Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brake lights work but no tail lights. Half of my dash cluster lights up no gauges... Please help

asked by on

New alternator, good fuses, I have inherited my great aunts 96 Honda passport and cannot find anyone who knows this issue. My tail and brake lights are on the same bulbs but only my brake light work, I also can only get half of my dash cluster to light up none of the gauges, brand new bulbs

My car has 94000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. It sounds like you have a series ...

Hi there. It sounds like you have a series of electrical issues going on here. From my experience, with this vehicle, the combination switch needs to be tested first. Most of the time, the switch shorts out internally and this occurs. In some cases, the fault is in the fuse box also. I would usually take a voltage meter and test the switch first and then the fuse box. If the vehicle has been sitting, it is also oddly common for rodents to chew on the wiring under the fuse box. If you are going to get this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the electrical problems and have this addressed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Taillights not working.

Depending on how long ago you had the taillights repaired if it was only a month or two you might be covered by the shop's warranty. If its been a while longer it could just be normal wear and switch,...

Q: Intermittent burning smell in the car

Hello. It sounds possible that there was some leftover fluid from a repair completed previously that is now leaking on the exhaust and causing a burning smell in your car. There could also be a very small or slow leak...

Q: My trucks temperature gauge went up and won't start now

This truck has no carburetor. If there is a problem with spark, sometimes you will be able to smell fuel from the exhaust while the engine is turning over and failing to start. If so, there is some fuel making...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...