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5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Dashboard
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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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Speedometer, revolutions meter, and miles counter not working.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. It seems that there could be a ground wire that is loose under the dashboard. If the ground wires are all good and tight, then the instrument cluster panel needs to be repaired...
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Rhythmic clicking in dash after blown HVAC fuse replaced
Hello. Most of the time this clicking noise is coming from one of the air door actuators in the dash. When the actuator fails, it cannot find the right position and will continually move causing this noise until it finds...
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i hit a pothole turn and my turn signal doesn't work
Hi and thanks for your question. On the Impala's the speed sensors on the hubs to the vehicles wheels are in the same circuit with the turn signals. This tells the computer that the vehicle is turning with the steering...
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My engine management light is flickering on when I accelerate and the car is jerking
Hey there. This may be an indication of a failing or dirty mass air flow sensor. This is a unit that monitors air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine. When this is...
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green security light doesn't come on all the time
As you know, your car is equipped with an anti-theft system that is operated by sensors typically on the doors that allow the anti theft system to be set when the doors are shut. When you shut your car door...
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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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The heat control dial on my dashboard broke. The plastic connector snapped in half.
Hi. The best and really the only thing for you to do in this situation is to replace the climate control unit. The dail that has broken is sold as part of the entire climate control unit. You can not...
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My driver information center resets itself
Hello. Most of the time when this occurs on your vehicle, it is caused by an issue with the battery. If the battery is failing or if there is a bad connection at the battery then this will occur. If...
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My 97 Suburban dials jump all over the place.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Sounds like that there is either a loose ground wire to the gauge cluster panel or the gauge cluster panel is shorting out. Look under the dash for any broken or loose wires. If...
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Cruise control does not work. The light comes on the steering wheel but it does not work.
Hi there. From description you have provided, your vehicle cruise control does not work, the light on the steering wheel does come on, could be still be the cruise control switch is at fault. The circuit that turns on the...
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My 03 Mercedes CLK 55 AMG. It has coolant but it said 'check coolant' in the dashboard
Hi. Unless you are having to repeatedly refill the coolant system - which indicates a different problem, the false "low coolant" issue may simply be a failed sensor in the coolant recovery tank. It is not recognizing that there is...
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My dashboard instrument panel stopped working all of a sudden
Instrument panel failures were a problem with this model, largely caused by water leaks in the windshield/cowl area that found their way to the instrument cluster (Technical Service Bulletin 383318). There was even an informal customer satisfaction program early in...
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Gas gauge not working
The gas "level" gauge relies on a sending unit in the fuel tank. You'll want to first confirm that the fuse in the circuit is in place and has continuity. If there is no issue there, the sending unit is...
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a very bad miss in morning
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the ignition system for any burned spark plugs and burned plug wires. Make sure that all of the spark plugs have a solid blue spark. If the ignition system is working correctly, then...
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Dash and headlights flash for about 1 minute after shut off
Hi there. It sounds like the lighting system has feedback through another circuit. This could be due to a short circuit, open circuit, missing/failed ground point, corroded ground point, corroded connector, loose connector, or relay block faults. With the age...
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How do I fix my gauges on my dashboard?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Typically when all of the gauges on the dash are malfunctioning, it's usually the electrical relay as opposed to a fuse. The best way to know for certain is to contact one of our...
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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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