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  1. Ignition lock cylinder replacement: Have you done this?

    The vehicle is a 2001 Park Avenue, base model, 123,000 miles. I am about to begin a task that I have never attempted. The replacement of my ignition lock cylinder as I have repeated difficulties in turning the ignition key. I have purchased new keys and have applied the correct AC Delco...
  2. It is just a matter of time.

    While walking through a large you pull it salvage yard recently, the thought came to me, it is just a matter of time. I am speaking of the day in which there will not be an adequate supply of Park Avenues for parts. My mission was to obtain some replacement side moldings for my 2001 Park Avenue...
  3. What are your top five emergency items for your trunk?

    Other than ordinary hand tools, what are your top five emergency items that you carry in your trunk? This could be in the way of a special tester or a spare part. For example, some may say that an extra serpentine belt is always in my trunk for emergency use. I have my five items ( actually...
  4. Best scan tool in five hundred dollar range?

    For anyone that has an opinion on this topic. What is the best scan tool in the five hundred dollar range? I am somewhat interested in the Autel MK808 which is around $475 dollars but perhaps there are others to consider. The tool would be used on a variety of 1996 and up vehicles. Thanks in...
  5. Great results with TransGo shift kit

    Yesterday I installed a TransGo shift kit in my 2001 Park Avenue base model. This was due to issues with code P1811 which produced some very hard shifts. With the kit installed, I now have the smoothest shifts that can be imagined. This is a very good upgrade for the 4T65E and I would definitely...
  6. 2001 Park Avenue Ignition lock cylinder

    My 2001 Park Avenue base model is giving a problem regarding the ignition lock cylinder. The key is hard to turn in the lock. I have tried a total of five keys, some work better than others but all are not working correctly. My efforts so far is placing a small amount of dielectric grease on one...
  7. Thinking of purchasing a Tech 2 clone

    I would be interested in your thoughts on a Tech 2 clone. First of all, I do not expect it to do all of the things that an authorized Tech 2 is capable of. My desire is to have a top notch scan tool for my 2001 Park Avenue and other GM vehicles from 97 to 05. I am not interested in programming...
  8. Headlight upgrade: suggestions needed

    My 2001 Park Avenue base model has the original headlights. Perhaps it is my imagination but it seems they are very gradually growing dimmer. I keep the lens clear by the means of various brands of cleaning kits so it is not an issue of cloudy lens. I realize that most of the cars on the road...
  9. 1997 to 2005 Starter motor reliability

    While helping a friend with his 2009 Honda CRV starter problem today, a question came to mind. In my experience the 1997 to 2005 Park Avenue’s have a very reliable starter motor for the most part. Being the owner of four Buick’s with 3800 engines over the years, I never had a starter failure. As...
  10. 2001 Park Avenue Crankshaft position sensor replacement

    I have a 2001 Park Avenue, base model with 112,000 miles. The vehicle is running fine but am preparing to take some long trips and do not want to face the possibility of a Crank sensor replacement on the road. I would like to replace the sensor in advance of the trips. Since the part is fairly...
  11. 2001 Park Avenue IAC valve removal

    My 2001 Park Avenue has some idle issues and I would like to remove the valve for cleaning or possible replacement. This would seem like a very basic task. Just remove the wiring connector and two tamper resistant screws. This would be the case except for the thread locking compound applied at...
  12. 2001 Base Park Avenue with noisy fuel pump

    The original fuel pump became noisy at about 70,000 miles. Since there is a neat removable access plate in the trunk, I decided to go ahead and replace the pump. I chose an Airtex E3518M pump and it was quiet for about a year and a half. Being aware of the cooling effects of fuel, I am careful...
  13. Automatic Climate Control System Driver A and B

    I would like your opinion of two different methods of operating an automatic climate control system in a 2001 Park Avenue base model. For the purposes of this situation, assume this is during the summer with ambient temperatures of 90 daily. Driver A starts the engine with the Auto button...
  14. 2001 Park Avenue headliner removal

    Has anyone removed the headliner from a 1997 to 2005 Park Avenue? My factory service manual states that the front passenger seat should be removed. I was in hopes of tilting the seat back to gain clearance for removal of the board. If you have done this job, please advise.
  15. 1994 Park Avenue HVAC distribution problem

    After having the battery disconnected for about 10 minutes, I found that the air distribution had been affected. Air now only exits the floor and windshield outlets. When the dash vents are selected it will not change from the floor and windshield position. Please advise.
  16. 1994 Park Avenue code P1361

    I am attempting to assist a friend with his 1994 Park Avenue with a hard code P1361. This is an unusual setup in my opinion as it is equipped with an OBD2 connection with the sixteen pin arrangement. The code P1361 is described as ignition control signal not toggle. From what I have read, the...
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