Ok, so after looking through the archives as i often do, I found nothing on repairing the chime box. Or "blue dingy thingy" as some people call them.
I am aware that theOgre has a section in his Cave, (thank you btw, i read a great deal of it) but i didnt want to disable any of the chimes or anything, i just wanted to restore it to the way it was when new.
My chime was so faint that i could barely hear it at all even with the doors closed and engine off. I wanted to fix it because in the past (thankfully not recently) have been forgetful and have left my headlights or marker lights on.
I suspect many of you have had the same problem and since there is nothing in the archives on restoring the original chime box i figured i would spread the word as to what i did to fix mine.
So, first off, pull your blue dingy box out of the car. It is located under the passenger side dash. If there is nothing blue under there, some one has removed it prior to you and you will have to buy a new one if you want a chime in your car.
Ok so once you have the chime box out, take it somewhere comfortable, ie. kitchen counter, work bench, couch in the living room on a tv try with a beer right next to you.
You will need to pry the hinged door open to expose the back of the logic board. Once you have it open, if you lift up on one side of the board you can slide the whole thing out of the plastic (blue) case.
Now that all you have is the board with all the components on it, you will need a decent soldering iron. (i use a butane soldering iron from harbor freight)
Here comes the time consuming part.
All that needs to be done, is reflow the solder joints at every connection on the board. you do this from the back side, (side without the speaker)
If you rest your soldering iron tip on each of the joints the solder will liquify and then harden up when you remove the tip. that connection has been reflowed.
now all you have to do is do that to every connection and it should work like it was new.
There were a couple places on the board that i needed to add new solder in order to make a good connection.
One you have done that, all you need to do is put the board back in the box, close the box and plug it back in.
Viola! You should have a well working restored Blue Dingy Thingy!
If anyone would like me to post pictures of the board and where i added solder i will post them upon request. I dont have the time to do it right now. But i will do it if i am asked.
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