July 7, 2011

SIDE JOB: Chevy Aveo lights not working

I happened upon a friend's car that was having electrical problems, and I can't resist an opportunity to solder some wires.

This troubleshooting guide was written about a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo. The Chevy Aveo is also the Pontiac Wave, Suzuki Swift and Daewoo Kalos. This problem may also affect 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 models.

SYMPTOMS

  • Speedometer/Instrument panel lights not working
  • Interior lights not working
  • Tail lights or brake lights not working

CAUSE

  • S101 Splicer pack overheats and burns wiring under the hood

Chevrolet Aveo hood compartment fuse box

HOW TO CHECK

  1. Open the hood and remove the fuse box cover
  2. Look into the fuse box at the splicer (use diagram at right, click for full size)
  3. Decide whether or not to take the fuse box apart, remove splicer and re-connect wires

There are no other steps. It is not possible to pull the wiring out and inspect the wires for signs of burning without removing and separating the whole fuse box. The top of the S101 may be burnt and discolored, and this would be 100% confirmation that you should follow the steps provided below.

WHAT THE DEALER WILL TELL YOU

The fuse box wiring and main engine wire harness are all the same part, and the dealership is good at replacing whole parts. The wire harness costs six or seven hundred dollars, and don't forget labor costs.

HOW TO TAKE IT APART

  1. Disconnect the battery (negative first), wrap the wire ends in rags, and cover the top of the battery terminals with a rag so none of your tools become conductors of its charge
  2. Remove the engine compartment fuse box cover and the 10mm nut on the fusebox ground wire in the bottom right hand corner
  3. Remove the two 10mm bolts that hold the fuse box in place in the engine bay
  4. Remove white and grey harness connector on the left side of the fuse box
  5. Break the splicer free from its perch in the fuse box (don't be shy, we're going to remove it completely)
  6. Separate the upper and lower halves of the fuse box while minding the electrical tape on the right side
  7. Remove the bottom of the fuse box and set it aside
  8. Twist the fuse box upside down so you can pull the splicer out from underneath and assess the situation

HOW TO FIX IT

The concept here is to remove the splicer and join the wires together with a soldering iron instead. The splicer exists to connect the 14 wires in 3 groups. Unfortunately, its design is prone to failure. The following diagram shows which wires to solder together using three colors. Click for full size.

Chevrolet Aveo Splicer

  1. Cut 7 wires off the row of the splicer that contains
    1. Green with yellow stripe
    2. Brown
    3. Green
    4. Brown
    5. Green with yellow stripe
    6. Brown
    7. Green with yellow stripe
  2. Solder all 7 of these wires together
  3. Cut 4 wires off the other side
    1. Purple with white stripe
    2. Brown with white stripe
    3. Brown with white stripe
    4. Brown with white stripe
  4. Solder all 4 of these wires together
  5. Cut the last 3 wires from the splicer
    1. Purple
    2. Purple
    3. Purple with white stripe
  6. Solder all 3 of these wires together
  7. Cover everything in electrical tape
  8. Put your car back together while connecting your battery last (positive first)

OPTIONAL STEPS

  1. Destroy the splicer
  2. Start car
  3. Use lights

If these instructions helped you fix your car's lights, I am glad I could help you and save a few hundred dollars in the process. If you want to buy me a beer, my paypal address is corey.salzano@gmail.com. Drive safely.

160 Comments »

  1. Brent Stone says:

    Man I have been looking for something like this!! I do have a question though. My wires look pretty burned up. Will they be long enough after I take them out of the fuse box? Is there another option to solder? Some kind of wiring connector?

    Thanks for all your effort!!

  2. Corey says:

    There isn't a whole lot of extra wire to work with. The car I worked on had two wires burnt so badly they broke off before I had a chance to cut them. Scraping the burnt wire casing off with wire strippers was a chore. You could extend the wires coming out of the harness side by peeling back the loom, but there's not a whole lot you can do on the fuse box side. There is enough slack to make a mend, but not a whole lot of breathing room. I am sure you could make the wires longer if you had some extra wire laying around.

    Like I wrote above, there's really no way to check it out and see what is what. You have to take it all apart completely to see anything, so you might as well go in prepared to do whatever it takes.

  3. Brent Stone says:

    I followed the instructions and got my dash lights working and all my marker and turn signals functioning. My brake lights are still out. Any idea which wires actually control those? My guess is it is the 7 wire bundle that was a lot to get soldered. I have not done it for a while and mine is kind of ugly. If you know for sure I would appreciate it so I only mess with what I have to next time.

    Thanks a load for all your help thust far!

    For anyone else trying this, as a decent shade tree mechanic it took me about 2 hours. Mostly working with the small ends of wires and relearning to solder. That and taking a few breaks to settle when my American hands were tryinig to work in the small area left to do this and I was getting frustrated. Learned long ago better to get a snack then get pissed and make a mistake!

  4. Brent Stone says:

    Who da man? You da man. Who Da Man?! You Da Man! WHO DA MAN!?!?!? YOU DA MAN!!!!!

    Having now taken apart my under hood fuse box twice and getting a little help from an electrician friend, I have brake lights again for the whopping out of pocket expense of $6.50! Of which I could have avoided all of it. I did go buy a soldering iron and solder both on sale at the Harbor Freight but wound up not needing them. I tried and did a miserable job soldering the wires. My alterations to Corey's instructions are as follows. Get some wire connectors or Butt connectors and a wire stripper/crimper if you do not have one. Follow all the above instructions just replace connectors where it has solder. When you do this the wires coming from the black bundle on the driver's side wheel well are very short, have patience in stripping the insulation. The wires connected to the fuse box, if you find their source and pull them out straignt give you 3-8 inches to work with. Pull them away and strip them back. It is much less stressful. Bundle the wires coming in from the wheel well together and crimp them into the connector first. Then bundle the wires coming from the fuse box and crimp them into the other end. If you have the skill, solder is probably better. If you are like me and grew up soldering circuit boards, short wire is a whole different ball game.
    As a side note, after doing all this I still did not have brake lights. I did note that my brake light switch was clicking. I was thinking it was broken, my electrician buddy checked the lines and found that the switch shaft was sticking. He sprayed a little "Liquid Wrench" in there and now they work fine. If in a couple of weeks they go out again, I will replace the switch.

    Corey, thanks for everything. I have been without brake lights for way too long now. I found myself blinking them just because I could at stoplights!!

  5. Corey says:

    I'm glad it worked out, man! Thanks for following up after finishing the job. I was wondering what happened.

