Problem: The customer noted that all of the
exterior lights were inoperative, the windshield wipers would
begin at any time without being activated by the switch and the
instrument cluster would intermittently stop working.
Details: The technician tested communication
with all of the modules and looked for diagnostic trouble codes
(DTCs). He found communication with the body control module (BCM)
to be intermittent and no DTCs were present. After looking at the
CAN B circuit diagram, he went
to the fuse block in the driver’s kick panel and connected a
scope to one of the green CAN B bus wires to check for a normal 0
to 5-volt square wave signal. He found that the pattern
oscillated between 0 and 7 volts. Next, he began to unplug
modules on the CAN B network until a normal communication signal
returned (See scope patterns).
Confirmed Repair: In this case, the fuse box in
the rear cargo area was defective. The technician replaced the
fuse box and the 0 to 5-volt reference returned to the network.
This one repair fixed all of the issues the customer was
Bad pattern with 0 to 7-volt communication signal
Good pattern with 0 to 5-volt communication signal