Question about 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
I went to turn on my lights and my lights, dash, radio all stopped working I've checked the fuses and they are all fine. the car runs fine. I just need my spedo and lights!
You checked the fuses to see if they were blown, but did you check to see if they had power with a meter ? Sounds like a problem with the key switch or the wiring at the fuse box.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had a similar problem with a 2001 Saturn. We checked every fuse and they were all fine. We finally did a 'reset' on the car's computer by disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it a few minutes later. Everything was back to normal after that.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
Low voltage will cause the problem you are having,get the battery charged,and then have the alternator checked for the correct out put,13.65 to 14.25 if it is not in this range give or take a couple of volts,replace it,I would have the battery replaced also,so you won`t have the problem again.Have a shop replace the battery,if you do it yourself,the memory could be erased if certain measures are not performed.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
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its easy to fix, when u open every thing there is four resistance in the back of the isnstrumen these resistance need to replace. maybe not four of them just what u need u can tell wich one need to replace. u dont need to buy 500 u can do it at home
Posted on Nov 26, 2009
SOURCE: My dash lights don't work.
this got easy after a while 2 ways, i had friends who would not take the time to spend 8dollars to buy a harness connector for a new cd player and would splice everything together like takeing the red and yellow wires and connecting them all together as one. this drains ur battery unless ur cd player can completly power down by the power button not all do... but keep this in mind on GM cars the 2 wires of the same wires like purple the one with a black stripe is ground they go together stripe on stripe also there is 2 extra wires one is ORANGE and BROWN u dont need these dont even mess with them even if u have a connector block them off THESE TWO COLORS IS FOR FACTORY STEREO IF SO THESE WIRES CAN AND WILL MAKE IT SO U DONT HAVE DASH LIGHTS so always buy a connector ond dont mess with these wires block them off and dont ground them out.
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
Do you know that all this stuff was working when it was parked? Lets assume it was. Most of this stuff works with the key on or in the acc. position. You are going to need something to check for voltage. At least a test light better yet, multimeter. The dash lights however, come off the headlight switch. Start by checking for power at the fuse for the gauges it's marked "inst" for instruments it protects all the gauges including the tach and speedo. With the key on you should have power on both sides of the fuse. The antenna won't come up until you get the radio to come on. If you have power at the fuse, Your going to have to start taking the dash apart to see where the "open" in the circuit. If you have no power at the fuse, it comes from the ignition switch, it's down low on the steering column. ( I hope you're skinny)
As for the brakes, since it's been sitting that long I would be pulling the wheels off and looking for a seized caliper.
If your going to do your on work on this car I recommend investing in a good manual, try to find a factory book on ebay. or Craig's list.
This is a way cool car, have fun with it!!!
Posted on Jan 26, 2011
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