What are the causes of instrument panel problems?
One very essential component in the interior of the car is the instrument panel
. Without it, drivers wouldn’t know their speed, mileage, fuel levels, RPMs, or engine temperature. When a single part of the instrument cluster stops working, it is likely a sending unit
or wiring harness that has failed. When the entire instrument panel stops working, its most likely an issue with the panel itself or even a fuse. One way to check if your panel isn’t working is to turn the ignition on, some instrument panels go through a short self-check procedure during which all the display segments and warning lights come on for a bulb check. Watch for any dark segments or indicators that fail to illuminate. Self-check procedures vary a great deal from one vehicle to the next, but on some applications, you can run a self-check diagnostic by pressing certain display buttons. Look in your owner’s manual for instructions on how to run an instrument cluster self-check. What causes the car’s horn to fail?
Horns are a safety mechanism in all cars designed to alert other drivers of road hazards or car location. When your car horn
fails, it’s unsafe and makes your vehicle illegal to drive. Vehicle horns sit upfront where they’re exposed to rain and road chemicals. Once that nasty spray gets into the horn’s innards, it can short out the coil and kill the horn (and blow the fuse in the process). But an inoperative horn can also be caused by a bad horn switch in your steering wheel, a broken “clock spring” under the steering wheel, a bum horn relay, a broken wire or a corroded ground. So first, check the fuse and the relay before replacing the horn itself, or any component in the steering wheel. What is wrong with my window?
To make the window glass move up and down inside the door, the glass sits on a mechanism called a window regulator
. The regulator moves up and down either by a turning a hand crank
or by the use of an electric motor and switch. On manually cranked windows, the handle can strip out or the regulator can bind and break. For the electric version, the switch can go bad (check it first) or the motor can wear out. In many cases when the window is not operating properly, the door panel will have to be removed for repair or inspection. What are the different types of car mirrors?
In order to see behind us without turning our heads, our cars are equipped with rear view mirrors
. Side view mirrors
located on the doors can be as simple as a small piece of mirrored glass to being an elaborate combination of turn signal and a mirror. Many mirrors can be adjusted from the inside by a switch and electric motor. In some cases, the door mirror glass
can be replaced but often the whole unit will need to be swapped out. My glove box door won’t open!
One of the first things to be broken on a vehicle are the often used latches on the glove box
and center consoles. Thankfully these latches and clasps
can usually be replaced fairly easily.