  6. Bren says:

    Can you tell me how you removed the harness connector without breaking it? I tried and could not get it out? Thanks

  7. Corey says:

    Bren:

    The white and grey connector on the left side? Try patience! That disconnection took me 5 or 10 minutes alone. I may have used hemostats to poke and pry on one side.

  8. Brent Stone says:

    The harness on the left side (not the splicer) is actually a press to release catch. Try fanagling it with pressing on the attachment point. I checked it out after because it was a buggaboo to get off.

  9. P James says:

    I'm glad I found this post because I have the same exact problem. I'm going to try to fix it on my own this coming week. I'm not a mechanic so hopefully everything goes well. Quick question: if I were to use wire connectors instead of soldering the wires, would they just stick out where the old splicer use to be?

    Thanks for you help guys!

  10. Corey says:

    P James:

    You will likely still end up with a gap where the splicer used to be, and the wire connections will lay inside the fuse box near its bottom. You will be able to look into that hole and see them.

  11. P James says:

    Awesome, thanks a lot Corey!

  12. Brent Stone says:

    Backing up Corey for P James. My connectors just lay under where the splicer was.

  13. Andrew Arbeau says:

    Phew!!! Yep that means that I just finished the job of connecting those wires together. Took me about 1.5hrs so not bad at all. There is just 1 mistake... "Put your car back together while connecting your battery last (negative first)". Well maybe you can do it that way but I looked it up and they all say hook the positive up first which is what I did ...and it does work :) I didn't have a solder gun so just used marrets and electrical tape to connect the wires. I have been a good 5 or more months without park lights on 1 side and no dash lights so was glad to find this especially the diagram without which I would have been lost! Thanks so much for everything I only spent $$$ on marrets as I had everything else so cheerio to that!

    Thanks again for this and just wanted to let you know how useful this was.

    Andrew

  14. Corey says:

    Glad I could help, Andrew. Today I learned "marrets" is another word for wire nuts.

  15. Brent Stone says:

    Brake switch follow up. My brake lights went out again. The repair is holding fine but the switch keeps sticking. I will be replacing it this weekend. So if you do all this and still no brake lights, check your switch.

  16. Joey Arizona says:

    Wow What a GREAT Help this was. I have had crazy electrical problems with my 2006 aveo lt hatchback for 2 months. did this fix and all lights are back working. I still have to replace (2nd alternator in 3 weeks) as it seems (possibly) that they were killed while splicer was burning up(wires 11-20 on my car are for ignition). Also there was a couple of wires I DIDN'T have but that is particular to my version of car. I will post details of my differences ASAP. Corey I have some Pictures and more details specific to my model. Email me and I will get them to you if you want. Also I could explain a few things I learned from a chevy dealer that you will want to post as all aveo wiring seem to specific to model ls lt sedan or hatchback.

  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I had this exact problem with a 2006 Aveo. Inspecting the fuse box showed that the splicer was severely charred and burned. Your guide was the first Web site I found that described how to fix the probem without replacing the fusebox and all of its wires. So thanks!

  18. Brent Stone says:

    Got the brake switch changed out yesterday. $9 at the local shop. No tools required, about a 5 min job once I figured out how to contort myself in there where I could both see and use my hands!

  19. Dean says:

    THANKS! these are great cars but have their issues. I read a few forums and ended up here. 05 had no dash or right side running lights. Sure enough a burned splicer. Took me less than 30 minutes after reading your instructions, a little solder and good tape. On the road!

  20. EJ says:

    COREY!!!! AWESOME - AWESOME - AWESOME!!! As an Electronics Tech (not in automotive though), I was BANGING MY HEAD trying to figure this out!!! Your directions were clear and detail-oriented. I completed it and the wife was VERY HAPPY, which makes ME VERY HAPPY!!! :O
    Keep up the amazing work!!!

  21. Trevor & Alysa says:

    Been pulled over four times this week alone for the trail light being out, just got done with the process and everything works amazing again. Thank you so much, two hundred dollar fine averted, thank you so much!

  22. Corey says:

    Great news, but how did you avoid the fine four times?

  23. Kevin says:

    Thanks for this. I just fixed this on my 2005. Worked great. THANKS!

  24. Nick says:

    Great write up. Friend came over because his girlfriends dash lights weren't working and this solved it. Upon inspecting the connector was indeed burned up. Great work.

  25. Nick says:

    Oh yeah.....he'll with solder! Butt connectors or bust for me, baby!

  26. Brenda says:

    Corey thanks; you were a GOD sent for us.
    YES, ladies you can do this too!
    I was constantly trying to make it home before dark that only worked in the summer months…Pulled over 2 times. Now it’s FIXED!
    Now my radio shorts out when I turn my car on, then goes off. Any suggestions?
    P.S. Dont get the Harness confused with the Splicer.

  27. Corey says:

    No problem. What do you mean by, "radio shorts out then goes off?" Usually, a circuit that is shorted will blow a fuse and not work at all.

  28. Nick says:

    Brenda the OEM radios in these cars are junk. Pop the radio out.....orange wire should have 12V at all times. Yellow wire should read 12v when the key is on. If this is the case, you have a bad radio. Time to replace.

  29. Brenda says:

    Thanks

    Well now it doesnt come on at all...
    So now I'll just have it replaced.

  30. osvaldo says:

    I follow your direction and I fix the problem in 5 minutes

    you save me a lot of problems with my daughters car

    I really aprecciate this tks. Osvaldo

  31. Shawn B says:

    Thank you for this. I am having the same problem with the interior lights and right brake light. I will work on it this weekend. I had a mechanic tell me I might need a whole new fuse block and I just about had a heart attack! I don't think the car is even worth that at this point as I have a 2005 Aveo sedan. So I went looking on forums and found this. Again, thanks much!!

  32. Corey says:

    Shawn:

    The fuse box and wiring harness are designed as a single part, so any shop (or dealer) will tell you the whole thing needs replaced. Go for it.

  33. Shawn B says:

    Worked on it yesterday and completed the job in 45 minutes. Instead of soldering, I just used connectors. Works great! Thank you again for this site.

  34. Bob says:

    06 Aveo here, same problem, splicer in fuse box is burnt to a crisp. No dash lights, head or tail lights. Whats it take to get a recall on these things ? At least I can fix it myself now without emptying the wallet. Thanks.

  35. Pete says:

    This fix worked great and it took me about 30 minutes to get it done. I partially removed the fuse box just enough to get the splicer loose. After that, I just cut the wires and used electrical tape. Thank you very much for this fix.

  36. Alecks says:

    I need this done on my car but I dont want to do it myself.. Any idea how much a mechanic would charge for this considering the directions are on paper?

