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#12 of 354 Automatic Shut Off
Dec 19, 2005 (8:14 am)
I own a 1996 Buick Regal Gran Sport and I have been having a problem with the car shutting off automatically. Once the car is stopped I am able to turn it back on. When the car shuts off, everything else is still on (headlights, radio, dashboard lights) but the engine stops and I obviously lose power to my power breaks and steering. What would cause this?? Any suggestions would be helpful.
#13 of 354 Re: Automatic Shut Off [rholstin]
Dec 21, 2005 (12:43 pm)
Gee, this is a tough one, but I think the first thing I'd check is the ground wire to the engine. At this age, the connection might be corroded and need some serious brightening up (cleaning).
Jan 05, 2006 (1:57 pm)
Buick Regal, 1994
Turn signals - left, none working
right, only rear works
Hazards not working at all.
Checked all bulbs and fuses, all good.
#15 of 354 Re: HELP!!!! [jamesl0368]
Jan 06, 2006 (6:35 am)
This is just a shot in the dark, but sometimes in a car as old as this (11 years), the dielectric grease dries out in the bulb socket so the connection is no longer any good. You can get small packets of the stuff at your local auto parts place.
#16 of 354 Buick Regal won't crank
Jan 16, 2006 (1:05 pm)
I have a 94 Regal that was running fine until my wife turned the
ignition switch off. It will not crank over now. It is not getting fire to
the starter solenoid. I have found out that it has an anti-theft relay
and module and think it may be the anti-theft module. The fire from the
ignition is going through the relay. I checked this with a test light. I
was also checking voltage to a yellow wire with a black stripe that
goes to anti-theft module from the anti-theft relay and the vehicle
started. I removed the test light from the circuit and it went dead. I am
taking the dash out now to try to find the anti-theft module. Would
appreciate any advice and if any one knows how to wire around the anti-theft
devices let me know.
#17 of 354 Re: Buick Regal won't crank [bwhite52yes]
Jan 16, 2006 (2:30 pm)
Does your car have the chip in the ignition key?
Does the security light come on when the turn the key to "on"?
Does the security light go off after 15 seconds or so if you don't turn the key to crank?
When you crank do all the lights stay on on the dash but you get no clicks or anything when you turn the key to crank?
If you get no crank, does it act like it blinks the lights when the turn to crank for 3 times and then after that acts like there's no key or anything turned to crank? The security lights stays on for 3-4 minutes and shuts off allowing attempt to restart with clean key or new key.
If it's the wires in the column between the connector at the base and the ignition switch where the contacts touch the key, the correct two wires can be identified at the base and connected with a resistor of the appropriate value and that will fool the VATS module into thinking it always has the right key inserted!
#18 of 354 Re: Buick Regal won't crank [imidazol97]
Jan 16, 2006 (9:15 pm)
I have two keys with the chip in them. When you go to start position you get voltage out of the ignition to the theft deterrent relay which is under the dash on the passenger side. I am told there is a theft deterrent module after the relay and before the neutral safety switch. When you turn the key on all lights work and when you try to start the engine no lights dim or go out. I have not noticed a security light.
#19 of 354 Re: Buick Regal won't crank [imidazol97]
Jan 17, 2006 (9:39 am)
There is not a security light on the dash. When you engage the start position nothing blinks or clicks. I went to the web site you sent me and found the anti-theft page. I then found a two wire connector under the steering column which are 2 wires one white with a black strip and the other purple with an orange covering over both of them. I unplugged and while putting the key in the start position I checked for omns at the wires and nothing. This led me to believe the tumbler was a bad. I then checked for voltage at the other side of the connector and didn't get any. Does the module send voltage to the key tumbler and somehow the chip completes the circuit when in start position? I am a mechanic but electrical has always drove me about crazy. Thanks for all the help.
#20 of 354 Re: Buick Regal won't crank [bwhite52yes]
Jan 17, 2006 (10:09 am)
I would think the operation would be like the LeSabre's. In the owner's manual does it say anything about what happens in the way of a light if the wrong key chip is inserted? I wonder if a light bulb is out on the dash...
#21 of 354 Re: Buick Regal won't crank [imidazol97]
Jan 18, 2006 (12:42 pm)
I looked in the owner manual and there is nothing about a security light. There is nothing in the owner manual about a security system. I don't remember ever seeing a security light on on the dash. I have had the car almost four years. It has been very reliable until this. I am going to check and see if any one sells a vats bypass module.