Question about 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

3 Answers

Interior lights don't go on

2004 Chevy Malibu - The interior lights do not go on when the remote unlocks the doors or when the doors are opened.  I can turn them on manually.  Suggestions?

Posted by on

  • kindigd Mar 12, 2009

    I assumed something got turned off, too.  The first thing I did was check the manual but it was no help.  Any other suggestions?

  • k0vp Mar 31, 2009

    Just purchased a 2006 Malibu LT V6 with no interior lights upon door opening. The interior light works in the manual mode. I have tried all passenger doors as well. The owners manual doesnot mention interior lighting as a menu function. If the feature is turned off it must be controled by other than the dashboard menu system.



3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

There is the overhead light right above your center console. It has three positions, always on (all the way right), Always off (all the way left), and On when you open your doors (center position). Sometimes I knock it accidentally. Had you already checked that?

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Chevrolet Master
  • 1,000 Answers

It sounds like the feature has been turned off. Check your owners manual, it will show you how to reactivate them again.
Start there, if that doesn't work, let me know.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • Bruce Bracey
    Bruce Bracey Mar 12, 2009

    Well, if the lights have not been deactivated, then it becomes a bit more complicated.

    When you use your remote to unlock the doors, the RFA module sends a serial message to the BCM to unlock the doors and turn on the lights. We know the message is sent because the doors unlock.

    When you open the drivers door, a ground signal is sent to connector C1 at the BCM to turn on the lights, We know that is not happening.

    When you open any of the passenger doors, a ground signal is sent to connector C2 at the BCM. Have you tried opening one of the passenger doors to see if the lights will come on? It would help to narrow it down.

    As it stands right now, either the feature is turned off or the BCM is faulty.

    Try a passenger door, front or rear and see if the lights come on and let me know.

    In the mean time, I will investigate the feature function and see if there is something specific you need to do.

    Let me know.



  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 214 Answers

Possible Body control Module ( BCM )

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • Tommy Moore
    Tommy Moore Mar 17, 2009

    Ahem.. Didnt I just Say BCM ? Body Control Module .. sCREW THIS.. i QUIT


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

2002 chevy trailblazer interior lights won't shutoff and doors won't lock or unlock with remote, rear hatch won't lock.

sound like you might have a few problem interior light might be the door switch but the lock n unlock can be a fuse if they dont work in the truck or need to chance the battery in your remote

Nov 07, 2010 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

1 Answer

The interior lights of my 99 chevy malibu do not work. Can this be a fuse problem?

yes it can be a fuse, most cars have a dimmer for dash/interior lights if fuse is ok it may be the dimmer switch.

May 20, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

1 Answer

Rear driver door will not open

You can take off the small cover where there is normally a key hole, and access it that way.

Mar 31, 2010 | 2004 Volkswagen Jetta

1 Answer

2004 chevy siverado interior lights not working. when door opens they will not work. but interior lights work with interior switches and with key fob

If your problem is in all doors I'm probably wrong :) may find that an inner door jamb spring loaded switch has failed. It works exactly like the one in your fridge does, It triggers power to the light when the spring is out ,.. sometimes it gets stuck in you might just be able to clean and loosen it up.

Dec 07, 2009 | 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab

1 Answer

2004 Chevy Venture Interior light will not turn off when you put on drive or lock the doors. I have to use Interior Lamp Overide Switch to turn off the light.

check for an open door ( all doors ) , defective courtesy light door switch, or short in interior light electrical circuitry.

Apr 04, 2009 | 2002 Chevrolet Venture Passanger

1 Answer

Cant get my interior lights to come on when i open the door.

My 02 did the same thing, i don't know if you tried this, but turn the interior lights on with the dimmer switch, then back off. Then lock the car with the remote and hopefully when you unlock it the lights will start coming on.

Mar 14, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Impala

1 Answer

2004 xl envoy ip lights comin on all 4 small guauges are non operational 2 large works this morning key remote wouldnt unlock doors open one door with key no other doors would unlock and the car will not...

your batter is slowly dying! replace it before its too late. i had the same problem and i kept boosting it and using a trickle charger...just change it to a good battery

Dec 17, 2008 | 2004 GMC Envoy

Not finding what you are looking for?
2005 Chevrolet Malibu Logo

498 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Ronny Bennett Sr.
Ronny Bennett Sr.

Level 3 Expert

6927 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides