Dash Wiring Problems of Chevrolet Cavalier

Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 33 problems related to dash wiring (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cavalier based on all problems reported for the Cavalier.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 1
Failure Date: 07/25/2007

I saw that my reverse tail lights were not lighting up when I put the car in reverse. I took it to the dealer where I bought the car michael automotive in fresno CA and they told me I would have to pay them $110 to have it diagnosed even though my car has less then 30,000 miles on it and bought it brand new less then 2 years ago. Due to the fact that it was in a minor fender bender. I told them it was not even rear-ended and it could not be the cause of the problem and they insisted it might be and to pay them. I took it to an independent electrical shop and they concluded that it was a switch board under the dash and in no way could have been hurt due to a minor wreck. I told the dealer this and he still refuse to fix it under my warranty. I had the repair done at an independent shop, and now chev. Will not reimburse me for the work, because they told me not having those lights "is not a safety concern" I think very much otherwise and every light on a car that tells other drivers my intentions is very important!.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 2
Failure Date: 01/10/2006

I have had problems with brake grinding since I bought my 04 Cavalier. It has been into the dealership 3 times and each time I was told there was only rust build up and it was sanded off only to reccur. The last time in the dealership, I was told my car was no longer under warranty and if I wanted a brake job done it would be in excess of $140. 00. . . This. . . Was for the same problem the car was in for the previous 2 times and no new brakes installed. . Only the rust ground off. My check engine light periodically goes off and on and the dealership cannot determine why. I no longer have any lights on my radio/cd player. . I can play cd's and use the radio but have no idea what station etc I am on. Shortly after this occurred in like 2 weeks, I lost my speedometer. . . It works briefly and then sticks at 90 mph ( the odometer works however) the dealership checked fuses and said all was fine. They said it appeared to be a cluster module and even though the part was not that expensive, the labor would be the most because it entailed them removing the dash board. The cost factor of over $400 was verbally given to me. I live on a fixed income and cannot afford this. They said there were no recalls and given my car is off warranty, I would need to absorb this cost myself. I bought this car brand new and feel that after less than 2 years of owning it, these problems should not have happened. I gave an estimated account of dates of incident been they have been on going and can be verified through the dealership I bought it from as I have taken it no where else for service. I am registered with carstats and there have been several complaints of the same things I am experiencing.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 3
Failure Date: 12/28/2005

: the contact stated while driving the vehicle at 65 mph the speedometer went erratic, and the temperature gauge went up to 260 degrees. The vehicle was taken to a local garage, and they determined the instrument cluster panel was defective, and the vehicle needed to be taken to a local dealership for repairs.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4
Failure Date: 12/01/2005

: the contact stated the temperature gauge in the instrument cluster goes all the way around which interferes with the speedometer's reading. The two needles sometimes hit each other. Also, the gas gauge continues to go around. The dealership told the contact that there are two locations in the united states that can repair the instrument cluster, and it would have to be sent to them. Updated 2/9/2006 -.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2005

Dt:the contact stated the dashboard light kept going out. The vehicle has been in repair shop four times for the same problem. The contact was on her way to the dealership to pick up the vehicle and was unsure if the problem had been corrected.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 6
Failure Date: 08/08/2005

While driving home from work with my 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, 4 dr sedan, VIN # 1g1jc52f247310960 traveling about 45 mph on Monday, 8/8/05 during daylight hours ,I looked at the speedometer and lo and behold it registered zero. The zero reading continued for up to 20 minutes before it began to record speed. I brought it to lou bachrodt Chevrolet the same day at 5500 n state rd. 7, coconut creek, FL 33073, telephone #(954) 247-3000, invoice #cwcs429696. Today, 8/9/05 and was told that they couldn't find anything, and therefore could not replace or repair the speedometer components and related equipment. Therefore, nothing was done and I was sent on my way. I feel my safety and the safety of others are at risk if this happens again which it probably will since there is no explanation for it. If I am going through a school zone and not know what speed I am traveling at, this could lead to a dangerous situation for the children, myself and other motorists.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 7
Failure Date: 07/06/2005

