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Instrument cluster there is a short/negative terminal/test to ground test light comes on strong. when removed the instrument cluster it goes away. also drivers side window stoped working after intermitent problems,left rear vent window did the same,lock allways ulcocks but sometimes does not lock ??????

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I had the same problem i had to buy a new cluster that is your best bet. and for the windows one of your motors are blown you have three motors in a van

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All gauges quit working. Replaced all stepper motors. Still nothing is working.


Is there power (B+) an ground's for instrument cluster ? When you turn the key to the run position ( not start ) do the gauges do the sweep test ?
Did you perform the Instrument Cluster Diagnostic System Check?
Go to Step 2
Go to Diagnostic System Check - Instrument Cluster
2
Turn the ignition ON, with the engine OFF.
Observe the instrument cluster.
Does the instrument cluster perform the displays test?
Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems
Go to Step 3

Turn the ignition OFF.
Disconnect the IPC.
Turn the ignition ON, with the engine OFF.
Connect a test lamp between the ignition 1 voltage circuit and a good ground.
Does the test lamp illuminate?

Perform Diagnostic System Check - Instrument Cluster , Diagnostic System Check - Driver Information Systems or Diagnostic System Check - Audible Warnings before using the Symptom Tables in order to verify that all of the following are true:
• There are no DTCs set.
• The control modules can communicate via the serial data link.
Review the system operation in order to familiarize yourself with the system functions. Refer to the following:
• Instrument Cluster Description and Operation
• Indicator/Warning Message Description and Operation
• Driver Information Center (DIC) Description and Operation
• Audible Warnings Description and Operation
If you don't know about serial data communication an DTC'S I strongly suggest you take your vehicle to a Chevy dealer or an ASE certified repair shop .

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Ok here goes, I'm not mechanically minded so please bear with me. I think I may have broke the connection cords that connect to the battery terminals while trying to put in a new battery as that's what I...


Use a volt meter or 12 volt test light to test for current at different places. Start with the battery terminals, then leave the one test lead on the negative terminal and test for volts further away from the battery,(on positive side of circuit) like the big bolt connection i see in the pic. then test in the fuse box for volts. This will tell you where the bad connection is..

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The instrument cluster on my 2000 Chrysler Cirrus doesn't work


A mechanic would test the power and ground circuits at the cluster plug, but it may be tough to fix if you can't make the problem happen on demand.

Jul 10, 2012 | 2000 Chrysler Cirrus

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I need to fix Dash air vent light -Left side - that goes on and off- How due I remove the bulb and check the wiring?


Check out the "Instrument Cluster Light Bulbs" section below:

2002 Volkswagen Passat - Repair Manual - Chassis Electrical (excerpt)

Dome/Map/Cargo Light

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the bulb from its retaining clip contacts. If the bulb has tapered ends, gently depress the spring clip/metal contact and disengage the light bulb, then pull it free of the two metal contacts.

To install:
  1. Before installing the light bulb into the metal contacts, ensure that all electrical conducting surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
  2. Insert the bulb into the holder. If the contacts have small holes, be sure that the tapered ends of the bulb are situated in them.
  3. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
  4. Install the cover until its retaining tabs are properly engaged.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.

Instrument Cluster Light Bulbs
The instrument clusters installed on these models are one of 2 types and distinguished by the instrument lighting color, either green or blue.
On models with green instrumentation, only the control light bulbs are replaceable. Should any other failure occur, the instrument cluster must be replaced.
On models with blue instrumentation, none of the components are replaceable. Should a failure occur, the instrument cluster must be replaced.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the bulb from its electrical connector.
  3. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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My 2000 chevy blazer is having battery issues.i have had the battery a year and replaced the altinator a year ago,and something keeps draining the battery.I can't seem to figure this one out


if you have an volt meter capable of reading amperage you can check for a draw fairly easily.

Turn off the vehicle, remove the key, unplug any accessories from the 12 volt (cigarette) outlets, and disable the under hood light if equipped.

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Install your amp meter in series, one lead on the negative terminal of the battery and one lead on the negative terminal of the battery cable. You should see less than .050 amps. It may take up to 20 minutes for everything to power down so don't worry if you see more right away.

If after 20 minutes it does not drop lower than .050 amps you have a draw. You can start removing fuses from the underhood fuse block one at a time. If the draw goes away than you have just narrowed down the possibilities to that circuit. Post what fuse you pulled and I can help you further.

If none of those fuses cancel the draw remove one of the test leads. Open the drivers front door and remove the courtesy lamp fuse from the instrument panel fuse block located behind the access panel on the end of the left side of the dash. Reinstall test leads and then start removing those fuses one at a time.

Some common draws are aftermarket stereos, glove box lights, visor mirror lights,

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My battery is new and after sitting a day or two it will drain to death i am trying to figure out where the short is


You need to place a test light in between the negative cable and the battery negative post.The test light is cheap,purchase one and remove the negative battery cable from the battery,place the clip of the test light to the negative post on the battery(I know it is a side post),You may need a helper.Take the tip of the test light to the negative battery cable end.With the key out of ignition,and the doors closed,make sure there are no hood light,take it out if needed.If the test light comes on,there is a draw on the system,uplug the alternator plug first to see if the light goes off,if so,replace the alternator,if not,open the door,and remove the dome light fuse,then start removing fuses one at a time,and putting them back after you remove them and watch the test light,when it goes out ,that is the circuit that is the problem,so,trace the fuse to what it goes to,,also,keep in mind,clocks are bad to do this,and clocks in the radio.

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How do you take out the radio


Disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent an
accidental short circuit. Remove the plastic trim piece to
the left of the glove box and (1) phillips screw exposed.
Unsnap the top edge of the knee bolster panel. Remove
(1) phillips screw from the panel. Remove the ashtray
cluster and (2) phillips screws from each side. Unclip the
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unsnap end caps from each side of dash. Unsnap and
remove radio/instrument cluster panel. Remove (3)
screws in order to remove radio.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent an
accidental short circuit. Unsnap and remove dash bezel.
Remove (3) 9/32" screws and remove radio.
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Parking and tail light short


OK ... being as you've ripped the entire interior out things might be easier to disconnect now .... I suspect the dash light dimmer assembly (I don't remember but this vehicle may even have a dimmer fuse??? check the owners manual ...) which goes to many lights and if damaged shows a dead short (has the radio ever been changed?) I would first disconnect the dimmer assembly (cluster lamps) (that will eliminate that circuit) replace the fuse and try turning the parking lamps on ... if the fuse blows again ... it's not the dimmer cicuit ... then ... You will measure a short when checking continuity between negative battery terminal and the light circuit as the filaments in the lamps will read continuity but it should show some resistance and not a dead short under normal conditions. I would then disconnect the harnesses going to the rear of the car located in the left kick panel and or the right kick panel .... the way you will solve it is to work one section at a time ... and a bunch of fuses ... trial and error then focus on the suspect section ... the thing that gets me is: you say the short goes away (on the meter) when the brakes are applied or left turn signal. So it might be in the rear harness ... I would also inspect the left rear light assembly and the harness to it (possibly a bad ground) good luck and let me know what you find

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