Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Lancaster / Palmdale
Changed ALL cluster bulbs to LEDs and now car won't start - wtf???
So today I FINALLY switched ALL my cluster lights to LEDs. I used 25 SMD-LEDs for the main bulbs and 20 SMD-LEDs for the turn signals, one LED for the Cruise light and 2 for the High Beam light. I know LEDs can "confuse" the electrical system & make it act funny because I've experienced this in my Civic and in my bro's Regal. But ALL the car lights (headlights, tails, interior) were on while I was installing the cluster lights, which is strange!! So I finished & tested the cluster lights. They all lit up. I was happy UNTIL... I went to start my car and it won't start! I hear a fast clicking/rattling sound when I turn the key in the ignition that I believe to be the starter. Also when I turn the key, the interior lights flicker at the speed of the clicking/rattling sound. WHAT COULD IT BE? I am trying to rule out the possibility of a dead battery since all the bulbs in my car are LEDs which do not drain the battery and I was able to turn the headlights on so the battery is NOT dead. Maybe I didn't fully connect the cluster? Did I blow a fuse that prevents my car from turning on? I doubt it's the starter. What a coincidence that the day I decide to change the cluster lights my starter goes out. My dad said it could be a relay somewhere but he wasn't specific. Is there anything you guys can think of?
Last edited by el_charal; 11-11-2012 at 12:02 PM.