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96 cavalier instrument light malfunction

96 cavalier, new alt, and battery. dash lights brake and all others come on arbitrailary while driving also door chime, car runs fine while this occurs

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  • barnabusx Apr 18, 2009

    I have a 1996 Cavalier 2.2 L that is doing a similar thing. When you first start the car two of the idot lights stay on all of the time they are: the air bag and the security. The driving lights turn on, but as soon as you start to drive they go off and the green idiot light begans to flash and all of the other idot lights come on as well (battery, brakes, coolant, oil, ABS.) and the temperature gauge stops working. As your driving and shifting gears the radio plays intermittently. If you stop the car with the ignition on the radio play fine and the temperature gauge works. I have cleaned the ground wire connection from the battery to the bell housing and all of the other ground wires that come from the wiring loom. I have tried pulling the CLUSTR fuse and leaving it out for a time hoping something would reset. So far no luck. The car runs great even with all of the idot lights on.

  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    I have a 1996 Cavalier 2.2 L that is doing a similar thing. When you first start the car two of the idot lights stay on all of the time they are: the abs and brake. The driving lights turn on, but as soon as you start to drive they go off and the green idiot light begans to flash and all of the other idot lights come on as well (battery, brakes, coolant, oil, ABS.) and the temperature gauge stops working. The weird thing is that I don't even have to have the car running or the key on! Just having the dome light on and shaking the car will act like the battery is being unhooked and then hooked back up really fast. I know it has to be a bad ground somewhere, but I have cleaned the ground wire connection from the battery to the bell housing and all of the other ground wires that come from the wiring loom, all to no avail :( I'm going to have to try to replace the ground wire for the battery I guess.. hopefully that helps... If anyone has any other things I should check please let me know!!! Could there be a short in the starter or alternator? the battery is staying charged, so I don't think its that, but who knows with all this computer **** in the cars now days! lol

  • MikeRenee May 11, 2010

    it does all that when you first turn the key on, so that would lead me to assume that would mean there was some kind of either loose connection with the accessory wire. Do you know of any electrical work been done lately?

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I just had this fixed on my cavalier.i put a new ground wire on my car and a new cluster and now everything is fine.

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TRIGGER RELAY IS 2 FT. AWAY FROM STARTER MOTOR IN THE RED TRIGGER WIRE JUST IN THE BACK OF RADIATOR. CLEAN THE TERMINALS OR REPLEACE IT.

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