Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: oil light, security light, and battery light stay on after key is off and removed from ignition, whipers also quit working.

asked by on

recently my windshield wipers quit working in my vehicle. i believe the wiper motor is ok because after they stopped (and stayed where they quit) then if i played with the switch it would work for maybe a second. then today when i shut the car off i noticed the 3 service lights for oil pressure, security, and battery stayed on and wouldnt shut off... i tried restarting the vehicle 3 or 4 times and still wouldnt shut off... i finally disconnected the negative terminal from the battery so it doesnt destroy my battery.

My car has 199929 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. You likely have issue with your ignition switch or fuse box. More than likely it is a problem with your ignition switch. When an ignition switch goes bad internally it may cause other components to be stay on and drain the battery even when the key is turned off. I suggest having the ignition switch tested by a technician such as one from YourMechanic. Possible causes for your windshield wipers not working are a faulty window wiper motor or faulty wiper control switch. I suggest that a technician test wiper motor, wiper control switch, and ignition switch. If all those things turned out good it may be a faulty clock spring causing all of the issues that you have mentioned. The clock spring is located behind the horn inside of the steering wheel and plays a massive role in a wide variety of electrical functions. You’re able to find a technician who is able to diagnose your electrical issue here

https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/electric-problems-inspection

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • oil light, security light, and battery light stay on after key is off and removed from ignition, whipers also quit 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: My car won't start we've replaced the alternator and fuel pump but still won't start I just want it fixed what could it be?

Check to see if there are any stored diagnostic trouble codes. Be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from...

Q: Oil leaking from my car.

I would suggest you get some help from a mechanic to inspect your motor oil.

Q: I keep having acceleration problems, the mechanic keeps saying catalytic converter 2006 Pontiac Torrent

Hi there - I would look for a trusted 2nd opinion. Having multiple failures of the same type is both expensive, and an indication that the real source problem is not being discovered. Get the problem codes that are setting...

Related articles

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...
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...