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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: 91,494 (750–245,000)
15 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
78 people reported this problem
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Still working on it but I beleive this is the problem. All fuses are fine everything works, exept the instrument lights.
Instrument panel started blinking on and off. No longer works, all gauges stopped for speedometer, gas gauge, etc.
Panel light dimmers fails after initially starting vehicle in darkened areas sometimes fails during driving when panel should illuminate during dusk driving.
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.
My instrument cluster lights go out, including my speedometer, fuel guage, and odometer. Seems to happen more in the cold, but not always. Of course it never happens when I take it to the dealer, only when I'm driving down the road and need to see how fast I'm driving. Can't fix what they can't find.