Buick Century owners have reported 31 problems related to headlight switch (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Buick Century based on all problems reported for the Century.
I was driving at night when the headlights shut off, had to hit the dash near the light switch to turn the lights back on.
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Tl the contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. While driving various speeds, the headlights suddenly shut off. The contact indicated that the failure mainly occurred while switching from low to high beam and vice versa. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer and local dealer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.
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The multi function switch does not work properly. When going around curves and corners you can't dim the headlights. Because the steering wheel doesn't allow the lever to go far enough to catch. Now my headlights will not turn on when the they are suppose to. My cruise control doesn't work. My a/c stops cooling when the speed reaches 60 mph but if I move the m. F. S. (aka turn signal) it gets cool again for a few minutes. The other night my lights went off when I was meeting a car with its headlights on bright. It was a dark stretch of road. I almost ran in the ditch.
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Traveling at night, once in heavy traffic with lights on low beam and other times in light or no traffic with lights on high beam, all outside lights go out creating a very dangerous situation. Does not matter if the manual switch is used or if the lights are on automatic. The only thing that makes them come back on is switching the high/ low beam switch. Miles traveled or length of time traveling makes no difference . . . Random occurrence. Replaced the headlight switches at a auto repair shop made no difference.
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While driving, when high-beams were turned on the entire headlight system would shut down leaving driver with absolutely no visibility. Fortunately the headlights did come back on as the dimmer switch was activated and the low-beams did come back on. I can only use my low-beam headlights as this issue happens most times the switch is activated.
Tl the contact owns a 2000 Buick Century. On several occasions, while driving, the headlights failed to illuminate without warning. Additionally, when the high beam switch was activated, the check engine, abs, and traction control warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.
We have had our 2005 Buick lacrosse for about six months now and want to report this lighting safety concern. This headlight incident with our Buick has actually happened to us, three times since mid April. The first time it happened, we were driving one evening, suddenly our low beam headlights went off. This was very frightening as it was a dark stretch of road, with traffic. I slowed and found a reasonable safe spot to pull over. I tried turning the headlight switch in several positions with no success. We normally keep the headlamp switch in the auto position. Our low beam headlights still were not coming on. I then found I cound turn my high beams on, so I did to illuminate the road and be able to drive home. Driving with only high beams is both dangerous and illegal. It can be blinding to on coming traffic and I could have been cited if I had been pulled over by the police. From where my low beams went out, to home was about 4. 5 miles. Right before pulling in at home my low beams came back on. I turned off the high beams and still had the low beams. Quite unusual. Then within a 2 to 3 week stretch, my low beam headlights went out twice again. Right away, I turned on my high beams and within 15 - 20 minutes, low beams came back on. While I'm able to light up the road using the high beams if this happens again - it still is not a safe alternative. There is an issue. I don't know if it's a module problem, bad wiring, I just don't know. I did find out on the internet, other same year, make and model drivers have experienced this same issue. Lights going out for no reason while driving at night needs to be addressed. Thank you for researching and getting gm to do the right thing and have them fix this safety issue.
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The contact owns a 2005 Buick Century. While driving approximately 60 mph, the low beams stopped working and hindered the contact's visibility while the vehicle was in motion. The contact had to hold the switch to get the high beams to remain illuminated due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the multi-function switch on the column for the lights needed to be replaced, including prematurely deteriorated ground wires. The dealer stated that the parts were to be ordered, but were not yet available for them to provide a specific date of when the part would be available to complete the repair. The contact left the vehicle at the dealer until the part was available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.
We were driving at night and headlights went out randomly, this is happened several times. It did not seem to matter if the light switch was on or in the automatic position.
Headlights go out completely for a few seconds until the bright/dim is switched and then come on. This has happened infrequently since fall of 2014. Doesn't happen when at dealer service or when we test lights after returning home. Dealer says can't be repaired until they can get the incident to repeat. Lights are fine for a while & without warning the situation occurs again. Very alarming! a friend with a Buick regal 2002 has the same problem.
Pulled out of gas station to enter street and noticed headlights were not on. Pulled out the head light switch and nothing happened. I pulled back on the bright light switch and the lights came on. Mechanic had told me to try this since this same thing has happened before. Last year, I took the car to the Buick dealer for something else, but I brought up having a diagnostics run to see if it would show anything about the light problem. They told me that it wouldn't show up. Now I am afraid to drive this car at night. I have read many letters on the internet regarding this problem. Gm should fix this problem. It would cost about $700. 00 to get the switch replaced at the dealer. Does someone have to die if the lights go out while driving?.
Low beam headlights suddenly stopped working while driving at night. I bought the car used a year ago, and the multifunction switch was replaced just before I bought it. After doing some investigation, I discover it's a very common, almost universal problem with these vehicles that costs almost $800 to repair. Gm hasn't issued a recall for this defect. . . . Yes, I said defect.
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While driving at night, the headlights turned off by themselves. This has happened 3 times. When high/low beam selector was used, lights returned on. Suspect faulty switch??.
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the headlight dimmer switch failed and the headlights became inoperative. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000.
The contact owns a 2004 Buick Century. The contact stated that when switching from high beams to low beams, all of the headlights would fail. The failure would occur on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that he needed to have the high and low beam switch replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 38,700. The VIN was unavailable.
Third incident where 2003 Buick Century headlights (low beam) turned off while driving at night; no controls or buttons touched. First incident at 155,000 miles, second incident at 160,000, and now third incident at 162,500 miles. Situation lasts 10 seconds and then headlights return. Turning dimmer switch makes no difference and nor does high beam control. No diagnostic code appears. Extremely dangerous situation and no recall or technical bulletin issued.
