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#2800 of 3508 help with the horn
by horned off
Jan 13, 2005 (11:35 pm)
I have a 2000 buick regal LS The car has been great up until 1 month ago. I live in chicago the outside air temp dropped to 5 above zero and my horn started to go on it was 4 am the horn must have been going for ten minutes before i could dissconnect the battery. I replaced both horns 64 dollars for parts and two nights later the same thing happened again someone please help this time the horns just stopped before i could get the battery disconnected but now the horn doest work. It is now 130am why does it only happen in the middle of the night.. hope someone can help i need a horn and some sleep
Jan 14, 2005 (3:44 am)
it gets cold. Several years ago father-in-law bought a Gran Prix and its horn went off at 2 am in 20 degree or less. It was the contacts in the steering wheel in the plastic. GM replaced it for him.
It's worth troubling shooting first. The horns themselves wouldn't have gone off if there weren't power to them, so replacing them was a mistake. There is a relay for the horns in the Relay Box that you might remove _temporarily_ until you can have a dealer service the car(warranty time basis?). That relay may already have stuck or burned if the horn won't work now.
Since the airbag is in the steering wheel with the horn contacts, I wouldn't touch it myself.
Oh, did I mention my father-in-law's car was in our driveway since we kept his car and drove them to the airport. I didn't know where fuses, relays, anything was. I was ready to cut the wires to the horns if I could have gotten to them. I drove the car into the garage to work on it. Ever work on a car where the horn won't stop blowing at 2 am inside your double garage? Irritating!!!
#2803 of 3508 bporter1......
Jan 17, 2005 (7:57 pm)
I had a similar problems with a Taurus. The cause can be a hairline crack in a circuit board which widens just enough when very cold so as to break a connection. I know, try to find it. In my case, an entire board was replaced, ending the problem. For all I know, just removing the parts and re-installing them might have worked, too.
Jan 17, 2005 (10:01 pm)
arggggggggg going to replace the relay tommoro hoping that does it I dont want to have to go into the stering wheel since not having a horn i seem to get behind every moron on the road
#2805 of 3508 2000 and 2004 Regal GS
Jan 17, 2005 (11:57 pm)
We have a 2000 GS, bought in October 2000, and November 30 we bought a 2004 GS. Contrary to what we expected, the cars are not twins.
1. The steering used to be very easy at slow speed. Much more harder with the new car. Reason: the 2000 have a variable power steering (Magnasteer); it was deleted in newer models. Does not matter when driving, but it is less convenient to park in tight garage or to make three point turns on driveway.
2. The 2000 model have two auto dimming mirrors: inside and driver-side outside. The 2004 - only the inside mirror. The outside one is tinted, but the tint is not as efficient as auto-dimming when driving on highways or multi-lane streets (except in the left lane).
3. The 2000 model have heated side mirrors. The feature was deleted for the 2004 model. Substantial difference in wet weather - the mirrors fogs. Safety item. In addition, have to deice them after snow.
4. The 2004 seats are not so soft as in our 2000 car. It looks (or rather it touches) as there is less of foam under the leather. The foam layer is thin, used to be thick.
The old seats are very comfortable for long trips - 5 to 10 hours. However, they make you to feel somewhat disconnected from the road, especially in city. You feel the road better with the new seats, and they are still rather comfortable. Did not drive the new car for longer than 2 hours, thought.
5. The 2000 model have a more sporty "performance shift mode". It was deleted. The 2004 model is still fast, with very good acceleration, but the 2000 model is even faster in the performance mode.
6. The 2004 model have a new radio. The 2000 CD player skips on every bump; the 2004 player does not skip at all on the same roads. The radio have a new feature, named RDS or something of this kind. It can display short messages broadcast by radio stations. I did not use it yet, and doubt if it is available in our city. Any case, am not sure it is a good idea to read radio messages while driving.
