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Ga sguage pulsing.

When I turn on the ignition my gas guage raps around and then returns to level. Also when I turn on the signal light the gas guage pulses with the signal light. I was told that it was the ignition switch.

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You have a loose instrument cluster ground somewhere in the system, that is the only thing that can cause these kinds of weird problems.

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2005 cavalier dash lights not working. all fuses are goood. replaced cluster, dimmer switch, multifunction switch


Back lighting or warning lights ? check engine , ABS , air bags , seat belt , oil light etc... ?
Interior Lamps Dimming
The second group includes lamps which may be dimmed. This group may use a combination of vacuum fluorescent (VF) illumination and incandescent lamps.
• Power window switches
• HVAC control head assembly
• Radio
• The instrument panel cluster (IPC)
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON position, the vacuum fluorescent (VF) display (radio) turns on at maximum brightness. When the park lamps are ON all incandescent back lighting turn ON at the dimming level indicated by the IP dimmer switch. At the same time all vacuum fluorescent (VF) displays dim to match the indicated dimming level. When the headlamp switch is placed in the PARK position, the park lamp supply voltage circuit provides an input to the body control module (BCM). The BCM then supplies voltage to the instrument panel dimmer switch through the instrument panel dimming lamps control circuit. The setting of the instrument panel dimmer switch determines the amount of voltage that the instrument panel dimmer switch supplies to the BCM through the instrument panel dimming lamps low reference circuit. The BCM then sends a pulse width modulated (PWM) voltage to all the interior lamps. All the vacuum florescent (VF) and incandescent back lighting lamps are provided a specific voltage and are then grounded. When the headlight switch is turned to the PARK or HEADLAMP position, all incandescent back lighting turn on at the dimming level indicated by the IP dimmer switch. When the IP dimmer switch is moved from MIN to MAX, all vacuum fluorescent (VF) displays, as well as all incandescent back lighting respond from Minimum intensity to maximum brightness in response to the IP dimmer switch.

I would have it checked for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes stored in the BCM !
DTC B2624 Display Dimming Input Range/Performance
The body control module (BCM) supplies voltage to the instrument panel dimmer switch through the instrument panel dimmer switch signal circuit. The dimmer switch varies the voltage and returns the new voltage to the BCM through the dimmer switch signal return circuit. The BCM uses this voltage to determine the illumination level of the instrument panel lamps.

DTC B2625 Display Dimming Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Output Circuit Range/Performance
The body control module (BCM) receives a variable voltage from the instrument panel (I/P) lamp dimmer switch. The BCM uses this signal in order to vary the illumination level of the I/P lamps. The I/P dimming lamps output from the BCM is a pulse width modulated voltage supply used to light the I/P lamps. If a malfunction occurs in the I/P dimming lamps output circuit, this DTC is set.

DTC B2662 Park Lamp Switch Circuit Malfunction
The park lamps are controlled by the turn/headlamp switch. Positive battery voltage is supplied to the switch through the EXT LP fuse. When the turn/headlamp switch is placed in the park or head position, battery voltage is supplied to the park lamps. The body control module (BCM) is also connected to the park lamp circuit to sense whether or not the park lamps turn ON when the low beam or high beam headlamps are turned ON. The BCM also uses the parklamp battery positive voltage to power the instrument panel (I/P) dimmer output circuit. If the BCM senses that the low beam or high beam headlamps are ON and the park lamp input is not active, DTC B2662 sets.
Do the park lamps work ?

Jun 11, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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2006 chevy impala radio & dash lights stay on now when ahut car off, key out and close and lock doors automatically. Never happened before. Help please..


Could be relay contact's stuck closed allowing power to stay on . Or it could be a BCM - body control module problem .

Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
The retained accessory power (RAP) system allows certain vehicle functions to operate for a specific amount of time after the ignition switch is turned OFF. The body control module (BCM) monitors the ignition switch position, battery condition, and each door ajar switch status to determine whether RAP should be initiated or terminated. RAP is controlled with two different methods; serial data and relay control. Some modules receive a RAP message from the BCM over the serial data circuits. Serial data controlled RAP is deactivated as required by their modules RAP power mode operation. Other subsystems are activated directly by the BCM through a RAP relay. Components and systems that are active in RAP are also activated anytime the ignition is any position other than OFF regardless of the door switch signals.

