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Electricial Issues I have a 2000 Malibu and have had this problem for several years. When I start up the car, there are no electrical indications. No fuel gauge, no AC/Heater motor, no radio, no power windows etc. If I thump the dashboard just above the radio while holding down the drivers side window down switch, everything comes up. Sometimes it takes several smacks to get it working. Then I get a "Service Vehicle Soon" light and sometimes a Check Engine light. I know that there is probably a loose connector somewhere, but how do I access these controllers? I can't figure out how to get to them or how to remove the dashboard. Any suggestions?

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  • gcross6 Sep 08, 2008

    Didn't seem to work. Any one have any other ideas?

  • djwsunshine Jan 14, 2009

    "Service vehicle soon" comes on dash and sometimes the ck engine symbol comes on, too. When I check for codes, I keep getting the PO443 and PO449 codes, both dealing with the emisions. My mechanic said these are common codes that show up with Chev. A friend suggested I tighten the gas cap, so I did after the codes were cleared. The dash remained clear for weeks, until this week when we've had cold weather and snow. Today I again got the same dashboard symbols and codes, plus the gages stopped working and blower on heater stopped for 1/4 mile, then all worked. Got home, parked the car to clear snow. Started car and noticed dash was now clear of symbols even though I'd not cleared the codes. It's like a game, now I'm here and now I'm not. What is going on? Possibly a loose connection, water in the computer, something wrong with computer module???

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Next time it does that move the ignition kee so you pry the swicht i had that problem its ignition switch that defect the housing swicht the problem cheers pierre

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