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Where is Keyless Receiver Module Located for 2001 Buick Century? And can you tell me the Delphi/GM Part No.?

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  • ToolTimeTim Aug 30, 2010

    I resolved my own problem, with persistence.

    1. The Receiver Module for 2001 Buick Century is located on a special (virtually inaccessible) shelf, located behind the Intrument Cluster (speedo). OLD DELPHI Part No: 10304832, New Delphi Part No. 10319215.

    2. I had purchased the vehicle, as-is, without the Remote KeyFobs. I searched and received the original as-built order for the vin number, and could not verify if a remote was even on board the vehicle. I didn't want to buy and pay for a reprogramed Remote KeyFob ($75 New plus $40Program fee), if I would only find out, there was no on-board Module present to "receive" the signal.

    3. One Buick Service Dept, suggested that the Module was in the Trunk- Nada! (perhaps on later models).

    4. If you go to the GM Parts Giant, or other websites, you may find a schematic, under the heading Body Chassis Electrical, or similar.

    5. The part numbers listed will have a "wild-card", double asterix in front of the GM part number. In my case, I learned that most of the parts related to the Electrical Chassis materials have truncated the first two Numerals, "10", and substituted the double asterix "**". I'm not sure, but perhaps this has something to do with not advertising or using GM/Delphi Trademarked Part No's, or perhaps simply to confound the reader. Who knows?

    6. I found the number "**319215", for the GM Receiver Lock/Unlock Module. Later I learned from the Buick Dealer, that the full proper new complete number was "10319215". He confirmed that the OLD Delphi (pre-bankruptcy) number was "10304832", which was stamped on my OEM part.

    7. To get at this location, you need to completely disassemble the Trim panels and dash assembly.

    a) To do this, care must be taken to avoid triggering the Airbag (SIR) system.

    b) To do this, you need to disengage the GM TheftLock system, pull the SIR fuse, pull the Main Car Battery, Disconnect the SIR Yellow connectors underneath and next to the Steering column and behind and above the removed Glove Box assembly (see connector part #15).

    c) Then disassemble the entire front trim panel collection.

    d) You will need to put the Parking Brake on, Place the Gear Selection lever in Lowest position, and move the Tilt Steering Lever to the lowest setting. Again, the Car is off, and the battery has been disconnected (both cables) and preferrably removed.

    e) Then remove the 4 screws holding the Instrument Cluster in place

    f) Viola! There is the Remote Receiver/Transmitter Module. Black Plastic, Delphi part, roughly the shape of a deck of cards and is snapped into the Dash Sub-Assembly. See diagram, (part #41). There is typically a 6 pin connector (part #42) It is my understanding that on premium versions of this vehicle, which may include other remote accessories and security, there may be a different module, and an 8 pin connector.

    8. Use this opportunity to clean everything, including the ductwork and all other surfaces, to remove those pesky odors and other imponderables.

    9. You will also find no better opportunity to try to ferret out where that troublesome rattle, scratch,.....squirrel, mouse, ..... that seems to be running around under the dash,....

    10. Cheers!



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  • ToolTimeTim Sep 06, 2010

    I solved my own question. It is positioned in the most inaccessible spot - behind the Speedometer Instrument Cluster, on a 'shelf' - simply snapped into a couple slots. Delphi has two Part No.'s, Old OEM number 10304832 ('Receiver/Door Locks'), has been assigned a "new" Part No. 10319215. This receiver unit is the most common unit and has 6 pin connector. There is a different Part No, for those models that had some theft deterent systems, and had 8 pin connector. I have no idea what the part number is for the 8 pin module. The 'receiver' is black plastic, and is approximately 3 inches square, by 1 inch high. In the Second Illustrations below, you will find part No, 41 (module) and Part 42, is the connector wire set.



    There are special instructions to completely remove the entire set of panels, and finish pieces, from the carpet level to the plastic dash insert. Start at the bottom and move from right to left. The last piece to remove will be the Speedo Intrument cluster, held in by 4 screws. Before doing any of this, disengage/turn off the Theftlock system for the radio (if you have that feature), disconnect the SIR (Airbag) Fuse, then Disconnect both cables of the Battery, and then disconnect the Special Yellow Airbag Connectors, which are located next to the Steering Column and behind and above the Glove box. Don't fool around under or in or around the Dash board, until you are certain the Airbags (SIR's) have been completely disabled. Otherwise you risk triggering the AirBag SIR, accidentially.

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