  37. Jean-Marc says:

    Thanks alot!...solve all the problems on my aveo 2005 (no dashboard lights and no transmission shifter light).The splicer was burnt...4 wires damaged.Took me an hour and now everything works great!!!
    Thanks again

  38. Zach says:

    Thank you for the excellent write up on it. I was a little confused at first when reading this but once I got under the hood the diagrams made sense and were exactly what I needed.

    My mom's Aveo had the right rear taillight out, the interior lights and one of the parking lights in the front I believe were out. She brought it to a few mechanics that did not want to touch it without a schematic. She then caved and brought it to a Chevy Dealership! Even they didn't know what to do with it, and said they didn't have the schematic either! They attemped to fix it but she ended up leaving there with absolutely no headlights and her windows didn't roll down now (on top of the original problems). I looked online and did not find anything on Chevy Aveo forums but found this at of all places an Acura website haha.

    Thanks again, I thought it was going to take me all day but it took me only about 45 minutes working slowly and checking to make sure there were not anymore burns or problems with the wires.

  39. Corey says:

    Glad I could help.

  40. David Ryman says:

    Corey, Thank you for the troubleshooting guide ! These instructions allowed me to correct issues the lights on my 2006 AVEO SUDAN. I was playing with fire driving to work without dashlights in the morning prior to daylight
    in the morning. I also realized my front right runnning light was also not working. I followed your guide and was able to repair it in approx 1 hour with no problems.
    Thank you again.

  41. Karl Hierl says:

    Dear Corey,

    I can't thank you enough. The same problems (no lights at the dashboard and the passenger parking lights were off) started at my wife's car yesterday. Your explanation came up pretty soon at my Google search. I first felt very intimidated since I am not a mechanic, and even worse, I am not really a very handy man. Your instructions sounded very easy to follow and so I just approach "the bull by its horns". With your detailed instructions and the diagrams I finished the job in about 45 minutes and everything is working now. Thank you very much and many thanks from my wife, who didn't really believe I could do it by just following your instructions.

    Best wishes,
    Karl

  42. gail sutton says:

    i have an '06 aveo. had the issue with no dash lights. went to a chevy dealership and showed them the burnt out splicer. they didn't have a clue as to what it was. shows up as a blank space on all diagrams of fuse box. found this site and printed off the diagrams and instructions. fixed my issue.
    THANKS so much

  43. Juvi says:

    Awesome post. I repaired my friends car today. I much prefer the solder method, more reliable than e.tape. I wish I could put pics up of the "splicer" connector. Looks burned. I also took pics of the wires soldered together. thanks again!!! Saved me hrs of diag time!!

  44. Brenda says:

    my front passenger parking light and my passenger tail light dont work. If i turn on the blinker they work. I replaced the bulbs in the tail light and that did not work. What do i do?

  45. Brenda says:

    Thank you. You just solved my problem.

  46. Richard says:

    my only issue is the instrument cluster on the dash. Do you know which specific wires operate this, everything else is working correctly.

  47. Corey says:

    Richard: All these wires are spliced inside the same connector. It will be clear to you once you tear it apart that the whole thing needs to go. Also, why fix one or two wires when the other dozen are prone to the same failure?

  48. Richard says:

    Thank you, I'll check it out shortly. Just found a radiator leak>>>

  49. Samantha says:

    SAM HERE!!! '05 Aveo Hatchback Bought this car a couple weeks ago and have had no turn signals, no lights in the dash- really the only light that works is the headlights!! SO being a "fix-it-myself" kind of girl, i found this page and discovered the Splice Pack was clearly burnt. Didn't even have to take anything out! Haven't been to the gym since I bought the car because I cant drive in the dark without lights in the back of my car. So tomorrow morning this is my project. Will let you know how it turns out! But these instructions are SO simple... what could possibly go wrong?!? :)

  50. Samantha says:

    Okay, got my lights working!! Thanks so much!! But one thing, still no turn signals?! (Or hazards) I know that has nothing to do with the splice pack though...Ive read that the turn signal issue is very common in these cars, but WHAT IS IT?!?! Fuses are fine, the light bulbs in the back are fine, but I dont even get the green arrows in the car when I flip the switch..could it be the switch itself?! My headlights are on the same switch, and Im able to turn everything else on..what could it be?!

  51. My problem is that the day illumination headlights stay on. I need to know what to disconnect so as to disable this useless item that runs my battery down. Symtoms of this problem at first where that the lights stayed on a little bit after turning the car off (this is not the design) then later on when I turned off the head lights there was no illumation lights at all, which I thought was ok by me, then last night the illumination lights came on of it's own volition when the car is off and yes I had turned off the headlights (of course). There is some little bugger thingy doing it's own thing that I want to find and disconnect. Please help, thank you.
    Daniel

  52. Corey says:

    Samantha & Daniel:

    I don't own one of these cars, and the friend whose car I fixed is no longer around. My knowledge about this vehicle and its wiring includes only this fix, so I can't help you with other issues.

    If I had to guess, Samantha, you might have a bad signal flasher (also known as turn signal relay).

    Daniel, cars usually have a fuse that control only the day time running lights, and if you don't want those lights (and live where it is legal to not have day time running lights), you can just pull the correct fuse and the circuit will no provide juice to those bulbs.

  53. Shana says:

    Hello, thank you for sharing your expertise!! It saved my mechanic a lot of time, effort and money! We are so grateful to you for your help!!!

    Thank you again,
    Shana

  54. mike says:

    My son is working on a 2008 Aveo sedan with the same faulty dash light problem you resolve on the Hatch-Back. He has the dash torn apart and is tracing the wires. He is a certified auto tech and understands the electonics involved although this one is stumping him. The fuse block is different on the sedan and doesn't have the splicer on it. I know the dome light is working but I don't know what other interior lights work. Do you know if and where a slicer might be on the sedan, or could help you us in any way to solve this problem?
    Thanks, Mike

  55. mike says:

    Sorry, I hadn't read your last reply to Samantha & Daniel previously so I understand if you can't answer my question.
    Thanks, Mike

  56. Daryl says:

    my son's 06 aveo lost it's interior dash lights. they blink on only when the right turn signal is engaged. other than that, they don't work. so i figured his splicer burnt up. i opened the fuse box and I don't see any burned wires from underneath the splicer. I removed the top of the splicer (plastic piece with all the prongs coming down into the splicer) and there are no burn marks on that either. trying to figure out what is going on. I was really expecting to see some burnt wired. any ideas?

  57. Daryl says:

    I checked the groupings of wires from the bottom of the splicer with a continuity tester. they checked out fine. unless the problem is that when the splicer fails, the groups get shorted together? (for instance, the group of 4 wires is shorted to the grouping of 3 wires?)

  58. Darren says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this valuable, detailed work. I spent about 1 hr and got most of the issues fixed on 2005 Aveo. All the lights are working except left tail and brake now. They do come on when i stepped on the brake, i guess need to spend more times desolder and resolders the wires.

  59. Pete says:

    Thank you so much for this post! My car had no parking lights, no fog lights, no cigarette lighter, no brake lights and no dash lights. I used your step by step directions and now everything is working just fine. I couldn't have done it without this post! and it only took an hour. Thanks man.

  60. Darren says:

    About my post on Aug 6, I found out that the passenger tail assembly is actually burned itself, I bought a new assembly and all working well..

  61. Bella says:

    Hello everyone. So my driver back light in my Aveo 2006 is not working or my dash lights. I have spent hundreds of dollars and once they fixed after two months it goes out again. Soo I finally took to this guy that told me the problem was with the burnt splicer. He suggested looking at scrap yards for a fuse box. That just seems too hard. I have been staring at the post for about 2 months now and I think it is finally time to try this by myself. I am conflicted about soldering as I never ever done that, so I am using butt conectors. My question is:

    -Do I just put all the wires in the butt connector of course divided by groups? How big should I buy the butt conectors?

    I will let you know how it is!! wish me luck.

  62. Bella says:

    Hello everybody!! Operations getting some brake lights is complete! But like Joey Arizona said, my chevy aveo 2006 sedan only had 11 wires and I was confused to exactly what to do...Specially with the the 2 purple with white stripes, it did not know if I combined the correct wires. The lights all work but when I turn the headlights the clock light gets dimmer, is it always like that? And now the check engine light is on... What did I do wrong? Can someone help me? Corey? Joey Arizona?
    Joey if you could send me pictures of your aveo splicer it would be great... The purple with white stripes seem to be connect to a fuse in the fuse box... each one its supposed to connect with the brown wires???
    Any help will be great!! Thanks

  63. D says:

    yes, Bella, the dash lights will dim when you put on the headlights, it is assumed that you use the headlights when it is dark out, and the dash should be less bright to make it easier to see the road.

  64. Errol Noel says:

    Thanks to your valued information I got my friends left side tail light fixed. She took it to a shop and charged her $130.00 and said it was the switch but never fixed the problem. The problem after fixing the light is that the car doesn't start. I checked and rechecked the wires but still it doesn't start. Any ideas if the wiring is incorrect that doesn't allow the car to start.

  65. Corey says:

    Errol Noel: Does anything happen when you turn the key? Do you hear clicks? If nothing, the wiring might have been disturbed. You should be able to find a wire that travels from the battery to the starter via the harness. Can you find voltage where this wire connects to the starter using a multimeter with the key on?

  66. Reuben says:

    Wow, I was going crazy until I found this post because I hadn't ever thought to look at the splice pack since it is never mentioned! Problems included rear left parking lamp out, radio backlighting not functioning, and dash lights not working. Sure enough, the splice pack was toasted. Yes, the job was possible if you know how to be careful with wiring, but DIYers beware, there is not much spare wire under the fuse panel. You get one, maybe two chances to successfully perform 3/8 inch sheath stripping--after that, you'd have to splice another wire and it would just get messy. I used a large butt connector (yellow) for the 7 wires, and a medium one (blue) for the other 2 sets. This was my first attempt at electrical work on a vehicle, but the success has giving me the confidence to tackle similar jobs in the future. BIG thanks to Corey.

  67. Kaylee says:

    This is the exact same problem with my 2006 aveo hatchback! My dash lights are out, one of my tail lights, then the opposite brake light is out, as well as my cigarette lighter and the warning sound to tell me my headlights are on if I leave my car.

    I want to fix this issue myself, but I guess I am a little confused on where to start. I can tell that the splicer is burnt (the white part), but what I do not understand is, do I have to buy a new one? The white thing I mean, that has the burn on it? Or do I just follow the directions of this post, take the fuse box out, and the wiring part, and just rewire them? I just am not sure what I am supposed to buy to fix this.. new wires, new splicer? I cannot find a slice kit anywhere. I see previous posts about splice butts and soldering, does that mean that I use the old wires and recut them? Or am I supposed to buy new wires completely and redo the whole wiring component part? Sorry if this is confusing, it is just that I am a little confused, although this job looks really easy, I just need help to begin. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!

  68. Corey says:

    Kaylee:

    Read this whole page. You will be removing the burnt up splicer and connecting wires to each other that previously were connected in the splicer. The wires might be burnt, too, and it's hard to tell exactly how bad the damage is until you follow all 8 "take it apart" steps.

  69. Omi Khan says:

    THank you! I was able to fix it following your instructions even tho I am lousy at soldering

  70. dennis ahia says:

    hi, please i have a chevy aveo 2007 with chasis number KL1TD56637B140270. the parking, head lamp and all lightening are on but the dash board, ac and radio control lights do not come on even if i turn the lights on. can you please help. thanks

  71. Ronald says:

    Holy crap, i cant thank you enough for getting me through that! I really appreciate it! It came out perfect!!!

  72. Deborah Towns says:

    2005 chevrolet aveo...from the front of the car on my right side controls...tail light,clock,dash board light...shortage I know it the wiring...I have to move the splicer in the slot and the come on...Do I fix it the same way as the left...I'm so mad that little piece can not be purchased alone...price too high $700 dollars for a part no bigger then a mini candy bar...Nothing sweet about that price....please help

  73. Corey says:

    Deborah:

    This page is the fix for all the splicer wiring issues. The 700$ price is for the whole engine wiring harness. The splicer is just one small piece of the whole harness that is prone to failure.

  74. Brad Burklund says:

    Corey,

    I have 2005 Chevy Aveo LS 4 door sedan:no dash lights or running lights on front and rear, just like all the others(Chevy You Make me Wonder what it takes to honor your product with a recall?)The Splicer was clearly the p[roblem it showed sign from above of heat and major heat when I opened up the fuse box(so much the purple wire looked black).

    It worked, I can't believe I did it with the help of my sons steady soldering hands!!!! Great clear step by step instuctions.

    The only glitch I had was the Pioneer Stereo / CD player was destroyed by (?) overloaded circuit when the Splicer burned up and I had an extra wire on each side of the Splicer(8 instead of 7). The extra wire on step #1 was Red with a White Stripe it was between the Green and Brown wires and the other extra wire was in step #5 (last wires to be soldered), the extra wire on right side was an extra purple wire (total 3 purple wires). I soldered the extra wires with group that it was with (3 Purples and 1 Purple with White stripe).

