Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When I turn on the vehicle, my parking lights flash repeatedly. When I turn the headlight switch on, they stop flashing.

asked by on

When I turn on the vehicle, my parking lights flash repeatedly. When I turn the headlight switch on, they stop flashing. The odometer and gear indicator also flashes on and off regardless of which mode I have the headlights in. The turn signals do not work either. The oil pressure gauge does not read any pressure but all other gauges do work. The transmission will not shift out of first gear but does go into reverse and drive flawlessly. Do you have any ideas as to what this might be?

My car has 107000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello there, you have several different iss...

Hello there, you have several different issues going on with your 2003 Dodge Durango. The most likely cause for the multiple and erratic electrical issues is a shorted wiring harness, these will effect multiple systems and cause this type of issues. For the vehicle not shifting out of first gear, common faults are shift solenoids, low transmission fluid, or wiring harness faults.

If you'd like to get this fixed, a qualified technician such as one from YourMechanic will be able to diagnose your electric issues and make any repairs required.

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: How do I set a DVD rating?

All movies come with a rating set on a 1-8 scale. 1 means the movie is appropriate for all audiences, while 8 means it is only appropriate for mature audiences. To keep the movies in your car appropriate, you can...

Q: The car cranks and has a gas smell but won't start. Could it be the ignition coil or the distributor?

Hi there: If the O2 sensor was never replaced, the no starting issue might be due to that component finally giving up. However, in most cases, when you smell fuel, it's a pretty obvious sign that the issue is related...

Q: Engine shuts down suddenly, battery red warning light on

I would say the tensioner was overlooked on the last repair and the oil pressure switch may have been damaged in the repair process. I would recommend having the repairs done, but ask for the old parts to see if...

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...
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...
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.