLE WHEN IN PARK ON INCLINE. *TT

Bulletin Number: 990730030A
OWNERS OF SOME VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HYDRA-MATIC 3T40, 4T60, 4T60-E OR 4T65-E TRANSAXLES MAY COMMENT ON A GRINDING AND / OR GROWLING NOISE THAT IS NOTICEABLE WHEN STANDING IN PARK ON A HILL OR SLOPE WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING AND THE PARKING

 
Recalls for 1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette 4dr Sdn Series I - R7A
1997 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME
NHTSA Campaign ID: 03V527000
Component: STEERING:RACK AND PINION
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Manufacture Dates: 04/01/1996 - 05/31/1997
Potential Units Affected: 750283
Defect Description:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE LOWER PINION BEARINGS IN THE POWER RACK AND PINION ASSEMBLY IN WHICH THE RETAINER TABS WERE NOT CRIMPED PROPERLY. THESE RETAINERS COULD FAIL AND PERMIT THE BALL BEARINGS TO ESCAPE.
Consequence:
IF THIS OCCURS, THE PINION SHAFT CAN BE FORCED UPWARD DURING LEFT TURNS AND BACK DOWN AS THE STEERING WHEEL IS MOVED BACK AND TO THE RIGHT. IF THE PINION SHAFT MOVES FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL NEED TO EXERT MORE EFFORT TO TURN THE STEERING WHEEL, SIMILAR TO A VEHICLE WITHOUT POWER ASSISTED STEERING. IF THE PINION SHAFT MOVES EVEN FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL REQUIRE MUCH HIGHER EFFORT TO TURN LEFT AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TURN THE WHEEL AS MUCH AS INTENDED. WITH THE MAXIMUM PINION SHAFT MOVEMENT, WHICH REQUIRES INTERNAL GEAR COMPONENT DAMAGE, THE DRIVER CAN ENCOUNTER HIGH RESISTANCE TO TURNING LEFT, FOLLOWED BY UNINTENDED POWER ASSIST TO THE RIGHT. IN ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS, A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Action to take:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW LOWER PINION BEARING UNLESS INSPECT OF THE EXISTING BEARING INDICATES THAT REPLACEMENT OF THE GEAR ASSEMBLY IS NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537; OR PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
 






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