Multiplex Control System Descriptions

The multiplex Control System has four internal functions:
  • Multiplexing (send multiple signals over shared wires)
  • Wake up/sleep (runs at full power only on demand to reduce battery draw)
  • Fail-safe (fixes or ignores faulty signals)
  • Self-diagnosis (Mode 1 for system DTCs, Mode 2 for input lines)

The system controls the function of these circuits:
  • Entry light control (ignition key light and ceiling light)
  • Wiper/washer (intermittent wipe and park functions)
  • Interlock system
  • Keyless/power Door Lock
  • Meter assembly, temperature gauge, and indicator lights
  • HVAC (Compressor and fan control)
  • Key-in reminder
  • Lights-on reminder
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Daytime running lights
  • Rear fog light

Multiplex Communication

To reduce the number of wire harnesses, digital signals are sent via shared multiplex communication lines rather than sending normal electrical signals through individual wires.
  • The input signals from each switch are converted to digital signals at the central processing unit (CPU).
  • The digital signals are sent from the transmitting unit to the receiving unit as serial signals.
  • The transmitted signal is converted to a switch signal at the receiving unit, and it operates the related component or monitors a switch.
  • There are exclusive communication lines between the ECM/PCM, the gauge assembly, and the under-dash fuse/relay box.

Wake-up and Sleep

The multiplex control system has ‘‘wake-up'' and ‘‘sleep'' functions to decrease parasitic draw on the battery when the ignition switch is OFF.
  • In the sleep mode, the multiplex control unit stops functioning (communication and CPU control) when it is not necessary for the system to operate.
  • As soon as any operation is requested (for example, a door is unlocked), the related control unit in the sleep mode immediately wakes up and begins to function.
  • When the ignition switch is turned OFF, and the driver's or front passenger's door is opened, then closed, there is about a 40 second delay before the control unit goes from the wake-up mode to the sleep mode.
  • If any door is open, the sleep mode will not function.
  • If a key is in the ignition switch, the sleep mode will not function.
  • When in sleep mode, the draw is reduced from 70-80 mA to less than 10 mA.


To prevent improper operation, the multiplex control system has a fail-safe function. In the fail-safe mode, the output signal is fixed when any part of the system malfunctions (for example a faulty control unit or communication line).
Each control unit has a hardware fail-safe function that fixes the output signal when there is any CPU malfunction, and a software fail-safe function that ignores the signal from the malfunctioning control unit and allows the system to operate normally.