Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Stereo shuts down when steering wheel is powered on

asked by on

My power windows do not work, plus the steering wheel turns stiffly. What is causing these problems?

A: These are probably two unrelated issues. In...

These are probably two unrelated issues. In regard to your vehicle, the body control module (BCM) receives input from the door lock switches. Then, based on the received inputs, it either locks or unlocks the doors via the door lock actuators. If both of the power windows aren't working, the problem could be two failed door lock actuators, two failed door lock switches, or a problem with the BCM. The fuse used for this circuit also supplies power to the BCM, which means, if the fuse were blown, it would affect much more than just the door locks.

The same goes for the circuit ground which is also ground for the BCM. As for the stiff steering wheel, there are many potential causes. Anything from a faulty power steering pump to improper tire pressure could be the cause. I suggest you have a professional address both of these issues. The experts at YourMechanic are an excellent option.

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: Noise from the right front wheel.

Noises that occur when driving can be annoying, but can also indicate a coming problem. It would help to have a description of what the noise sounds like. Most of the time if it only occurs when turning in a...

Q: Dome light and trunk light not working all fuses are good

The lights are controlled by the body control module through the auto shutdown relay in the right instrument panel fuse box. Either the body control module is not activating the auto shutdown relay or the relay is bad and not...

Q: Vehicle shutting off after a loud squeal.

Based on your description I believe you could be having one of two things happening. One explanation of your squealing noise could be a slipping serpentine belt. This belt drives all the accessories attached to your engine such as your...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...