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Buick Regal Electrical Problems



  • I have a 2000 Buick Regal LS. About once or twice per day for the last 2-3 weeks, the car will completely shut off while I am driving it. On my way home from work last night it did it in the middle of traffic on the 10. The stereo and what not will stay on, but the meters on the dash go to zero and most of the dashboard lights come on. What should I do?
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    I'd get it looked at asap. By the time you get a knowledgeable answer in this discussion, it may be to late.
  • teddyeddyteddyeddy Posts: 1
    I recently picked up a 1999 Regal LS with just over 104,000 miles. Took the keyless remote to the local Buick dealer in town, as it works on the doors and emergency button, but won't open the trunk (trunk opens fine with key). Testing reveals that the remote is indeed sending a signal. Before bringing the car in, any clues where to look? Also, in the past week, the passenger rear window won't open with the switch on the door itself or the driver's control. Again, any clues? By the way, the door has never been damaged.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Thump the passenger rear window area near the switch a couple times with your knuckles. As scientific as that sounds, it worked on my 1999 Regal LS with 77,000 miles. I'd also flange out the window grooves so the window can operate smoother.
  • lkohnlkohn Posts: 13
    Here is your too late, knowledgeable answer - ignition switch. I had all sorts of strange problems on my '99 GS; engine shut down when put blinker on, airbag light that would not shut off, other dash lights not shutting off and finally the car would not start. On my mechanics recommendation I had a Buick dealership do the replacement work. Since the replacement, I have not had any problems.
  • koolwat3rkoolwat3r Posts: 3
    Thanks. That is exactly what it turned out to be. I went out to run errands not long after I posted the original message, and the car wouldn't start at all. I ended up having it towed to a chevrolet dealership who replaced the switch and haven't had any problems since then. Anyone with a similar problem, I recommend having it fixed as soon as possible.
  • rd2drd2d Posts: 1
    I recently changed the driver side power window regulator and motor. Now my power locks will not lock by switches or remote. They will unlock onthe remote all four doors.
    there is no attempt to lock on any switch or the remote. Do you have any suggestion.
  • tomy2tomy2 Posts: 7
    My odometer, transmission setting display along with the speedometer doesn't work. The odometer display is lit but it doesn't change or display the correct mileage. Same is true for transmission display- doesn't change always set on "D". I've replaced the cluster panel with a re-built one but same issue. Any suggestions?
  • tomy2tomy2 Posts: 7
    Yea, replacing the ignition switch eliminated same problem I had - which was when I used my turn signal (left or right), the engine would completely turn off by itself.
  • azll3azll3 Posts: 1
    does any one know if the 1994 buick regal's have a key with the computer chips or is it just a regular key. thanks
  • I am having the exact same issue - blower fan only works on high and sometime if the blower is on high the head lights will go out. I can turn the blower off and the lights come back on. Also the cruise control only works some of the time. The problem seems to be worsening. What's up. Any feedback will be helpful.

  • My wifes Regal would not turn over. Everything worked but the starter. I determined there was no voltage going to relay to engage the starter. It has a chip in the key. I did a resistance check on the chip and then bought a resistor at Radio Shack which I put in the wires a purple and a white going to the switch. The car started okay for about six months. It will now sometimes start and sometimes won't. After a waiting period for a few minutes to an hour it will start and run fine. We go for days of starting okay every time to the guessing game of starting when it wants to. Any ideas appreciated. I would like to bypass the security system but don't know how. :cry:
  • My 96 Regal, 3.8l engine, fails to start about 1 time in 10. The starter turns everything over normally bu the engine won't catch. I have found if I then wait 3-4 minutes it will start right up. I've wondered if having the air conditioner on to start with makes a difference. Sometimes I have hit the accelerator before turning the key and that seems to cause it not to start, but sometimes if fails to start when I haven't hit the accelerator first. It has only stopped once in traffic. Any ideas?
  • I am unable to remove the key from the ignition after I turn off the engine. After waiting several minutes, the key is released. Would like to fix the problem myself, not through the Dealer. Please give advice on how involved this repair is and cost. Thanks :mad:
  • There is a hole underneath adriving wheel (covered by some plastic) - you need to open it and to put something thin stick there to release a key next time. I do not know how to fix it.
  • :) I followed your instructions and removed the little plastic cover under the steering wheel. There is a little metal plunger that when pushed with a 1/4" diameter screwdriver will release the key. It's not a permanent solution, but a good remedy! Thanks for your suggestion.
  • I am having the same problem on my 96 Park Avenue. Some times it takes a good 15-20 minutes for it to start though. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • aedaed Posts: 8
    I resolved this problem in my 2000 Regal by removing the plastic plug next to the shifter on the console and spraying a fair amount of WD-40 straight down onto whatever linkage is there. This is pretty far from the key in the steering column, but I read a post on a Regal GS site that this cured the problem of a spilled coke in the not-waterproof boot around the shifter. This is also a wintertime fix for me after traveling on freezing slushy roads when I can't pull the key out of the ignition. Love that WD-40. Hate that Buick design. Otherwise, really like my Regal.
  • Can someone tell me where the remote door lock sensor is located on a 2000 Buick Regal? I believe this is my problem and want to check it out. Thanks.
  • Recently, the remote for my 2000 Regal LS has been acting up. The button to unlock has to be pressed several times in order to unlock the car, and the button to lock it sometimes won't work at all. Replaced the battery in the remote and that helped for about an hour and then the remote started having the same problem. Any ideas on what the issue could be? :confuse:
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