    I hope my educated guesses were correct and I did not solder the wrong wire together; all of the lights are working and no signof heat. Could the extra wire have been from the car alarm that this car came standard with?

    And do you thnk I am at risk of buring up another stero if I install a new one. I checked the voltage of the Orange wire while car was off (12 volts) and the Yellow also 12 volts. The CD player turned on and the play screen flashed what looked like the promo mode, but would not respond to buttons or remote, I think the brain is burned up. Is there any other type of test I can do to prevent future stero problems?

    Sorry for my poor typing an grammar, I would appreciate any help you could give me.

    Thanks
    Brad Hampton, Illinois

  75. Nicole Broce says:

    This exactly details my running lights/interior lights not working. I am due to deliver my son tomorrow and am not handy with autos, etc. How would I approach asking someone to perform this fix? I am of course willing to pay but don't know where to find someone to fix it and what a fair price would be. Any insight would be so greatly appreciated.

  76. Corey says:

    Brad: Who knows what happened when your splicer fried. Yellow should be constant 12 volts, and the orange wire is for illumination of the stereo display and clock.

    Nicole: Print this page out and take it to your mechanic. Tell him instead of replacing the whole wire harness, you want yours fixed.

  77. Corey,

    2005 Chevy Aveo: The original repair is holding on the splicer, I have not purchased a stereo to replace the one that burned up. I did check the voltage and both wires were just under 12 volts as expected; hoping for the best with the new deck. I found out after returning from a long weekend trip that my car would not shift out of park and that my brake lights have stopped working. I read that other Aveo owners have had to replace the Brake Switch (Part # 96874572); I have found the part at a Chevy dealer for $14.10. Is there a way to see if the circuit is overloaded; how much voltage should be on the wire coming to the Brake Switch? (I was thinking no greater than 12 volts).

    Thanks you’re the man!!

    Brad
    Hampton, Illinois

  78. Corey says:

    Brad: My Acura had a little plastic door on the console you could pry open with the key and to reveal a button that would override the brake switch. The brake switch is just a button that your brake pedal releases when you apply pressure. Not letting you out of park without the brake applied is a safety feature. It also connects some wire that turns on the brake lights.

  79. Ed says:

    Corey,
    One of the best docs I've ever seen. You have saved a bunch of folks lots of $$ avoiding buying a new harness or wasted trips to useless dealers and shops. There are 2 Aveos in our family, with no wiring issues yet, but now I'm aware of what to do when something goes South, because of your information. Thank you!!!
    Just one suggestion about the "hole" resulting from the rebuilt wire bundle not taking up the full space that the splicer did. Mice and other critters love to live in air boxes, and would also happily move into a fuse box if they could. So I recommend that folks close the front door with some duct tape or anything else that blocks off that entry way. Or, you can station a cat outside your car at night, which will work just as well!

  80. Daryl says:

    Just wanted to follow up on our experience. Dash and right parking/running/fog lamps were out. I rewired the splicer per instructions above and they're still not working. Further investigation revealed that a wiring harness run had rubbed on the accessory belt pulley and had worn the shielding off of 5 wires. This took the illumination rt fuse out in the engine compartment fuse box.

    I separated and insulated the wires and replaced the fuse and now the Aveo is as good as new (even the dash back lights are working again. weird)

  81. jes says:

    Hey Corey glad i found your page, my 2006 aveo has drivers tail light and front running running light out but bulbs are good. When i hit my alarm they all flash fine but when i turn lights on no dice.its factory alarm.
    Do you think its the splicer, and your fix will work?

  82. Mike says:

    The wife's 2005 Aveo had this problem - the lights started going out intermittently and quickly went out altogether. We asked the dealership, and they told us the wiring harness was one assembly and had to be replaced completely, instead of single components. We were quoted $400 for the parts alone.

    For the white and grey connector, press in on the catch and pry up then wiggle it from side to side. It is a tight fit.

    Our splice block didn't look bad while in place. It had just a little discoloration from heat on the top. Once I had it out however, one side was brown to black and the plastic had started to bubble from heat.

    I got everything working again using these instructions, and the wife is happy. Thank You

  83. Corey says:

    jes: no idea

    mike: rock on. glad i could help satisfy your wife!

  84. alayna says:

    Thank you! Just did this yesterday, worked like a charm!

  85. Tami says:

    2006 chev aveo low beams not working, high beams and parking lights work fine. fuses were pulled and look brand new, swapped them anyway just to make sure, but still nothing. Any ideas on a fix for this that won't cost me an appendage or two.

  86. Michael says:

    Corey this worked like a charm. Thanks for documenting this for the average home mechanic!

  87. Tony says:

    No right side parking lights, no console lights, no dash lights. WHAT a DAEWOO. Thanks to this process and 3 hours later, all was working again. What a guy. Thanks again and again. TRADE IN TIME>>>>>>>>GOING>>>>>>>>>>GOING>>>>>>>>>>>>>GONE

  88. John L says:

    Corey - HATS OFF TO YOU!! You have done so many people a great service with this great post. My daughter's 2005 Aveo has the same problem. It first reared its ugly head 2 years ago when her dash lights went out. I pulled the splicer, cleaned the char off and soldered 2 connectors to repair it. Wrapped some electrical tape over it, reinstalled, all worked fine.
    Just this week she got a citation for driving without tail lights. I pulled the fuse cover, and could immediately see at the top of the splicer the electrical tape was charred and melted, so I'm sure its another connection that loosened up.

    I've printed your color chart and instructions, and will be heading out in just a bit to make the full (and hopefully permanent) repair.

    Thanks so much for sharing this and doing such an awesome job documenting it.

    Where do I send that beer??

  89. JD says:

    Thank-you Corey!

    Like others, I had a half a dozen lights go out in my 2006 Aveo LT as a result of two wires burnt within the splice block. The repairs were as you had described and not very difficult for someone with basic mechanical skills.

    I sincerely appreciate your efforts in posting this self-help information.

  90. jon says:

    did anyone think to record this??... a youtube video would be helpful :/ lol

  91. Missy says:

    Wow, I have zero mechanical skills (never even changed a flat tire), but followed these directions perfectly. Took just over an hour, started the car and all dash and passenger tail lights all came on! Thank you so much.

  92. Paul says:

    2005 Aveo. Same problem as described above. I'm going to attempt the repair tonight. One question though, has anyone reported a recurrence of the problem after sucessfully making the repair? Thanks in advance.