While driving at night, my headlights just go out! this has happened often in the last month and a half. I commute an hour to work and it happens at least once a day. It does not matter if they are on manually or automatically, it does not matter if they are on low or high beam. I discovered that the lights come back on if I hit the dimmer switch. This is a dangerous situation and I believe that it is worthy of investigation and a recall being issued. I have seen many complaints online about this situation. What will it take for a recall? will it take someone getting killed in a head on crash?.
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. While traveling 50 mph the contact noticed that the high beams had suddenly shut off without warning, within a few seconds, the contact noticed that the headlights had began to operate normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the light switch was replaced. The current mileage was 111000 and the failure mileage was 80000.
The dimmer switch for the headlights. When I was using it last week, it momentarily turned off the exterior lights completely. Very dangerous.
Almost every time the headlights are changed from high to low beams the lights will shut off compleatly and I will have no headligts at all, I have gone out and purchased a new turnsignal switch and plan to put it in as soon as posible and I will have the old part still. The front drive assembely will grind any time a tire loses traction and spins in either the rain or snow on pavement or off the road in a driveway so my car has been driving in one wheel drive instead of two wheel drive, I have not had the chance to go and buy a new drive axel assembely to correct the problem.
While driving home one night, my headlights just went out! this has happened often enough we now do not drive our car at night if at all possible. Through research online and testing it ourselves, we determined that the lights come back on if we flick the dimmer switch. This is a very dangerous situation, and after reading other's similar experiences at aboutautomobile. Com (15 different entries), we believe that this is worthy of investigation and a recall being issued. We did take the car to a mechanic who was not sure what might be the cause. Now that we have some idea, we will return to him and get an estimate for repairs. From the online research, we can expect it to cost approximately $600 or more. Thank you for your time.
I was driving on the interstate to visit friends at about dusk. I always drive with the headlight switch in the "auto" position, but because of weather conditions I switched to the "manual on" position. I continued to drive for another hour and when I got to within 10 minutes of my destination, the interior dash lights and radio started flashing. My headlights were also going off and I could hear the relay on the computer (passenger side) clicking. I stopped and inspected for a shorted wire but found none. I switched to the "auto" position and was able to complete the drive and return back home without recurrence. Testing it again at home the headlights would go on and off in the "manual on " position. After exercising the headlight switch through all the positions numerous times, I could not reproduce the problem. . I believe that the problem was caused by a unused contact on the headlight switch that became oxidized and the low voltage caused the loss of headlights and reaction with the computer controlling them. This is a very dangerous design to be driving at interstate speeds and loose your headlights.
Was driving after dark on country road. Switched on bright lights after a few seconds headlights went out. Pulled over to side of road. Pulled light switch on and off several times and lights came back on. Was afraid to use bright lights again. Is very dangerous as was I was on straight away and little traffic at the moment. Could have been on a curve and could have resulted in crash and or loss of life or at least injuries. Will go to mechanic Monday and hopefully can get repaired. Was looking for safety bulletin and or recall or advisory.
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. While driving various speeds at night, the headlights dim. When the high beams are activated, the headlights illuminate again. The contact has seen identical failures like this on the internet. The failure and current mileages were 57,000. Updated 12-01-08 the dealer stated the vehicle needed a new multi-function switch. Updated 12/02/08.
The contact owns a 2002 Buick Century. While driving 50-55 mph at night, the headlights automatically illuminated. When the contact activated the high beams, the headlights went out completely. She had to activate the headlight switch again in order for them to operate. Occasionally, the high beams will turn on, but other times, they will not. The dealer stated that the entire multi-function switch needed to be replaced. The switch was replaced, but the contact believes that a recall should be issued. The failure mileage was 67,000 and current mileage was 72,000. Updated 05/08/09 updated 05/12/09. Updated 06/09/09.
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Century. The contact was driving various speeds with the headlights in activation. Suddenly, the headlights became inoperative. The contact pulled over to the side of the road with caution and after several attempts the headlights began to operate. The failure occurred intermittent. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed that the headlight switch would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000. Updated 2/23/11 also, the front coil springs were replaced. Updated 05/31/11.
The contact states the headlights go out for a few minutes and then they come back on. This has been occurring for the past week. Because it can be duplicated by pulling the turn signal switch forward it is a problem in the steering column with the turn signal and headlight switch. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle, and a mechanic has not inspected the vehicle.
The contact stated while driving at night he switched the low beam headlights to high beam headlights, resulting in total loss of exterior lighting. He swerved to miss oncoming traffic. After several attempts of turning the dimmer switch on and off the lights came back on without any further problems. He has not taken the vehicle to a dealer for inspection. No repairs have been made at this time.
The contact stated that while driving the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealership. They could not be repaired because the dealership could not duplicate the problem. The contact has been having problems with the headlights for about a month. When driving the vehicle at night the headlights go off, some times if he wiggled the switch the lights would come back on. He contacted the manufacturer, and they said there was no data of this occurring on other vehicles. Updated 11/29/05.
During night driving headlight switch will disengage on its own.
Consumer turned on high beam in 2001 Buick Century and all lighting failed inside vehicle and outside. ** answer required*** the consumer was told there was a switch that was shortening out the headlights. The consumer stated the first time she had a switch replaced, it was due to a problem with the windshield wipers.
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|Headlight Switch problems||
|Exterior Lighting problems||
|High/low Beam Switch problems||
|Turn Signal problems||
|Turn Signal Switch problems||
|Tail Light problems||
|Hazard Flashing Warning Light Switch problems||
|Headlight Concealment Device problems||
|Turn Signal Flasher Unit problems||