Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: previous dead battery fir no apparent reason. now switches on steering column not working. no lights turn signals wipers

asked by on

After battery died, two warning lights staying on, airbad and brake. Now switches on steering column not working. No lights signals wipers...hazards work fine.headlights still flash when alarm is set

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. You should start by asking yourself ...

Hello. You should start by asking yourself if the battery died because it was old and malfunctioning, or if the alternator and charging system components strained it. There is an obvious electrical issue that is stemming from a main source of power and control. The battery and it’s charging circuit, fuse box, the PCM, and ECU can all have the same effect. The first step would be to have the vehicle scanned and retrieve the codes setting off the warning lights. This would give you an idea about what the computer is detecting and may make diagnosis a lot easier. You will likely have to do some more testing on the battery, fuses, and affected components. Start with a scan so when you go to test for voltage you will know where to start.

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

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: Heat

The most common reason for this after a repair is an air bubble in the system. Most of the time, if you completely warm the car, which means you have confirmed the thermostat is open by feeling the upper radiator...

Q: My mustang keeps dying.

Hey there. There is a fuse in the fuse junction box within the engine fuse box that needs to be checked. It is a 20amp fuse. There are two fuse link wires that go from junction box to the alternator....

Q: what can be causing this?

You are actually on the right track. With one exception, you need to check your transmission fluid level. That hole you speak of should be bathed in transmission fluid. If the fluid is too low, it will suck up what...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.