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: 88,432 (750–245,000)
13 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
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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.
1997 Chevrolet Malibu 124,000 mi,
Cannot see my speed because the odometer light is off. However, other lights on the panel are okay.
Lights on instrument panel just went out. Dimmer control switch won't work!
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 8,130 mi,
dash lights blink on and off
Can't see speed at night because there's no backlighting. Fuse seems OK.
can't see speed or gas and dashboard does not light up except for the radio.
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 78,000 mi,
Instrument panel lights keep going out
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 15,000 mi,
Panel light dimmers fails after initially starting vehicle in darkened areas sometimes fails during driving when panel should illuminate during dusk driving.
confirmed. It is the dimmer module.
2004 Chevrolet Malibu 180,000 mi,
Half of gauge cluster lighting is out.
2006 Chevrolet Malibu 152,529 mi,
Lights on dashboard aren't working
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 49,000 mi,
Instrument panel started blinking on and off. No longer works, all gauges stopped for speedometer, gas gauge, etc.
My dash , gear shift, and a/c knob lights don't work. But all fuses are ok
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 114,000 mi,
Dimmer switch will not work. Instrument panel lights will flicker.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu 49,000 mi,
My dash does not display my speed fuel only thing that works on the dash is my radio section
2003 Chevrolet Malibu 135,000 mi,
my dimmer sparked and smelled bad, haven't fixed it yet
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 750 mi,
Brand new car, only had for two weeks and my instrument panel is out. Why is this still a recurring problem with these vehicles?
2012 Chevrolet Malibu 12,935 mi,
My dash lights won't go out when the car is turned off.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4,600 mi,
Tach gauge and needles on all 3 gauges flicker intermittently