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?

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?
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. Stereo shuts down when steering wheel is powered on

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: Steering shakes and makes horrible noise at low speed 2011 GMC Acadia

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. From what you said and what was displayed on the video your power steering pump is making the humming noise as if the pump is lacking of oil, but the shaking of vehicle and...

Q: Electronics in car stopped functioning.

Hello, when you jump the vehicle, a power surge may have open some fuses. Fuses protect the electrical circuits and components from damage. The fuses have an amperage ratings, a power surge would put the fuse pass it rating and...

Q: Fan doesn't work and engine steams.

Hello, sometimes if the water leaks out of the engine it creates an air pocket in the engine and that trapped air can not escape and will not let the water circulate. This causes some problems. if there is air...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...