Q: the lights on my dash board do not work and my gas gauge always says its empty with the gas light on even though i fill up my tank

asked by on

My boyfriend tried installing a stereo in the car and thats when the lights on the dash stopped lighting up. With the gas gauge we replaced the fuel pump and after that the gas gauge always reads empty and the gas light is always on even when i fill up my tank.
My car's mileage is 177000 miles.

Hi. It sounds like your instrument panel cluster or IPC needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Over time, the bulbs eventually burn out as do the bulbs in your lights at home. The gauge’s movement is controlled by an electronic stepper motor that receives input from the sensors. More often than not, the signals are good, but the stepper motor no longer moves. This can be checked with the use of a high end scan tool that has functional testing of each gauge within the IPC. If the needle doesn’t move when commanded, then the stepper motor is bad. Consequently, if the needles don’t move when commanded, the sensor or wiring is bad.

I suggest having a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the electrical components in your vehicle to see what is occurring.

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. the lights on my dash board do not work and my gas gauge always says its empty with the gas light on even though i fill up my tank

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: Car makes clanking noise under oil pan

Having a spun bearing is a serious engine problem typically due to oil starvation. Oil starvation can happen in a few ways, the most common is when oil is low and dirty There are cases I have seen the oil...

Q: Does an air intake manifold have parts that can go out to affect the smog an motor?

Code P0300 relates to a misfire of some kind, which can be caused by any number of things. Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems and are generally caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in...

Q: Two cylinders misfiring

There are many possibilities for misfires. Spark plugs are common on your engine to cause misfires. Fuel injectors and ignition coils are likely as well. If there are only 2 cylinders misfiring, they could be related, or not. If they...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.