Q: lights not working - 2003 Mazda Protege5

asked by on

When ever I turn on the lights in my Mazda Protege, only the headlights turn on. The tail lights and hazard lights don’t come on. The dash lights do not dim. All of the fuses are working. Can you please help me figure this out? Thanks.

Hello. It sounds like there is some sort of short in the system. If you have had any work done on the vehicle, I would check for damaged wires in that area. If using a volt meter, check the available voltage at the taillight bulb’s socket. You should receive a full 12 volts. If there is not 12 volts, trace the wires backwards (or forwards from the fuse box if you prefer), looking for the spot that you lose voltage. Considering the dimmer switch isn’t working, you might want to check there (and any switches along the wires path), since switches are a common source of issues. If you would like to have this checked, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect the lights problem and have this addressed properly.

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. lights not working - 2003 Mazda Protege5

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: Belt squeaking while AC on.

A squeaking belt can be quite annoying when the engine is running. If it is squeaking all of the time this can occur for a number of reasons. I would start with a visual inspection of the belt. I would...

Q: Headlights brighten and then dim while driving over bumps

Often headlights seem to get brighter or dimmer when there is a bad connection or a failing switch. Since a bad connection can be inside the light bulb itself, I always start by inspecting the bulbs first to see if...

Q: I went out last night in my car everything was fine then I pulled up at the shop turned car off wen I got bak in it my steering wa

Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why your steering may have gotten hard. If there was low fluid, you have a leak that you will need to locate. When you locate that leak, you will find...

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 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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...