AWD Disable and Rear End Issues
Dan

Indianapolis, IN

#41 Aug 28, 2009
gene lake columbia mi wrote:
awd disabled light came on and stayed on at 62k miles on my 2002 rendezvous. after reading posts i'm worried about what to do and whether i should do anything. thanks to all for your insights.
Don't fret - could be very simple fix - read my post above. BTW, does the ABS light come on as well?
Ben

Austin, TX

#42 Sep 25, 2009
I have couple of problems on my 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The first one is when I'm coming to a stop the car makes a lots of noise. Is coming from my front tires. I took the car to a shop and they checked my brakes and they told me the brakes are good. So I'm thinking something has to be wrong with the joints. Also when I'm driving over 60 miles i feel a small vibration. Now the last problem is sometime special when i start driving the car I hear a clunk in the back of my car. Any ideas I will appreciate. thanks
J Hole

Anchorage, AK

#43 Oct 4, 2009
My 2005 Rendezvous made a loud noise while making turns, so I took it to a shop and they replaced my differential fluid and it fixed the problem completely. Original problem was that the dealer put the wrong type in, GM vehicles REQUIRE a certain grade of fluid. Standard ones don't cut it! My AWD Disbale light came on about one month after I got it out so I took it in for a look. Replaced a solenoid and flushed my tranny...And now I'm 25K miles past that point and still running great. Haven't had any problems since.
Wish it was better

Malone, NY

#44 Oct 23, 2009
Ben wrote:
I have couple of problems on my 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The first one is when I'm coming to a stop the car makes a lots of noise. Is coming from my front tires. I took the car to a shop and they checked my brakes and they told me the brakes are good. So I'm thinking something has to be wrong with the joints. Also when I'm driving over 60 miles i feel a small vibration. Now the last problem is sometime special when i start driving the car I hear a clunk in the back of my car. Any ideas I will appreciate. thanks
I have these same problems except with the addition of a front end clunk when accellerating from a stop. Already changed front and rear diff liquid gold. Afraid to take to local dealer.
Budo

Hernando, MS

#45 Nov 11, 2009
This car is a POS....I replaced both Knuckle Bushings today and replaced a Hub bearing in the rear...but the damn AWD disabled went off for 10 sec. and came back on.I had this problem before but each time I would just replace the hub that made the growling noise and things would go back to normal...so far I replaced all the Hub bearings, replaced Body control module,new brakes,checked all the sensors on the Hubs all look ok.The only thing I didn't do yet is to replace the versatrek fluid....might look into that anyways my 02 Rendezvous has 118,000 Miles on at this time.
Bob Gray Kingston ON

Kingston, Canada

#46 Nov 19, 2009
Never_Buy_a_Buick_Again wrote:
I hate my '04 Rendevouz. In one year I have spent $1500 on car repairs. Now my AWD disable light came on. In March I paid for 4 brand new tires so it shouldn't be my tires, I can't afford any more repairs and not sure what to do
There is a known problem with the harness and sensors in the wheels. I had to have the right rear sensor & harness replaced. The harness deteriorates due to the exposure to salt and weather. My mechanic was able to clean & refurbish the harness but it only lasted about 4 months and then I had to have it changed. You are correct about the AWD light coming on when the system senses one wheel going at a different speed. This can be cause by faulty system components or uneven tire wear. Before I could get my situation resolved the dealer made me buy two new tires to match size & tread pattern, front to rear, and only then would they acknowledge I had a problem.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#47 Nov 20, 2009
Look for my posts in the forum regarding "Wheel Bearings" in Topix.

FYI - As someone that has owned an AWD for 15 years now (2 Subarus), you have to replace all 4 tires at the same time, not just fronts or rears. They will turn at different speeds and bind up the rear diff.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#48 Nov 20, 2009
Clarification to the above: It is "Wheel Bearings" specifically related to a Rendezvous (we had an '04).

