Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: No tail lights or dashboard lights

asked by on

I recently hooked up an aftermarket CD player. After I did, whenever I would turn my head lights on, the CD player would shut off. Now two days later I have no tail lights or dashboard lights when I turn on my headlights and my CD player stays on. What would cause this?

My car has 196000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello there, you have a few different issue...

Hello there, you have a few different issues going on with your 1995 GMC Jimmy. If the problems started after the radio was installed than the installation likely cased your lighting and power issues. The most common causes are a shorted wire in the wiring harness. A qualified Technician such as one from YourMechanic will be able to diagnose your electrical issues and make any repairs required.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Third stop light does not work. checked all fuses to include cruise control...

There is a separate fuse just for the center mount stop light. Check the fuse marked "CHMSL" 10 amp fuse. If you can't find the problem, a certified pro from YourMechanic can inspect the light for you to make necessary...

Q: Brake switch confirmed good, but brake lights not working

The brake lights are turned on and off by the brake light relay in the underhood relay box. This relay is controlled by the body control module and is signaled by the brake switch. Check the relay first to see...

Q: live in ohio had since 2004 never had trouble starting before wont start when its cold out

Hi there. It's possible that you've got a bad cold start injector on your Jimmy. The cold start injector, also referred to as the cold start valve, is an engine management component found on many road going vehicles. It’s purpose...

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
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.