Relay Controlled RAP
The BCM keeps the RAP relay energized during all power modes, except Off-Awake and Crank. The relay is also energized for approximately 10 minutes after shutting the ignition OFF and removing the key, providing no door is opened.
Relay controlled RAP will end when one of the following conditions is met:
• The BCM receives an input from any door ajar or open switch indicating the opening of any door after the ignition key is out of the ignition.
Important: If the BCM is receiving any door ajar or open signal from those switches when the ignition key is turned OFF, RAP will not initiate.
• The BCM internal timer for the RAP expires after approximately 10 minutes.
• The BCM detects a decrease in battery capacity below a prescribed limit.
Systems powered by the RAP relay during the RAP power mode are as follows:
• A/T shift lock control solenoid assembly (w/ floor shifter)
• Power window circuit breaker
• RAP fuse
• Inside rearview mirror (DD6)
• Sunroof (CF5)
Serial Data Controlled RAP
RAP systems controlled by serial data are as follows:
Radio
Radio RAP activation/termination is the same as relay operation with 1 exception; the only door switch that will turn off the radio during RAP is the driver door open switch.
Vehicle Communication Interface Module (VCIM) (Onstar®)
VCIM RAP activation/termination is the same as radio operation with 1 exception; if there is an active call when the ignition key is turned off the VCIM will remain in RAP mode, and keep the radio in RAP mode until the call is terminated.

Do you know what a DTC - diagnostic trouble code is ?
DTC B1475 00: Retained Accessory Power Circuit

Your best bet , take it to a Chevy dealer !

Jan 31, 2017 | 2006 Chevrolet Impala

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Dodge d150 gauges


check for car battery level and also check the guage lights
PS WARNING CAR BATTERY CAN SHOCK YOU UP AND IS A SERIOUS HAZARD WORK TAKING PROPER PRECAUTIONS

Apr 04, 2014 | 1987 Dodge D150

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When I replaced ignition switch in a 2000 buick centery I stll cannot get power to starter and power windows ,gas guage and radio don't work


Sounds like the Ignition switch wasn't the problem, check your fuse links at starter, they are soft fuseable wire that will burn if shorted or even when they get old over time they will go bad. they are the smaller like #10-12 ga. wire , should be at least 1 maybe 2 of them at harness connection to starter.

Aug 30, 2012 | Buick Century Cars & Trucks

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'02 Rendevous beeping randomly, no lights or trouble indicatiors on. Beeps when parked, beeps while driving, no rhyme or reason apparant. sometimes goes 10 or 15 minutes without beeping, other times beeps...


The audible warnings alert the driver of a system concern or a critical vehicle condition. The radio generates the audible warnings through the left front speaker. The radio receives audible warning requests via the class 2 serial data line from the IPC or body control module (BCM). If the radio receives multiple audible warning requests, the warning with the highest priority sounds first. The following lists the audible warning priority and the pulse rate:
Fast rate chime--200 pulses per minute
Medium rate chime--150 pulses per minute
Slow rate chime--50 pulses per minute
Single chime

Is the sound heard different from typical Audible Warnings ?