Emphasis on the word HAD.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#49 Nov 20, 2009
Wish it was better wrote:
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I have these same problems except with the addition of a front end clunk when accellerating from a stop. Already changed front and rear diff liquid gold. Afraid to take to local dealer.
We had this same problem during warm-weather months. The dealership tried to diagnose it on two separate occasions and was unable. Guess what? With the clunking getting worse and the wheel bearing problems we had, we dumped it, never to buy another Buick or GM product again.
Buick Rendezvous 03

Traverse City, MI

#50 Dec 6, 2009
Does anyone know how to re-set the AWD yet? Both anti-lock brake and AWD disable light is on.
Buick Rendezvous 03

Traverse City, MI

#51 Dec 6, 2009
Does anyone know how to re-set the awd disable light? Both anti-lock and awd disable lights are on.
J Raja

United States

#52 Dec 8, 2009
Pissed off wrote:
This car I love, it has a lot of extras! But it has had way to many problems! I also have a growling sound coming from the front drivers side, my AWD disable light is on, the anti-lock light is on, when Im turing to park and I feel the brake resist and a wierd sound like it is rubbing against something. I brought it in and apparently there is more than one problem going on. I had to replace a wheel barring, and there is something going on with the bushings??? Not quite sure what those are but is causing our wheels to wear down unevenly, we have only our new tires for 6 months and they look like they are almost due for a replacement.:( The bushings that need to be replaced you have to get the whole thing that holds the tire on the car it is suppose to be $240 for each tire. Bad thing is they are on national back order, which means almost every Buick Rendzvous in the nation has the same thing going on. NEVER AGAIN!!! When I get rid of this car it will be the last Buick I drive I'm going foreign.
That's my situation to a 'T'! The brakes being wonky when I'm going very slowly (parking, leaving a parking lot) scares me silly! I've experienced a few absolute failures to brake IN THE SNOW! The mechanic told me anti-lock brakes just work differently on moist ground. WHAT the heck does that mean? They don't work at all if you keep going after you step on the frikkin' breke!
It is the most comfortable car I've ever had, to be sure, but good grief the design and mechanical/electrical issues are too numerous! GM should be ashamed of themselves. We've had the brakes worked on four times so far, to the tune of well over 1000 dollars. Replaced all four tires; had the same funky moaning sound and had that fixed (bushings? I've had so many tows to the shop they're running together in my memory!) Replaced a dead battery (new when I bought the used Buick from a dealership 3 years ago) and still had no juice - turns out taking the battery out is a major hassle because of the design - and hooking it up correctly is also very difficult.
I call her the most comfortable money pit imaginable!
Hazel

Driftwood, PA

#53 Dec 9, 2009
I have a 2005 Rendezvous, I purchased it on July 10 2008. I hate that car. It is a total lemon. I live in PA on a NO winter maitnance road and it can get up to 3 feet deep at times. The first time I tried to get home after a snow storm I had my twin grandsons who were 2 years old with me. I turned on the road and the front wheels started to slip and the system kicked in and worked fine for about 1/2 a mile then the AWD Disable light came on and the awd quit working. Now when the wheels spin the light automatically comes on. My dealer cannot find the problem. I have had a total of 32 Problems with my Rendezvous including the AWD. I have had 2 sets of brand new tires put on it (4). I loved the versatility of the car but when my engine started knocking a week ago I had it. I am now driving a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#54 Dec 23, 2009
J Raja wrote:
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That's my situation to a 'T'! The brakes being wonky when I'm going very slowly (parking, leaving a parking lot) scares me silly! I've experienced a few absolute failures to brake IN THE SNOW! The mechanic told me anti-lock brakes just work differently on moist ground. WHAT the heck does that mean? They don't work at all if you keep going after you step on the frikkin' breke!
It is the most comfortable car I've ever had, to be sure, but good grief the design and mechanical/electrical issues are too numerous! GM should be ashamed of themselves. We've had the brakes worked on four times so far, to the tune of well over 1000 dollars. Replaced all four tires; had the same funky moaning sound and had that fixed (bushings? I've had so many tows to the shop they're running together in my memory!) Replaced a dead battery (new when I bought the used Buick from a dealership 3 years ago) and still had no juice - turns out taking the battery out is a major hassle because of the design - and hooking it up correctly is also very difficult.
I call her the most comfortable money pit imaginable!
Didn't read all of your posts, but did anyone explain to you that ABS (anti-lock braking system) makes your stopping distance LONGER and not shorter? The benefit of ABS is the ability to control your car since the wheels don't lock up. However, it will take you a little farther to stop.
Never again

