The instrument lights go on and off, as they feel like it. Immediately after purchasing the vehicle in February of 2007, the exterior and interior lights would lose power intermittently. We look forward to serving you. The failures occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the computerized system failed. Only after 2 hours will the gauge update properly so if running errands less than 2 hours and not driving freeway the gauge never updates and sticks at the low morning temperature. The Chevrolet Malibu has been commended for having irresistible appeal.
The dealer and manufacturer were notified and stated that they were not liable for the repairs. This is were factory service info would be helpful Posted on Jan 04, 2017 Factory repair manual step by step testing procedure for Interior Backlighting Inoperative. I have done the occassional flat tire, checked oil and have almost always pumped my own gas, but other than that i know nothing about cars. I did notice that most of the fuses were mildly oxidized on one leg of each fuse. Again, I removed and reinstalled the fuses and the problem went away. We have chosen to live with it in hopes that Chevrolet will put out a recall.
This would be temporarily resolved by restarting the vehicle. The contact stated that the instrument panel was inoperable and he was unable to determine how fast he was traveling or how many miles were on the vehicle. So I have been at my car this morning trying to diagnose this problem. When I turn my key or start my car the only signals on my dash that seem to work are the security light and the check engine light. The key take away here is when the headlight dimmer switch fails the instrument cluster back lighting flickers or is intermittent.
It is still unclear to me how gm has not included this model in there recall. At less than 25,000 miles, the brakes would occasionally roll when the brake pedal was depressed. The independent mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The steering wheel unlocked when the vehicle was restarted 20 minutes later. The things that make the Chevrolet Malibu as great as it is are the big and small devices attached to its frame. So if it got stuck in the middle it would assume that were it is, is at zero. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
The current mileage was 30,000 and failure mileage was 22,000. Ok now you'll need a few pieces of masking tape and a pen or marker. Do the illumination lamps operate normally? Did you complete the replacement? This would be temporarily resolved by restarting the vehicle. I then went back to auto zone and asked them to contact me if someone else has the same problem. You view this fuse panel when you open the driver side door and remove the hatch cover on the side of the dash panel.
I really hate this car and no more gm products for me, ever!. While driving various speeds, the instrument panel lighting would inadvertently dim or flicker. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems. This can also happen when you try rotating the dimmer wheel frantically in an effort to get the lights to work. You may need to tilt the steering wheel down and move the shifter down to make room. Go to Step 17 -- 17 Operate the system in order to verify the repair. The failure mileage was 700 and current mileage was 16,000.
Replacing the unit is not the best solution, because many of the replacement units often use the same faulty components as the original cluster. After reading all the pertinent info. The vehicle has not been inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer six times without any resolutions. Each and every Chevrolet Malibu part the vehicle employs is responsible for its exceptional quality. Go to Step 17 -- 14 Repair the open in the instrument panel lamp supply voltage circuit. In fact, when demand becomes so strong, that Amazon gets in the game of supplying replacement switches, consumers benefit.
Let just say it was a task to turn my car around to get back home and park it. I took it to western auto, auto zone, and brians auto repair thinking it was a fuse that went out. The failure recurred 4 months later while turning into a parking space. If you found my instructable helpful please share it online with anyone you know who may need this kind of repair by pasting the link into blog posts, forum posts or right on your website! What if I'd like blue or white needles? If not there are videos on youtube for learning how to do basic automotive electrical testing , how to read wiring diagrams etc. The contact stated that the fuel indicator on the fuel gauge sporadically fails and displays inaccurate readings.