NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition Problems


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1996 Buick Skylark electrical problems

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1996 Buick Skylark Owner Comments

problem #2

May 112002


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Vehicle had NHTSA recall campaign number 02V070000 performed by the dealer, sam taylor Buick Cadillac, on 9&10 May 2002. Since this time the vehicles' engine frequently shuts off immediately after starting. In each situation the car will immediately restart and shut-off. This action has repeated up to twenty five times with the same results. The vehicle also displays a constant theft system light (located on dash panel) when the vehicle fails to continue running. Please note that the dealer stated this vehicle did not have a theft deterrant system when I purchased it. Only a radio theft deterrant system. I also do not have the controller to remotely lock/unlock my doors, which is part of the theft system. The vehicle can only be started in park or neutral so the gear position switch is good. Furthermore, the battery and alternator/charging system are good. Seat belt interlocks do not effect ability to start or remain running. This problem never ocurred until the recall was performed. Problem clears overnight and reocurrs after engine is warm. Ignition switch, battery, alternator and starter connections are good without any corrosion. Vehicle is at the dealers now. They suspect theft module may be bad. They have had the car four working days so far. A similair problem was noted in customer complaint number ODI id 709641, but this ocurred proir to the recall campaign.has this problem been reported before?

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #1

May 091998

Skylark 4WD

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Since I bought the car 01/17/97, I have had numerous problems: Emergenchy/parking brake pops out when parking the car and putting parking brake on, brakes fail to perform properly and brake pads wear down excessivly, dash board (check engine, ABS, ets, seat belt light blinks when wearing and doesnt blink when not wearing occassionally, theft system light comes on but I do not have a theft system)and dome lights come on sparatically, sometimes the dome light comes on when car of off and no one near car, recall was performed since than it only happens about half as much. 5 days after purchasing car the key was stuck in ignition would not turn or come out, called Buick they told me to jiggle the steering and manually push the car back and forth than try it, recently when it happened we tried for 3 hours and they suggested, as I quote GM road side assistance for us "to pound on the key about 20 times like you were pounding a nail with a hammer" we were stuck 50 miles from home and had to have car towed to nearest dealer. On the electrical sometimes the clock and radio stations will reset without battery touched or anything else touched, window motors go bad, while under warranty dealer replaced inside drivers side mirror bezel (only the inside plastic triangle part) cause it was coming off, the work order shows new part put in but they just stuck a bunch of epoxy in it and stuck the old one back on. When complaining constantly to the service mgr its usually "you have a bad battery" "a fuse" "module" at one time they changed the alarm module twice within a matter of 4 - 6 months leading me to believe that because lights are not on all the time, it happens sparatically that they are just replacing simple parts to show they repaired problem, sales manager said fuses and modules are commonly being replaced. Twice while driving about 35 mpr, engine turned off and all lights came on, stearing locked. I hear clicking and/or rubbing sounds coming from front whleft S

- Covina, AK, USA

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