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Chevy Lumina Electrical/Lights



  • fsk816fsk816 Posts: 1
    Was on the freeway and car stalled and wouldnt start back up.Now it Starts for a second ,Then stalls.And sometimes it sounds like its not getting no fire at all.And then when I take the key out and put it back in it starts up for a few minutes and stalls .It is getting fuel because I can smell it.Any help please.
  • gomacgogomacgo Posts: 3
    Open passenger door. On side of dash pull out "Fuse Box" cover.
    There may be an additional fuse box in the engine compartment.
    Open hood. Look to your left/middle. There maybe one on the right side as well.

    Hope that helps!
  • gomacgogomacgo Posts: 3
    My 2001 did something similar.

    I drove it about 5 miles, shut it off, then went to start it about 5 minutes later.
    Nothing. Like someone had removed the battery! I got a jump, drove it about 2 miles and it died.

    Found out it was the positive battery terminal/cable.
    I don't see how it could be that sporadic, but after the dealership replaced the cable, car has been ok.

    Hint: I was SURE I had it tightened when I replaced the battery, but they said it was loose. All I can figure is, I stripped it and the bolt came loose.
  • old1960old1960 Posts: 2
    I note that the messages above are old. I have a 1999 Lumina and Have- HAD- a similar problem.
    My neighbor, a mobile mechanic came to me when I was trouble shooting the problem. My problem also included blowing a fuse and a wire getting very hot. When the problem occured I would start the car with a screwdriver at the starter. The mechanic told me Lumina's have problems with the harness at the transmission. I tugged on it and set it a certain way and the problem went away, I mean gone. I looked at the harness connections this past weekend and this is what I found:
    -There is a wire harness that runs to the transmission with two separate connections. One has around four wires in it and the other has two. The one with the 4 wires were exposed and possibly grounding. I respliced them and taped them up.

    Hope this helps.
  • wzbzjmnwzbzjmn Posts: 4
    That sounds good, however, where you also getting a surge and hesitation at higher speeds? Did you get any codes? I have a 1991 Lumina Euro 3.1 and it's driving me nuts. The problem is obviously intermittent, sometimes it's just fine and last week I barely made it off the freeway. I am getting a code 42 which is a short or ground to the EST circuit. Maybe that's the wiring you found. This is great because you know the mechanics would have had me spending $1000.00 before fixing a short. which is 9 times out of 10 the problem.
  • old1960old1960 Posts: 2
    I did not have problems with hesitation or surging. The car ran perfect other than the starting problems which was a hastle. Especially in the rain at night. You could also have your ignition module tested at the local auto parts store. This could also be the problem.

  • rshepardrshepard Posts: 2
    i'm working on a 2000 lumina and the battery is dead every morning. i trouble shot it down to something in fuse #10 which is either I/P Electronics Battery-- Chime Module, Electronic Brake control module (EBCM), theft-deterrent Module, radio, DLC. I do not no were these component are located. I got this far by disconnection neg battery termanl hooking up test like between battery post and cable pulled fuses out till test light went out. now i have test light in # 10 fuse slot was going to unplug things until light went out. any one have thoughts?
  • gonzygonzy Posts: 3
    I own one Lumina sedan 1998 and drain the battery in a couples of days if the car is not in use. I found that the fuse 41 to power drop circuit have more than 1.8 amps while car still park and switch off. If I disconnect this fuse the car do not drain battery. My mech. toll me that this switch goes to the circuit that turn off lights indoor if you forget and let it on. Where are this circuit located and How can I replaced or if any know which is the problem. Thanks
  • I the same car (year/make) with the same prob. . Did replacing the EST work for you. HELP, THANKS.
  • jonboy85jonboy85 Posts: 3

    I own a Chevy Lumina 1994 4dr sedan. Recently, I've noticed that when I turn the wheel to a certain degree, left or right, the corresponding turn signal will stop blinking until I turn the wheel further or tap the switch to 'jolt' it back into action. The hazard flashers work just fine. Any ideas?

    Thanks! :)
  • jonboy85jonboy85 Posts: 3
    Sorry, not completely sure what the EST is. I'm not very mechanically-minded. Just know how to do basic maintenance on the car. Is the EST the switch mechanism in the wheel housing?
  • I own a 1998 chevy lumina LS 3.8 L engine. I have recently replaced the back-up lights located inside trunk. There are visually and mechanically two bulbs in this compartment. The tail lights are separate. When I turn on the lights only the tail light portion and two squares(right where bulbs are placed) of the middle trunk white bar are illuminated upon reverse. I have installed the specific bulbs. Why doesn't the whole bar and ends red portion light up? What is the deal? I can see that the white bar is my back-up light when in reverse(BUT ONLY TWO SPOTS LIT) but the end lights are not lit either and I have see other Lumina's at night with ALL RED LIT, while a few with my issue. Also I have seen a FULL WHITE BAR LIT on other lumina's when in reverse. What do I have to do to make the lights work properly. Could this be fuse/electrical short related??? If you have experienced this problem please comment
  • I have a '97 Luminia 3.1l that I just had the back end apart for because of a few lighting issues.