On the flip side, the new radio does not support disk changers. And it is impossible to switch off the anti-theft feature. A tiny red light blinks annoyingly when the engine does not running. More important, to the my understanding, the radio will die if you disconnect the battery, for repair or diagnostics. Only GM dealer can fix it by entering a secret code. $50 service.
Who would steal the GM radio?
7. The new car have OnStar. GM advertises it as a safety feature. It looks as hypocrisy for me - especially provided GM deleted heat from the side mirrors. I am also somewhat uneasy with the device which lets spying on me. I even mulling to remove power from the OnStar, disconnecting it from the cable.
8. Few small things were deleted:
- the passenger side door lock. Makes sense for me: with the power locks, the manual lock is never used.
- the insert for coins was deleted. Does not matter for me.
- The shifter position illumination was deleted. If you want to verify the shifter position when it is dark, e.g if it on "R" or "N", you have to look on the instrument panel. It makes less convenient complicated parking, 3-point turns, etc. in the night time.
9. The engine was modified somewhat.
The engine of the 2000 model used to require the 10W30 oil for the temperature above 60F and 5W30 for temperature below 0F, with the both oil weights good for temperature in the range of 0-60F. However, during a typical Connecticut winter, the temperature can vary between lower than 0F and higher than 60F. I am using synthetic oil for peace of mind.
The 2004 model requires the 5W30 oil for all seasons. It also provides for longer intervals between oil changes, according to the oil monitor. This is more convenient.
10. There is impression that the 2004 model is built better. None rattles in the steering wheel or under the dashboard. There is only a very slight rattle in the driver-side B pillar
Jan 19, 2005 (8:40 pm)
This morning I took the car to a local dealership. They again could not duplicate the problem, but did end up replacing the blower module. I hope that this was the problem. The dealership does not even know. I asked if other Regal's,Century's, Grand Prix, have had this problem? No, mine is a first. I will keep you all updated. Also they found that the oil pan gasket is leaking, what is the average cost of that repair?
#2807 of 3508 Re: Sueprcharger Warranty [jbm]
Jan 29, 2005 (10:20 pm)
In the back of my owner's manual it says the SC is warrantied for 6 years or 75,000 miles. My Buick service manager said they will exchange an old one with a rebuilt one for about $600.00, which is less than 1/2 the cost of a new one. BTW, some dealerships are reluctant to change the oil because it stinks like hell, and the smell lingers for days. However, they will change it if you press them hard enough on it. The manager said not changing it at 36,000 miles causes damage to the impellers and seals. Then they start to leak. He said the SC gets much hotter with older oil, so it's wise to change it to prolong its life. As the saying goes "pay me now or pay me later".
#2808 of 3508 Inspect pulleys and belts often
Feb 03, 2005 (10:57 pm)
I almost had a disaster with my '98 Regal GS. Last week I heard an unusual noise coming from under the hood during idle. I opened it and saw my S/C tensioner-pulley was wobbling and making weird noises. I read my extended warranty and saw the part and labor were covered, so I took it to the dealer. I thought something was wrong when my S/C was only making ~4 lbs. of boost at WOT. The service manager told me some horror stories about pulleys breaking loose and serpentine belts flying around, damaging the engine and related parts. He suggested that people should insist that all engine and S/C pulleys (and belts) be carefully inspected during oil changes.
#2809 of 3508 Re: 2000 and 2004 Regal GS [yurakm]
Feb 15, 2005 (2:22 pm)
I had a 1999 Regal and it had all of the features as your 2000 had and they were standard items. I recently traded it in for a 2005 LaCrosse. This is supposed to replace the Regal. It is a nice car but I sure miss all of the standard gadgets my 99 had. The one I miss the most is the cornering lights. The steering on the LaCrosse is stiffer (no variable effort power steering)As far as service goes it was the best and most reliable car I have owned. The LaCrosse is smooth and quiet but Buick forgot to put a manual opener in for the trunk. In case of a battery or solenoid failure there is no way to get into the trunk unless you are able to remove the rear seat. What a way to save money.