Weird automotive electrical issues.
January 23, 2009 9:35 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for some ideas on the numerous weird electrical issues with my car.
posted by kingbenny to travel & transportation (8 answers total)
My 2003 Chevrolet Impala has begun to show some odd behavior. The most troubling seems to be that the dashboard lighting never works. When the light sensor detects darkness and thus tries to turn on the dashboard lights, the gearshift indicator and radio LCD dim, and the dashboard lights do not come on. Manually turning on and off the interior lights doesn't seem to do anything, nor does dimming them. The interior cab lights do work, however.
Another odd symptom seems to be that when I roll the windows up or down, the voltage seems to drop way down (while the window motor is on).
Add to this the fact that sometimes when I start the car, the clock has been reset to 12:00, but not always.
Also, the check engine indicator has come and gone for quite awhile now (perhaps entirely unrelated).
I have checked all of the fuses, and they seem fine. I appreciate any suggestions!