  93. Corey says:

    Paul: This page is full of happy comments and no regrets.

  94. Paul says:

    Corey - Thanks so much. Did the repair last night. Excellent instructions. The splicer block was very charred. It took a bit longer than I was hoping for (I had to add 3 short jumpers to get enough length to make the splices), but once we got everything back together, it was a major relief to see everything lighting back up. The only thing that didn't come back on was the clock (no big deal) and the dome light (probably a bulb). I ended up taking the battery out . . . gave me a little more working room to make the repairs.

    I still can't believe that Chevrolet has not taken responsibility for fixing this at their cost. Seems so obvious that this is either a design or materials flaw.

    Again, thanks for posting this fix.

  95. mary says:

    I have a 2004 aveo and follow these instructions and to whom I delite my tail lights work but then when I turn around the headlights No longer work anymore...
    Any suggestions?

  96. Corey says:

    Check your fuses, and double check your solder joints.

  97. Paul says:

    After successfully fixing my 2005 Aveo using the instructions I found here, I contacted Chevrolet via email to ask why this well-known problem hasn't been the subject of a re-call. I received a call this morning from Chevrolet following up on my email. They thanked me for my input, but basically said that there was nothing they could do since they have not determined that this is a widespread problem. I asked the representative if she had reviewed all of the comments on this website that show that this is obviously a common problem, one that they should be responsible for. She told me that she had seen the website but that there is nothing they can do unless they get direct feedback from multiple owners indicating the same problem.

    I would suggest that other Aveo owners also contact Chevrolet to report this problem. Here's the site to enter your input: http://www.chevrolet.com/help/contact-us.html

    I spoke to a lady named Genevieve. If you want to call her, her number is: 866-790-5600, Ext 32925.

    Maybe if they get enough emails / calls, they might decide to take some action on this problem.

    Thanks.

  98. Sue C says:

    WHOOHOO! YOU ARE DA MAN! Just can't say it any better! Had my control panel lights go out the other night and thought uh oh! Googled it and found lots of listings from people with clueless mechanics and a lot of money out the door already. Found a few listings saying they thought it was some mysterious part called the S101 Splicer Pack - but not what to do to fix it. THEN I lucked onto this site - WHOOHOOO! (Did I say that already). I am SO not a car mechanic, but I AM a computer geek and household mechanical tinkerer, and as I have NO money for a repair I figured I would give it a shot. Breaking the splicer out (screwdriver and lots of forceful wriggling) and getting the darn harness connecter out (I could see the pressure point, but pushing it didn't seem to help - once I popped out the casing it locks into (release it on the left side along the top of the fuse box), I could pull OUT on the tab and it popped right out. If I'd known to pull out on the tab along the left, I probably would have had no problem - oh well). The top of my splicer was only slightly brown on one side, but once I removed it, I could see that one side was almost completely melted and there actually was a hole melted through it on that side. Two wires were burnt (Passenger side low orange light wasn't working either) and some were VERY short, but managed to get them together with patience. Good idea to find the source of the wires and straighten them out - made some of them easier to work with. Anyway, with less than $2 in parts my car and I are both happy again! Many thanks!

  99. DeePeeJay says:

    Just out of curiosity is there enough room underneath the splicer block to possibly use some sort of solderless connector such like a scotchlock snap connector and jump in the appropriate connections that have burned out? I have to undertake this job tomorrow and in my case it looks as if the last 2 or 3 connections only on the seven wire side have burnt out so I was thinking of just jumping in to the next hot wire by splicing in the last 2 or 3 wires on that side in that fashion if possible.

  100. corey says:

    It all depends on how badly the wires are burnt, and you won't know until you tear everything apart.

  101. Roxanne says:

    This is amazing. I am experiencing the exact same problem in my 2005 Aveo, no dash lights, no gear shifting lights, no passenger brake light. I will definitely write to Chevy and report the problem to them. Let's get a recall going!

  102. Roxanne says:

    Just an update. Contacting Chevy was a huge waste of time. Phoebe said they do not look at the pages and pages of complaints from all the Chevy Aveo owners, they will only look at each case individually and she said I had to pay an authorized dealer for the diagnosis to determine whether it is a manufacturer defect or regular wear and tear or some other cause. I decided to take my car with the print out of the instructions from Corey to a mechanic that did the 90,000 mile service on my Aveo. He said my wires were indeed melted but unfortunately they had burned all the way to the connectors. I do not have an estimate yet on how much it is going to cost to fix this problem.

  103. corey says:

    Sure they are burnt to the connectors...this page describes how to remove and work around a poorly designed connector. Only a non franchise repair shop would perform this fix, the dealers are good at replacing parts.

  104. Roxanne says:

    Thanks Corey! Once I spoke to the mechanic and convinced him that we were not looking to replace the splicer or the connector, he reread your instructions that I gave him and two hours later I got my car back. On the receipt he noted removed splicer and reconnected wiring per customer's instructions. He charged me for two hours of labor. Thanks again for posting such great instructions.

  105. nate says:

    2008 sedan does not have the splicer in the underhood fuse box. Any ideas on where to find it?

  106. bernarddjb says:

    Thanks buddy!!! My chevy '05 got the same problem. With your detailed instruction, I fixed my car in 2 hourS! The panel light now works again after 4 months. I made it! It's my first time to repair a car! Thanks!

  107. Bill says:

    I've done a ton of research on this because my 04 aveo has all the same symptoms as everybody else. However, when I lolled at the splicer and all the wires going into it, everything looks great. No discoloration, no burnt wires, no indications at all that the wires/splicer got too hot. So I'm a little reluctant to go forward with your repair. What's your thoughts???

  108. John says:

    Corey,

    Same problem as everyone else with my '05 Aveo- no dash, gear shift or passenger brake lights. I completed this fix last Sat. It took about 2 1/2 hours, but everything works now! Thanks for putting this on the web!

  109. Steve says:

    I just completed this fix for a friend in a couple hours or less. It was really easy thanks to this guide.

    Thanks a ton, Corey.

  110. corey says:

    Glad this page is still working out for you folks. As far as other issues, I have no idea. I've never spent a second inside an Aveo, and I don't understand anything other than this part that looked burnt up that I tore apart for a friend.

  111. Jay says:

    I have a 2009 aveo and the dash lights, high beams, and tail lights are not working. Would this cause the high beams to not work? The low beams work all the time. definitely something fishy is going on!!!

  112. Noel says:

    Hi, hope you can help me with a question:

    I had the same problem with these wires burned out which I fixed with your solution. Thank you so much.
    But all of a sudden, yesterday the signal lights started acting up and now when you put the indication of signal lights on they don't blink but instead stay on constant.

