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Chevrolet Aveo Electrical/Lighting



  • nordy200nordy200 Posts: 14
    Unfortunately the type of problems reported here might not set a code in the computer if it's a bad alternator, bad ground, an intermittent short (or open circuit), or a problem with wires going through the steering column mounted switches (my guess here). The computer CAN cause these type of problems though and after thoroughly checking the electrical system, they should just swap out a computer and see if the problem goes away.
    A technician should drive the car home and around town as his personal vehicle until it malfunctions again. This can be the best way to figure out what's going on. The car may be made in Korea, but it's not impossible to troubleshoot.
    I had a customer with a Saab that had an intermittent no-start condition that was hard to figure out. We swapped vehicles for a week and on the last day I had her car, it did it's thing. I had all my test equipment in the car along with a factory trouble tree printout and ran down the list, figured it out (bad ignition module) and after fixing it she never had the problem again.
    Good luck and let us know when it's finally fixed!
  • Ok, I spoke with the service manager this morning at the dealership the Aveo is at. He says they have ordered an alternator for our car. Yes, you would think that would have been the FIRST thing that other people would have thought too, I did. The reason why I backed off that idea is because I had told one of the "technicians" it could have been the alternator and he asked me if I had went to any kind of school for mechanics! I was appalled and never the less pissed, so I refrained from comment at the time. I did in fact used to work for an auto mechanic, for almost 3 years, but I was 17 at the time, and the FIRST thing I thought about was the alternator. I also know on rare occasion, the alternator will test as good, but have a malfunction in it! Anyway, about the Lemon Law thing, NOPE! It does not apply to warranty cases! The only thing we can do to take it a step farther, if this does not fix it and GM will not do a trade~assist, is find an attorney and try to fight GM to get another vehicle! I have had it up to my eyeballs and back around with this car and the nonsense we have had to deal with. Now, WE have to fork out MORE money for insurance on the rental car to keep it longer, since the dealership doesn't even know when the alternator will even be in! Although this may seem fair to some people that we are having to pay the insurance, think about this~~~~~We also still have to pay the Aveo payment as well as the insurance on it!! We can't let the payment fall behind just because the car has been in the shop 5 times in 6 weeks. An interesting though *My Pops, who will be 95 in a cpl weeks said this to me "That car is a 4/90......4 days on the road and 90 in the shop!" I could not help but laugh, but I did think he was darn close to right!
    Oh, I did not know anything about that co~pilot thing! Also, one of the guys form the dealership (the one we bought it from) did drive our car home, but only one night, and "could not duplicate the incident"
    I will post an update when I find out something else from the dealership, and will continue when we get the cra back and see how it goes from there.
  • They should have an alternator in stock and if not, to you tne next day. If not, I find this story a bit fishy. :confuse:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    it stinks of Chevrolet pie to me. :(

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Are you sure you have to pay that rental company for insurance if you already have it?
  • Did you get the alternator installed? I don't think the alternator is the problem here and was a co-pilot every given to you to put in the car? :confuse:
  • I own a 2006 Aveo LT, currently no problems with the car. Love the car. Love it so much that I bought a 2007 Aveo SVM.

    One thing I notice with my new 2007 SVM is that when I depress the brake pedal, or use any accessory item (such as turning on the signals, fan, etc.) there is a dimming in the instrument panel when the lights are on at nighttime. For example at night I have the lights on (w/the instrument panel lit) and the lights dim both on the instrument panel and even the headlights briefly, then return to normal. It is not a severe dim, but it is definitely noticeable.

    My question is why would this car have this problem? I have returned it to the dealer and they gave me a very generic service bulletin that was applicable to all GM cars stating that it is a 'normal' condition. I could understand that when a lot of accessories are being used and the car is at idle that this condition could be present, but it does this even at 50 mph. In other words, it doesn't matter which speed you are driving.

    The reason I question this is that my 2006 Aveo LT does not exhibit this problem. I'm wondering if the reason for this is that the SVM does not have air conditioning, and that there is some different setup in the electrical. I even called the dealer and they confirm that both cars have an 85-amp alternator/500 battery. So what gives?

    I'm wondering if ordering an SVM with the A/C provisions kit would fix the problem, or does the vehicle simply have to have A/C in order for this issue not to be noticeable. Or, maybe I have a faulty alternator or the alternator is weak? Any suggestions would be helpful, particularly owners of SVM's that might exhibit the same problem.

