No start no start, rough start, no start, boiling battery, relays clicking,

Asked by Jan 26, 2017 at 03:34 AM about the 2000 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Here goes.

So I've had this car for a couple months now.
Hasn't given me a whole lot of trouble. Until

I've been driving around all day with no problems.
Got home and had to leave to go get the fiance
from the gym.

No start condition. Courtesy entry lights came on.
Cluster lit up. Lights and bungee worked. Turned to
start and the starter relay clicked and everything
cut off. Like an unhooked battery. Couldn't even get
the key out. Odd. So I popped the hood wiggled the
connections and the interior lights came back on.
Same issue. Relay clicked, dead. Alright. Tightened
the negative. Car started. Ran fine. Did my errand
came home. Went to move the car. Relay clicked.
Dead. The connection is tight. Wiggled the wire.
Back in business. This process happened six
times. I finally got it to start but it struggled to get
running. So I shut it off and pulled the connections.
Little bit of gunk in the terminals. Cleaned dried
and reattached. Now for the effed up part. Nothing
worked. Like everything was unhooked again. No
domes. Nothing. Finally fiddled with it and got my
key out. Ignition off. I hear relays clicking like crazy.
Walk around the front and my side markers are lit
very dimly. WHAT. THE. FAWK. pulled the fuse
panel cover on passenger side and pull the park
light fuse. Everything stops. Put it back in. Shit
goes nuts again. Pull it and no change now. Relays
still going now. I'm losing my shit at this point. Pop
the underhood fuse cover. Feel around for the
clicking relays.

I bumped the 18 fuel pump spd control and 19 fuel
pump relays and everything paused so I tried again
and got qnother pause. Pulled 18 and everything
stopped. Put back in and only the 13 IGN A starts
going nuts. Mind you all this is with the keys off.
Hanging on my belt loop. No remote start on this
car either.

So I pulled the IGN A. Everything stops again. Pop
it back in and the panic alarm starts going off. The
horn is buzzing. Not honking. Just buzzing very
loudly in the panic pattern. The low beams are on
constant. Super dim. I can't tell. What else may
have been going over the relays and horn. And I
smell rotting eggs at this point. I rush to get the
battery disconnected. The negative is so hot I can't
hardly touch it. I let everything cool down and now I
have nothing. I'm fawking stumped, I almost had a
battery explode in my face and my car can't even
move now.

3 Answers


You need to have the battery and the alternator checked. remove and clean all the battery connects including the ground. If cables have excessive corrosion that has wicked back under the insulation they need to be replaced. Also remove and clean the battery connection at the starter.

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Also if the battery is boiling the alternator may be putting out excessive voltage. That will fry the battery.

Also check to see if you have a poorly installed remote start or alarm. Bare or burs of the wire poking out where it was connected can cause all sorts of troubles

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