Q: Some lights are out on the car, while others are still on. Checked fuses and bulbs already

asked by on

The headlights, and brake lights, windshield wipers are all working, but the dashboard lights, back running lights and back up lights are all not working. Checked fuses and bulbs but all look good. Originally got a new battery as the old one died and everything sprung back to life for a day or two. very confusing. Can you help?

My car has 122000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle may possibly be experiencing wiring or connection issues. If behavior changed after the battery was installed then I would check the battery cables and electrical system grounds. Poor connection due to corroded or damaged cables may cause all sorts of electrical system malfunctions.

I would also check the vehicles wiring. It may be possible that the wiring to those lights may be damaged or worn, cutting off power to those lights. I would carefully inspect the wiring harness in the front of the vehicle, as well as any wiring that runs to the back. It is not uncommon for wiring to become worn as a result of rubbing against the chassis or a metal component, and cause electrical issues. This is more likely if the vehicle has been in some sort of accident.

As these sorts of issues can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine the cause of the non-functioning lights so that this can be repaired.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Some lights are out on the car, while others are still on. Checked fuses and bulbs already

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: Trade?

Hi there. This is a trade that I would avoid. First off, the Ford Fusion is notorious for transmission problems. Second, with 200,000 miles, it's bound to have suspension issues that would require repair and end up costing you more...

Q: Well I been having trouble with gas pedal when I try to push on gas it goes like it doesn't want to go so I push harder and it spe

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle needs to be inspected for several issues. First, the gas pedal controls the air flow into the engine, and the computer matches the amount of air to the amount of fuel needed....

Q: Anti theft problem

Rarely will pulling a fuse disable an anti-theft system. If it were that easy, thieves would figure that out quickly and more cars would be stolen. Fortunately, most factory alarms are usually fairly simple to diagnose but very difficult to...

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...
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...
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.