Turn Signals and brake lights don't work on my 94 Buick Regal

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Greg Andrade

Palm Springs, CA

#1 Feb 13, 2007
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
tasm

Gastonia, NC

#2 Feb 20, 2007
i have a 78 buick regal & the turn signal handle is broken. my ? is do i have to replace the hole stering colume or is there a replacement part that i can get?
Walleye

Montgomery, AL

#3 Feb 28, 2007
My 94 Buick Regal's brake lights are having the same problem. However, I found that if I put a little pressure on the multi-function switch, as if I'm getting ready to turn on my brights, the brake lights will work. I believe there is a short in the multifunction switch or turn signal mechanism in the column. Hope this helps.
Greg Andrade wrote:
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
JOE

Chesterfield, MO

#4 Mar 9, 2007
[YOU CAN GET A REPLACEMENT TURN SIGNAL SWITCH FROM AUTOZONE, ABOUT $65.
Pat

High River, Canada

#5 Mar 12, 2007
Greg Andrade wrote:
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
It's the turn switch.....if you physically pull it back towards you, you will find the brake lights responding and the indicators. You will have to replace it. I had the same problem among many others!
Johnny

Cambridge, MA

#6 Apr 13, 2007
Regarding the multifunction lever instalation... I have a 95 Century... the Haynes manual doesn't even mention the multifunction control lever anywhere in the manual!!! In the section on removing the steering column it does mention a retaining screw that holds the "turn signal lever" in place. I have read that these levers can be pulled (popped) right out without removing the steering wheel... can anyone confirm this

By the way, the cheapest I could find the lever was at Napa for $75

Thanks,

Johnny
Pat wrote:
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It's the turn switch.....if you physically pull it back towards you, you will find the brake lights responding and the indicators. You will have to replace it. I had the same problem among many others!
Russ Bautista

United States

#7 Apr 24, 2007
Greg Andrade wrote:
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
Greg, did you ever fix your turn signal problem? I have a similar problem with a 1995 Buick Regal. The car was inoperable for one year battery went completely dead. Got it fixed but the turn signals don't work. Check fuse, lights, turn signal flasher all ok. As part of getting it fixed the mechanic said that the computer had lost its ability to return to default settings - Buick gave him instructions on how to reset defaults... I wonder if this is related. I doubt it is my turn signal switch in the column as both signals are out.
Matt

Aurora, CO

#8 Nov 11, 2007
I have a 94 Buick Regal which requires a little pulling pressure to make the left signal and the brake lights functions. Without the pulling pressure, the left signal lights but does not blink. I will check NAPA for the lever.
Thanks!
Clinton

Edmonton, Canada

#9 Dec 5, 2007
Greg Andrade wrote:
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
The turn lever is worn out. replace it and the problem should be fixed
Noemi - Los Angeles

San Clemente, CA

#11 Jul 8, 2008
To be frank, I don't know much about cars. All I know is that I have a Chevy or Ford Lumina and that it's kind of old... early 90s?

Anyway, on my way to work today the switch lights did not work! I had to use hand signals, which is not good in morning rush hour in L.A. freeways. Basically, when I got home my dad and I realized that my brake lights were not working either! This helped explain why cars were tailgating me on the road---they could not tell when I was breaking!

So my dad and I first check the lights... and there's nothing wrong. We check the fuses and nothing wrong... we check the emergency lights and they work, as well as the overhead and back end lights. I searched online for answers... I told him we probably need to replace the lever as suggested on here.

It turns out that it was in fact the CABLE behind the lever that needed to be wiggled into place. If you look behind your lever... or atleast touch it, you will notice there is a band of thin colored cables. Try wiggling them and putting them inside the lever. This is what my dad did and made my switch and break lights work.

I just wanted to share and help you avoid going through the same arm signals as I did.

Good Luck!!
SCOTT

Fort Myers, FL

#12 Nov 25, 2008
I have the same brake light problem. If I do the "pull a little" trick on the turn siganl lever the brake lights work. I pulled the steering wheel off and got to the switch. I found a grey wire was broken off the switch, possibly making just enough contact when pulling the lever to complete a circut and make the brake lights work. I'll be soldering that connection and testing tomorrow. I'll post back if it fixes it.
Jake

Circle Pines, MN

#13 Sep 11, 2009
This happened to me as well..
I have a 95 buick regal custom (sedan)

I actually noticed SEVERAL times that my steering column appeared to be smoking.
And it looked as if it was coming out of the turn signal switch area...
And when I slightly pull back on the switch the brake lights work, so obviously GM screwed something up again...

