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Buick Rescue - 1995 LeSabre

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Dship, thanks for the information regarding the paint code. I found the sticker you refer to. It is stuck on the spare tire cover. But it is very faded and I cannot make out the numbers with my poor eyesight. Perhaps I can take a picture and magnify it. I was hoping someone would know the code from looking at the pictures.

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Dship, thanks a lot. That looks like what I needed. The web site directed me to Medium Adriatic Blue, code WA9907. I think I can see 9907 as the paint code on the faded sticker now. This should help me. After looking at the car closer, I'm not sure now if a spray can of touch-up paint will do any good. I don't want to spend a lot of money getting it repainted because I want to keep it affordable for the next buyer. I guess I can try a can for $15 and see how it goes from there. I can't make it any worse than it already is.

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Last Saturday was a beautiful day and I was able to spend a lot of time on the car. There is some good news and some bad news.

Good news. You know I had taken out the interior. Saturday I cleaned the seats using Tuff Stuff. The seats turned out very good. There are no rips in the fabric and they are back to looking almost brand new.

Good news. I got a front license plate holder from a local wrecking yard for $10. I straightened the front license plate, which looked like it had hit every curb in town, so everything looks good now.

Good news. I took the bent trim piece on the left passenger door off and straightened it out and put it back on. Looks almost as good as new. There was no dent in the door, just the trim piece. I guess it did it's job.

Bad news. The front seat arm rest/console fell apart when I took it out to clean it. I will have to get another one from Brown & Sons in Sunset, TX. It is about an hour drive from my house but they said they had a decent one with the same interior color.

More bad news. I could not clean the carpet. It especially looks bad with the seats, that look real good. So I will have to buy new carpet. I see that Stock Interiors has a molded carpet for it for $133, so that's not too bad. A new carpet will look great in this car.

Some more bad news. I notice a giant oil spot under the engine. It has a bad oil leak somewhere that will need to be addressed before I can sell it. I guess I never noticed it before because it was parked on grass. I'll look at it when I do an oil change.

Now the really bad news. I have everything out of the car except the drivers seat. I put the drivers seat back in so I could drive it if I needed to. I was skeptical about putting in the padding and carpet before I knew where all the water was coming from. Well, since it has been raining all day, I went out to check it. There was water everywhere in the floor pan, with most of it in the rear passenger area. I guess the door seals are leaking, or perhaps the rubber weather stripping, I don't know right now. What I do know is that I have to fix the leaks before I attempt to sell it. That means more money and a lot more work. At least I know it is probably not a heater core or plugged A/C drain. At it explains why it was the wettest in the rear passenger floor when I got it. Any suggestions on how to fix water leaks are welcomed. Here are some pictures of the water inside the car.

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Well, unfortunately, not all rescue missions turn out for the good. It has been raining for several days here in Texas and I just cold not keep the car from filling up with water. There were leaks in all 4 quadrants from all 4 doors. I could see water trails running down into the front floors from behind the dash somewhere, behind the back seat, trunk, etc. The most frustrating part is that the weatherstripping didn't look all that bad. But nothing I did seemed to have any impact on the flooding. I drilled holes in the floors to allow the water to drain. I decided it would take too much effort to fix all of the leaks, and by the time I bought new carpet and padding, and replace the catalytic converter to get it to run better, I would have so much money and effort in it that I couldn't sell it. And I don't know if I would ever be confident that I had all of the leaks fixed. BTW, this seems to be a common problem with the mid-1990s LeSabres. There is a lot of articles on the internet about it. So, the bottom line is that I sold it to a salvage yard for what I had paid for it. He said he would try to fix it and resell it, but I doubt it. Oh, well, I guess I can't save them all. At least I know I helped the lady I bought it from.

Stay tuned for another rescue project. I'm sure I'm stumble across another one soon.

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It is gone, but did you have a chance to check the seals on the windshield and rear window? To repair would be even more expense but that glue generally does not last as long as we like to keep our cars.

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To check for water leaks do the following: Cover the air valves located in the door jambs with masking tape. With the ignition on, engine off, close all of the windows and put the blower motor on high while in the fresh air mode (not recirculation mode). This will pressurize the cabin. You can now pour soapy water over the vehicle. There will be a large amount of bubbles were there are voids in the sealant allowing water to enter. Raise the hood to inspect the cowl area. It is normal for bubbles to be visible around the door handles and along the belt line area near the door glasses. It is a quick way to locate leaks. Good luck with your project.

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My father had one like that ('95) and after a moderate collision at the right front it leaked all over. It appears that some cracks opened up and when water that is always colder than the interior is on the car it is sucked in by the drop in interior pressure. He minimized the leaks by leaving a window cracked when parked and running the fan on high when driving in the rain. The car ended up being sold to a rural mail carrier and is still in service :eek:.

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I bought an old Buick once and it was full of fire ants (came from down south). I let off three "bug bombs" in the interior to kill the ants but had the added benefit of discovering every door seal needed replaced. They (the door seals) didn't look bad either. :D

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