Q: Interior lights are not working

asked by on

The interior lights in my car aren't working. The dash and radio lights are fine, but no roof lights or visor/mirror lights. Could it be the fuse? I did change the fuse, and at first the lights worked, but then after going for a drive, they went out again. The fuse keeps burning out. Is there something else that could cause this? Is it an electrical problem? I put in yet another fuse, and went for a drive, touched all the buttons and then parked it. The next day the lights all worked, then my wife took it to work and on her drive home, the lights stopped working again. I put in another fuse and took it to work, and then on the way home the lights again stopped worked. This is very puzzling. Any ideas?

The most likely cause of this issue would be a short to ground somewhere in the interior lighting system. If a wire has too much metal exposed and it is coming in contact with the vehicle’s chassis, excess amperage is allowed to flow through the interior light circuit which then blows the fuse. The two most common places that interior lights can get a short to ground would be where the sun visors connect to the headliner and where the doors connect to the car. Since these areas are on a swivel of some sort, the wiring is moving when these items are used. This creates a lot more potential for damaged wiring.

I would recommend having a qualified mechanic inspect your electrical system for shorts and relay their findings over to you.

Was this answer helpful?
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. Interior lights are not working

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: Q: Car won't start, even with jumpstart

Hello. It is likely that the car battery is the cause of why your car won't start. It is possible that the battery has bad cells which will prevent the car from starting, even when using jumper cables. The battery,...

Q: How do I pair a phone?

Before using your phone with your car’s Bluetooth system, you’ll need to pair your phone. Pairing your phone is a simple process that only takes a few minutes: 1. Press the Setup button. 2. Rotate the Volume knob to Phone,...

Q: Q: Loss of power while driving

Based upon the symptoms you are describing, it sounds like you may have a faulty camshaft position sensor. The camshaft position sensor is a magnetic sensor that monitors camshaft speed to regulate ignition timing and fuel injection timing. It gathers...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...