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Buick Regal Electrical Problems



  • sorry that this is happening... need to replace the ignition switch.
  • rugman10rugman10 Posts: 1
    Your Information is very helpful, I am having the same problem but also the car will not start until the light switch is pulled on what are the chances that could be all tied together?

    Scot Savitch
  • tylutkitylutki Posts: 2
    edited May 2011
    i have a 2002 regal i was driving down the road and it died no problems before put the key in and everything starts to flash and click sometimes it turns over but now its not even turning over HELP!! already check the battery terminal and it is find anyother ideas i am lost.. i hooked it up to a mac scanner and it reads error no signal if anyone nows what to do to fix it pleased let me know thanks.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Have you had a chance to have the vehicle looked at by a dealer? If not, I would recommend doing so. I am unsure if they are linked. This is a great question for your service staff. Please keep me updated on your situation. I look forward to your update.
    GM Customer Service
  • daisy14daisy14 Posts: 8
    Okay. Let me save you some trouble and money. Just replace the ignition switch. I am a woman and for two years I had been having the same problem,off and on with my 1997 Regal. It seemed to act up in the fall with the cool weather and then seemed to stop in the spring. Each fall the occurrences would get more frequent and worse. The car would never let me sit,but would take sometimes up to 30 minutes to start. The car not wanting to start is the first symptom. Left turn signal use causing the dash board instruments to buzz and act weird was the second as the ignition switch gets worse. Next will be the car shutting off with the use of the right turn signal. This can be very dangerous while changing driving lanes. I had my car to my Chevy/GM dealer many times and they could not figure it out. They used a hammer to beat on my starter, checked my coded keys, fiddled with a cable under the hood that did something with my shifter, and suggested that I start at the battery and work my way back. I was charged $65 for the hammer to starter,coded key check, and shifter adjustment. I then decided to replace the battery and that didn't help. I kept searching this site for answers and had mentioned about the ignition switch and to these mechanics. I was either ignored or told that they needed to do diagnostics on the car when it was acting up. They said they needed to get it in the shop and run tests to try to figure it out. Well, this can run into a good bit of money while these mechanics keep guessing and trying to figure it out. I decided to go with what I had learned from this site and skipped letting them do "diagnostic tests", I told them to order the ignition switch and put it in. I am a woman what do I know about cars? Well, one ignition switch and one hours labor later, they now know how much I know and learned from this site. The cost was $225. My Buick Regal is now working great. When I mentioned, the one service guy was like " why do I need to go to that site when I have the GM computer? Well, screw that GM computer. This is apparently a common problem with Buicks and there is nothing in their computer about it. These mechanics and parts guys thought I was nuts to order in the switch without them doing test and telling me what they "thought" the problem was. If I have any other problems with my Buick, I will check out and do my research before letting any mechanic work on my car and waste my money. Personally. GM should be held accountable for this ignition switch problem and be made to foot the bill. This problem is evident in many car and many different model years.Thanks to everyone on this site that offered advice. Great job!!!.
  • captmdzcaptmdz Posts: 1
    Daisy - Did you replace the ignition switch or module? I'm having the same problem as yourself and a few of the above posts. Other forums suggest it's the ignition module....I'm trying to lake sure, before I spend another $200 on this car.....
  • The dealer told me they changed the ignition switch... not sure about the ignition module. It was a nightmare at the dealer.. they had my car for three weeks and couldn't tell me what was wrong.
    The car has been working fine since. Good luck!
  • How did you know it was the ignition switch and not the turn signal switch? I'm having the same problem, and am too poor to take it to a "real" mechanic, lol. I have a friend that is quite handy trying to figure it out. I'm just worried to buy a $300 turn signal switch and it be the ignition switch instead... :(
  • After reading all the postings on the car forums (individual and mechanic feedback) with the same model buicks... it was evident that these cars have this problem... and the most disturbing part about it is no one has done anything about it; recall or investigated further. Anyhoo, after the ignition switch was changed the car is running great. Good luck.
  • cartommy1cartommy1 Posts: 1
    hi i have the same problem with my 2003 buick, what tool did you use to remove the two bolts from the top ignation switch, i tred to remove the two little bolts but all the socke tand nut drivers i have are to big.
  • Thank you all so much! This just happened to me last night and it freaked me out! Going to try to replace the ignition switch today.