The dash area of the vehicle caught on fire, it started around the ignition switch. They do have a recall not sure if it includes this vehicle. The vehicle started without the keys in the ignition after turning it off, and that was when it caught on fire. This happened on July 6, 2005. The fire department and insurance company came out and inspected vehicle.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 8
Failure Date: 06/04/2005

The consumer complained that the 2002, Chevrolet Cavalier had a dash cluster problem. The dash cluster had to be repaired, and the consumer could not tell them how much gas she had. The consumer wanted satisfaction and the truth about the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and had it repaired. The consumer said that the individual changing the oil told her that the car was too new to have these problems. Also, there was an oxygen sensor problem. The consumer had a new one put in. The consumer noticed that there was something wrong before the car was diagnosed and the gas lever was working. She didn't know if she contacted gm or not. She contacted a dealer. The dash cluster was inoperative along with the gauges not working since the #2 sensor was replaced and the engine and the traction light had illuminated.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 9
Failure Date: 05/09/2005

Contact states the lights on the dashboard kept going out, eventually the vehicle stalled. Dealership stated there was bad gasoline in the fuel system. The contact states the parts were taken to a different mechanic, he stated the fuel lines were fine.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 10
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

My 2004 Cavalier has the dash cluster going out. Therefore, my speedometer is not working correctly. There have been several times that I have had to slam on brakes because I was going around a curve too fast, but thought that I was slow enough. The dealer has told me there is no recall because it is not a safety issue. Well, I feel that it is. This is a manufacturer's defect, but yet they are charging people to fix the cluster. The cost run up to $350. 00 if not more. I am also at risk of getting a ticket. I have e-mailed gm, but have not received a response. I do know for a fact that this is happening to other 2004 models also from speaking with the local dealerships. Please help in this issue before somebody possibly is hurt.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 11
Failure Date: 08/24/2004

I took my 2000 chevy Cavalier to steve's auto care in the city of hawthorne, CA. The symptoms I had were my lights in my dashboard would flash erratically and eventually my car would not start and the "check theft system" light would come on. Steve claimed he fixed the problem and told me I might need a new "computer" if the problem persisted. When I took my car home, the next day the same symptoms occured again. I took the car back to him the next day and he told me his diagnostic machine was not working and he was waiting for a cd to get the machine started again. Hew informed me that when he had my car, all he did was put it on a scanner. He charged me $185. 00. A week later the problem persisted again and I took mky car to power Chevrolet. They had my car for 3 days and said my car wouldn't start at times and couldn't find the problem. They charged me $95. 00. Then I took my car to martin Chevrolet in torrance, CA and they had my car for 1 1/2 days. They said that my battery terminal as well as 3 ground wires were corroded and they said they fixed the problem. They charged me 122. 87. When I took my car home the same day the problem still persisted and I took it back the next day to martin Chevrolet. They had my car 2 days and I received a call that nothing was wrong with my car and that they drove the car 10 miles and nothing happened when they had it. They told me that if my car stalls again to not have it started but to bring it to them so they can see what the problem is. No one can find the problem and I know there is a problem because now when the lights in my dash flash. . I smell a little smoke. What in god's name can I do to get this poroblemn resolved!!!????.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 12
Failure Date: 08/10/2004