I have to get this fixed but I don't know where to get a new switch, or how to pop it out to move the wires around.. hhmmmm... Thanks guys!
eric

Sparta, MO

#14 Feb 16, 2010
Greg Andrade wrote:
The 94 V6 Buick had not been running in a while and when we got it going the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. The tail lights and heads lights work but that's it.
The fuses seem to be okay but I'm looking at the fuse cluster in the glove box. I don't have a manual so I shooting in the dark.
Can someone give me direction? I would sure appreciate it.
Does your 3rd safety brake light illuminate alone when depressing the pedal? My 94 Regal has the same problem, no signals and no brake lights in the rear facsia, but the 3rd high-mount brake light does light up. I'm gonna try all these posted tips before I have to pull the wheel to get to the signal switch. Thanks for the info all, and keep me posted, appreciate it greatly!!
Randy

Medford, NY

#15 Feb 23, 2010
eric wrote:
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Does your 3rd safety brake light illuminate alone when depressing the pedal? My 94 Regal has the same problem, no signals and no brake lights in the rear facsia, but the 3rd high-mount brake light does light up. I'm gonna try all these posted tips before I have to pull the wheel to get to the signal switch. Thanks for the info all, and keep me posted, appreciate it greatly!!
Did you have any luck with this? My friend's car that I'm fiddling with has the same issue. The third light comes on, but no other brake lights or rear blinkers. Hearing if you got a fix would be huge! Thanks.
Edward

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 Mar 27, 2010
My 1994 Buick Regal has the same problem, 3rd brake light on the rear windshield works but the brake tail lights do not (and the blinker indicators also dead which in the American cars are connected together to the brake tail light circuit at the Turn Switch located in the steering wheel).
I hope is a blown fuse; but after reading several posts here and other links it looks like the Turn Indicator Switch needs to be replaced.
Watch the videos on how to do that in youtube, it is easy and you canorder the switch over the internet and save a lot of money in parts and labor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
I will post what I did to fix it later.
Thank you all for the tips.
Edward

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Mar 27, 2010
Watch the videos on how to replace the Turn Light Switch in youtube, unfortunately this switch also affects the brakes tail lights, it is easy and you can order the switch over the internet and save a lot of money in parts and labor.


http://www.youtube.com/watch...
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

I will post what I did to fix it later.
Edward

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#18 Mar 27, 2010
OK I "repaired" the problem I described by just releasing completely the emergency blinker lights button on the steering wheel column which apparently I had left half-engaged few days ago !

So it was actually carelessness from my part; but nevertheless I learned how to fix and exchange the turn signal switch, so I am ready for the real problem when it comes :)

Good luck to you all.
Bri Williams

Garden City, MI

#19 May 4, 2010
Have you found an answer to your issue? I am having the same turn signal issue, with a 92 Regal Custom.(incuding the explaining fuses, lights, flasher, AND turn signal switch. What's next?
Russ Bautista wrote:
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Greg, did you ever fix your turn signal problem? I have a similar problem with a 1995 Buick Regal. The car was inoperable for one year battery went completely dead. Got it fixed but the turn signals don't work. Check fuse, lights, turn signal flasher all ok. As part of getting it fixed the mechanic said that the computer had lost its ability to return to default settings - Buick gave him instructions on how to reset defaults... I wonder if this is related. I doubt it is my turn signal switch in the column as both signals are out.
marcus

Wayzata, MN

#20 Jun 21, 2010
I have a 1994 Buick Regal and have the same problem. When I use my right turn signal it does not work, does not come out of the right(up) position, and the break lights stop working. I found out that it is the turn signal switch in the steering column.
rod53919238

Garland, TX

#21 Sep 27, 2010
i have a 95 buick regal and i have a problem with my rear turn signals will not work. the front do work. the emergency signals also work in the front only but not on the rear.

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