Electrical issues: Speedometer & radio go out, plus dash lights flickers when brake is depressed

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by richardpars, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. richardpars

    richardpars Guest


    This morning for the first time the turn signals did not work until 10
    min. into my drive and then they randomly started working again.
    Earlier problems that still are persisting and that tell me it is
    definately electrical were when I use the break either hours into a
    trip or sometimes minutes, the radio goes out and the speedometer goes
    out for a few seconds and the dash lights flicker.

    I have read through some posts and what I have found is that some say
    it is the alternator. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated
    b/c as anyone knows who have had this problem it is very annoying and
    dangerous to drive like this.


    richardpars, Jan 31, 2007
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  2. richardpars

    Joe LaVigne Guest

    My initial suspect would be a ground somewhere. Can cause some pretty
    flaky results.

    The Alternator can, too, but it sounds more like a ground to me.
    Joe LaVigne, Jan 31, 2007
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  3. richardpars

    richardpars Guest

    Well that is interesting I can't say that this didn't happen before I
    got my radio installed by Best buy but it did and I installed my last
    radio and it didn't nearly happen as frequently, I would say once in a
    blue moon. Now it is like every other day and I feel like it may be
    linked to the new radio install but wouldn't that be closer to
    touching the ignition wire than alternator. Maybe it is time for a
    new alternator, any tricks to troubleshooting to see what the culprit
    richardpars, Jan 31, 2007
  4. richardpars

    Joe LaVigne Guest

    A radio install did not hurt your alternator. Worse case scenario would
    be blowing out the radio from cross-polarity.

    I would still be looking for grounding problems. Check the ground strap.
    Joe LaVigne, Jan 31, 2007
  5. richardpars

    richardpars Guest

    Thanks for the reply Joe,

    I hate to be a novice but is that an easy thing to check...the ground
    strap? I am definitely ready to get rid of this problem any way
    richardpars, Feb 1, 2007
  6. richardpars

    Joe LaVigne Guest

    I am not sure where the ground strap is in your car, but when you find it
    it should be easy to determine if it is in good shape or not.

    There are plenty of people here far more versed on Hondas (specifically)
    than I am. I am driving my very first right now... All American before.

    If noone else chimes in, look in the area of the battery for a braided
    wire (usually no insulator) connected to the body of the car...
    Joe LaVigne, Feb 2, 2007
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