Question about 1999 Buick Regal
When I turn the key, at first it sounds like the battery is going dead but then it starts. All lights, radio, everything works. I thought it might be the starter but there is no clicking sound or anything. The security light comes on quite often. When the security light is on, I can turn the car off and mess with the passkey and the light goes off. Don't know if this is related or not. Doesn't seem to be the alternator either. Lights don't go dim or anything.
Connect a volt meter to the neg. and pos. of the battery. Have an assistant start your car and watch to see how far the voltage drops. If it drops more than 2 volts, for example, hook up the meter, you should see 12 volts. By starting the car and it drops below 10 volts during start up, your starter is slowly going out. It taking more amperage to start it than normal.
Posted on Sep 18, 2008
SOURCE: 2000 Buick Regal rear view
There is no fix for this the element in the mirror is going out and you will eventually see foggy areas around the outside part of the mirror and through the middle. These are very expensive I would just live with it or try to find one on Ebay or a salvage yard. Sorry
Posted on Nov 03, 2008
SOURCE: 1997 Buick Regal fanbelt problem
buy a new tensioner assembley and idler pully and might as well get a new belt while your at it. you will need a 3/8 ratchet a 15 mm socket and a 13 mm socket there is one bolt holding on tensioner remove it discard old tensioner put new tensioner in place and tight bolt. second remove bolt from idler pulley discard old pulley put inton place and tighen bolt. next install belt fallow belt routing digram put head of 3/8 rattachet into hole on tensioner or on bolt head of tensioner pulley depending on style of tensioner and pull or push to create slack in belt push belt into groves on all pulleys and release tensioner
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
SOURCE: replacing the alternator
Hi, best to get a shop manual for this operation, if you have not replaced it before. Usually there is an "Idler Pulley" on many late model cars that is "spring loaded".
You "Bias" this pulley (usually with a socket wrench) so that the serpentine belt has enough slack in it so you can remove it. Then you disconnect the Positive Battery Cable, disconnect the "Field Wire" harness and positive battery lead from the alternator, unbolt and remove the alternator.
Reverse procedure to install new alternator.
Posted on May 17, 2010
It's when the security light starts flashing that the infamous "chip" in the key becomes a nightmare to many. Gradually the car begins not cranking anymore or if it cranks it would start and die in a second. Randomly it will do this more and more often until it won't start anymore. VATS, PASSkey and Passlock immobilizer systems are killing cars all over North America, they have a short lifespan and are certainly more effective against owners than thieves. Here is how you save your car
1st trick, (if not starting) turn the key forward 2 clicks till right before it would normally start, leave like that for 10 minutes. ( no less ) After 10 minutes, turn key back then forward and your car might start. I did this in my regal for more than a year. If its shuting down while running, im sorry i have no quick fix...
Cheap fix: Bypass the chip in your key. Temporary, but effective. Until the TDM (theft deterrent module) in the dash poops out, then you're kinda screwed. I was told that these types of key security systems have a 7-10 year life span. Sucks for us. This link explains the "Key Issue" pretty well.
Never worry again fix: Bypass the whole VATS/Passlock/passkey I or passkey II system entirely. Literally take it out, and throw it away. I just did this in my Regal. Took about an hour. Took longer to find the thing than it did to fix the problem. For a list of cars effected by this problem. See the NEWROCKIES link on the right side of their page......... They sell a unit for 200 bucks to totally bypass this system FOREVER. life time-money back and all that. Finally did this in my car. Well worth the 200 if you've looked into getting this replaced... Anywhere from 600-1000 bucks.
----- With this fix, you can take that whole Vats, passlock, passkey **** system out of your car all together. Good info on both sites
Posted on Jan 21, 2011
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