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Buick Regal

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  • jac5jac5 Posts: 17
    thanks, tsu. do you think the goodyear assurance tripletread would be a good fit for this type of suspension? for a regal . thx.
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 293


    Sorry; I don't have experience with that tire. My '99 currently has Michelin X-One tires, and I'm quite pleased with them. I think the tread compound is a little harder than others (which might explain why they last so long), but they're very quiet and sure-footed. Someone else posted a while back that the siping on his X-One tires wore out and they didn't perform very well in snow thereafter. I've only got 30k miles on mine and so far they seem to be fine.
  • nels1nels1 Posts: 25
    A couple of months ago I put a set of Michelin Hydro Edge on my 03 GS. The best water tires I've found. Almost like driving on dry roads even in heavy rain and puddles at high speeds. I got them a Costco and they inflated them with nitrogen which is supposed to give better pressure stability among other things I guess. Don't know about snow yet but this thing is like a sled in snow anyway. Safest thing is to stay home.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Any good suggestions for replacement tires on 99 LS ? Around $80 per tire range.
  • You could try Futura 2000 LTE's at Pepboys. They're made by Cooper tires and run around $70.00/tire before balancing. Replaced all 4 on my '00 Intrigue with around 40Kmi. It now has 110K and they still have tread on them. Will need replacing before winter though. The ride nice and are good in the snow (a must where I live). I liked them so much that I just replaced all 4 on my wife's '01 Regal LS. Much quieter than the OEM G.Y. Eagels. Hope this helps.
  • Ok I have a 97 Regal LS 3.8 n/a
    before it stopped starting i would turn my key to start and it would crank, but no ignition. I checked it with a code reader and it sayed it was the crankshaft sensor.
    but after trying to start it for 2-4mins. it would start and not bother me for close to a month. then it would happen again.
    Finally while driving in town it just died. no power steering or nothing. I had it towed to the house. A mechanic friend of mine says it might be the ignition switch. please tell me this is easy to fix and common.
    any help would be appreciated.
    also its locked in park and won't unlock. :cry:
  • I had a 1992 Buick Roadmaster several years ago with the remote module that took a static hit. I had purchased the shop manual ($90., & well worth it) and was able to troubleshoot the problem. On that car, the module is the size of a cigarette pack and is mounted under the rear shelf accessible by removing the rear seat
    upright cushion. I found one at a "get it yourself" salvage yard from the same model sedan. The clerk didn't know what it was and charged me $20. That was the solution. It may be similar to your car. Good luck.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,255
    With the key in off, not lock, you should be able to move the shift lever. If it's not letting you move at other positions with the brake pedal down that says the basic things aren't getting power to release the pin that locks the shift lever.

    Try it in "Off."
  • I tried that and it would not work.
    I've desimbled the sift cover and manually taken it out of lock, but once I put it back in parkit locks again.
    I feel it will unlock once the car starts, thats the main problem. Getting it started, If anyone knows how to take the ignition switch out of a regal please feel free to post it.
  • yes, this is a major problem with the 97-04 regals
    it was a recall issue.
    it is caused by a power steering malfunction.
    if you call your local GM dealer and give them your VIN
    they should be able to tell you if this has been replaced or not on your car.

    I found out the hardway losing all power steering in Austin texas
    I turned my wheel without it and broke most of my rack and pinion parts.
    it costed me close to 700 bucks.
    So get it fixed for free as a recall!!
  • jdpinajdpina Posts: 4
    I have a problem with my power door locks, As I am driving down the road the power locks click to lock my doors while I am driving. Where would I start to try to find the problem? It think it might be a short somewhere, I sure would like to know were to start looking.
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 293
    Not sure about '96 models, but on '97 and up the doors lock automatically when the transaxle is shifted out of park. It is a programmable feature with detailed instructions on how to set the various lock modes in the owner's manual. One of the modes is for NO automatic lock or unlock.
  • jay99jay99 Posts: 9
    In my 99 Regal GS, when I turn on the ac or heat it smells like something is burning under the hood. I have checked all my fluid levels, and they are within an acceptable range. I sometimes smell the burning when I am going up a steep hill or using the engine more too.
    I know this could probably be many things but I thought maybe someone has had a similar experience... I will take it in, but I wanted some idea of what it could be first.
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 293
    Sorry if this sounds too obvious, but I know of three individuals who took their cars to those quick oil change places and were sent on their way with the oil filler cap still laying on top of the air intake plenum. Oh, make that four. It happened to my mother's car last month!
  • JAY I HAVE A 97 REGAL GS. AND HAVE HAD THE SAME ISSUES THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.THE FIRST TIME I EXPERIENCED THIS PROBLEM I SHUT OFF MY CAR IN THE GARAGE, AND BEFORE I WENT INSIDE I SMELLED SOMETHING. IT WAS DEFINATELY A BURNING SMELL. MOST LIKELY FROM OIL SOMEWHERE INSIDE THE ENGINE BAY. I HAVE STEAM CLEANED THE MOTOR , WATER CLEANED ,AND WIPED OFF EVERY PART OF THE VALVE COVERS THAT I COULD GET TOO. SOMETIMES I SMELL THIS WHILE GOING DOWN THE ROAD WITH THE HEATER ON. I ALSO DO ALL MY OWN OIL CHANGES AND I AM VERY CAREFUL TO NOT SPILL ANY OIL AND STILL HAVE THE PROBLEM. if you have any breakthroughs with this issue please email me , GOOD LUCK :P
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi and welcome to our Forums.

