Instrument Lights Wont Work on 2005 Chevrolet Aveo

I have a 2005 Aveo and the instrument and shifter lights began to go out intermittently. Now they are permanently off. All fuses check out OK. I suspect a loose ground or common power line, but am not sure where the most likely place to look for the problem. Based upon Internet searches, my problem is not unique. I hate taking an electrical problem into a shop since you never know what it's going to run you. BTW, I have owned the car for 3 years and I know how to make the lights work - normally.

by in Fairfax Station, VA on January 22, 2009
4 answers 8 comments
ANSWER by on January 22, 2009
Instrument lights are normally powered by a 5 amp fuse you can inspect for power to that fuse only with the lights turned on. Electrical power signal needs to be inspected from Headlight switch to fuse and to Instrument cluster.We suggest you have a qualified mechanic Inspect your Electrical system.
COMMENT by on January 26, 2009
I checked the fuse at the fuse block located in the engine comparment with a test light. While confirmed that the test light worked on components that I knew were powered, the fuse to the instrument cluster does not have power. At another website a commentator noted that the splice pack 101 may be defective. Any idea what it would take to replace this item (that is, how much should I expect to pay).
COMMENT by on July 04, 2010
I have the exact same problem. I checked the fuse and it is good. Also, the emergency flashers work fine and they are on the same fuse. Where is the splice pack 101 you are referring to?
COMMENT by on July 06, 2010
Later; July 6.2010,tuesday I just got back from the dealer . They put my 2005 oveo car on machine .Found a shortage coming from a wire that was burned at the bottom of the 101 splice pack[box].Replaced the wire and found where it wasnt grounded, Hope this helps someone with same problem.. dash, rear light and front runner light all work now,, costed $166.80. Long way from replacing the pack. the pack would have run in the $1.ooo's .
COMMENT by on August 20, 2010
where is that 101 splice box located??
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
Splice pack 101 is the white connector with 20 pins located in the underhood fuse box closest to the fender well. Several instances where bad connection may have caused high resistance and heat causing the connector to melt and pins to lose connection. These wires run from fuses to left and right marker lights and interior das lights, etc.
COMMENT by on November 12, 2014
It won't let me add a pic but it's 101 is the white piece of plastic that will be charred as ####
ANSWER by on June 30, 2010
did you get a solution for this problem, I am having same thing going on, they cant find problem ty for replying
COMMENT by on June 30, 2010
There was a short in the splice block. I have no idea how to fix it - I had to take it to a mechanic to get it fixed. This is apparently a common problem for Aveos.
COMMENT by on July 06, 2010
taking to dealership today at 9 .. was it expensive to repair? Later; July 6.2010,tuesday I just got back from the dealer . They put my 2005 oveo car on machine .Found a shortage coming from a wire that was burned at the bottom of the 101 splice pack[box].Replaced the wire and found where it wasnt grounded, Hope this helps someone with same problem.. dash, rear light and front runner light all work now,, costed $166.80. Long way from replacing the pack. the pack would have run in the $1.ooo's .
ANSWER by on September 29, 2013
Hi,I have a 2006 Chevy Aveo and had multy lights out. My fog lights ,dash lights,right front and rear lights and shifter lights were all out. I poked around on the not working tail light and it came on,along with all the rest of the non working lights. A thin blue wire has a break somewhere in line,rather than trying to find the break I cheated by splicing a wire from the working tail light to the not working one. So far all lights work great,some time the simple things work,good luck Ron.
ANSWER by on May 19, 2015
My 2005 Chevy Aveo Hatchback that I bought in January 2014 has had the same problems in fact the entire side of the fuse box under the hood has melted and they are telling me the repair is upwards of $300. I am currently in contact with my local dealership as they just replaced the drl module and told me this could be the cause.

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