The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.Google+
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Chevrolet Malibu Failure of Instrument Panel Lighting Due to Faulty Panel Dimmer Module
Chevrolet Malibu Problem
Average Mileage: 129,348 mi (8,130 mi - 245,000 mi)
Still working on it but I beleive this is the problem. All fuses are fine everything works, exept the instrument lights.
Dash lights are not working. Can't see speed and how much gas I have.
Visitor, 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 8,130 mi
dash lights blink on and off
Lights on instrument panel just went out. Dimmer control switch won't work!
Visitor, 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, 135,000 mi
my dimmer sparked and smelled bad, haven't fixed it yet
Visitor, 2006 Chevrolet Malibu
confirmed. It is the dimmer module.
Visitor, 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, 88,000 mi
cant wait for gm to go out of business
totally non transparent company
after 3 years its the new owners problem
the build garbage because their never forced to smell it
old blood old designs fix and repair daily
Visitor, 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, 245,000 mi
panel lights not working and cigarette lighter,as well as accessory lighter not working