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    Hi all

    I have had this a couple of times now, the battery light pops on and the clocks all drop to zero (no matter what speed your travelling) the engine sounds like it stays on and the clocks will pop back up as the battery light goes off. This will clear itself most cases, EML light will pop on momentarily and limp home mode will come on, but only for a short period of time, it then goes and doesnt seem to happen again.

    Any idea's as to what this could be?

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    I'll be honest and say no idea, but maybe a dodgy main earth strap?? Or alternator? I remember in the old Cavaliers the dash and weird things would play up if either were faulty, although has your power steering played up at all, the alternator runs that too I think....

    Good luck!

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    Looking at the age of your car mate, first port of call would be your ABS plug. Pop it off, give it a clean and give it a whirl.


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    it happened to me a couple of weeks ago mate. clean the plug with wd40. it worked for me
    thank god!

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    I shall try that when i get home tonight, thanks folks! Its not a persistant problem so wont be able to report back straight back, but if it doesnt happen again for a while, i guess it will be fixed

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    Had this happen again today driving home, seemed as though it was a loose connection really though, clocks would drop to zero, but the car would still be running totally perfectly. I dont have a multimeter to put across the battery unfortunately, will see if i can locate one. But i am at a bit of a loss with it.

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    Could be a dodgy CIM then
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    whats the CIM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gortrek View Post
    whats the CIM?
    Column integrated module believe translate to. Out cars have something like 22 ECU's. The CIM is in the steering column, the steering angle sensors are part of it so things like TC and ABS are affected by it. It's also part of the immobiliser system along with a multitude of other things. It has to be programmed in so makes it pretty much a dealer fit only part unless you know someone with Vaux com or Tech 2.

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    Ok, thank you for letting me know that
    Learn something new every day

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