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  • avatar MrShift@Edmunds 02/27/14 2:09 pm PST

    I wonder if anyone checked for corrosion in the wiring harness connectors that plug into the cluster?


    Maybe this TSB will give you some ideas:

    Bulletin No.: 03-06-04-012A

    Date: August 10, 2005

    ADVANCED SERVICE INFORMATION

    Subject:
    Inspection of All Related Wiring Harness Connections When Diagnosing Miscellaneous DTCs, Intermittent Driveability Concerns, Hard Start, No Start, Incorrect Gauges, Inoperative Air Conditioning Systems, Service Engine Soon Lamps Illuminated, 4WD Lamp Illuminated, Instrument Panel Gauges Inoperative, Cruise Inoperative

    Models:
    2006 and Prior Cars and Light Duty Trucks
    2003-2006 HUMMER H2
    2006 HUMMER H3
    2005-2006 Saab 9-7X

    Supercede:

    This bulletin is being revised to add models, model years and additional information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 03-06-04-012 (Section 06 - Engine/Propulsion System).

    When servicing a vehicle for any type of customer concern, the following steps are imperative. Inspect and ensure the integrity of all related wiring harness connectors. If the wiring harness connectors are not properly put together or engaged before they are locked together, numerous types of intermittent conditions may occur, which may include any of the symptoms listed above and possibly others.

    The first step in any type of electrical diagnosis is a visual and physical inspection of the wiring harness connectors for integrity. Many times, the vehicle may be repaired just by disconnecting and reconnecting the connectors. As with all repairs to wiring harness connectors and terminals, a pull test of the terminals within the connector should be performed. A pull test is performed by inserting the proper size terminal test tool (not a paper clip) into the terminal to determine whether or not the terminal is making good contact, or whether the terminal has been damaged from the prior improper connection or lack of connection.

    Note: Most terminals used in current module connectors (ECM, BCM, EBTCM and the like) are small 0.64 mm sq. terminals and can be damaged by probing with the wrong tool.

    The J 3561 6-64A or B probe has been designed for these terminals that may be both a round or square design.

    For example, if the Connector C2 of the engine wiring harness to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), for the 2.2L equipped Cavalier or Sunfire is not properly seated into the PCM:

    ^ The cam lock lever may close, however improperly.

    ^ The cam lock lever may even snap out of position.

    ^ The vehicle may have an intermittent condition with any one of the components which are controlled or monitored by the PCM.
    THE CAM LOCK LEVER IS DESIGNED TO PULL (OR ASSIST) THE CONNECTOR INTO ITS FINAL POSITION ONCE IT HAS BEEN PRESSED STRAIGHT INTO THE PCM HEADER PAST THE INITIAL DETENT, ALLOWING THE LEVER TO BE MOVED INTO THE LOCKED POSITION. It is not only a retainer but an assist during the connection process . When the wiring harness connector is properly connected to the PCM, a snap will be heard when the connector is in position to be fully seated. The cam lock lever may then be closed. The cam lock lever will then do its designated job as both an assist and ensuring the connector does not come apart due to vibration or other types of conditions found in vehicles as they travel down the highway.

    Remember, if a terminal (metal) or the connector (plastic) is damaged, they should be replaced. DO NOT replace the complete wiring harness assembly. Some harnesses are now on order restriction since most harness damage can be repaired.

    Terminals and terminal removal tools are in the J 38125 Terminal Repair Kit and pigtails or complete connectors can be obtained through normal parts ordering procedures OR from GMSPO and Saab PDC along with tape or conduit.

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  • MrShift@Edmunds 02/27/14 2:09 pm PST

    I wonder if anyone checked for corrosion in the wiring harness connectors that plug into the cluster?


