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#2945 of 3507 1994 Regal Ignition Problem
Jun 20, 2005 (11:53 am)
My son has a 94 Buick Regal with a 3.8 litre engine.
Recently, the car stopped running (while on the road). He had it towed to work. When he tried again, it started and ran for a day. Then it quit again.
Troubleshooting revealed that there was no spark. He replaced the crank sensor and ignition module, but this didn't fix the problem. He suspects that there might be a problem with the ignition key chip/computer, but he's not sure how to check this, and doesn't want to throw any more parts at the problem. He tried reading the trouble code using the "check engine" light, but no trouble codes flashed (perhaps he's not initiating the sequence properly - any help here?).
1. Does anyone have any ideas/experience with this kind of problem?
2. If the key chip circuit fails, will it prevent the engine from cranking, or just from starting?
Any ideas/suggestions would be welcome.
Jun 21, 2005 (9:27 pm)
I have a 2001 Buick Regal LS. The alarm remote (fob) plastic broke at the hole for placing a ring to connect it to your key ring. I thought that I could purchase just the plastic housing and place the electronics part in the new plastic housing. I am unable to find the plastic part so I called the Buick dealer. They want $112.00 for the remote plus $40.00 to program it. Does anyone have suggestions? $152 .00 seems like a bunch to pay for a remote. Is it possible to program the remote yourself without depending on the Buick dealer?
Thanks for your help.
#2947 of 3507 Re: Alarm Remote [scotsman93535]
Jun 22, 2005 (5:49 am)
The remotes are available on the internet. I don't have a link, but people have posted links in some of these GM discussions. I'll see if I have a bookmark.
#2950 of 3507 Re: Clinking Noise when first moving the car... [scorpion657]
Jun 24, 2005 (1:27 pm)
Have you ever found out the problem to the noise??? I have the exact same thing happen when i drive slow and have my window down i can hear this clinking noise from the right front someplace.
#2952 of 3507 Service Engine Soon light
Jun 28, 2005 (1:32 pm)
I have a '98 and a '01 Buick Regal ls. I am experencing a problem with the 'Service Engine Soon' light on my '01 Regal. It has 47k miles, passed NJ inspection about 1 yr ago. The manual which comes in the glove compartment says to open the gas cap if light comes on. I've done this, after a day or so it went out. I took a trip just recently and the light came on again and will not go off. Any suggestions.
#2953 of 3507 Re: Service Engine Soon light [tonyf2]
Jun 28, 2005 (6:41 pm)
Since the light went off after a day of start stop driving, it may be the gas cap. Check the rubber ring around the top that seals inside the opening of the metal tank filler. If it's torn, time for a new cap (or some silicon caulk). If it's dry, put some vaseline on it to help it seal better. Check the area of the metal filler where the cap seal goes. If it's got a layer of sediment on it from something, rub it off with an oiled shop cloth to smooth the surface to help the seal.
Had trouble with 98 3800 in LeSabre. Read the service manual I bought to see how it works. When you restart a luke warm engine, it does a check to see if it can keep a vacuum for a certain length of time to show that there is no air leak in the tank system. It does not do the test on a cold start nor a hot start. Only when the water temp is between a couple of lukewarm temperatures. Sure enough, when I drove my car to get coffee, turned it off for a few minutes, then got back in, it did the test and the light went off. If you don't do a luke warm start, it may take a few days before it does the vacuum check.
#2954 of 3507 Re: 1999 Regal LS Rear Speakers (Monsoon) [jbm]
Jun 30, 2005 (9:40 am)
It's a sharp plasticky rattle, almost sounds like something's hitting the cone of the speaker. I can tell the speaker isn't blown, there's just something loose back there. There's a little bit of rattle when my car drives over sharp bumps, or even a slightly bumpy road, but when I turn the CD/radio on, it amplifies by like 100x. The warranty ran out a long time ago, so right now I'm considering removing the back seat and rear deck as required to get at the damn speaker to see what's wrong.