    Just a couple of tips - it's better to not post in all caps, since all caps makes a message difficult to read and is interpreted as shouting. Also, rather than asking people to email you, let's have the conversation right here within the discussion. That way all current and future readers of these posts will benefit.
  • Just purchased a GS with 60K miles. Can someone provide information about gutting the airbox to improve the existing intake? What's to be done with the electronic gizmo? Thanks
  • Once in a while the shift between 1st and 2nd is really hard and then the shift between 2nd and 3rd is hard but the rest are fine. This problem is intermittent but is becoming more frequent. Tranny shop said it was electrical since it does not occur consistently. Has 114500 miles, fluid was changed at 60K. Fluid looks and smells good. Any ideas?? Live in the Seattle area and drive about 100 miles a day on the highway. Otherwise has been great car.

    Thanks in advance :confuse:
  • My 97'Regal GS recently began to show the brake,Abs,trac off,and service engine soon light on the instrument panel. Also a grinding noise when the right or left turn signal is applied. the car will continue too grind until the e.b.c.m. runs the abs motor pack self test which it is only supposed to when the car is first started or driven. Maybe ABS problems???? :confuse: :cry: :lemon:
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Here's some photos...

    http://www.greenfam.org/gallery2/v/ClubGPandCarRelatedPhotos/2000-02-Guttingthe2000Airbox/- -

    The "electronic gizmo" [The PCM] stays there in the box...
  • I have read here that the rear speakers in a Monsoon system have a 6x9 subwoofer and two 4" speakers under the speaker grille in each side of the rear. My 99 Regal has a stock Monsoon system and it has one 4" and one 5"x7" speaker visible under the grille. Is there another 6"x9" speaker under these speakers or is the 5"x7" speaker the subwoofer? I understand it is a lot of work to remove the rear deck to replace these speakers. Can anyone shed any light on this subject?

    Thanks
  • I have a 96 Buick regal Custom, the water pump is leaking and
    I am trying to replace the water pump however on the 96 Regal there is a bolt on the left side facing the front of the engine where the drive belt is located, behind the Power Steering pump pulley. Do I have to remove the power steering pump in order to get the last bolt off or can the pulley be removed or what? :surprise:
  • tsu670tsu670 Posts: 293
    I've never done this before, but I read somewhere of someone who did. They removed the rear seat, removed 3 pins that hold down the rear deck lid, then pressed down on the edges of the deck to clear the metal tabs and removed the deck lid. Someone else said they had to remove the C pillar trim. I guess those metal tabs have sharp edges, so be careful. Good luck. Maybe you could come back and tell us how it went.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Also remember that the speakers are 2 ohm...

    Info on Monsoon systems... http://www.regalgs.org/forum/search.php?mode=results
  • jay99jay99 Posts: 9
    So I took the car in and it turn out it is the burning is oil leaking from the valve cover gaskets. Seems like it is too hard of a job for me to do myself so I will have to take it in...

    Good luck finding your problem.
  • I have a 2004 Buick Regal LS and because it's a Canadian model it has the automatic daytime running lamps. I'm wondering if the fog lamps are of any use at any time. I find using them at night they offer next to no difference and during the day, say if it's foggy, they are equally useless because the headlights come on automatically.

    I have the factory bulbs, so I suppose that might be part of the problem, but will new bulbs really make that much difference?
  • My 97 Buick Regal has started dieing at low speeds. I'll pull over to the side of the road, and then try to start it. Sometimes when I turn the key nothing happens. Radio still plays, lights don't go dim, just nothing. Then 10 seconds later it starts and is fine, but still running rough. I've also been replacing bulbs quite abit, so I thought maybe it was the alternator. I had an alternator put on a year ago, so maybe it's gone bad. I found somebody else on this site that had similar problems, and one poster replied that it was the alternator. Can anybody confirm?

    Thank you,

    JR
    jrsimma@yahoo.com
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Fog lamps are not "just decoration", but their effect is rather limited. I would say they are something like 75% decoration, and 25% substance. Or even 90% decoration, 10% substance in case of Regal.

    The light from fog lamps, sitting low above the road, does not reflect from fog (or snowfall, or rain) back to the driver's eyes as much as the light from headlights. It helps a bit in light fog and in rain, in the night time. Does not help in a dense fog or strong snowfall, inpenetrable by light.

    Fog lights are most efficient with trucks and SUV, where the driver sits high, and headlights are sitting far from the ground. Less efficient with cars. The Regal's headlights are sitting rather low, just above its fog lights, so the difference in reflection is minimal.

    There is no use for fog lamps when driving with the high beams. Too much "headlight" light is reflected back. Must switch to low beams when driving in night in fog, snowfall, or even in strong rain.

    For the same reason, there is no much sense in strong fog lamps. When fog lamps may be useful, strong light would reflects back. Yellow fog lamps, may be, are more efficient.

    Fog lamps are kind of status symbol, however. You can see many car, and especially trucks, driving with fog lamps on - even in a perfect weather. Just to show everybody that it is a more expensive vehicle. Or that its owner bought a set of aftermarket headlights, for as low as 35 to 50 bucks, and installed them.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,255
    >Just to show everybody that it is a more expensive vehicle. Or that its owner bought a set of aftermarket headlights, for as low as 35 to 50 bucks, and installed them.

    Or to blind oncoming drivers with the low-mounted lights shining up into their eyes. I thought road lights were to be used with high beams and have been perverted into the use with low beams in US to blind oncoming drivers and make the road less safe instead of being able to see better at high speed with high beams on.
  • rigerriger Posts: 2
    The "service engine soon" light keeps coming on about a week after turning it off. The code is po420 (low efficiency). I have changed the catalytic converter and the front O2 sensor. Any other ideas what might be the cause.
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