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Chrysler Repair/'98 300M ATC unit non-functional


QUESTION: Hi Again Roland,

This is a followup on my efforts to fix my friend's 99 300M.  
Didn't have much luck with the eBay unit that was missing a button (the screen would not light up) but at least they didn't charge me for it.  Ordered a rebuilt one from eBay, but it gives the same symptoms as the old controller i.e:
1) Hitting the off button makes the unit shut down, then start back up on its own a few seconds later.
2) Temperature Display is simply two dashes (- -), and temperature up/down buttons have no effect.
3) Diagnostic never completes.

So, it would appear to be outside of the control unit somehow.  Either that or the problem instantly breaks climate controllers ;-) any more ideas to check?

ANSWER: Hi Gereon,
The only suggestions I would have are first to remove the fuse 19 (the ignition off draw fuse which will erase fault codes from the BCM) from the dash fuse box for 5 minutes then start the car and see if the unit will self-recalibrate and run any differently; and get a fault code readout of the body control module via the data link connector under the dash near the steering column to learn if there are any 4-digit fault codes preceded by a B. Let me know the results of either of those approaches. Does the friend know of any relevant 'history' to this problem? No one has raised it before to me.
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QUESTION: Thanks Roland!

Pulling the fuse did the trick, at least for now. I pulled fuse 17(Heater A/C ATC) and 19(Interior Lamps). Everything seems normal and I get no codes from the button test.  I would have checked for codes beforehand but I misplaced my code reader and didn't find it until later.  If the problem returns, I'll try to get codes.

Hi Gereon,
Hey, that is great news. I found that suggestion in the '04 manual for the 300. Let me know if it doesn't 'hold'.
Thanks for the nomination as well. With your help I tied for "Top" in February and today's gives me a good start for March.

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