Re: the lights dim when the steering wheel is turned
My first thought is it is not your battery if the durango starts up fine. i would go right to your belt. sounds to me like it is slipping. it may be just worn and stretched a bit, not allowing it to properly turn and generate power to the altenator. a rule of thumb is if your belts and hoses are over 5 years old replace them no matter how the look. my second thought would be the altenator, not putting enough juice out to charge the system. but try your belt first
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Do you have a dimmer for interior lamps? Like a rheostat, a little wheel that you turn up or down to brighten or dim interior lamps. Usually the instrument cluster lamps brighten and dim the same way.
Can you brighten and dim the other interior lamps?
the multi function switch will affect the signals but not the tail lights as they are on their own circuit.with the right side lights only working it sounds like a wiring problem for the left side and the wiring needs to be checked out at the rear of the car.the dim lights on the right side could be not enough voltage supply or a bad ground which again can be related to the wiring problem for the left side.the multi function switch is the switch that you use to turn on the signal lights change low to high beam headlights,turn on the wipers.it is located below the steering wheel with the wires running down the inside of the steering column.the signal switch is also located below the steering wheel on top of the column.the steering wheel will have to be pulled and the plate removed to see the switches and remove them.the wiring connectors are at the base of the steering column under the dash and they are removed by pulling them out through the column upwards and feeding the new ones down through the same way paying attention as to how the wires a routed through the column.
Hello, I would say to look at the ABS wiring to the front wheels. When you turn your wheel to the right both front wheels move. On one side or the other there must be a shorted wire contacting the frame when the wires twist a certain way.
This would account for the vibration in the wheel caused by the ABS sensor grounding. This would also account for the Battery signal and the lights dimming. It is possible your Serpetine belt is stretched or the Tension pulley is weak with the load of the steering working.
But this would not fully account for it to do this in only one direction. The Serpetine belt still travels the same direction no matter which way the steering wheel is turned. So if extra pressure is needed to make the steering work harder turning right, then some parts are binding more on one side of the car. You need to have your Balljoints checked.
I hope my solution gives you some ideas to fix your car. I recommend checking the items I have mentioned starting with the Balljoints.
From the sounds of it, that pothole messed up your steering. Something is binding in the steering train, could be a damaged tie rod end, one of the other steering joints, or even the rack and pinion steering itsself. When it's binding, the power steering pump has to work too hard, slowing the engine down, making your lights dim because it's also slowing the alternator(on the same belt drive) and furthering your steering problem. You need to get it checked out immediately before something breaks and gets you into an accident. Remember, if steering linkage breaks, you have NO control of your vehicle, and it doesn't care if you're driving 70 mph on the highway.
Hello no steering column no! look close at the case around the steering wheel two piece some dimpled torque screws will open it up the a couple more screws and plug it should be out!! I n the old days steering wheel had to come out thank god those nightmares are gone!!! merry christmas