98 honda accord dashboard lights suddenly all on

Discussion in 'Accord' started by abok.gaite, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. abok.gaite

    abok.gaite Guest

    I was driving on the freeway when suddenly all the red dashboard lights
    (battery, seatbelt, doors/trunk open) went on. I drove for a couple
    more miles before stopping. Is it safe to drive the car to a repair
    shop? Do you think it's a computer glitch (i didn't see any reference
    to this on the manual) or is something seriously wrong? I tried
    disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it but the lights are still

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    abok.gaite, Feb 1, 2006
  2. abok.gaite

    Remco Guest

    Sorry, I don't have a schematic to your particular year so can't tell
    anything for sure but could tell you what I'd do:

    If I had to guess, it is probably an electrical problem of sorts.
    Those systems (seatbelts, doors/trunk, etc) have very little in common
    except power and ground so it could be that you have a ground loose or
    that the power is not right.

    If you have a volt meter, I'd check across the battery with the car
    running and the headlights on. You should see about 14.5 volts. If you
    see 14.5V, you know that the lit battery indicator is totally bogus and
    it is most likely safe for you to drive it to repair shop.

    If you see appreciably less than 14.5 volts, the alternator, battery or
    wires/ground between is suspect. In that case, the car may leave you
    stranded while getting it to your repair place since your battery is
    truly not being charged. In that case, I am not sure how that would
    cause the other lights to be lit, though. (depends on how they
    implemented these lights)

    Hopefully someone here has a schematic to your year and will be able to
    give you a hopefully more difinitive answer.

    Remco, Feb 2, 2006
  3. abok.gaite

    Remco Guest

    One more thing (might be obvious, but just in case):
    if you don't see 14.5V while running: check the alternator belt as
    well. Perhaps yours snapped or is slipping.
    Remco, Feb 2, 2006
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