Q: dash and console lights out - 2005 Chevy Cobalt

asked by on September 06, 2016

when the key is turned to the acc position with headlights on, the dash lights are on. Once the car is started, all of the lights turn off. All of the fuses are good also. What else would cause this?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Try to adjust the dashboard light’s rheostat to see if it is turned all the way dim in such a way that you cannot see the lights. If the rheostat is turned up and it the lights are still not working, then check the body computer with a scan tool to see if it is getting signals from the headlight switch and rheostat light switch. If you are still having problems with this, consider having a local expert inspect the dashboard light system to pinpoint the repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

There is a slight vibration in the steering wheel when I turn it slightly to the left. 2009 Chevrolet Mailbu

Hello - from your symptom description, I believe your driver side, outer CV joint is failing, and should be replaced. The driver side wheel/tire turns slightly more sharply than the right side, making the task of turning and transferring power...

2009 Chevy Aveo engine light went on two weeks after the thermostat housing was replaced.

The check engine light can come on for any number of reasons besides the coolant level. It's kind of a Master Warning Light. When it comes on, it means that the computer has detected a fault somewhere and has stored...

My car shows a misfire on cylinder 2

Engine misfires can be caused by a list of problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark-related...

Related articles

What Causes a Car Door to Give You an Electric Shock After Driving?
Have Have you ever found driving to be positively shocking? For example, you have just driven a long distance on a cold, wintry day, in a car with leather-covered seats. Wearing a heavy woolen coat, you get out of your...
Understanding Chevrolet Oil-Life Monitor (OLM) System and Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Chevrolet Oil Light Monitor system indicates when and what service your car needs.
How the Alternator Works in Your Car
Your Your car alternator, at its most basic, is what works along with your battery and the rest of your charging system to keep your car running. When you start your car, you’re running on battery power. Then the battery...