Sharon, PA

#55 Dec 26, 2009
I have a 2002 Rendezvous well for several years now. I have the brakes and oil changed on a regular basis. The AWD is on and where I get my brakes done at I put lots of money into the braking system and also the fuses in the wheel bearings or around that area. Well needless to say I have had my AWD on for the last 2 years. I am going to take it to dealership next week. I have put a new fule line in I paid for, brakes I go to them on a regular basis, fuses, and I now think something to do with my wireing is wrong. So time for dealership to take a look. I am about to get a new vehical but NEVER Buick again.!!!
bob g

United States

#56 Feb 3, 2010
2007RendezvousOwner wrote:
I have owned my 2007 Rendezvous for a little over a year and have had my second flat tire. Also the same problem with severe squealing when I turn. My relative who also owns a 2007 Rendezvous also has had a flat tire. Anyone else having these problems?


maybe someone don't like you!
bob g

United States

#57 Feb 3, 2010
Wish it was better wrote:
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I have these same problems except with the addition of a front end clunk when accellerating from a stop. Already changed front and rear diff liquid gold. Afraid to take to local dealer.
mine does the same thing 35-40mph on then off the gas clunks from rear end. i got mine June 09 and a few weeks later i had it in the shop and noticed the rear axle seal had been leaking for some time. it had 42000mi dealer fixed them (free) now at 48000mi the rear end still clunks and now whines at about 40 mph.the dealer said that it was all the the gear sets in the drive train....OK i can believe that iv worked on them for about 10 years now.....but you should not be able to hold the drive shaft still and take either rear wheel and rotate it 1 inch back and forth. not that much play. it going to the dealer tomorrow and it will sit on there lot till its fixed!

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#58 Feb 4, 2010
bob g wrote:
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mine does the same thing 35-40mph on then off the gas clunks from rear end. i got mine June 09 and a few weeks later i had it in the shop and noticed the rear axle seal had been leaking for some time. it had 42000mi dealer fixed them (free) now at 48000mi the rear end still clunks and now whines at about 40 mph.the dealer said that it was all the the gear sets in the drive train....OK i can believe that iv worked on them for about 10 years now.....but you should not be able to hold the drive shaft still and take either rear wheel and rotate it 1 inch back and forth. not that much play. it going to the dealer tomorrow and it will sit on there lot till its fixed!
Better get out the buckets...that ship is sinking fast. Get out while you still can!
Chad-Man22

Port Hope, Canada

#59 Feb 8, 2010
Chad-man67 wrote:
My 2002 Rendevouz is doing the same thing. I have checked the manual on how to reset the warning light, but of course, it tells me to go to a dealership ($$$$$). I am hoping that the cooler weather will help. I may try the tire changing idea to see if it makes a difference.
What did you end up doing?
sherri Talkington

AOL

#60 Mar 7, 2010
I have the same problem anti lock blake light and AWD disable light comes on. I have had wheel bearing driver side changed 2 times and brake rotors in the front end changed 2 times in 2 months
and lights came on again. they will say it is a speed senor in your wheel bearing but i changed mine twice because thats what their test told them Wrong now after 500 dollars i have to take it to a dealer not happy.glad i read some of these post.

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