2001 Buick Regal. Anti-lock brake light on sometimes. We have had this car almost a year.
One day at a stop sign I turned the blinker on and the car shut off. Hard to move out of gear.
Played with the shifter enough and finally moves. Sometimes it won't start - the dash lights all blink
on and off. If it does start the anti-lock and service engine comes on about 5 seconds after the car
starts, but not all the time. And you can shut off the engine with the blinker.
We have hooked up the Solas scanner to it but it shows NA.
My husband is a truck mechanic,so he has checked everything with the battery. The computer we
have for our cars shows no codes, maybe because its different every time we start the car.
Someone also told us it could be the alternator is going bad. He says the battery is fully charged
so thats not it. We are thinking bare wires are rubbing in the steering column because the blinkers
shut off the car. But why would it be hard to get it out of park once it is running.
OK. With these things checked and all the problems you are having, this sounds like a low voltage
problem. This would also explain hard to get out of gear. Low voltage to the shift lock solenoid would
make it hard to get out of gear. This is the item where you have to press brake pedal to get out of
Also, if a floor shifter, may also have the solenoid contaminated with spilled pop or coffee. I have seen
that several times. But that would be the last thing to check.
I will send some pics in a minute of the things i describe below....
A faulty ignition switch / harness assembly will cause these problems. Tapping of the switch in the
column sometimes can cause it to act up, or correct itself. Also the harness end of the switch / harness
under the dash could have a poor connection.
A rubbed through engine harness under the hood. A harness can rub through on the A/C dryer, a
bracket, or the corner of the radiator fan.
Poor connections under the underhood fuse / junction block. There is a bulletin for this one, although
have not had too many of them. Connectors can be poor under the block and cause several electrical
These are the most common caused for your problems.
Again, i will send some pics to go with the above info..
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2001 Buick Regal Just Shuts Off