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#317 of 354 1992 Buick Regal 3.8 engine just dies
Apr 03, 2011 (1:05 am)
Hi out there;
I have a 92 regal limited 3.8. Never a problem until now. Wife was driving home and she told me it just died. fuel gauge
indicates 3/4 of tank. I put in couple gallons fresh fuel. Still not running. Turns over great. new battery. will not fire up.
I have read about the anti theft, ignition switch and signal switch. Do I spin the bottle and guess or is there a better way
to chose what to check and how ? Thanks for the imput.
#318 of 354 Re: 1992 Buick Regal 3.8 engine just dies [elijah6443]
Apr 03, 2011 (12:57 pm)
sorry that this is happening... need to replace the ignition switch.
#319 of 354 Re: Ignition Switch and Left Turn Signal [gmcustsvc]
May 11, 2011 (12:27 pm)
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?
#320 of 354 buick regal 2002 elec
May 12, 2011 (7:27 am)
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.
#321 of 354 Re: Ignition Switch and Left Turn Signal [rugman10]
May 12, 2011 (1:07 pm)
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
#322 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [tylutki]
May 16, 2011 (4:08 pm)
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 Edmunds.com 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 Edmunds.com, 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 Edmunds.com 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!!!.
#323 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [daisy14]
Jun 13, 2011 (6:31 am)
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.....
#324 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [captmdz]
Jun 15, 2011 (8:19 am)
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!
#325 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [daisy14]
Jun 30, 2011 (7:53 am)
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...
#326 of 354 Re: buick regal 2002 elec [raquely346]
Jun 30, 2011 (9:15 am)
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.