Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Dashboard lighting and speedometer problems

asked by on

My dashboard lights go off and on. And the speedometer gauge goes from 50 to 0 intermittently. Today, after this happened, the car shut off.

It sounds like you are having a problem with your Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM). This is essentially a smart fuse box that provides power to many different parts of your car. Your problem is common with many Chrysler vehicles. In fact, there was even a lawsuit against Chrysler regarding the TIPM. Of course, there are other potential causes for your concern, so I suggest that you have a certified mechanic check out your car, perhaps beginning with an inspection of your speedometer malfunction. The professionals at YourMechanic are an excellent option.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I did a diagnostics test and the code was P0562. The fan stays on, what can I check to fix the problem?

Hello. P0562 is the trouble code for low system voltage. If the computer detects that the overall electrical system's voltage is low, it will set off the Check Engine Light to notify the driver of the issue. The most common...

Q: Dashboard lights won't work at night

With the dashboard lights not coming on, the car is not safe to drive as you are unable to see warning messages on the dash and the speedometer. The most common causes for this dashboard light problem is the lights...

Q: Speedometer quit working

The speedometer operates in correspondence to the speed sensor on the transmission. If all the other gauges are working on the dash then I would start by looking at the speed sensor on the transmission. The sensor generates a signal...

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...