Failure of Instrument Panel Lighting Due to Faulty Panel Dimmer Module on Chevrolet Malibu

The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.

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Average mileage: 102,529 (8,130–245,000)
13 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
40 people reported this problem
28 people shared problem details
Dash lights are not working. Can't see speed and how much gas I have.
Still working on it but I beleive this is the problem. All fuses are fine everything works, exept the instrument lights.
1997 Chevrolet Malibu124,000
Cannot see my speed because the odometer light is off. However, other lights on the panel are okay.
dash lights blink on and off
Lights on instrument panel just went out. Dimmer control switch won't work!
Can't see speed at night because there's no backlighting. Fuse seems OK.
Instrument panel lights keep going out
confirmed. It is the dimmer module.
2006 Chevrolet Malibu152,529
Lights on dashboard aren't working
can't see speed or gas and dashboard does not light up except for the radio.
2004 Chevrolet Malibu180,000
Half of gauge cluster lighting is out.
Panel light dimmers fails after initially starting vehicle in darkened areas sometimes fails during driving when panel should illuminate during dusk driving.
2005 Chevrolet Malibu104,000
Instrument panel does not light up at all, except for the red indication dials themselves. Heat/AC control also does not light up, but stereo does.
2008 Chevrolet Malibu114,000
Dimmer switch will not work. Instrument panel lights will flicker.
My dash , gear shift, and a/c knob lights don't work. But all fuses are ok
2003 Chevrolet Malibu135,000
my dimmer sparked and smelled bad, haven't fixed it yet
2004 Chevrolet Malibu138,000
My back panel lights is out and my harazard lights do not work.
Instrument panel started blinking on and off. No longer works, all gauges stopped for speedometer, gas gauge, etc.
Dash light panel and radio lights are oit
My dash does not display my speed fuel only thing that works on the dash is my radio section
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