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#1 of 6762 How do I find the problem with my electrical system
Dec 24, 2006 (4:42 pm)
Today I pulled into my driveway, put the car in park, and turned it off. Now I can't get the key out of the ignition, none of the lights will come on, and the engine won't even crank. For about the past year I have had no lights on the gear shift indicator, dim lights on the radio, and half of the dash lights have been out. Also, sometimes the car shifts out of park very hard, occasionally requiring me to turn it off then on again. A little while ago the lights on the radio quit all together. The other day I had to have the starter and the battery replaced. This has been a very dependable vehicle up until just recently. The car has a little over 160,000 miles on it. The fuse under the dash hasn't blown. The vehicle does have the built in anti theft system and stuff too.
#2 of 6762 Re: How do I find the problem with my electrical system [nanaofbeasties]
Dec 25, 2006 (3:43 pm)
For the no start problem, either the new battery is no good of perhaps battery cable conection is not quite right (had that once, resulting un no start key locked in ignition and maybe or maybe not interior stuff wotking). Alternater another possibility. The gear shift light is pretty easy, a number#194 bulb and a little procedure I'll try to post later.
#3 of 6762 Re: How do I find the problem with my electrical system [ray80]
Jan 19, 2007 (7:49 pm)
Hi, I just got a aztek and the gear shift light is out. I see you give the part number but how do you change it? ive been looking all over the darn thing and can't see how and have no luck finding any info on line or by calling up the dealer...guess once you pay for it any thing that was or goes wrong is your problem
#4 of 6762 Re: How do I find the problem with my electrical system [benben]
Jan 20, 2007 (5:19 am)
I haven't had to change it myself(YET) but here is procedure that should work:
'There is a clip on the back of the gear shift knob.Pry that off and remove the handle.Remove your cup holder.Under the lower one is a screw and you remove that.Lift off the cover.the bulb is at the end of a wire and is a little tricky to twist out and replace.Seems an 8 year old with small hande would find it easy.Be careful with that dust cover boot or belt that goes around the shifter.I popped out the red plastic bar indicator and it's lost.I'll fashion another. It's easier to put stuff back with the shift handle removed since you can turn the housing upside down and you can get that dustcover belt back in the track'
Jan 26, 2007 (4:15 pm)
the radio and clock lights have gone out .everything still works just no light so i CANNOT SEE THE TIME OR STATION HELP
#6 of 6762 Re: radio [nanaofbeasties]
Jan 27, 2007 (3:16 am)
I don't believe there is an easy fix for this other the replacing radio.
#7 of 6762 Re: How do I find the problem with my electrical system [ray80]
Jan 31, 2007 (4:20 am)
I've had the same problem, I'm well under 160k though. For the key you are going to have to slide the transmission out of park just a little bit. If you push it all the way to the top it will lock your key in, just put it in park then slide it down a bit. It will still be in park! Everything else I wish I could help you. I'm on here to get problems for recalls, my car has been well taken care of and I still had to replace the engine at 62k
#8 of 6762 Electrical?
Feb 05, 2007 (9:15 am)
I have an '02 Aztek - which I absolutely love - and recently had a new battery installed. After my father-in-law put the new battery in, I had no gages whatsoever and ended up having to pay 80.00 to have a mechanic disconnect the battery and reset my computer for me. Now, a week later, something odd is going on! I will be driving and all of my lights go out! For about a half a minute I will be without any exterior and interior lights, including my headlights! This has happened four times now in the past four days and I have no clue what is going on. The forth time was on my way to work this morning and my battery light flashed at me as everything went out and came back on. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I have also never had a gear shifting light since I purchased the car, would be nice to have!
#9 of 6762 Re: Electrical? [jmccabe2]
Feb 05, 2007 (10:30 am)
Gear shift light is fairly easy as posted above. For the lighting problem,,,,,could be a lot of things. First I would check the fuses both in cabin and underhood to be sure they are tight. Also while your checking underhood make sure the cable from battery to underhood fuse box is tight and not corroded. You could also check (if you can find) any ground connection from instument panel to make sure its tight. Because battery light comes on and you replaced battery (perhaps a little early) there may be a problem with alternater, you could get an active load test on that to see if there any any issues of flucuations in output that could cause problems. It might be helpful to put headlights on manualy (instead of auto) to see if they stay on when interior light go out.
#10 of 6762 Aztec Electrical Problems
Feb 05, 2007 (11:32 am)
Well every Aztec Owner...
Read this and do not ignore.
After 8 months and $3000.00 paid to Caroll Pontiac in Halifax N.S. they were unable to find the source of my electrical problems which include but are not limited to:
- key stuck in ignition (Check fuse # 44 and 42 under your shifter center console)
- Corroded wires leading to fuel pump
- shorted out starter
- switches in shifter disallowing me to turn car off or remove keys
- all the brake related warning light come on a beep when going uphill
- Warning light for transfer case, traction control, brakes, ABS, security system, door ajar and many others
Many other electrical problems and to many to type.
Now I was about to install a new Body Control Module costing $400. just for parts, after Caroll pontiac informed me that the must install it at $80/hr because it had to be pre-programed 1st I decided to get a second opinion from McPhee Pontiac (a separate business in Dartmouth N.S.)
After 60sec on the phone he offered me this solution and saved me over $400.00.
What the supposedly qulified Automotive Techs at Caroll Pontiac were unable to tell me is this:
The Aztec has a HISTORY of leaking from various points into the interior of your car. This water ingress finds its way through the frame and gets under your carpet. Right behind your drivers seat there is a huge electrical connection with about 25 diffetent wires going into it. The water will seep into this connection and cause electical shorts to MANY of your systems. Do not think because your carpet appears dry you do not have this problem. The carpet has a vapor barrior on it. I had many puddles of water throughout the floor of my car. All the electrical connections behind my seat are coated with corrosion and the water forms a electrical bridge between the various connectors causing shorts.
I advise every aztec owner to pull the carpet back and feel under the drivers seat and expose the connector to see evidence of water. I have yet to fully determine the area where water is getting in to my car. I currently have the entire interior ripped out of my car and have determined it is either my roof rack or from arounf the frame of the rear hatch. LOOK INTO THIS IMMEDIATLY BEFORE IS ALSO COSTS YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.