Bought a brand new 2004 Cavalier approximately April 2004. Since purchase date,car has been into dealership due to loud grinding noises in brakes 3 times. First time to best of my knowledge within 6 months of ownership. Every time I have been the noises are rust buildup on shoes and pads. The remedy was to sand the rust, it worked but temporarily. I had the car in again November 2005 for this same thing & my check engine light stayed on. My car was still under warranty. The tech told me I had rust & the rotors were " a little out of round". He told me the car had 30,000 miles on & they couldn't do new brakes as warranty it would cost me about $140. 00. The check engine light was attributed it to having some floats in tank from gas that affected a sensor. Wouldn't cause problems they said & it still happens. The 2nd visit to the dealer they fix a side mirror & defroster. . Didn't work. 1 week ago, I have use of radio & cd player only no lights/radio now. The next day I started car up my & speedometer says 35 mph idling. Going with traffic flow it registered 105 & is now stopped there. Mileage gauge, gas and other lights still work as does gas gauge. I called a local chevy dealership near me & inquired as to an aprox. Cost to have radio & speedometer fixed/looked at. Warranty now is off. I was told labor be the expensive part. . Looking at $400 or more. I live on a fixed income & can't afford this. Brakes/radio/speedometer are nothing I caused. I was never offered to have brakes replaced. Speedometer issue is very dangerous. I have checked websites to see if there were complaints like mine& there are. I have guessed the incident date I cannot recall exact date I took car in for the 1st brake issue.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 13
Failure Date: 07/29/2004

Due to electrical problems in the vehicle, the dealership informed the consumer that the wires under the dashboard had melted. The problem has been repaired. Please provide more information.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 14
Failure Date: 04/13/2004

Consumer stated that the wiring harness behind the dashboard went bad, and then there was a clicking noise from the front end. Consumer stated that there appeared to be an electrical problem with the vehicle because the radio had to replaced 3 times, and the alarm went off at random. Also, dealership replaced the body module control unit. The front end had a service bulletin on the wheel covers and the clicking noise was a result of this. They have fixed the problem with the wheel covers twice.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 15
Failure Date: 01/24/2003

Cracks in dash board plastic. Gas guage stop working, trac light goes on and off and makes the car pull side to side in the snow and rain. Dealership will not return any of my phone calls (marine Chevrolet in jacksonville nc), lights on dash board go on and off on thier own. Guages on dash work sometimes then stop working.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 16
Failure Date: 04/24/2002

Wiring harness for head lamps broken at piviot in tilt steering colum causing all lights to go out.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 17
Failure Date: 04/01/2002

Vehicle was purchased used with a cracked dashboard. Dashboard was replaced, but wires were not connected properly, or pinch which results in no inside dash lights. Consumer was concerned that vehicle may be put in wrong gear. Please provide any further information.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 18
Failure Date: 12/26/2001

Vehicle was parked in consumers driveway when it caught on fire. Vehicle was totaled. The consumer complained to dealer that the cd's coming out cd player were very hot. Dealer showed no concern. Chevrolet's legal department will not give any information until a investigator has looked at the vehicle.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 19
Failure Date: 12/06/2001

After recall 99v218000 repairs were completed problem got worse.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 20
Failure Date: 10/31/2000

Spontaneous fire, totally destroyed inside of car.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 21
Failure Date: 07/10/2000

The wiring on my 1998 cavlier wore thrugh and shorted out ignition and other accessories. I paid dealer to make repairs the same problem has now happened to my daughter's 1998 Cavalier at about the same mileage the dealer she is talking to says the problem was caused by the clip that retains the wiring harness and they state the defect is not covered by the extended warranty, Chevrolet customer service refuses to talk because she has an extended warranty it seems to me that there is a problem with the way Chevrolet supports the wiring harness under the dash if in one family the same defect develops at about the same mileage, on the make, and model of vehicle. Others must be having similar problems.