    Would you think it could be a solder problem or an indicator switch problem??

    Also do you have a index of which wires were for what that ended up needing soldering together??

    Thanks in advance and have a great day!
    Noel

  113. dan says:

    THANK YOU ! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU !!!
    great easy directions. my lites work !!!! its difficult to trust the internet, but your directions were perfect.

  114. Doc says:

    The 2007 sedan has no splicer but I am having the same problems. Any suggestions?

  115. Dennis says:

    Corey your instructions were great, I had to use a single butt connector for the seven wires and solder the other two bundles, I was born with hands that were to big to do intricate work :). Taped everything up and tested it everything is back, I can't thank you enough, I can't afford up to $1000 for something you made so simple. The splice block was very difficult to break apart and was burned and bubbled but it took me two hours start to finnish and everything is great, thanks once again wishing you much goodwill. :)

  116. Robert says:

    I used your info to repair the lights on my daughters car. It worked great was fixed in 30 min.
    Now it has another problem. When she stops at a stop light and takes off it wants to cut out and hesitates. If she takes off slow it is not as bad and it is worse in hot weather. It is a 2006 motor in a 2005 Aveo. plugs, wires and air filter have been changed. I can't find anyone that knows what is wrong with it.Can you help whit what is wrong if you have any ideals?

    Thank you very much

    Robert

  117. david says:

    I just finished fixing my Chevy Aveo 2004, thanks to this post. It took me longer because the splicer didn't have the same number of wires or colors. After looking at the issue a little closer I noticed that the missing wires on my car corresponded to the section with 7 wires. It helped me to look at the sections without wires in the splicer. So instead of 7 wires I only had 4, 3 of them brown. I connected those according to the splice diagram.
    Thanks a lot, everything works fine. Let me know when you come over to Utah for a Beer

  118. Dave says:

    2006 Aveo LS with the same issue. Corey's tip fixed the problem in less than an hour. Corey for President in 2016!

  119. Steve says:

    Corey, I can't thank you enough for the knowledge you provided. This works folks! Just a little patience, confidence (and tools) and anybody can do this. You saved us all here from hundreds of dollars of repairs, and I hope other Aveo owners will find this page when the time comes for them. Truly a blessing.

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  120. Bob Dodd says:

    Your clear instructions fixed my daughters car. (Now she wants the clock that has never worked - that's a different job). Ours was another one hour repair. A couple of wires were broken right at the splicer, so be sure to find all of the broken wires and identify them before cutting others. They might influence your decision about which wires to splice first.

  121. Mark says:

    Hey Corey, I replaced everything in accordance to the above information and the running lights, and door/light chime worked again but the cluster lights still do not. The high beam, turn signal, and e-brake lights all function though.
    What could it be?
    Funny part, this is my gf's car and I have a teg. Lol.
    Thank you.

  122. corey says:

    Hah, awesome coincidence. I haven't had an Integra for a few years, now. I sold one and got rear-ended in the other in the same week, so I went from two Integras to a Subaru Forester 5 speed very quickly. I would check all fuses and look for more burnt wires. It's really hard to tell what could burn up when such a huge failure like this happens. Sad but true.

  123. William says:

    Corey, thanks so much for this post. Fortunately, someone from the Aveo forums linked to this, or I would have been stuck tonight. There's no rhyme or reason to the layout, and with 6 brown wires, 3 purple wires, and for me one green, I was about to pull what little hair I have left figuring this out.

    I think I am short three wires but I am not sure why. Possibly fog lamps, and power windows/locks, but I looked, and there were no other broken/exposed wires. I spliced the 3 and 4 from one side, and 4 from the other side, and all is good with the lights now. I had put this off because I could tap the splicer to get things working again, and I was waiting for it to get warmer. Well, tonight was one of the coldest this year. Thank God for garages.

  124. Richard Ray says:

    Great post you saved me hours of labor and lots of money!!!!!
    Very easy fix with wire stripper, solder and heat shrink

  125. Debbie says:

    So just tonight my dash lights and right side tail lights went out (brake lights and door lights work) but I have a 2009 Chevy Aveo 5 would these instructions still apply to my 2009??

  126. Gregg says:

    I have very little knowledge about cars but I was able to fix this problem using the information provided here. Thanks, Corey, for posting this! It saved me a lot of money. I just have a few comments from my experience that might make it easier for others.

    1. Some of the wires connected to the splicer are very, very short and difficult to work with. Be extremely careful when stripping them so you don't make them even shorter.

    2. I found it quite difficult to maneuver my soldering iron in the small space under the fuse box. I had much better luck using wire nuts to make the connections. When the wires were too short or awkward I used spare pieces of wire I had lying around to make jumpers from wire nut to wire nut. So instead of one solid solder joint for the first 7 wires I have 3 wire nuts connected by 2 jumpers.

    3. Getting the splicer out was difficult. What I found to work was using a screw driver to pry it laterally away from the fuse box where it connects. Trying to pull it straight out didn't work.

    Someone should really put together a class action lawsuit against Chevy demanding a recall. This piece of crap Daewoo should never have been sold on the American market.

  127. Brandon says:

    The only 2 issues I am currently having with 2004 Aveo is that the clock will reset itself randomly and even turn off for short periods of time. Also my interior lights will rarely work. The splicer shows no chars or burns. Could this be my issue even though there are no signs of failure?

  128. john says:

    I am having the same problem with an 09 but in 08 they changed the splice pack location anyone know where they moved it to

  129. Richard says:

    How much force can I use to get the harness connector out. Is it one piece or two? Does the white plastic piece stay put and only the grey wiring comes out? It just won't come out for me. I don't want to break it.

  130. corey says:

    The key to the harness connector is applying pressure to the right plastic tabs that will allow you to separate the plug from the socket. It might easier with the fuse box anchored in place since that may free up one of your hands.

  131. Rochard says:

    Corey,

    Ok I will give it a shot. I will let you know how I make out.

  132. La Juana Williams says:

    I am so glad I decided to check online before I went to a mechanic. I have an 05 Aveo. First the dome light went out, which I tolerated over a year. Then the dash lights went about a month ago. I've actually been carrying a small flashlight to check my speed at night. Then yesterday my sister told me my right taillight was out. Went to the autoparts store and they checked the fuses and said they were fine. I bought a taillight bulb (which was dumb because there are like five of them. lol) but quickly realized the bulbs were fine and they worked when I used the brakelights and blinker, just not regular nighttime light. Also the door to my gas tank broke a long time ago and won't stay closed. I've noticed that on some other Aveos and last but not least, I went to unlock the drivers door a while back and the whole lock fell inside the door. STill dealing with that. Thanks so much for your help.

