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Buick Park Avenue, Electrical, Sedan
#135 of 141 Re: Headlights wont turn on [dayost]
May 07, 2012 (10:26 pm)
The 12362231 module is way up under the dash to the right of the steering wheel. You need to remove the lower dash panel, the fuse panel shield, and the wiring harness connector bracket, that's mounted on the dash frame, so you can get to it. Then you have to lay on your back on the floor and locate it with a good light. It's mounted on a plastic holder that hangs down from the top of the dash. It has 2 bundles of wires connected to the bottom and 1 on the top. It's held in place with a flat round-head ribbed plastic fastener that has to be pryed out using a long flat-head screw driver by placing it between the mounting tab on the 12362231 and the tab on the plastic holder. Mine had a lot of black duct tape around the bottom wire bundles and the holder that had to be removed before I could get the fastener out. The right hand side of the 12362231 is held in by a slot on the holder. You have to bend the holder quite a bit to get it to release because there's not enough room otherwise. Once you work it down below the dash, wires and all, you have to press down on the locking tabs in the center of the wire connectors in order to disconnect the 12362231. Putting the new one in is just as much trouble. I don't think they could have put it in a more difficult place to reach. Don't you just love American proprietary engineering?
Also, there's another lamp control module mounted on the firewall to the right of the gas pedal behind the heater duct work that you might want to check first. It contains circuit board with the relays that turn the headlights, park lights and dash lights on and off. It's a little difficult to find because it's partially concealed by the carpet. It's a breeze to remove compared to the 12362231. There's a video about repairing it on YouTube, just search for "Buick Park Avenue" and you should find it. On my 96 park avenue the part number was 16215659 but I've seen what looks to be the same module listed under different numbers like 12088534. You can find the current numbers on the AC Delco website by using your VIN in their parts search.
#136 of 141 What lights up the Temperature control display and power lock switch?
Feb 04, 2013 (1:58 am)
Buick Park Avenue Ultra (2004). The read out on the heater that gives the temperature you set the interior to (and displays the outside temp is lit dimly. The right digit is not lit at all. Are there light bulbs or LED behind the display? Also the Driverís button for the heated seat does not light up as well as the drivers electric door lock switch. Are these lite by light bulbs or LEDs?
#137 of 141 Re: What lights up the Temperature control display and power lock switch? [wagonwheels]
Feb 04, 2013 (9:41 am)
The display is a not lit by led's or bulbs I sent mine into a store on e-bay that fixed mine for $50.00 works better than new is the name of the e-bay store is SPEEDOMETER SALES AND SERVICE they rebuild them better than new. the door lock switches and heated seat lights are bulbs.
Jun 17, 2013 (6:14 am)
My dash board Lights are out on my 95 park avenue. Please help me trouble shoot this problem. Is there a dedicated fuse or relay to these lights? Is there easy access to the bulb?
How do i remove and test the dimmer switch?
#139 of 141 02 PA dash lights come on
Aug 23, 2013 (10:42 am)
For 3 sec, then airbag lite flashes 3X, then trip odo resets itself to zero.car runs fine even when this happens, doesn't miss a beat. No codes. Any ideas?
#140 of 141 Re: Buick Park Avenue Power Windows Slow [dabeitz]
Oct 21, 2013 (12:17 pm)
My drivers side did the exact same, pulled it apart and used white lithium in the horizontal track and it moves VERY fast now. My pass side just started getting slow.
GM put a grease in that dries up over time, just grease it up. Door panels are pretty easy to take off. Just remember to pop lower clips and then lift UP, not out.
#141 of 141 Re: 02 PA dash lights come on [mrspampy]
Oct 21, 2013 (12:19 pm)
My 2000 PAU does this more commonly on Driver 2 than Driver 1. Randomly while driving or when the car is first started.
No ideas on what yet. I have pulled cluster out for inspection, but nothing found yet.