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car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 22
Failure Date: 06/12/2000

#1. Air bag and seat belt intermittently flash approx once a second, for 10 to 15 seconds when the car is stopped or moving. Dealer could not duplicate. They did a scan with tech 2 and found no codes set. They said this is normal operation. I am concerned about the air bag not deploying in an accident given other reports of no air bag deployment listed on your web site. #2 if turn signal lever is not moved to the physical stop for a flash to pass, only the rear turn signals will flash. They flash fast just like when one bulb is burned out. Dealer said this is normal. #3 this is the 2. 4l engine. Upon deccelarating from at least 2nd gear almost to a stop and then accelerating, the trans hesitates slightly and thumps into gear. Then the upshift into 2nd gear is not a smooth shift but very hard. Even though mechanic acknowledged experiencing the problem during a test drive we both made together, he states he could not duplicate complaint on the paperwork. Scan test ok, no codes, ok at this time. It seems to me, if there is no codes set in the control module then there can not be a problem. What did mechanics do before cars had computer control modules? did they actually have to do some work to identify what was wrong? by the way, I am a computer engineer and have been one for 35 years. I plan to continue persuing this problem. I also own a 1998 Cavalier with the 2. 2l engine and a 1999 Buick century with the 3. 1l engine. The 1998 cavailer has the same turn signal problem but not the other 2 problems. The century has none of these problems.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 23
Failure Date: 05/15/2000

Short in the dash and unable to find.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 24
Failure Date: 11/02/1999

The computer is encased in a split aluminum housing and is not hermetically sealed. This sub assembly is located in the right front of the vehicle surrounded by loose fitting plastic parts. It is subjected to moisture, dirt and in northern climates salt corrosion.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 25
Failure Date: 08/18/1999

Complete failure in control module - all indicator lights on dash on & engine races in idle as well as park - acceleration without using accelerator pedal.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 26
Failure Date: 09/30/1997

"ets off" light and "check engine light" remain on while car is in drive. Suggested corrections do not turn lights off. In September 1997 when probelm first occurred, the pcm (on-board diagnostics) was eventually replaced. Dealer alleged they could not tell if there was a problem until part was replaced. When part was replaced, diagnotics revealed no problem. The cost to the dealer was approximately $250. 00. Now (two years later) same problem seems to be happening. Dealer says no recourse except to replace module again, at owner cost. Location of module (under wheel well) is such that it is susceptible to water. Thank you. Joan moore.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 27
Failure Date: 08/01/1997

The defective electrical instrument panel system malfunctioned, causing inaccurate reading of the odometer/fuel gauge, and then the engine stalled. Also there is a ticking noise from the engine. Dealer replaced piston rings and rods due to the manufacturer's incorrect size. Dealer cannot determine problem.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 28
Failure Date: 10/03/1996

Vehicle caught on fire underneath the dashboard, vehicle was totaled.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 29

While driving all warning indicator lights illuminated. This caused vehicle to stall. Dealer replaced the body control module twice, but the problem still occurred.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 30

After buying the car had to return to have the door fixed after door was fixed the keyless entry quit working had the car back to get keyless entry fixed 4 times, had to have front rotors replaced at 28000 miles along with the brakes ,still having problems with the braking system grinding and clicking bad vibration in the front end when driving in straight stretches also vibration when going around turns at times it feels like the tires are comming off car is in the shop at present time with the brake problems and dimming of the lights and fuel gage reads empty after filling the tank up and check gages lights come on and remain on for 50 - 100 miles. Thats all at this time.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 31

I received a recall notice but as I have taken the car overseas I do not know where to get the work done. I have written several letters without response. No safety defect mentioned.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 32

There is a clicking noise coming from under the dash. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer was rerouting the throttle cables.

car image   Dash Wiring problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 33

Electrical wires had blown under the dash board. Consumer would like to know is it related to the electrical recall. Warning lights on since purchase of vehicle. It took three trips to dealer before dealer found short under dash. A few weeks later vehicle had to be jump started. Received recall notice for electrical ignition. When air conditioner was serviced, mechanic found circuits supplying power to the compressor had blown. Mechanic traced wires under dash and found wires had melted and shortened out. He repaired what he could and the air conditioner was worked. However to correct the wiring problem the entire dash needed to be removed and new harness installed. Consumer is concerned the electrical/ignition recall is related to electrical problems.

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