    1) Brakes - I read it may be the turn signal switch and when I saw what was involved for replacing well, looking to add LEDs into the trunk lid, at the ends where its red open plastic and no lights. Basically... the brake lights don't work, yet the driving lights and turn signals do. The middle/3rd light works as well so from what I read it's common that it's the turn signal switch since everything else out checks out.

    2) Neither backup light works, bulbs look find but sockets look rotted so have to get bulbs and clean them out and see. The one bulb broke trying to remove it.

    My question is about the brake light issue... does anyone have any other ideas what it could be? Wiring seems fine otherwise, bulbs work, middle brake light works.... if indeed a signal switch (which again looks brutal to fix) does the wiring to the 3rd brake light have enough power to power a pair of LED cluster lights?

    As for the post from Whitelightni...

    I just had the whole unit off that houses the backup lights. I've never seen the whole unit end to end light up on any Lumina. The backup bulbs go into an enclosed plastic unit the blocks the light from escaping outside of the 2 white squares. If there is a lumina with the whole trunk lid unit lit, I think it was custom.
  • Hey I just made a post about the backup lights and my brake lights... but wanted to make sure you got a notice for this so replying direct as well.

    I just had the whole unit off that houses the backup lights. I've never seen the whole unit end to end light up on any Lumina around here (Ontario). The backup bulbs go into an enclosed plastic unit the blocks the light from escaping outside of the 2 white squares. If there is a Lumina with the whole trunk lid unit lit, I think it was custom.

    I have the whole unit off the car trying to sort out wiring and to get water out... mine got cracked before I bought it. But on the '97 model... it's just a solid white plastic box glued in place. one side lets the light out, the other has a whole to twist the light into.
  • :confuse: Here is my issue with my 97' lumina 3.1. At times my car has a hard time starting.. but it starts. When i put the car in reverse all of my lights dim ( head lights, dash lights and interer lights). Everything goes back to normal when i put the car in drive. At times my radio will turn on and off randomly and i hear a whining with the accelerating of the car running thru my stereo system. I replaced my radio and it stopped for a while but it came back. Needless to say my amp blew. At times while im driving when the radio turns off my car will shut itself off with it. I am at a loss with my car. Does any one know what can be going on? :cry:
  • About two months ago my car would start intermittently, I noticed security light on, then it wouldn't start at all, security light flashing. I had the ignition cylinder replaced and got my new pass key. The car ran fine for over a month, then once in a while wouldn't start, then would. Security light not flashing. Had battery checked, its fairly new and it was fine. Now car will not start at all. My son in law came over yesterday and ran a wire from the solenoid to battery ( I had key turned to on position) and it started right up. He cleaned connections from purple wire going to solenoid as they looked rusty. He had me start the car many times and started great. A few hours after he left went out and car again won't start. Tried it today same thing, It will make one click noise, all lights on dash come on and thats it.

    I hate to put more money into it as I have spent well over $2000 in repairs over the past few years, major repair being having gaskets etc replaced due to oil leakage.

    I spent almost $200 for ignition cylinder and key replacement.

    As the car started fine with the "hot wiring" does that rule out starter issues? Any ideas where to look next?
  • goobygooby Posts: 2
    I have a 98 Lumina that has a brake light failure. The center brake light works, but the lateral brake lights are both out. My novice technician and I went to the salvage auto parts place to find a replacement turn signal switch and found that most of the similar Lumina vehicles had the same problem. There is a defect in the turn signal switch retainer clip that holds the two outside plates together. When the clip wears out, the plates separate and so do the electrical contacts for the brake lights. The brake light wiring runs through the steering column into the signal switch and then back to the brake lights on the sides of the vehicle.
    The solution is to spend $55 on a new signal switch. It is tough to replace and requires some know how and safety steps including pulling the fuse to the airbag for the steering column. A technician can remove the airbag, steering wheel (requires a wheel puller) and other retaining gear. Once you get to the turn signal switch, check to see if the plates are separated and then commence replacement of the switch. Take care to disconnect the battery (not easily done since the battery is under the washer fluid tank) before you start.
    This is really a poor design for the signal switch and Chevy should recall the problem due to it being such a safety issue. Good luck with that though.
  • What a mess. Advanced Auto checked my battery that is still under warranty and it was low, they charged it and I told them the postive bolt is tight but cable loose, They recommended a spacer and longer bolt which we put on and the battery began sparking with car off and melted spacer and positive section of battery. They gave us a new battery but there was melted metal on wires and cables. Took car to mechanic and got a new starter and he installed the battery. Just got car back today and went to drive it to the store and the steering wheel turns completely around when parked. Has NEVER done this before . Now have to wait till after the weekend to call the mechanic and see what the heck went wrong.
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