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Radio does not come on

I turn on the vehicle and the radio does not come on and the power locks do not work

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  • dstar1968 May 13, 2009

    I did check the fuse, also the dome light and the power oocks are not working, there is a fuse box under the hood could it be one of those, the problem is that i dont have a manual so I dont know the number sequence

  • dstar1968 May 14, 2009

    I replaced the fuses and all three stiil dont turn on

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Okay, looking up a couple of things......

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Check your fuses on the driver's side of the dash....it's on the end between the door and the dash. Check the fuses. Let me know what you find.

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I've got the same problem. i've taken it to 2 shops, a master mechanic, and visited the dealership [$$$$]. your body control module [bcm] has an issue. it's the computer behind the fuse pannel. you can TRY to update the driver at the local dealership, but that will run you about $100, and there's no guarantee. worst case, you have to buy a new one from the dealership- $3-400 is what i was quoted. don't bother with a junkyard, as the computers are vin specific and you would still have to pay the$100 to 'reflash/reprogram' it.. but doing that only updates the driver, if applicable, and matches the computer's vin with the vin on your car. once these computers are formatted, they can not be 'wiped' or 'rewritten'. you're gonna have to either deal with the accessories not working, or fork out the $ for a new one. sucks, huh?

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Try checking your fuses first!

Posted on May 14, 2009

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