1997 Saturn Station Wagon Chime module location and replace

Tiny
MYCARQ
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  • 1997 SATURN STATION WAGON
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 183,000 MILES
My chime and rear window defogger occasionally stops working. (The car does not have traction control combined with the rear window defogger switch over the stereo unit) I had heard that it may be a defective chime module. Where is it located, and how is it correctly removed and replaced? Thank you very much?
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Monday, November 16th, 2009 AT 8:49 PM

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Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Ur chime module is behind the foward kick panel on the drivers side just in front of ur center console. Ur on the right track though ur chime module helps to run ur rear defroster. What I would do before I replaced it though is remove it and put it back in and make sure it is seated all the way in alot of the time there just loose and have a bad connection. Theres a release tab towards the bottom it only goes in one way with the tab on the module down towards the release the tab. Let me know how it goes. Also donations and feedback greatly appreachiated.
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 AT 9:34 AM
Tiny
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Thanks saturntech9 for the location. Found it. There is a clip underneath the module. Problem is there is a structure like bar where a ground is attached, which limits my hands from spreading the clip and removing the module. I'm not in possession of the replacement module (ordered it at a remaining dealer some 30 miles away and there is a week lead time) and don't want to ruin the existing module. Is there a trick to actually removing the module? Something to hold down the clip? Is the removal a straight pull out? Can I wiggle it out, sideways or vertically to remove it? There is another, small box-like fuse or relay/component directly on the modules 12 oclock; should I pull that one out first? I'm not confident I'm able to remove the module correctly because it is really like tight. And like I mentioned space to get my hands in it is at a premium. Thank you for your help in this. Get me through this and donating will be easy.
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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 AT 11:09 PM
Tiny
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That ground wire ur talking about is for ur blower motor that shouldnt be an issue. Also that other relay is ur turn signal flasher that shouldnt be an issue ethier I have never had to take that out to remove the chime.U should have tried to remove the chime and reseat it like I told u instead of just replacing it to save money I have fixed alot of customers cars like that. Ok ill tell u how I remove it. Take ur left hand use that to pull down the release tab use ur thumb that works best. Use ur right hand just ur fingers u will never get ur hand in there as u have found out to push the chime to the left while ur holding the tab down with ur left thumb then use ur left hand to push it to the right and just wiggle back and fourth and u should have it out by this point. Ok check back with me when u get it out.
Louie
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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 AT 12:23 PM
Tiny
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I have a 1997 SL2 (not the station wagon). The chime has been sounding when it's not supposed to. Today, there was no chime at all, and the rear defogger also didn't turn on. I follow the replies from saturntech9. Took the chime module out and simply re-inserted the part back into its slot. Now, the chime and rear defogger are working like they are supposed to. Thanks to saturntech9!
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Sunday, January 6th, 2013 AT 2:27 AM

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