Q: Instrument cluster not working.

asked by on January 29, 2016

My car ignition worked fine when my car went into the shop. They put a new key cylinder in and a housing. The car cranked, but the battery was dead, so they changed it overnight. When I picked up the car, the fuel gauge was dead, but the empty light worked. In addition the speedometer and odometer are not working.

Electrical components are not working Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hi. One of the instrument cluster power supplies comes directly from the ignition switch, which is also bolted to the ignition lock cylinder housing. It is possible that either the ignition switch is faulty or that the wiring on the ignition harness is pinched and the connector on the harness is not completely seated on the switch. The harness and connector can be inspected by removing the plastic steering column covers and visually inspecting the harness and connector. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, to determine which electrical components are failing.

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

What others are asking

My Bmw is throwing a code for system to lean, to much oxygen and not enough gas.

As the codes indicate, this means there is a lean fuel condition which may be caused by a lack of fuel supply or in some cases, a vacuum leak as you describe near the cold air intake. When a vacuum...

Door not unlocking or opening

You have several components on your door. Two specific ones that come into play here are the door handle and door latch. The door latch is what actually hold the door closed and where the locking mechanism is housed. There...

Why is my car accelerating by itself?

This vehicle engine has a manual throttle cable and cannot accelerate by itself. You may have a faulty idle air control valve that can cause a high idle but is limited to only about 1250 rpm. I would recommend having...

Speedometer light does not work but all other dash lights do. The bulb is good

When you have cluster back exposed you need to recheck the bulb sockets and bulbs and test contacts for bulbs to make sure they get power and ground. The other lights and speedo and rpm gauges all use same circuit...

Used wrong oil, then installed new radiator 3 days later now car won't move forward when put in drive

Hello, thank you for writing in. Unfortunately you are in a situation where multiple variables are not helping the problem. To start, having the car weighted down does add extra load to the engine and can cause overheating. Secondly the...

My BMW can't go over 5 mph

Your car has an electronic throttle motor, which opens the throttle when you step on the accelerator. It's possible that the throttle is not activating with the pedal. A problem like that should be accompanied by a check engine or...

Bmw 2005. e90 320i N46, have cel on, code is p0013. Engine is stalling, consumption is higher. What do you suggest?

Hello. P0013 is the code for a malfunction of Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit B (Bank 1). It may be possible that there is an issue with the cam actuator or the Vanos oil control solenoid. If either of those components...

Speedometer and odometer not working

The speedometer and odometer in the cluster are electronic and, if they do not illuminate, then your cluster may have failed. The cluster would have to be scanned to confirm that it is bad and in need of service. The...

Gas not getting to the engine

An easy way to test for a failed fuel pump is to have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, spray a little bit of starting fluid into the vehicles intake and try to start it again. If this starts...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Instrument Voltage Regulator
Common signs include dim or flickering gauges, inaccurate or erratic readings from the voltage regulator, and an inoperable instrument cluster.
Ten Sports Cars That Double as Good Daily Drivers
The best daily driver is a car that's reliable, usable, and still fun to drive. Popular daily sports cars include the BMW M3, Subaru WRX, and VW GTI.
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW X6
The The X6 is a study in identity crises. While the sleek fastback styling and cozy interior suggest a sporty coupe, the hatchback and SUV platform speak to a weak attempt at imitating a wagon (without the roomy passenger capacity)....