    Maybe this TSB will give you some ideas:

    Bulletin No.: 03-06-04-012A

    Date: August 10, 2005

    ADVANCED SERVICE INFORMATION

    Subject:
    Inspection of All Related Wiring Harness Connections When Diagnosing Miscellaneous DTCs, Intermittent Driveability Concerns, Hard Start, No Start, Incorrect Gauges, Inoperative Air Conditioning Systems, Service Engine Soon Lamps Illuminated, 4WD Lamp Illuminated, Instrument Panel Gauges Inoperative, Cruise Inoperative

    Models:
    2006 and Prior Cars and Light Duty Trucks
    2003-2006 HUMMER H2
    2006 HUMMER H3
    2005-2006 Saab 9-7X

    Supercede:

    This bulletin is being revised to add models, model years and additional information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 03-06-04-012 (Section 06 - Engine/Propulsion System).

    When servicing a vehicle for any type of customer concern, the following steps are imperative. Inspect and ensure the integrity of all related wiring harness connectors. If the wiring harness connectors are not properly put together or engaged before they are locked together, numerous types of intermittent conditions may occur, which may include any of the symptoms listed above and possibly others.

    The first step in any type of electrical diagnosis is a visual and physical inspection of the wiring harness connectors for integrity. Many times, the vehicle may be repaired just by disconnecting and reconnecting the connectors. As with all repairs to wiring harness connectors and terminals, a pull test of the terminals within the connector should be performed. A pull test is performed by inserting the proper size terminal test tool (not a paper clip) into the terminal to determine whether or not the terminal is making good contact, or whether the terminal has been damaged from the prior improper connection or lack of connection.

    Note: Most terminals used in current module connectors (ECM, BCM, EBTCM and the like) are small 0.64 mm sq. terminals and can be damaged by probing with the wrong tool.

    The J 3561 6-64A or B probe has been designed for these terminals that may be both a round or square design.

    For example, if the Connector C2 of the engine wiring harness to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), for the 2.2L equipped Cavalier or Sunfire is not properly seated into the PCM:

    ^ The cam lock lever may close, however improperly.

    ^ The cam lock lever may even snap out of position.

    ^ The vehicle may have an intermittent condition with any one of the components which are controlled or monitored by the PCM.
    THE CAM LOCK LEVER IS DESIGNED TO PULL (OR ASSIST) THE CONNECTOR INTO ITS FINAL POSITION ONCE IT HAS BEEN PRESSED STRAIGHT INTO THE PCM HEADER PAST THE INITIAL DETENT, ALLOWING THE LEVER TO BE MOVED INTO THE LOCKED POSITION. It is not only a retainer but an assist during the connection process . When the wiring harness connector is properly connected to the PCM, a snap will be heard when the connector is in position to be fully seated. The cam lock lever may then be closed. The cam lock lever will then do its designated job as both an assist and ensuring the connector does not come apart due to vibration or other types of conditions found in vehicles as they travel down the highway.

    Remember, if a terminal (metal) or the connector (plastic) is damaged, they should be replaced. DO NOT replace the complete wiring harness assembly. Some harnesses are now on order restriction since most harness damage can be repaired.

    Terminals and terminal removal tools are in the J 38125 Terminal Repair Kit and pigtails or complete connectors can be obtained through normal parts ordering procedures OR from GMSPO and Saab PDC along with tape or conduit.

  • rojel 02/27/14 3:13 pm PST

    Thank you Mr. Shift, I'll try and take a closer look at the connectors. Can you tell me where is the other end of that wiring harness as it dispappears into the dashboard?

    Just a thought: the 'dancing gauges' happened suddenly; in that the cluster replacement, nor any other related wiring work, occured prior to having this issue. Can a connector or connection like that go bad if it never gets touched?
    During some further research, I've heard that maybe this could be related to a grounding issue. I checked the one under the driver's side door and it looks OK. The one behind the firewall, extends down behind the engine block. I have not been able to readily see the other end of that connection, but the one at the firewall also looks good. Although, the braided flat wire does have some built-up oil on it and appears to be a litle loose for my liking. So I will check that as well. Do you know how many more there may be and where they arae at on this vehicle?

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