2002 Buick Lesabre ABS light after replacement & cruise

Tiny
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  • 2002 BUICK LESABRE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 70,000 MILES
I recently had my rear brake pads replaced at Midas. When I drove away, I noticed that the ABS light had came on and stayed on. I went to Auto Zone to check a 'check engine' light, but nothing substantial came up on the codes (loose fuel cap or vacuumn leak).
Then the next time I took the car on the interstate, my cruise control didn't work.

Is this related to the rear pads? Or something different?
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Monday, May 31st, 2010 AT 10:13 AM

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Tiny
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Take it back to Midas and have it repaired, probably a loose wheel sensor.

ABS error will disable cruise.

ABS sets a "C" chassis code, which autoparts stores cannot read.
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 AT 8:31 AM
Tiny
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Midas did rehook the abs line on the wheel. Cruise is still not working.
Should I take battery cables off and reset codes to reset the cruise?
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Friday, June 4th, 2010 AT 8:47 AM
Tiny
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Have Midas fix what they neglected. If cruise was working when you brought it in, have them read PCM codes for a cruise error.
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Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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Finally got back to midas.
On the cruise, they said the "Transmission is in Safetly Limp Mode" and the cruise will not operate in this mode.

They suggested going to a transmission shop.
Is this the best option?
Or is there a simpler option?
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Friday, June 11th, 2010 AT 10:18 AM
Tiny
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They also reseated the brake pads because I was getting a noise like an echo insde a tin can when I was braking.
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Friday, June 11th, 2010 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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I would take to dealer or trusted trans shop and see what Midas did to trans. Have it repaired and present them with bill.
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Saturday, June 12th, 2010 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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Still doing the loud noise in the back.
They adjusted the pads last week.
Then it starting making a different noise.

Took it in this morning.
The back noise is rear caliper is too loose to adjust and messed up the rotor.

The front noise is the tie rod going and a loose wheel bearing.

I reset the codes by taking the positive cable off saturday and the cruise worked briefly.
So as soon as all the brake and wheels are taken care of i'll do the battery cable again and see if that reset holds.
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Monday, June 14th, 2010 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
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Keep us informed.
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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 AT 9:21 AM
Tiny
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Ok went to two transmission stores yesterday.

1st ran codes -- said Solonoid 1-2 code was on, needed to replace Solonoid for $500 and THEN figure out what else was wrong.

I took my car to Aamaco -- sane code came up for them, but they added while looking through the code machine, the solonoids were working and the gears actually engaging WHEN the Limp mode was off. So they asked permission to do an internal inspection, taking the drop pan off and loooking further that way. There was clutch material and clutch bands littering the bottom of the pan. So they wanted to do a rebuild, verifying that the hard core items were not damaged and cleaning the insides and off course replacing all the 'soft core' stuff. He told me that other cars it is normally a 12-13 hour job, but the buick is an 18-19 hour job.

The bad part: 2300 + tax, 2500 + tax if the torque converter needs replaced (but he did n't think it needed replacing)

i checked another shop and they wanted 1800 for it, but they couldn't give me a nationwide warranty as they were a local shop.
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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 AT 9:01 AM
Tiny
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If problem did not exist before taking to Midas, then it is logical to assume Midas did something or failed to do something.

It is beyond coincedence that the trans problem would suddenly appear after a brake job.
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Friday, June 18th, 2010 AT 7:01 AM
Tiny
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Picked up the car.
Aamco said had to replace the torque convertor too. It was too badly damaged by the clutch material floating around in there.

So now i'm in the process of collecting this all to present to Midas.
Which level of Midas should I use?
The local office where I had the work done?
The district office?
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Monday, June 21st, 2010 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
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I contacted Midas's corporate office online and gave the whole explanation and listed what I wanted refunded to me.

The transmission job: $2300.00
the car rental/deposit: 300.80
the lifetime warranty for the transmission (since Midas offers lifetime warranties on all their work):
850.00
the work done on 6/14/10 at their shop (since there should have been no way the brakes burn up in 19 days if they had all been installed properly):
632.02
total $4082.82

Am I being unreasonable in asking for all that?
I hope not.
I'll settle for everything without the 6/14/10 work as a minimum though.

Thanks for your help and support through all this!
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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 AT 2:20 PM
Tiny
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The corporate office is the place to go, although they will probably settle without admitting any neglegence.

Also try the local news "investgative reporter", corporations DO NOT like bad press.
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 7:14 AM
Tiny
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I received a politely worded email shortly after submitting that request. They referred it back to the local franchise, and said I should hear from them within 3 business days.

I have a case number assigned to this and a direct number to contact them if there is anything further.

Thanks again for your help.
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 8:36 AM
Tiny
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Good luck, keep us informed.
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Thursday, June 24th, 2010 AT 8:09 AM

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