  • ilaveoilaveo Posts: 26
    I don't have the prblem on mine. It sounds like a voltage regulation issue. My first theory would be that the (belt on the?) alternator slips just a little when the load increases putting you on 12V battery power for a split second. Somehow after a split second the pulley (or whatever) on the alternator gets back up to speed and puts you back at the usual approximately 14V. Make sure you document the problem at the dealership in case you run into problems down the road.
  • Do you have the SVM Aveo or an LS or LT? Thanks.
  • ilaveoilaveo Posts: 26
    SVM w/AC provision but no AC.
  • alexoslalexosl Posts: 1
    HI, please help me figure out how to remove the headlight assebbly in order to change the turn signls light bulb. I tried following the manual's instruction (Remove 3 bolts, pull assembly out) and it didn't work, the headlight is stuck in and the bumper is in the way of the assembly comming out, now i have scraped the paint off of the top of the bumper trying to pull the headlight out and need to remove it to touch up under there and work on my signal bulb. any idea?
  • flaaveoflaaveo Posts: 161
    This is a new car..and has a warranty I assume...why are YOU changing a dead bulb? Make the dealer do it! Thats why you have a warranty. I have an 2006 and the headlights just slide right they obviously made it more difficult on the 2007 SEDAN. It took some wiggling to get mine out to put in SilverStar bulbs to get some bright white light out of them. But they came out easy. I thought I was going to scratch the bumper to..but at the last moment the light assembly came out. And it turns out they dont have to be re-aimed! I found that out. Hope by now you have it replaced.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Good advise with the car still under warranty. Also remember to never touch the new bulb, or at least wipe off with alcohol if your fingers come in contact to preserve the life span of the bulb. If the assembly is a tight fit and it may scratch the bumper surface, use masking tape over the painted area's but remove promptly afterwards.
  • G'day all, first off i would like to say my wife purchased in march 06 a Holden Barina, i think it's your version of a 2007 ls Aveo sedan, she loves it and i have now found out it badged a Holden Barina, Daewoo Gentra & now a Chevy Aveo, our aussie version of this great little car does not come with a lot of the accessories that you get in America and i was hoping that someone on this forum would be kind enough to track down a parts supplier for 1.The driving lights and surrounds in the front bar, 2. the rear spoiler for the sedan, any rtesponse would be greatly appreciated as these add ons would make her little sexy car even sexier. Cheers all, :)
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I can't say off hand though there have been other website listed in the Aveo forums. Did you look at all the Aveo topics listed. Also you can do a search for Aveo parts/accessories and see what comes up.
  • Thanks for that poncho167, didn't have any luck with the google search, if you know the contact details of a chevy dealer in the states i can contact them direct, just need to find a dealer that will ship internationly, Your 2007/8 Aveo seems to be to new to be able to find any parts for from auto stores online so i think a New car dealer that sells them should be able to get parts for them. If anyone else reading this forum can assist with a contact please do.
    Cheers kennyk1
  • cn7059cn7059 Posts: 1
    My Aveo Sedan started doing the same battery and parking brake lights turning on while driving. Took it in the first time and of course the lights didn't come on. I was taking it in for servicing(Oil-change, tire-rotation, etc.) when the lights came on again as I pulled it into the dealership. They took a look and found that the alternator shorted out. It'll be in the shop overnight while they order the alternator.
  • I have a 2007 Aveo Hatchback that I have adored from the day I purchased it. Unfortunately, some minor things have happened since ownership that are causing me to suspect that I may have an electrical issue. Here is an outline of various events.

    1. When we bought the vehicle the dome light flickered and had to be replaced;
    2. Alarm went a bit wacky and at one point reset itself, locking all four doors while the vehicle was on and warming up in my driveway;
    3. Chevy recently replaced my air conditioning unit because of a "dirty feet" smell and a few days later I went to get into my car and while it was completely turned off the air conditioner/heater turned on by itself. The same thing continued to happen intermittently without cause or warning.

    As of the day of this writing my car is in the shop for evaluation. I was just informed that a bulletin just came out about the "dirty feet" smell and they are awaiting the part. As for the air conditioner/heater fan turning on while the vehicle is off, well lets just say that unless Chevy can dupilicate that the problem will not be fixed.

    Please let me know if any of you have had any strange things go on in your vehicle.

  • If you get an electrical disturbance (eg. Check Engine Light) in your Aveo,
    Go to 1st choice: Any Chevrolet service center;
    2nd choice: Any GM dealership (Buick Pontiac,Cadillac.)
    3rd choice: Any other car dealer. Why? Because the diagnostic equipment for reading codes is standardized throughout the industry. And all dealers should have the basic diagnostic equipment to gather and troubleshoot the computer codes.

    When you arrive at a dealership with a "Check Engine Light" on
    DO NOT TURN THE ENGINE OFF!! Codes are stored in a volatile memory which needs electricity to retain those trouble codes. Turning your engine off may stop the flow of electricity to that memory causing the codes to disappear and then you...and the service technicians are SOL. (squat outta luck)

    You can buy your own basic trouble code readers from stores like Advance, Autozone, Pep Boys and WalMart. With a quality code reader you can capture, read and save the codes. Take the codes to your Chevy service people which gives them a place to start with the repair.

    Merry Christmas....
    .....and Peace on the highways

    The WheelMan
  • this should not happen. i am a backyard mechanic. I just lost my ford escort....SOB SOB. It was doing this towards its end of life. It is indicative of a timing belt issue. If i stop at lights the lights would dim. If at higher speeds then it would not die or lessen in light in tensity. 85 amps should not do this. keep bringing it in until THEY fix. tell them to show you any of the other cars in the lot doing this all the time then you will back off. If not goto court. Check out neil Chyet , handle on the law website.
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