99 Grand Am Instrument Panel Failure

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    • #11055 Reply
      Anonymous
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      Occasionally, the instrument panel and heater fan do not come on after starting the car. They generally come on within 2 to 5 minutes of running, but sometimes it takes nearly 10 minutes. I’ve been told it is likely the ignition switch, but no diagnostics can be done until the problem is constant.

      The car otherwise runs very well.

      Any suggestions for correcting the problem?

    • #11059 Reply
      Anonymous
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      How easily can the airbags be removed? Both driver and passenger sides in the front.

       

      Cindi

      • #11061 Reply
        Anonymous
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        REPLY:

        The driver’s airbag in the steering wheel can be removed fairly easy. It is only held on by a couple retainers that you access through the back of the steering wheel. There will be two or three small openings and either small screws or pins that have to be pushed aside to release the airbag. The passenger airbag is a bit more difficult. You will need to take the glove box out and remove some partial dash pieces to get to all the retainers holding the airbag in place. PLEASE NOTE: REMOVING AIR BAGS FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN REPLACEMENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND VERY DANGEROUS. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

        • #13932 Reply
          Guest
          Guest

          The both airbags deployed this morning upon bumping the curb. Unfortunately they are no longer usable and we have no money to replace them at this time due to a $1000 deductible. :(

          • #13933 Reply
            Protech
            Guest

            if they have deployed, you are going to have remove a lot more to take them out. I would NOT recommend doing this yourself. Although also not recommended, I have seen where people just push the airbag material back into the steering wheel and dash and then just tape over them. That might get you by for a while, but again THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND YOU PERFORM THESE PROCEDURES AT YOUR OWN RISK!

            Guest: Why is it more complicated to remove the airbags after deployment? I’m curious…

            Protech: Because you have parts of the dash that are destroyed after a deployment, making removal more difficult. Bolts are harder to get at, debris is in the way, etc…

    • #13715 Reply
      Protech
      Guest

      I would agree that it is probably the ignition switch. I’ve seen that quite a bit, actually. I would recommend replacing the ignition switch and your problem should be fixed.

    • #13716 Reply
      Guest
      Guest

      I found a suggestion to check all the wiring associated with the battery, the starter and alternator – which I can do; plus wiring to the back of the instrument panel, which I might not be able to do, prior to replacing the ignition switch.

      But in any case Pro Tech, thank you for your response.

    • #13717 Reply
      Protech
      Guest

      It’s always a good idea to check associated wiring in and around the problem area you are experiencing. It may just be a formality, though, as I’m pretty sure you’re experiencing an ignition switch problem.

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