98 Park Ave Ultra Interior Switches electrical problem

110

Asked by Oct 17, 2010 at 02:05 PM about the 1998 Buick Park Avenue 4 Dr Ultra Supercharged Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've got a strange issue with my Buicks. (2 , a 97 and 98) Both exhibit similar problems. Both all the sudden have the ABS and Traction Control lights illuminated on the dash indicating that they are not working. At the same time,,, the Steering Wheel Switches stopped working and also the Radio. In the 98,,, something even more odd occurs. The Radio will all of the sudden start working,,, and as soon as I depress ANY of the drivers side Window Lift Switches,,,, the Radio stops working for a while again and then starts again about 2-5 minutes later.  Is this a Bad Ground wire somewhere by chance? If so,,, where do I start looking?  Thanks Much!!

5 Answers

110

UPDATE. Last night I disconnected the battery on the 98 Park Ave.. Re-connected it this AM and nothing resolved at all. In fact,,, the Fuel Gauge now Does Not Work. (The needle went all the way around past full to the post inside the Sw. WTF?? Checked all the fuses under the hood yesterday. All OK. Any ideas anyone??

11 out of 11 people think this is helpful.
655

It is almost certainly a bad ground that affects almost the whole car. There is a wad of wires that bolt to the engine block near the oil pan. Remove that and clean all of the eyelets and then install hte bolt and torque it to about 15 lb-ft. There are many grounds on this car. Pull back the carpeting from the firewall and check anything that attaches to the sheetmetal.

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
20

Have the same problem in re the traction control light, Air bag, interior lights, etc. Jim's answer regarding grounds sounds likely and (GM!) 'logical'. You can bet I'll be checking my own grounding bundle. As for the fuel guage; another beautiful piece of....GM engineers' logic process (bet you thought I was going to say 'piece of' something else, didn't you? There are two ways to fix this quasi-accidental design flaw. (1) take your Park Avenue to your GM dealer (be sure to take a large bag of money!), or (2) get a powerful magnet, such as a agricultural one. Shut your engine off, place the magnet directly over the instrument panel face above the fuel needle, and turn the magnet count clockwise. It (the needle) will move back to a "reset" position and STAY there after the magnet is removed. I know is sounds stupid, but IT WORKS. When you're done, it will be just fine (until the NEXT time your battery goes flat/has to be disconnected for ANY reason. When you get the fuel guage "fixed", take a drive by your Buich dealer, lean on the horn--assuming IT'S still operating--and give the whole gang a great big social finger! ;-)

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

...regarding the speedometer needle: I solved a problem such as this a few years back, with a standard, 2 dollar magnet from Harbor Freight. Just be careful not to scratch the plastic instrument panel. (piece of kitchen towel works fine) People could not believe it solved the problem...in about 2 seconds!

20

i have a buick park avenue 97 same issue it turned out to be a ground for my tail lights was loose and barely touching anything. all dash lights would illuminate over hard bumps and when i pressed the brake my radio turned off.. which led me to the trunk.. so ya check your grounds

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • electrical problems 12 answers

    put new battery in 2000 Park Avenue Ultra, after a week my battery gauge reads ???? and interior lights don't work, the security light is on, the traction light doesn't work, trunk switch quit working...

    2000 Buick Park Avenue Ultra

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2003 park ave ultra - interior lights

    My headsup display and climate control display lights sometimes wont come on. I saw online that there was a problem with wiring and it needs to be soldered. But i lost the article. Does anyone know...

    2003 Buick Park Avenue Ultra

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why am I blowing hot air out the drivers side and cold out of the pass side? 9 answers

    1998 Buick Park Ave Ultra

    1998 Buick Park Avenue 4 Dr Ultra Supercharged Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What is normally the problem when the traction control light is on 1996 Buick Park Ave ultra 4 answers

    Thank you for your feed back. I have tried to turn it off and on and the light remains on. It use to go off but now it doesn't. Is it the switch or what is thee system like ? Is it hard to repair an...

    1996 Buick Park Avenue 4 Dr Ultra Supercharged Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Park Avenue

Looking for a Used Park Avenue in your area?

CarGurus has 435 nationwide Park Avenue listings starting at $3,500.

ZIP:

Search Buick Park Avenue Questions

Buick Park Avenue Experts

#1 Jking1838
Jking1838
Reputation 1,000
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 710
#3 Jim Campbell
Jim Campbell
Reputation 630
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Buick LeSabre
7 Great Deals out of 1,953 listings starting at $1,500
Used Buick Regal
108 Great Deals out of 10,255 listings starting at $3,495
Used Buick Century
870 listings starting at $1,250
Used Lincoln Town Car
31 Great Deals out of 1,838 listings starting at $600
Used Mercury Grand Marquis
21 Great Deals out of 1,855 listings starting at $1,600
Used Cadillac DeVille
8 Great Deals out of 1,605 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Camry
851 Great Deals out of 90,618 listings starting at $850
Used Ford Taurus
238 Great Deals out of 20,346 listings starting at $1,100
Used Ford Crown Victoria
16 Great Deals out of 1,064 listings starting at $2,225

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Buick Park Avenue For Sale
27 listings starting at $3,500