Power windows not working

Tiny
STANZALO
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  • 1999 BUICK REGAL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
None of the windows roll down. When I press the driver side window it makes a buzzing sound. I checked the wires, there is no sign of shorting. The fuses and relays are also good. Has anyone ever heard of this happening?

I bought a hole new switch. It did the same thing with the new one.
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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 AT 5:13 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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It sounds like the primary switch (driver's door) is bad. Here is a guide that can help you check it. Is there power to the switch?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/electric-window-repair

Please let us know what you find so it will help others.

Here are the power window wiring diagrams. check for power through the circuit breakers you could have a bad one.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 AT 7:10 AM
Tiny
JABKKS
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Have you found an answer to this problem?

SOLUTION BELOW FROM Tai-Pan
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Friday, June 25th, 2010 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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I did find the problem. I pulled the wiring out a pigtail at a time until I got the the main window switch on the driver's door. When I looked at the pigtail and all of the leads between the switch and the pigtail or part that connects the switch wiring to wires leading to the first fuse panel, I noticed the wire leads going into the little plastic connector had burn marks on it.

Ultimately, to put it in a nutshell if what I wrote is confusing (it was to me), the wires did have a power surge go through them and the fuse box did not catch it or blow the appropriate fuse. So, I had to replace all the wiring from the switch all the way to the engine compartment fuse box.

A couple of goofy things have happened since I replaced the wiring. There appears to be some sort of electrical "gremlin" in the Buick. I have noticed others on the forum who have Centuries, Regals etc have had all sorts of issues including windows not operating, headlights staying on, battery parasites like the radio (I had this problem as well) killing the battery overnight.

I hope something up above proves useful for you and anything you may be experiencing.

Feel free to message me with any other questions. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the electrical problems this model has.

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 8:50 AM
Tiny
JABKKS
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Thanks for helping, you mention the pigtail, where exactly do you mean? Is it near the fuse box on passenger side or fuse box under the hood? Also do you know what caused the connector to short thanks for your help, Jeff B
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 10:16 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Hey JABKKS,

The pigtail is the wiring and connector coming off of the window switch itself and going through the door and into the passenger compartment. I have seen the circuit breaker lose power and cause the problem as well FYI>

Hope this helps Best, ken
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Sunday, December 4th, 2016 AT 7:37 PM
Tiny
TRUIEN
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  • 1999 BUICK REGAL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 86,000 MILES
Electrical problem
1999 Buick Regal 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 86,000 miles

The other day my wife started the car and rolled down the windows from the driver side no problem. Then ten minutes later went to roll them up and nothing happened. The switch on the passenger side has been dead for some time but the drivers side has always worked. Now we're stuck with the windows down and I have no idea whether it's a fuse problem or something bigger. Do you have any ideas?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Hello and thanks for the donation!

The first place to start troubleshooting will be to ensure your vehicle's lockout switch has not been accidentally set. This will prevent the windows from being powered up or down. When you press on the driver side switch, do you hear the window motor trying to operate?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
TRUIEN
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Thanks for the prompt reply, however, the lockout switch has also been broken for sometime and the windows have worked the entire time it has been broken. The actual button (switch) part is broken off and we cannot move it. Could there be something else preventing them from going up?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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There are several things that can cause the power windows to fail. Window regulator, window motor, faulty wiring etc.

Can you hear either window motor (driver side or passenger) humming when you press the switch on?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
TRUIEN
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No.I can't hear anything when we press any of the switches. Would that more likely be the motor or the regulator?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Your window motors are not getting power. This is either caused by faulty / loose wiring at the switches or by faulty switches themselves. You need to check for power at the window switches and window motors. If the motor is getting power but not operating, it is faulty. If motor is NOT getting power than switch is faulty.
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
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JOHNB
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  • 1999 BUICK REGAL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 89,000 MILES
All of the power windows in my 99' Buick Regal have quit working. I have checked all the fuses and replaced the master window switch. Any ideas of where to go next?
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JDL
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Check the power window circuit breaker, in diagram. When trying to operate the windows, is the circuit breaker hot to the touch? Also, Use voltage tester, should be hot/voltage with the key on.

Because the driver door is opened and closed so much, sometimes the wire breaks. Yellow wire is voltage, black is ground.
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
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MEGAN25WL
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  • 1999 BUICK REGALBUICK REGAL
I have a 1999 Buick Regal LS with 120,000 miles. About four months ago the passenger windows would not roll up or down with their switches. The only switch that would control them was the driver's master switch. Recently - the master switch stopped working. I got another master switch on ebay thinking that was the problem, but no - it still doesn't work. Every place I bring it to says it will be $85 to look at it, and they say it's probably the relay, regulator, and motor and it will cost around $600 (and another $200 to program it)total. Could it be anything else? I find it too bazaar the way it quit working for it to be something mechanical like this.
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
USER823
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Actually that sounds about right. About a year ago, my rear windows stopped going down. Shortly thereafter, the front windows were questionable (if they go down no guarantee they will go back up). By accident one day, I hit the button for one of the rear windows and it went down. I went to put it back up and it would not go back up as the part that controls this had snapped. Once this happens, the window will not stay up. I ended up just taking the door panel off and proping that window then disconnecting the motors on all the others to avoid the same issue. The only other solution was replacing the regulator which is a costly procedure. You may be able to get a salvage part to save some money if the shop will do that.
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
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POTTESTE
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Upon start going to the first notch of the key ignition the windows and radio work but once I move ignition to start car I loose both together. Sometimes it will work fine upon getting in but now for three days nothing. Everything else works, just the windows and radio are affected
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
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KHLOW2008
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Symptoms indicates a faulty ignition switch. Have that checked.
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
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ANNATOVANCHE
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  • 1998 BUICK REGAL
Electrical problem
1998 Buick Regal 6 cyl

my radio and windows do not work when I put a 15amp fuse in it burns out
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Friday, March 16th, 2018 AT 4:28 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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You have a short. Try one thing at a time. First, disconnect the radio to see if it still blows a fuse. If it does, remove the door panel on the driver's door and disconnect the power to the main switch.

Let me know what you find.
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TURBOSHEBY85
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Electrical problem
1997 Buick Regal 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 120000 miles

My power windows quit working. All fuses and relays seem to be ok, I changed the switch as well, still no change. Any help would be appreciated.
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