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Buick Regal Electrical Problems



  • i have a 2001 buick regal GS and had to replace both front wheel bearing to check which one is bad you take the wheel off and you will see a wire going to the back of the brakes into the wheel bearing take it off put a jumper wire and trun on the car if the lights trun off thats the wheel bearing thats going bad. replace one the passenger first then few months later replaced driver side. Bearings where definetly bad they where grinding affecting fuel economy.
  • it may sound stupid but make sure when u shut off the car and put it in park you actually hear the car click into park gear wise
  • I was tooling down the highway changing lanes to pass a slower vehicle when there in my path was a whole torn off retread. I was able to straddle the tire but I felt it wacking the undercarriage. When I stopped I looked under the car to see if there was any obvious damage but saw no obvious damage.

    2 days later I was driving in a heavy rain storm. That night I noticed I had no dash lights & no parking lights. The parking light fuse was blown. I replaced it & it blew again so I tried upgrading to a 20 amp from a 15 amp so I could troubleshoot looking for a damaged wire.

    I had no luck finding a damaged wire. The next day when I opened the driver door I had a fast warning chime. When I put the key in the warning chime slowed to the normal & stopped when I closed the door.

    Any ideas out about what the fast warning chime means with no dash nor parking lights?

    Much obliged.
  • zak14zak14 Posts: 2
    i have a 99 buick regal gs the digital odometer doesnt show up neither does the digital climate control and the heater blower motor its blowing as fast as it should
  • abutcherabutcher Posts: 33
    Did they all go out at once or was it at seperate times? I knnow there is a fix on youtube on how to fix the odomoter by just soldering on new resistors which I had to do.
  • zak14zak14 Posts: 2
    my brother who i got the car from said they would go out for awhile and then come back on like its a shorted wire or something
  • abutcherabutcher Posts: 33
    edited July 2012
    Yep, sounds like the resistors need replacing. Mine came completely loose and fell out eventually for the odometer.

    Here is the fix: Youtube video
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Your dealer of choice would be a good resource for information on this concern. Please let me know if you plan to take the vehicle into the dealer. Please feel free to email me directly.
    GM Customer Service
  • Hi Gary81, did you resolve the issue with the key not coming out of the ignition? I replaced my ignition switch which solved the problem of the car shutting off while driving, but the key still sticks in the freaking ignition. It may go several weeks without doing it, then for several weeks it will do it again. Any luck?
  • Thank you for sharing! I've been going crazy trying to get the Air Bag light to turn off before my inspection. Looked under the seat and there was a travel mug pressing on the plugs! Many thanks! What a quick, easy fix :)
  • ctrycprctrycpr Posts: 1
    For some time the instrumet panel lights would not immediately come on when you started the car. After driving a short distance you would hear a click and they would all come on. Recently the dash lights went out but all other lights worked. I checked the fuse and it was blown. I replaced it and turned on the ignition and it immediately blew again. Any suggestions wheer I should start looking?
  • i have a 99 regal. car misses and dies as soon as the engine starts to get warm. I runs perfect when it it cool and first started. The coils, ignition module,crank and cam sensors have been changged
  • I have this exact car and had this exact problem! The multi-switch is bad! You will need to change the whole switch. I had to change it twice. The second problem was that the wind-shield wipers wouldn't shut off...
  • I have a 2002 Buick regal and I will b driving for at least 25-30 minutes before it will start chugging and if u push on gas pedal car won't go any faster and rpms will go up then it comes out of it and other times it will start to chug and then it will die and if I wait about a minute or two it will start back up. Had it at shop and they can't seem to find the problem. Anyone else having this same problem? Please help and let me know if u got it fixed and what problem was thanks. I am a mother with 3 children and need help fast before it causes us to get into an accident. Once again thanks for any help that u can give.
  • What was the problem with your car I don't know if u were posting to me about car chugging then it would die thanks
  • We replaced the ignition switch and now it all works perfectly!!
  • I have a 2002 buick regal GS with 151,000 miles and I had the same thing it was just so crazy, I was thinking that there was a short in wire in turn signal or the unit it self , but after reading this post, I saw it was the same thing I bought the part it was $92.00 at auto zone and it took me about 3 hours to complete the install, and like the above post it can be done faster after you do it hope these post help others. (turn signal shuts car off while driving if used, flickering the Service Engine Soon, ABS and track off light) Duralast/Ignition Switch
    This product is a fit for your:
    2002 Buick Regal 3.8L SFI SC OHV 6cyl
    Part Number: LS927
    Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • I had success with the odometer problem & youtube fix described above. Thanks for the posts. Hoping someone can help with this set of electrical issues: 1) My 02 Regal has always had electric windows that intermittently refuse to respond. On the same trip, we can roll the windows down one minute and then not be able to roll them up the next. There doesn't seem to be any trigger or cause and also no fix. We just have to wait it out. Stopping/restarting does nothing. 2) Occasionally, there is a fairly loud clicking sound that comes from the back of the engine, passenger side after the engine is off. Kind of behind the glove box. It doesn't always start right away and has drained the battery before. Sometimes we can prevent this by ensuring the key is in the "steering wheel lock" position before we remove the key. 3) We just started having the engine fail symptom others have described, where the throttle becomes sporadically unresponsive and then the engine dies. After the car rolls to a stop we can turn the key off and then start it again.

    I hope that replacing the ignition switch at least fix #3. Maybe more? Has anyone had experience with #1 or #2? I will report what happens after I replace it.

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