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Help! Driving on the highway yesterday, my 96 Cavaliers dash lights began flashing on and off. Then some stayed on, others went off. The daytime running lights kept flashing, the theft system light stayed on, the others went on and stayed on a moment, then half would flash off. I stopped and turned the car off then started it again and while the car was in park all was okay. The moment I put it into gear the lights began to flash again. Can this safely be driven? I did drive home about 3 miles. My son would like to fix it but doesn't know where to start. He removed the battery cables and replaced them thinking the system might need to reset....didn't work. If I take it to a mechanic I have to drive about 20-30 minutes to get there, really don't have the money for a tow & if my son can do the work, it would help out immensely as I have been out of work since February. I appreciate any info you can give me on this.

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  • herfathershe May 04, 2010

    well, went looking for the box and white connectors and found an assortment of other colors but no white.

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    Help!
    Driving on the highway yesterday, my 96 Cavaliers dash lights began flashing on and off. Then some stayed on, others went off.
    The daytime running lights kept flashing, the theft system light stayed on, the others went on and stayed on a moment, then half would flash off.
    I stopped and turned the car off then started it again and while the car was in park all was okay. The moment I put it into gear the lights began to flash again.
    Can this safely be driven? I did drive home about 3 miles. My son would like to fix it but doesn't know where to start. He removed the battery cables and replaced them thinking the system might need to reset....didn't work.
    If I take it to a mechanic I have to drive about 20-30 minutes to get there, really don't have the money for a tow & if my son can do the work, it would help out immensely as I have been out of work since February.
    I appreciate any info you can give me on this.

    Okay, so we tried to look for anti theft system white connector to remove it, but have not found it. Still have no idea what could cause this. Thanks for help so far....but still need more :(

  • herfathershe May 04, 2010

    Thanks, I'll give him to info to start with and see where it gets us. I was just told AutoZone does check electrical systems for free, so we may take it there to have a fuller idea, they are not too far from home.

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A likely place to start is the battery and charging system. The battery should have a standing voltage of around 12.5 volts and the charging system should be around 13.5 - 14.7 volts. Get a voltmeter (a cheap one will work for this) and test the system and if either is bad, change the battery or alternator as needed. Let me know what you find and I can direct you accordingly.

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Sounds like you have a short in the main engine harness since when you put it into gear the concerns start

not an easy thing to find without lots of experience and time

the easy thing to do first is to visually inspect all harness under the hood and look for signs of chaffing

one other cheap answer here is to find either a high school or college with an automotive program. they should be able to do the work for you for free and if it is a short you won't need any parts

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Sometimes the WHITE wire is not used; I suggest start checking the wire connections; can use this wiring diagram for 1995-1999 Cavalier...

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Additionaly, check this information:
NOTE *1 WITHOUT factory keyless entry, TYPE C Door Locking System, the PASSENGER switch is the MASTER SWITCH. WITH factory keyless entry, TYPE A Door Locking System.

NOTE *2 The DRIVERS DOOR is the GREEN/BLACK (-) located in the LOW drivers kick panel. The PASSENGER doors is a LIGHT BLUE (-) located in the LOWER passengers kick panel and this cataches all other doors, use both wires and DIODE ISOLATE when connecting to an ALARM SYSTEM, See DIAGRAM

NOTE *3 The picture below will help you locate the (3) PASSLOCK 1 wires, the BLACK BULB CHECK wire is in the BLACK IGNITION HARNESS Plug on the LEFT side of the Steering Column.

EXTRA INFORMATION
This shows the TILT WHEEL LEVER on the Steering Column, to gain access to the IGNITION SWITCH HARNESS wires and the PASSLOCK 1 wires in the Steering Column the UPPER and LOWER STEERING COLUMN COVERS must be removed.

