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 11:02 AM..
Sounds like a dead battery. If you had the doors open/interior lights on all day, it can kill a battery. Try giving it a jump/charge.
That's the advice my dad gave me.. I did have the doors open so the map and rear passenger lights were on for about an hour and the head and tail lights too. I live in a desert so its cold right now but I'll definitely try jump starting it tomorrow morning.
I gave it a jump start, no luck. I kept trying to turn it on and the battery just DIED. So it looks like the battery MIGHT be the culprit. I have a Duralast Gold battery that was put in in September of last year and took it out opened the vents and each of the 6 holes' fluid level was low so I added distilled water. The battery is currently being charged. In the meantime I cleaned the battery, terminals, battery area and when it charges I'll put it back in and hopefully that solves my problem! I'll check back in a few hours.
The fast clicking is a dead giveaway that the battery has lost enough ummph to crank it over. Duralast? Is that the Wally World Line? If so, I'd put a charger on it for an hour or so and retest.
Dead giveaway? Ok it's sounding more and more like my battery is at fault. I know Duralast is not the best battery out there but the Gold is supposed to be a little better. It's the AutoZone line of bateries. Anyways, it was in there when I bought the car in June. Next battery will probably be an AC Delco. Battery still charging, will put it back in a bit.
Last edited by el_charal; 11-11-2012 at 04:47 PM..