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Lights on A 1997 Olds Aurora

The setinel lights and parking lights flicker on /off. The dealer replaced
module still doing it. Help

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  • thumparia Jun 24, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. It has been doing the same thing (lights flashing) for a couple of weeks now. I have been disconnecting and then reconnecting the negative battery cable everytime I drive the car. Open to any and all suggestions.

    Thank you very much,


  • tcm_calligra Jul 09, 2008

    Same thing for me.
    I went to a salvage yard and got a replacement sentinal module, but the problem continues. I'm doing the disconnecting neg. terminal (under the rear seat) each night, helps but then sets all of my instrument settings back.
    Taking it to mechanic this morning.

  • ksteimel1 Jul 10, 2008

    I have the same problem with the lights flickering on and off after i shut the car off. Sometimes they just stay on. I found the problem under the steering column. The little black box(sentinel module) was making a fast clicking noise. I unplugged the power to the module to stop the problem temporarily and i plug it back in when i need lights. I plan on finding a new module at a junk yard to try and solve the problem for good.

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. Has anyone found a solution yet?

  • brett_24 Jul 30, 2008

    Has anyone found the solution to this problem? My lights just started flickering the other day and I would like to know how to fix it.

  • donnamckevit Aug 07, 2008

    Yes I have the same problem. I left for a week on holidays and came back and tried my command start to unlock the doors and it would not work. Got in and tried to start the car and the battery was totally dead. Boosted the car and now the lights are flashing the radio is locked and have to disconnect battery everytime so the battery keeps charged. Took to garage and they told me right away was my command start. Removed was not that and the mechanic ripped the dash out and said way to much electronics and has no idea what could be the problem. Please someone help I am not sure if this is a easy fix or more than the car is worth. Should I drive it into the bush and forget about it?

  • bigredman Nov 22, 2008

    I had the same problem....I had to have the combination switch replaced...Cost for the switch was 559.75....Fixed the problem.

  • ty4u2 Feb 17, 2009

    My lights strob at high speeds and at 80 mph also my heater gets hot but when I turn it up the air feels cool

  • sme_cc22 May 11, 2010

    MY 1997 AURORA HEAdlights stay on when the car is shut off, and the door chimes when the driver door is open



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I just fixed the same problem. The above suggestions are correct, you need to clean the 5 little "dots" looks like a semi circle. I did go ahead and take apart the stearing colum to do this, however when everything was all put back together. I realized I could have reached these by pulling the rubber at the base of the stick back. Also I used a Q-tip to wipe the extra grease away. I would deffinatly moving the rubber up and wiping the "dots" with a q tip before trying to disassemble your stearing colum. If it dosn't work, no harm done, go ahead and remove it to give it a better cleaning. I took me about an hour and a half. Make sure you have the right tools. like a nut driver, some of he nuts are really difficult to get to. The right tool (should you need them) will make it go a lot faster

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Ijust fixed the same problen . it wase the headlight switch it self. removing or spliting the case surounding the switches at the base of the steering wheel and then spraying electerial contsct cleaner into the 5 holes of the H/L switch cleaned out the greese and made things all better

Posted on Aug 08, 2008


Yes, the most common cause for the lights flickering is the headlight / multifunction switch in the column.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

I followed his instruction exactly and this fixed it. This is the real problem.

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

I would take it to a specialist, i replaced the module and still have the same problem, must be a wiring problem further along the line

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Replaced which "module"?
Usually it's the controller that works with the light switch.

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