Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Electrical Issue (I'm assuming)

asked by on

I just recently purchased this truck. The former owners took it into the shop right before I got it, to fix a burnt out headlight. The first alarm once I got it was that when I turned on the lights they (dashboard and exterior lights) flickered like a strobe light, and then just wouldn't turn on after that (including the interior cab lights) After that happened I let the truck sit in my garage, and that night I went out to the garage and noticed that the headlights were just barely glowing, and glowing an orange color. So I disconnected the battery and let it sit for the weekend. On Monday I hooked it back up, and everything worked perfectly, but now every so often it shorts out and then the lights don't work, the door locks won't work, my four wheel drive goes out, and my wipers only work on full blast. I've just been disconnecting the battery overnight every time this happens. But I'm looking for more of a permanent fix.. Any Ideas??

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hey there, thank you for asking about your ...

Hey there, thank you for asking about your 2001 Dodge Dakota. This is an electrical issue for sure. There are many systems that are affected and may need further diagnosis in person by a mechanic to trace down the problems. I suspect you have a ground that is loose or corroded. I recommend having a certified technician from YourMechanic diagnose the electrical problem for 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

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: Van making terrible whining noise.

Hi. It looks as though your vehicle has two blower motors, one in the front and one in the back. I'm guessing that noise you're hearing is the rear blower motor. As far as the AC not cooling well, that...

Q: Turn signals turn on hazards and car starts but no acceleration when step on gas?

Sounds like you may have a faulty module or a electrical fault like a bad ground somewhere on the vehicle. A loose connection or corrosion along a ground circuit may cause all kinds of electrical problems especially if the fault...

Q: Ran gas out now won't start

Be sure the battery is fully charged. If you suspect low engine oil, the oil level should be checked on the oil dipstick. Of course, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car...

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...
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...
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.