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Cluster & Centerstack Controls do not backlight

Had head replaced due to broken lift spring. Now cluster & instrument panel won't backlight the controls, however the displays in both work fine. Overhead console works fine. Dealership says BCM is not sending dimming signal ... strange that the overhead console still works fine. $685 to replace BCM.
Read on-line blogs about disconnecting the battery &/or removing IOD fuse to "reset' the BCM, did both, neither worked. Found a BCM on-oline for $285. Before I spend more out of pocket, is there anything else I should try?

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    liftgate does not work from overhead console but works fine otherwise

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DO NOT BUY bcm's online...especially if they're used. Reason being is they have to be programmed to your vehicle. For example...if you have certain options (keyless entry, power sliding doors, etc..) and the bcm u buy isn't "set up" for it...they won't work. A bcm, like any other electronic component is yours the moment u buy it. NO RETURNS!! Also, if you have a factory alarm, or a programmed key for your vehicle..the wrong bcm will NOT allow these options to work. It's just like buying a used computer for your engine...you MUST program a VIN# into it, key codes, etc.. into it or it WON'T work. Becareful how you spend $$ on online modules. Remember....NO RETURNS!! You buy it...you own it. Good luck. P.S...the electrical issues probably have nothing to do with your engine repairs UNLESS someone pinched a wire during the head replacement.

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