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This picture shows the TILT WHEEL LEVER removed, you will then need to remove the (3) 7mm bolts at the Bottom of the Lower Steering Column cover that will let you pull that cover off and then remove the upper cover.
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With both of the Steering Column Covers removed, you will see the IGNITION SWITCH Plug (BLACK) on the LEFT side of the column. In this IGNITION Plug, you will find a BLACK and a WHITE Plug that contain all of the IGNITION wires. In this picture you will see the TABS that when pressed, will let you remove both of these plugs from the IGNITION SWITCH.
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This picture shows both of the IGNITION SWITCH HARNESS Plugs removed from the back of the IGNITION SWITCH Plug. The (2) Plugs contain all of the necessary IGNITION wires. When adding a T-HARNESS or Installing a Remote Starter you will need to remove both of these plugs to acHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 1e0745d.jpgwires.
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The WHITE IGNITION HARNESS Plug contains the IHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 4d71591.jpg IGNITION #2 and ACCESSORY wires.
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The BLACK IGNITION HARNESS Plug, contains both of the 12 Volt Constant wires anHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - d47b560.jpg BULB CHECK wires. The BLACK BULB Check wire is marked with the RED Clip in this picture.
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This picture shows the PASSLOCK 1 wires, the YELLOW (+) or will show 1 to 6 Volts DC on a Volt/Ohm Meter) BLACK (-) and WHITE (WHIHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 6401ae4.jpg NOT USED!!). These wires are shown as they leave the IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER under the Steering Column of the vehicle.
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This is another view from a different angle that shows the PASSLOCK 1 wires, the YELLOW (+) or will show 1 to 6 Volts DC on Help! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 234e115.jpgMeter) BLACK (-) and WHITE (WHITE wire is NOT USED!!). These wires are shown as they leave the IGNITION SWITCH TUMBLER under the Steering Column of the vehicle.
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This picture shows the (+)Help! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 5c4dce3.jpg wire (marked with the RED Clip) as it exits the Brake Switch, next to the Brake Pedal, under the dash.
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This is a picture of the GM-8 T-HARNESS, if you purchased a T-Harness for this vehiHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 35c6cd2.jpgis picture to make sure you recieved the correct harness.
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This is a picture of the GM-8 T-HARNESS Male End of this T-Harness, if you purchased a T-Harness for this vehicle, use this picture to make sure you recieved the correct harness. The Male End of this T-HarnesHelp! Driving on the highway yesterday, - 777eaef.jpgnto the Ignition Switch of the vehicle.
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This is a picture of the GM-8 T-HARNESS Female End of this T-Harness, if you purchased a T-Harness for this vehicle, use this picture to make sure you recieved the correct harness. The Female End of this T-Harness plugs into the Ignition Switch Harness Plug that was Unplugged from the Ignition Switch of the vehicle.
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Hope this helped.

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    GM Cavalier/Sunfire 1995-2000 Repair Guide




    Instrument Cluster - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
    Cavalier
    (see
    Figure 1)




    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.


    2. Disable the SIR system, as outlined earlier in this section.


    3. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate.


    4. Unfasten the screws from the top of the cluster, then pull the
      cluster rearward to remove.











    Fig. 1: Instrument cluster mounting-Cavalier




    To install:




    1. Position the cluster to the instrument panel, then fasten the
      screws at the top of the cluster.



    2. Install the instrument panel trim plate.


    3. Connect the negative battery cable.


    4. Enable the SIR system.

    Here can find the schematics about...



    Fig. 5: 1996 2.2L (VIN 4) engine schematic







    Fig. Fig. 11: 1996 J-body wiring schematic








    Fig. Fig. 12: 1996 J-body wiring schematic




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Hi! It can be driven safely even if the dash lights are on. I suspect the anti theft system gounding the whole car's electrical. I suggest that you remove the anti theft system usually located underneath the dash on the driver's side. The small box with a blinking light will be the anti theft system. Sometimes it doesnt have a blinking light, just look for that box with white connectors on it. Remove the connectors to bypass the anti theft and see how it goes Hope this helps and have a good one!

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    Have you seen a rectangular box with atleast 3 connectors in it? That'll be the anti theft system

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