Category Archive: Buick / Skylark

Skylark starts when it wants to

Car Information:
Buick Skylark Limited
Year: 1996
Engine Size:
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The car seems to have a mind of its own as to when it will start. At first, the problem was a minor annoyance, when it didn’t start, it would almost always start after waiting 5 or 10 minutes. Now, it may or may not start on any given day. It’s my son’s car, he’s in school 9 hours away. He has had it to 2 different places, and they didn’t find the problem. He has it narrowed down to the passlock system (passlock1-the anti-theft device) but the dealer he called said they could not bypass it (or maybe would not?), but would replace the lock cylinder for $400. To me, that doesn’t even sound like it addresses the problem, but what do I know? Since a 14 year-old Buick would not have a real strong chance to be stolen, disabling it seems like the best option, but I have no clue. I’m hoping you do. Thanks.

Answer:
If its cranking over but does not start its not a pass key problem.
If it is not cranking over and it will after sitting it most likely is a pass key problem.

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Buick Skylark keeps stalling

Car Information:
Buick Skylark
Year: 1994
Engine Size: 4 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I drive to work and its 20 miles from my house. When I coast at a light or about to stop, my car stalls and shuts down. I start the car again it turns on just fine but when I apple the accelerator it will not move. It will start just fine when putting it in drive, to go it shuts off. I wait about 5 minutes for it to cool off. It will take off as if nothing happened. It stalls again, let it cool off again I can drive it for a while then it happens all over again. This is only when driving long distant. The check engine light never came on until March 12,2010. I’ve driven the car for two weeks with this problem. Every mechanic I know don’t know what the problem is when I explain it. They drove the car and said, “they can’t find any thing wrong with it.” They don’t drive the distant I given them; they say,”I don’t see that you have a problem.” Help!

Answer:
Needs a new torque converter clutch solenoid installed in the transmission around $470.00.

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Car Stalls then Runs Fine

Car Information:
Buick/Skylark
Year: 1994
Engine Size: 4 cyl
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I drive to work and it’s 20 miles from my house. When I coast at a light or about to stop my car stalls and eventually shuts down. I start the car again and it turns on just fine, but when I apply the accelerator it will not move. It will start just fine when, but putting it in drive to go it shuts off. I wait about 5 minutes for it to cool off. It will take off as if nothing happened. If it stalls again, I let it cool off again and I can drive it for a while then it happens all over again. This is only when driving long distances. The check engine light never came on until March 12,2010. I’ve driven the car for two weeks with this problem. Every mechanic I know doesn’t know what the problem is when I explain it. They drove the car and said they can’t find any thing wrong with it. They don’t drive the distance I’ve given them. They say “I don’t see that you have a problem”.

Answer:
It needs a new torque converter clutch solenoid installed in the transmission around $470.00. Let us know if we can help

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Possible Passkey Problem

Car Information:
Buick/Skylark
Year: 1996
Engine Size:
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The car seems to have a mind of its own as to when it will start. At first, the problem was a minor annoyance. When it didn’t start, it would almost always start after waiting 5 or 10 minutes. Now, it may or may not start on any given day. It’s my son’s car, he’s in school 9 hours away. He has had it to 2 different places and they didn’t find the problem. He has it narrowed down to the passlock system (passlock1-the anti-theft device) but the dealer he called said they could not bypass it (or maybe would not?), but would replace the lock cylinder for $400. To me, that doesn’t even sound like it addresses the problem, but what do I know? Since a 14 year-old Buick would not have a real strong chance to be stolen, disabling it seems like the best option, but I have no clue. I’m hoping you do. Thanks.

Answer:
If it’s cranking over but does not start, it’s not a pass key problem. If it is not cranking over and it will after sitting, it most likely is a pass key problem.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

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