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PostSubject: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:07 pm

Hi Everyone,

Just bought a Supercharged 97 Buick Riviera from the quintessential little old lady about a month ago.  It has 76,000 miles, always garaged, and came with all the service records since she purchased it as a dealer demo.  Before selling it she replaced the pads, rotors, and calipers on all four wheels and the battery.  I paid $3500 and I LOVE driving it.  The interior looks like it was never sat in and I'm using it as a second vehicle.  My mechanic looked it over before I bought it and said that everything looked good with no deal breakers but once I got it I had the valve covers replaced, brake fluid flushed, and AC recharged.

Since I have been driving it, I have notice a few issues that seem common to these cars since I started reading the posts on this site:
Horn keeps blowing fuses and the gas gauge/sending unit is inaccurate.  

But I have two other issues that I could use some help with:
1. It appears that the AC compressor appears to be leaking Freon, not sure if its the compressor or the lines as the Freon drips off the bottom of the compressor

2. Driving with the windows open I have heard a metal on metal clank coming from the right front suspension/wheel when going over most bumps and pot holes.  I have looked over the suspension and everything looks fine.  Can't hear it with the windows rolled up.

Glad I can be part of this site.  Seems like there are many out there who appreciate these cars and can help keep them on the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:25 pm

As far as the horn goes, I would just replace it with a nice aftermarket one. I permanently blew the low note one, so I need to replace mine as well. Oddly, I haven't blown a fuse since. I believe mine had the same issue with the compressor as yours. Since we bought it from a dealer we just had them replace it along with the valve cover gaskets and oil pan gasket. Does your antenna still work?
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:12 pm

Thanks for the reply, I think my horn is more complicated than that. I replaced the fuse and after a week I was driving through a parking lot and the horn went off erratically without me touching the pad. It didn't stop until the fuse blew. I think the steering pad is sticking.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:34 pm

Mine did that once. Some have had the issue where it just won't stop blaring. Have you tried replacing the relay as well?
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:02 pm

Haven't checked the relay, where is it located?
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:10 pm

Next to the underhood fuse IIRC.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:13 pm

Thanks. And yes my antenna still works. Is your Riviera color Bright White or the White Diamond Pearl?
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:19 pm

Welcome Aboard, Mike hi 
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:11 pm

Check the sway bar end links for the clunking. The oem ones are just plastic.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:38 pm

I have the pearl paint that looks like crap. I really want to get it repainted, but performance mods take priority.
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:06 pm

all go no show! right matt. welcolme to the group, ive got a 97 sc also and my ac has been a nightmare. before next summer im rippin it all out and replacin the whole system
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:10 pm

joshuadalegrimes wrote:
all go no show! right matt. welcolme to the group, ive got a 97 sc also and my ac has been a nightmare. before next summer im rippin it all out and replacin the whole system

Just rip it out! thats what windows are for!
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:12 pm

But summer is what it's for
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:20 pm

i usually just run with windows down and radio up anyway but those 90+ days i sure miss it
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PostSubject: Re: Just Bought My First Riv.   Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:21 am

Welcome there Mike!
hope you have some luck with the issues - can be some tricky bastards sometimes
I have many little stupid things it's been so long I've just learned to live with at this point including one of my horns shorting out (just removed it), a/c not working due to some electrical/control problem.
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