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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 88,877 (750–245,000)
13 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
47 people reported this problem
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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.
Cannot see my speed because the odometer light is off. However, other lights on the panel are okay.
dash lights blink on and off
can't see speed or gas and dashboard does not light up except for the radio.
Lights on instrument panel just went out. Dimmer control switch won't work!
Panel light dimmers fails after initially starting vehicle in darkened areas sometimes fails during driving when panel should illuminate during dusk driving.
Can't see speed at night because there's no backlighting. Fuse seems OK.
Instrument panel lights keep going out
Instrument panel started blinking on and off. No longer works, all gauges stopped for speedometer, gas gauge, etc.
confirmed. It is the dimmer module.
Half of gauge cluster lighting is out.
Lights on dashboard aren't working
My dash , gear shift, and a/c knob lights don't work. But all fuses are ok
My dash does not display my speed fuel only thing that works on the dash is my radio section
Dimmer switch will not work. Instrument panel lights will flicker.
my dimmer sparked and smelled bad, haven't fixed it yet
My dash board went out, I've been noticing the lights on my radio and interior lights will go dim as I drive. I've been have to get a boost off a few times a week. I took my car to get it checked out and my battery, alternator and starter are all good.
Tach gauge and needles on all 3 gauges flicker intermittently
All lights on dashboard are lit up n car start n than shut rite off. What is my problem??? Once the lights go off the car run fine