Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car electrical problem

asked by on

There is an electrical problem that affects the instrument cluster, heating, air conditioning, and radio performance. Replacing the instrument cluster and battery did not fix the problem, which came back after a few months.

A: Hello. This is a difficult problem to fix. ...

Hello. This is a difficult problem to fix. The most likely cause of your problem is either a short to ground or broken wire in the wire harness, which is positioned behind the dashboard. It often requires replacing the entire wiring harness behind the instrument cluster to fix the problem for good. An extensive wiring diagnoses by a certified technician would be necessary to address this issue properly.

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: keep or junk

I would fix the drive shaft and continue to drive it after spending all the money on the transmission. If you need help with this, reach out to a certified technician who will be able to diagnose and replace your...

Q: AC blows warm air, Freon was recharged.

Hi there. When the freon was recharged, was the system evacuated and a vacuum test performed to ensure there are no leaks or moisture in the system? It sounds like the AC compressor may not be engaging. A blown fuse,...

Q: No horn or cruise control

The symptoms sound very similar to an electronic malfunction behind the steering wheel or in the steering column. The Air Bag Light is illuminated by a module that may have a fault code that will point the mechanic in the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.