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What Kind of Bulbs Are Used Behind the Dashboard
Your dashboard contains a number of light bulbs. They’re used for everything from lighting up your speedometer to turning on the Check Engine Light. What kind of bulbs are used behind the dashboard? Actually,...
How to Apply a Custom Dashboard Sticker
Sometimes the dashboards that come with your car can appear bland and uninteresting. Customized dashboard sticker kits are a great option for you if you are looking to give your...
How to Buy and Install a Car Dashboard Cover
Your vehicle's dashboard cover helps protect vital components from damage, including the various gauges around the steering column, the radio, and the heat and air conditioning controls. Over time, though,...
How to Repair Dashboard Lights
Vehicle dashboard lights assist the driver in monitoring the various gauges of...
How to Paint Your Dashboard
There are a lot of ways you can customize a car, and for many car owners, personalizing the interior is the first thing they want to do. Some people install...
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Dashboard
The dashboard in your car is the control panel of your vehicle. It provides you with all the information you need to know, as well as houses the instruments and controls for operating the...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Tachometer
The tachometer is located on the dashboard next to the speedometer. It measures the revolutions per minutes (RPM). The tachometer can be a digital display or on a calibrated analogue dial. They are on both...
What Are the Different Codes That Can Light Up on My Dashboard?
We’ve all been there before. You’re driving along and suddenly, the Check Engine Light flashes on. It might not even be accompanied by any sort of symptom – no spitting, no sputtering, no jerking....

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Dash is loose on my car.
Hi there. A loose part of a trimming in the back near the boot lid can cause the sound to echoing to the front of the dashboard. Remove the center console to the dash board and you can see the...
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My left and right window is not aligned up. They are one inch over.
Hi there. On the track to the windows, there are two plastic bearings (like a roller wheel) that rotates on the rail as the window is moving up and down. They are on both sides of the window track. Sounds...
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Dashboard lights come on while driving and all my gages go down to 0, then I hear ticking noise inside the dashboard.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The fact that the indicator lights are operational proves that the instrument cluster panel is properly grounded. With the key in the "On" position, take a test light and check the feed wire at...
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Dashboard havoc
This may be related to a short or a faulty instrument cluster voltage regulator. The instrument voltage regulator regulates the voltage supplied to the various gauges in your vehicle’s dash. When this is not working properly, this may cause the...
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I went to an automatic car wash and 2 minutes after that my car's dashboard flickered and the car died.
You are likely experiencing an electrical short of some kind. This is likely due to a wire or electrical component being exposed to the water from the car wash. A number of electrical components will become damaged when exposed to...
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I want to replace the cluster panel. Now does the mileage be stored in cluster panel or in computer. I am getting a used panel.
Hi there. Remove the dash panel cover and take out the gauge cluster. Check to see if the odometer is electronic and see if there is a little cover. If there is a cover to the case, then remove the...
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A knocking sound coming from middle console.
Hi there. There are a couple things that could make a knocking sound in a console. The first would be a relay clicking on an off, usually the hazard lights relay shorting to ground. The second would be the blend...
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I took out the instrument panel out of my dashboard and when I put it back in just the dashboard lights won't turn on
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are correct in that the dimmer switch can render the dashboard dark. Start by hooking up the dimmer switch, and in the process, make sure all of the other electrical connections are clean,...
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Why do my dashboard lights come on with the key out of the ignition on my 2013 Ford F-150
Hello. If the lights are coming on when the key is out of the ignition then most of the time the issue is with the ignition switch. If the switch is not turning all of the way off then this...
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Smoke is coming from the dashboard and right kick panel.
Hi there. If the smoke has a burning smell, then there is a short in the wiring and is burning through the insulation on the other wiring. The dashboard may need to come off to locate the source of the...
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I can adjust the settings in the DIC info panel, but I cannot exit the DIC info panel to return to the informational displays.
Hi there. You can scroll through the areas and the item that you want to have visible like the speedometer or rpm's, then press the check mark and the system will go to that setting. You cannot back out of...
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replace or test a/c core? what is best test?
If the evaporator core was not leaking prior to this service (and is not physically damaged), and there is no problem with the expansion valve in the core (if so equipped), then it is not recommended to replace the core...
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Loud clicking noise under dash sounds electrical. I just replaced cluster and it seems to be coming from somewhere else.
The clicking sound in the dashboard could be the hazard flasher energizing when the lights are not on. Also, there could be a sticking blend door motor that is skipping the gears and causing a loud clicking noise. If you...
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Dashboard and convertible top not working.
Get a test light and put the cable on a good ground (like a clean bolt). Then put the probe end onto the terminals on the fuses and see if the light on the test light illuminates. If the light...
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I looking for an inexpensive dash cam to use as a backup cam for school bus.
Hi there. You could check the local parts store or an online store for the reverse camera that you are looking for. Some department stores that house electronics have video cameras that could work on your vehicle.
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Immediately after engine turns over power steering and dashboard loses power but comes back on after the car warms up.
Check to see if there is any loose wiring under the dashboard and if there is any loose ground wires. A loose wire will cause a circuit or multiple circuits to stop working. The wiring could be associated with a...
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Everything on the dashboard goes out while driving and there is a loss of power steering.
For the dashboard loosing everything every now and then would be a loose wire - typically a loose ground on the wiring harness or the wire to the chassis. For the power steering issue, either the electronic assist is shutting...
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I removed the needles in my gauge cluster. Now the fuel and temp shoot up and stay there. My speedometer needle also reads wrong.
For the fuel and temperature gauges check the wiring to the gauges and see if they are connected properly. For the speedometer, the needle maybe in the wrong position and reading incorrectly. When taking off the needles to the gauges,...
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Digital speedometer screen is blank on 2016 Colorado. How do I get it back?
Check the condition of the car battery and see if the voltage and amperage are weak. A weak battery will cause multiple electrical issues including turning of the Instrument Panel Cluster gel pads. If the battery is new or in...
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Dashboard lights up automatically when parked overnight
Hello, thank you for writing in. The lights on the dash should only come on when the vehicle has been turned to the accessory position. If the dashboard is lighting up in a similar way, then you want to start...

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