Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: electrical issue - Interior lights flicker when headlights are turned on.

asked by on

Interior lights flicker when headlights are turned on, back lights flicker synchronized with the interior lights

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Any time when lights are flickering, there is a loose ground wire or a short. If the headlights are turned on and the interior lights are flickering, then either the ground wire in the steering column is loose or there is a bad connection in the multi-function switch on your steering column as the switch is tied into the main headlight switch. If you need further assistance with your lights flickering, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. electrical issue - Interior lights flicker when headlights are turned on.

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: Can I have my door open light disconnected?

Hi there. If the door light on the bottom of the door is not shutting off, then you would need to check the door latch switch. See if the switch has power coming out of it when its closed. If...

Q: Car runs fine at first then will not accelerate past 20 mph on a 2003 Kia Rio

Hi there. The problem with the auto part store scanning is they do not complete the inspection to pinpoint the precise source of the issue. For example, if an error code might indicate an issue with the speed sensor, it's...

Q: HID headlight flickers

If your vehicle has HID headlights, they will also have a part that is connected to the bulb called a ballast. The ballast controls the temperature at which the HID bulb burns. If the ballast is malfunctioning, this can cause...

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 Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.