1997 Buick Skylark Unable to get windows to roll up (electr

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1997 Buick Skylark 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic


I'm considering purchasing this car for my daughter, but according to the owner it has a few minor problems. I was hoping you could help confirm that.

The rear brake lights/signals don't work.
The back passenger window and front driver window don't roll up (electrical windows)'
The car can't be driven far w/o loosing power (owner believes it's the alternator).

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 AT 1:37 PM

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You may need to start with a tune-up. Replace all filters, One thing about the fuel filter, make sure there is no pressure on the lines, before you take anything loose. Use a gage and check fuel pressure, some of the national brand autostores used to loan out a fuel pressure gage. Check for trouble codes, some of the national brand autostores used to check codes for free. If you want to check codes yourself, at the least, you need an obd2 code reader.

Use a digital multimeter across your battery posts, everything turned off. The generic spec for a full charge is around 12.6 volts. Then start the vehicle, take a second reading across the battery posts. The second reading should be higher than the first if the charging system is working.

Using the master switch at the driver door, do the passenger side windows roll up and down ok? Feel of the power window circuit breaker, does it get hot to the touch?

Does the high-mount brake lite work ok? I haven't looked at a diagram yet, but, the lower brake lites and turn signal may use the same bulb filament, just not at the same time. The lower brake lites would be wired through the turn switch. I'd check all applicable fuses.

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 AT 2:20 PM

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