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#2447 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [e2helper]
Sep 21, 2005 (8:05 pm)
Sorry forgot to mention all that. I have a chevy malibu 1998. And the exterior parking lights work. The only thing that is not functioning are the interior lights that are suppose to turn on at night time. Example the instrumental panel lights up so you could see how fast your going, how much fuel you got etc. All those buttons that are suppose to light up at night in the inside, are not. I have checked the both the side panel fuses and all seem to be working. And also the fuse rely box underneath the hood are all working too. If you need anymore information just let me know and I'll be sure to get it to you.
#2448 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [jose_mx18]
Sep 22, 2005 (1:16 pm)
NP - So 1998 Malibu, Exterior Park Lamps OK but the weird thing is not all the stuff that is supposed to be backlit work. We probably need to go thru each separately - just see if ANY of these seem to have backlighting functional.
Instrument Cluster (gauges) - You already said yes to that one
AC Control Head (below radio)
Ashtray Lamp (if there is one)
Trunk Release Switch
Gear Display indicator on shifter
Radio (buttons - not the display)
Fog Lamp switch (if you have fog lamps)
Panel Dimmer Switch (with thumbwheel)
Then on the doors:
Driver Mirror Switch
Driver Window Switch
Driver Door Lock Switch
Passenger Door Lock Switch
Passenger Window Switch
If only the Instrument Cluster lights up does the intensity change with operation of the "panel dimmer switch"??
That's it for now - The fuse most involved with this stuff is on right hand side of instrument panel (called INST LAMPS on "label"). There is a separate transistor module that created the dimmer output voltage depending on the position of the panel dimmer switch.
#2449 of 3823 Re: Electrical, Steering & headrests 2004 Malibu LS [04bu]
Sep 22, 2005 (2:37 pm)
According to my dealer, the left front turn signal was burned out. This despite no soot in the bulb, filament looked intact and an electronics meter indicated continuity on the filament. Well, at least the directional works again. No charge for the new bulb .
Plus, I got my new headrests installed today. The angle of the old ones didn't bother me much although I was aware of them at my head. With the new ones installed, I believe I was driving with my head slightly tilted forward. Anyone who has an '04 really should get the new headrests for your car. There was no charge for the headrests .
Cheers, and hopefully this is the last time I need to post on this board.
#2450 of 3823 Hitch mount Bicycle rack
Sep 22, 2005 (2:46 pm)
I've seen one like this on a late model Camry. Unfortunatley I couldn't get a good look or check its strength. A co-worker who bicycles talked up this type where the bicycle rests on the tires.
I don't think I've ever seen any type of trailer hitch on a new ('04 and later) Malibu.
Does anyone have a receiver hitch on their malibu?
#2451 of 3823 Re: Hitch mount Bicycle rack [04bu]
Sep 23, 2005 (10:47 am)
I do, and I have the exact bike rack you showed. As long as the bike is on the outer hoop, the hatch lifts clear of the bike rack. If you have a bike also on the inner hoop (closest to the car), you will have to remove it before opening the hatch. I love it.
#2452 of 3823 rattle rattle
Sep 23, 2005 (10:53 am)
I just picked up my 05 maxx this monday. Later that afternoon i starting to hear a rattling over by the passenger side of the car. I haven't put anything in side pockets or glove compartment, the rattling seems to only be when driving local and rougher streets....anyone had this before?
#2453 of 3823 Re: rattle rattle [newbu]
Sep 23, 2005 (2:35 pm)
check to see if it is the key vibrating on the dash. There is a rubber bumper to help this, but when I had a lot of keys on my keychain, the thing rattled relentlessly.
#2454 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [e2helper]
Sep 23, 2005 (10:01 pm)
The Instrumental Cluster (gauges) does function but the "night light" or "backlighting" is NOT working.
The Hazard Switch does function but has the same problem as (gauge) night light isn't working.
AC Control Head does function but night light is not working.
Trunk Release does function but night light not working
Gear Display indicator on shifter , the night light is also not working.
Radio Well I have a Custom Cd Player but all the lights on that are working.
Panel Dimmer Switch (with thumbwheel) is not working at all.
Driver Mirror Switch Does function but night light not working
Driver Window Switch Does function but night light not working
Driver Door Lock Switch does function but night light not working
Passenger Door Lock Switch Does not have night light at least I dont believe so and if it does, I"m sure it doesn't have night light also
Passenger Window Switch does function but night light not working
Well I checked the fuse with a light tester and it lit up so I suppose the fuse is still working. I managed to look at the wires that are connected to the gauge and its a gray wire, and its the same wire thats found in the AC Control Head, Hazard Switch, and all the other buttons that have "night light" or "back lighting" funtion. I hope this will help you or give you in idea so you could determine the problem. Because even though I can drive my car in the daytime, I can't drive in the night time because all interiors lights are completely off.
#2455 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [jose_mx18]
Sep 24, 2005 (2:25 am)
I'm sure your problem lies with the dimmer control. That is the common denominator to all the interior lights. As I recall, there have been problems with it. It's a module that can be replaced.
#2456 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [jose_mx18]
Sep 24, 2005 (6:05 am)
I've just checked a typical GM circuit diagram. I do not have a circuit diagram for your model car. I would assume that GM would tend to keep their color coding the same. However, the gray wire comes from the lamp dimmer module and goes to all the instrument lights. I'm pretty sure you have a problem with the lamp dimmer module.