Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Dash lights not working

asked by on

The dash lights are not working.

A: Hi, have you checked the fuse for the instr...

Hi, have you checked the fuse for the instrument cluster? This is a quick and easy check, however, if the fuse is blown, it blew for a reason, so replacing it is only a temporary solution. As the circuit will surge again at some point blowing the fuse and we are back to square one. If the fuse is intact, there may be an issue with the wiring or the rheostat. The rheostat controls the brightness of the lights and if it's not working correctly, none of the lights would display on the dash. You could try adjusting this to see if the lights were just too dim. As for the wiring, there is either an issue with the power going to the cluster or the ground may not be working properly. A certified technician would be able to help you inspect these components and further diagnose the issue.

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

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: Seat broke now I can’t see out the windshield

The seats on some older Ford Explorers were not computer module controlled and not as problematic. However, your vehicle has computer module controlled seats which can be scanned to determine why your seat will not move. YourMechanic can scan the...

Q: Noisy lifters

Hi. Noisy lifters can occur for a number of different reasons. The most common being low or old oil or a poor quality oil filter. If the oil filter is restricted or if it is full of debris, then the...

Q: Electrical. Dashboard lights not working

Hi there, thanks for writing in. When you jump a battery backwards it will blow a number of fuses and this will be different in every vehicle. Some of the times, it will also cause damage to the vehicle modules....

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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.