Fasten Safety Belt Warning
The radio activates the fasten safety belt audible warning as requested by the IPC. The IPC sends a class 2 message to the radio indicating the chime frequency, slow rate and duration (5 pulses). The fasten safety belt warning sounds and the fasten safety belt indicator illuminates when the following occurs:
• The ignition switch transitions to ON.
• The inflatable restraint sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) detects that the driver's seat belt is not buckled, signal is low. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the SDM indicating the driver's seat belt status.
If the seat belt is buckled when the ignition is turned on, the chime does not sound. If the seat belt is buckled while the chime is sounding, the chime stops. If the seat belt is unbuckled after the initial transition to ON, the chime does not sound.
Headlamps On Warning
The radio activates the headlamps on warning as requested by the body control module (BCM). The BCM sends a class 2 message to the radio indicating the chime frequency, fast rate and duration, continuous. The headlamps on warning sounds when the following occurs:
• The ignition is OFF.
• The BCM determines that the driver's door is open, signal is low.
• The BCM determines that the headlamp switch is in the park or head position.
Key-In-Ignition Warning
The radio activates the key-in-ignition audible warning as requested by the BCM. The BCM sends a class 2 message to the radio indicating the chime frequency, medium rate and duration, continuous. The key-in-ignition warning sounds when the following occurs:
• The ignition switch is OFF.
• The body control module (BCM) determines that the driver's door is open, signal is low.
• The BCM determines that the key-in-ignition switch is closed, signal is low.
Turn Signal Reminder
The radio activates the turn signal warning as requested by the IPC. The IPC sends a class 2 message to the radio indicating the chime frequency, medium rate and duration, continuous. The turn signal warning sounds when the following occurs:
• The ignition switch is in the RUN position.
• The turn signal switch is in either turn position, sensing, within 1 second, an open to B+ transition in the turn signal control circuit, left or right turn.
• The vehicle has traveled a distance of 1.2 km (¾ mi) by counting pulses on the vehicle speed input circuit.
The IPC turns OFF the turn signal reminder when either the ignition switch is turned to the OFF position, or the turn signal switch returns to the OFF position, sensing, within 1 second, no transitions from open to B+ in either of the turn signal control circuits, left turn or right turn.
Additional Chimes
The following chimes will turn ON when an associated indicator/message turns ON in the IPC/DIC:
• ABS indicator
• AWD Disable indicator
• Battery/Charge indicator
• Brake indicator
• Change Engine Oil indicator
• Door Ajar indicator
• Hot Coolant Temp indicator
• Low Brake Fluid indicator
• Low Fuel indicator
• Low Oil Level indicator
• Low Oil Pressure indicator
• Low Tire Pressure indicator/reset
• Low Washer Fluid indicator
• MIL (Service Engine Soon) indicator
• Oil Life Reset
• Park Lamp Out indicator
• Rear Hatch Ajar indicator
• Service Traction System indicator
• Service Vehicle Soon indicator
• TRAC OFF indicator
For a description of an indicator refer to Indicator/Warning Message Description and Operation .
For diagnosis of an indicator refer to Symptoms - Instrument Panel, Gages and Console .

Did the Mechanic check for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes in the BCM or insturment cluster ? Did you try a Buick dealer ?

Jul 09, 2017 | 2002 Buick Rendezvous

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Door panel lights wont turn off


push the door switches in by hand and see if the lights go out. Here's some diagnostic info:

Vehicles may be equipped with either a generic electronic module (GEM) or a central timer module (CTM) depending on vehicle options.
  • Vehicles with 4-wheel drive or the power group option will be equipped with a GEM.
  • Vehicles with 2-wheel drive and no power group option will be equipped with a CTM.
Courtesy Lamps The GEM and the CTM illuminate the interior lamps when any door is open or ajar. The interior lamps are: the interior lamp, the cargo lamp and the door courtesy lamp. The courtesy lamps will shut off when:
  • The doors are closed and the illuminated entry (GEM only) feature is not active.
  • The vehicle speed is greater than 15 mph (24 km/h). The interior lamps will not be reactivated until the vehicle speed is less than 10 mph (16 km/h) and a new door open warning lamp switch signal is received (GEM only).
The system inputs to the GEM/CTM are as follows:
  • The door open warning lamp switches. (Grounded when door is ajar; an open circuit when the door is closed.)
  • The vehicle speed sensor (VSS) input. (Sinusoid Wave: 0.7V-20V, 2.2 Hz/MPH [1.37 Hz/km/h] [GEM only].)
The system output to the GEM/CTM is as follows:
  • The interior lamp relay coil output. (Grounded when activated; open circuit when deactivated.)
Interior Lamp Relay The GEM and the CTM control the interior lamps and illuminated entry function with the interior lamp relay.
The relay is activated by applying ground to the relay coil through GEM C267-15, and is deactivated by removing the ground signal.
Panel Dimmer Switch The panel dimmer switch is integrated into the headlamp switch and controls the interior lamps by activating the interior lamp relay.
Illuminated Entry (GEM Only) The GEM illuminates the interior lamps when an unlock signal is received from the remote anti-theft personality (RAP) module. The illuminated entry feature will be canceled when any of the following conditions are met:
  • 25 seconds have elapsed since the illuminated entry feature was activated and the courtesy lamp feature is not activated.
  • The GEM receives a request from the RAP module (remote transmitter lock button pressed) and the courtesy lamp feature is not activated.
  • The ignition is in the RUN or START position and the courtesy lamp feature is not activated.
The illuminated entry inputs are:
  • RAP illuminated entry request. (Grounded pulse of varying length.)
  • Ignition switch in the RUN position. (Battery voltage on both the RUN and RUN/ACC inputs.)
The illuminated entry outputs are:
  • Interior lamp relay coil output. (Grounded when activated; an open circuit when deactivated.)
RAP Module The RAP module sends a signal to the GEM on the illuminated entry request circuit to indicate a request to turn the illuminated entry feature on or off. Circuit 1013 (BR/LG) is normally sent 12 volts by the GEM. The RAP module shorts this circuit to ground with a pulse of either of the following lengths:
  • 200 ms pulse from RAP receiver assembly requests illuminated entry ON (unlock button pressed).
  • 300 ms pulse from RAP receiver assembly requests illuminated entry OFF (lock button pressed).
GEM Sleep Mode The GEM and the CTM sleep mode deactivate all outputs to conserve battery power. Sleep mode is entered when the ignition has not entered the RUN or ACC position and 45 minutes has elapsed since the last wake-up input was received. In this mode, GEM current consumption is reduced to 5.0 mA or less. During sleep mode the GEM monitors the following wake-up inputs:
  • Both front door open warning lamp switches.
  • Ignition switch in the key-in, ACC and RUN position.
  • RAP illuminated entry request.
The GEM sleep mode outputs are:
  • None. (All circuits are deactivated during sleep mode.)
If a change in any of the above inputs occur while the GEM is asleep, the GEM will wake up and monitor all of its inputs and have the ability to activate any of its outputs.
The following components are under the control of the battery saver relay:
  • Interior lamp.
  • Engine compartment lamp.
  • Glove compartment lamp.
  • Panel dimmer switch.
  • Interior lamp relay.
The battery saver relay becomes active (relay coil is energized) when the GEM is in the awake mode, and is deactivated (relay coil is de-energized) in the sleep mode. The battery saver will remain active until the ignition switch is removed from the ACC or RUN position and 45 minutes have passed since the last active input was received (see sleep mode inputs). At that time, the relay will be deactivated and power to the above circuits will terminate.
The battery saver inputs are the GEM sleep mode inputs.
The battery saver output is the battery saver relay.
Inspection and Verification — GEM/CTM
  1. The interior lighting system is a generic electronic module (GEM)/central timer module (CTM) controlled system. Refer to Section 419-10 for additional information regarding GEM/CTM diagnostic strategies.
  1. Verify the customer concern by operating the interior lamps.
  1. Visually inspect for obvious signs of mechanical and electrical damage.


Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Switch(es)
  • Fuse(s) 14 (15A), 15 (5A), 4 (5A), 8(5A), and 103 (50A).
  • Wiring harness
  • Loose or corroded connector(s)
  • Circuitry open/shorted
  • Bulb(s)

  1. If the concern remains after the inspection, connect the New Generation STAR (NGS) Tester to the data link connector (DLC) located beneath the instrument panel, and select the vehicle to be tested from the NGS menu. If the NGS does not communicate with the vehicle:
    • check that the program card is correctly installed.
    • check the connections to the vehicle.
    • check the ignition switch position.

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Electrical issue with instument lights


Maybe a loose ground somewhere

Sep 28, 2009 | 1985 Jeep Cherokee

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Gas guage shows full after charging batery


Did you remove battery cables while charging? Rmove and make sure grd is clean and tight Turn on the ignition, watch gauge. It should reset itself. If not, start engine and drive around the block. then make sure you park on level ground , then shut off the engine. Did that work? If not, disconnect the battery for a few minutes and hook it back up. Last but not leastm go put gas in your tank. It just might be full. Pranks have been known to happen. Good Luck.

Feb 25, 2009 | 1995 Pontiac Trans Sport

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Will not start, no dash gauges light except "low gas level"


I have a '99 dodge dakota, 4 cyl, 5 speed manual. While researching a no start problem ran across possible solution to this problem. If no guage lights show when key truned to on position then normally a bad ignition switch. With fully charged battery and working ignition switch guage lights should slight up then go out when ignition in "on" position. Try shaking the key back and forth.


Dave

Aug 17, 2008 | 1998 Dodge Dakota

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