Question about 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
Had a whining noise through the radio followed after a couple of minutes by a plastic burning smell. Turned car off but now radio, clock, and interior light not working. Also central locking from drivers door not working (from passanger side door fine). Any help appreciated. Pete
This is as a result of a short occurring most likely in the radio harness.
It happened me while working on a customers car. In my case checked all fuses and they all appeared fine, both those under the hood/bonnet and those underneath the steering wheel.
After studying the workshop electrical schemmatics for the car it appears that the clock, interior lights, central locking receiver and radio permanent live/battery are all on the one line.
In effect damage had occurred after the internal fuse panel, therefore all fuses were ok and supplying power across them, but at some point after there was a break in the wire.
However you DO NOT need to remove dash and or replace harnesses to rectify.
Look at the fuse panel underneath the steering wheel. Slot 18 (bottom RHS) and you will see in raised plastic 'BACK UP'. Inserting a 10A fuse here will restore the interior lights, radio, clock and your central locking.
There is a small plastic piece in the way which prevents a fuse going in. Simply use a thin pair of pliers, scissors or a screwdriver (or similar tool) to break this and all pieces of it away until you are able to insert the 10A mini blade fuse.
(I believe the fact this back up exists is because the designers of electrical system at mitsibushi realised it had shortcomings or this would be a potential problem - and included the back up for such an occurence)
(7 years experienced auto electrician & owner of Car Audio company in Perth Western Australia)
Posted on Sep 17, 2012
Sounds like your radio shorted out and posably burned up the wiring harness in the dash
go to local stereo shop have them pull radio and look for burnt wares once fixed replace fuse under dash
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
The radio probably had a CD or tape player in it that went bad, and it probably blew a fuse. You might want to remove the radio before replacing the fuse, or else you could blow another, or start a fire.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
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