Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Dashboard lights come on while driving and all my gages go down to 0, then I hear ticking noise inside the dashboard.

asked by on

then everything goes back to normal this might happen abou twice a week

My car has 202000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The fact that the indicator lights are operational proves that the instrument cluster panel is properly grounded. With the key in the "On" position, take a test light and check the feed wire at back of each gauge.

You should have 12 volts at all gauges. If not, check for any blown fuses. If the fuses are good, then check all of the ground wires to the cluster panel for any loose or burnt ground wires.

The clicking noise is either a short to ground or a short in the wiring system making the turn signal flasher click or making the A/C blend doors max out rotation and click the gears as they skip. Find the source of the clicking sound and then fix what was clicking. If you need further assistance troubleshooting this, then seek out a technician, such as one from YourMechanic, that can to help diagnose the noise inside the dashboard, and follow through with repairs.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Dashboard lights come on while driving and all my gages go down to 0, then I hear ticking noise inside the dashboard.

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: Gauge cluster pops on and off

Hi there. If the entire cluster doesn't function intermittently, the cause may be an internal short. The problem could also be caused by a poor ground, bad connection, or damaged wiring. The previously installed police equipment may have had something...

Q: Battery drained, solenoid doesn't engage - 2008 Mercedes-Benz B200

Hello. The battery is located under the front passenger seat. The seat lifts up and pulls forward to allow access to the battery. However, if your battery is 8 years old, it would be best to replace the battery with...

Q: Need a transmission

Hello. I will help you with this issue. The Chrysler OEM re-manufactured transmission for your car (assuming it is NOT 4WD) is Chrysler part number R5138422AE. My understanding is that transmission includes the torque converter (for many reasons, you cannot...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...