    Did any of you experience not being able to take the key out of the ignition before all of this happened?

    For over a year now sometimes the key will not release when I park (have to wait until it clicks and releases, can sometimes take several minutes). Just wondering if replacing the ignition switch also solves that issue. Maybe this was an early sign that the ignition switch is going bad?
  • I started having this same problem w/ 03 regal, no one could figure the problem out. I started to research on line and found this site and i cant believe all theses people have had this problem, i believe this requires investagation or recall, and by the way i tried to tell the mechanic about the ignition switch replacement, but he didnt want hear about it, I finally went to Buick dealer, and told them,"ole no we have to test it, at first he diagnosis something else but they called back and said it was the ignition switch, I had to pay alot of money. I believe GM should be responsible, I sent an email to corporation, i believe we all should send something in about this matter b/4 some dies b/c there car loss power on highway,and some car rams into them.
  • Do you really think there is anybody at GM who cares about problems with 10-15 year old Buicks? It's all we can do to get their attention on problems with the new ones.
  • There's a post on youtube on how to fix it yourself for about $10. I took my dash cluster out in 20 mins. Went to radio shack, bought the parts and then took it all to a TV repair man and he removed and soldered the new parts for $20. Works like new!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,456
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  • My car is doing the same thing! I do not want it to stall and get hit in the rear. When I use the right turn signal I can see it drop in voltage, the computer hates it and shuts down. It's back at the shop today, after a new multi-function switch on Monday. Will ask for a new ignition switch today. I love this car (192,000 mi) and will throw a little more cash at it before I get another car. Oh, had the upper intake gasket fixed at 10,000 mi, too!
  • I own a 95' buick regal that is dieing while im driving, then wont start again from 5 min to a couple hours. i have purchased and installed a fuel pump, ignition control modual, computer, spark plugs and wires, all filters, and a new battery... i really need some input fast. i am a pizza delivery driver :/ :/
  • I have the same issue with the ignition going on with my 2000 Century. My mechanic told me the problem was the chip in the key. It happens intermittently, but it always happens when I'm running late for work! If I play around with the clicker it usually will start, but now I think this may just be a coincidence and the issue is with the ignition switch. I was also just told about the lower intake manifold gasket leaking coolant into my oil which is going to run me between $700 & $800, ugghh! Have to wait for tax refund for repairs, hopefully it's enough and I don't do any damage by waiting for the repair. I initially loved this car, but now it's more a love/hate relationship! BTW, I'm picking up my car now and I'm going to run replacing the ignition switch by my mechanic and see what he's says & how much that is going to run me. Thanks for the help!
  • I have a 99 Buick Regal LS. My car won't start unless I press my brake at the same time. While my car is running if I put on my signal lights my car dies. My anti lock light goes on. My headlights and dash lights won't go on either. I've tried new fuses but that didn't work. Any ideas what it could be?
  • I had the same issues with my 99 Buick and the dealership told me it was something called an anti lock brake system computer module and it would cost me over 700 dollars! So I decided to do some research before putting all of that money into my car and I read a lot of people had the same problems. I also read about the ignition switch so I decided to take my car somewhere else for a second opinion. Turns out it wasn't that computer module, it was my ignition switch cluster and it cost me 400 to fix. Now my car is running just fine. It makes me mad that if I let the dealership fix it I would've wasted my money and my car still would have been messing up. So tell your mechanic about checking your ignition switch and you should take your car to a mechanic that does electrical work.
  • 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: 4,251
    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 :)
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