  133. Richard says:

    Corey,

    Well after some wrestling I did get the harness apart and was able to get the splicer.Followed your directions and Voila I have lights. You are the MAN!!!!!!'

  134. James says:

    Corey,
    I having problems with my interior ,brake, turn signals and reverse lights, and also my clock and radio. Now my car wont start, I know there is a fuse for the fuel pump in the fuse box. I'm not getting fuel so do you think following your instructions will work. All rear lights and turn signals and the car not starting happened at one time.

    Thank You Corey

  135. corey says:

    I have no idea!

  136. LeRoy says:

    I have an 09 aveo sedan 5 speed. My problem is with gauges not working when the door ajar light is on. All doors can be shut and the door ajar light stays on, when this happens none of my gauges function. Some times the door ajar light goes off and boom, all of my gauges work. It's crazy? Do you think if I do the wiring thing at the fuse box this will resolve my issue? Thanks for a great idea.

  137. corey says:

    I have no idea!

  138. LeRoy says:

    Crazy isn't it. I cannot find anything online to show me how to fix this problem, and I don't have the money to spend at a dealership for them to try and figure it out.

  139. LeRoy says:

    Dealership says I need new dash cluster. How do I remove the cluster package out of the dash?

  140. LeRoy says:

    I replaced the cluster with a used one and the car will not start, so I put the old one back in and the car will not start. Any ideas?

  141. corey says:

    LeRoy:

    I have no idea! The door ajar light works by having switches in the door jambs. When the doors are closed, they are likely holding in little switch buttons. Maybe one of those is going bad. You could try opening all the doors and taping them down to find out if one of them isn't working properly. I know nothing about the Aveo's dash cluster or this issue in particular.

  142. Jaylon says:

    I am having a hard time disconnecting the harness connector.

  143. robert says:

    I bought a 05 aveo a few months ago. Had no dash lights when I got it. I checked fuses and all were good. So I thought that it happened when the previous owners hooked up the stereo. Then the other day I noticed I had no tail lights. Google it and it sent me to your site. I did what you told. Now I have my tail lights and dash lights back. In the next few weeks I'll be sending you a few bucks for some beer. THANK YOU !!!!

  144. corey says:

    Glad I could help!

  145. Mike says:

    Fixed my sons 05 Aveo, great post you saved me hours of labor and lots of money!
    Very easy fix with wire stripper, solder and heat shrink
    Thanks Corey

  146. Dave says:

    Corey, thank you. After spending 1 1/2 hrs checking fuses, wiring, voltages etc., stumubled upon this page and the light came on! (Mine, not the cars). I remembered seeing the white plastic thing in the fuse block with the burn marks. 35 minutes after finding my soldering iron it was done! In a supreme show of confidence, I put everything back together, put away the tools and called my wife to bring the car keys. SUCCESS!!! You're a genious!!!! :)

  147. Ernest Yoho says:

    Question: ON our 2006 aveo- on the S101 splicer pack, ours is showing only 11 wires going into it. any suggestions?

  148. Ernest Yoho says:

    I think I figured it out. we have 7 on one side and 4 on the other. we'll do 4 and 3 on the one side and do all 4 that are on the other.

  149. Ernest Yoho says:

    Thanks Cory, Got it done. works fine. got all the lights working again.

  150. george yeager says:

    thanks for the help corey. i located the splicer took the fuse box apart and found i only have one green wire. what should i do now?

  151. corey says:

    Still follow the instructions, perhaps your car doesn't have all the features as the one I worked.

  152. george yeager says:

    Okay i saw the other post where someone had less wires. Looking at your diagram i think i can figure it out. Thanks so much for help you are a life saver. KEEP HELPING we need more people like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  153. george yeager says:

    thanks corey so much put the car together all lights work great. thanks again for your help. i greatly appreciate it. you saved us about $800 and it took all of a half an hour.

  154. Jackie says:

    I can not thank you enough!!! Recently had a recall on the 2005 Aveo for a problem in the dash with the lights, I was so relieved to find out this was the problem instead. (For now lol) Such an easy fix with ur directions! Took my Dad and I about an hour to fix and cost us nothing since he already had the tools necessary. As the previous comments stated U Da Man!!! Thanks again for all ur help ;)

  155. Nick Paisley says:

    I just did this to a buddys Aveo with inop dash lights and an inop RR tail light. worked perfect! No need to question the methods! Everything is laid out perfect. Great job man! Thanks a ton!

  156. Fabian says:

    What do Should I say?
    Well I feel like I definitely accomplished something today. EXCELLENT instructions, even though my 2006 Aveo did not have all the wires that are described to connect together but I still connected the ones that matched within the diagram and instructions. Again my dashboard and rear lights now work and my wife is real happy that I was able to fix this issue that has been on going for 2 months. Thanks again Corey and everyone's input in the blog. Excellent work people.

  157. Natasha says:

    Thank you. Thank you. And one more thank you for the information & instructions that you provided. My 2004 Aveo had no interior light, dash lights, parking lights, or brake lights. Located slicer & yes it showed signs of heat damage to a couple of wires. Followed instructions & now I have all my "LIGHTS"! I do have another question tho, I have 3 wires left over 1 red 1 green/yellow 1 orange/yellow. Would love to know what to do wit these even tho everything appears to be working properly accept the daytime running lights (which I dont need) but that leaves 2 wires not accounted for. Any suggestions are more than welcome. Peace & blessings.

  158. Kristen says:

    Woohoo! THANK YOU! This totally worked.

    I bought a used 05 Aveo during the daytime and realized come nightfall that the dash lights and gear shifter were completely dark. Now everything works!

    I should note, I am a 25 year old female and I was harassed by no less than 5 men during this process. 2 said "do you know what you are doing?" And one guy said "shouldn't your husband be doing that?" Lol. Thanks to your detailed explanation, yes! I did know what I was doing ; )

  159. Braidon says:

    kinda scarey cutting wires on your only car but I did it and followed the fix instructions and it worked perfectly!!! my symptoms were: no dash lights, passenger side running light not on and passenger side tail light out... now everything is back to normal! kinda hard to work with the wires (not a lot of slack) but I got it done.. THANK YOU for posting the fix.... saved my Thanksgiving and Christmas!! only cost me some solider and a soldiering iron and some heat shrink...

  160. corey says:

    You'll now be an unstoppable DIY-fixing lunatic, Braidon. Enjoy the holidays!

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