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Radio, clock, interior light and central locking not working

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

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  • Jonno Anderson Aug 29, 2012

    Can you remember what the problem ended up being? I've got the exact same issue after trying to change my radio in my 2000 Lancer (I didn't disconnect the battery while working). Cheers, Jonno

  • Kareem Tahomi
    Kareem Tahomi Nov 05, 2016

    I have the same issue and trying to solve it, also as mentioned by nevgrills about an extra wire coming from the hand break through the gear stick and now it is in my cd player slot and I do not know what to do with it.. is this orange cable responsible for giving light to the gear stick, the air condition area because they are now not working at all..PLease PLease help

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2019

    There is a L shaped bracket on top of the red 'Positive' + terminal of the battery connector, contained on the back of this there are four (4) fuses.... Check these... one of them controls the whole lot...!!!

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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.

Problem Sorted!

(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)

Fearghus Quinn
(7 years experienced auto electrician & owner of Car Audio company in Perth Western Australia)

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    fearghusq Sep 17, 2012

    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.

    Problem Sorted!

    (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)

    Fearghus Quinn
    (7 years experienced auto electrician & owner of Car Audio company in Perth Western Australia)

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    fearghusq Sep 17, 2012

    Note - this is a last resort. Check all fuses, including the large 40A, 50A & 60A ones under the bonnet - they all lead to the same line. Get a multi meter and put it on the continuity setting (the one that beeps when you touch the two probes of multimeter together). This setting allows you to ensure that there is continuity, ie a connection (no broken fuse/wire) between any two points. place one probe on the metal on LHS of a fuse, place the other on the RHS metal. If it beeps the fuse is sound, if not you know the fuse has blown. Simple and allows you to check fuses without having to remove each one & visually inspect individually (however some fuses - such as the large ones i mentioned above, will have to be removed and then you use your prongs on the two blades of the fuse. Good luck guys! Hope this all helps

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    nevgrills Mar 03, 2013

    The internet amazing. I replaced the stock radio out of my wifes Lancer and the interior lights , clock and central locking wouldn't work. There were extra wires that I didn't know what to do with which must loop back somewhere. Anyway I added this fuse and it all works again. Amazing.

  • nevgrills
    nevgrills Mar 03, 2013

    The internet is amazing. I replaced the stock stereo in my wifes lancer and I got the exact symptoms here. I installed the fuse and hey presto.

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    nevgrills Mar 03, 2013

    Thanks Fearghusq!

  • lorina Sep 15, 2013

    Thank you very much this rectified my problem. but i do have a question is this a temporary solution? or will i have to get wiring fix?

  • Dave Pickworth
    Dave Pickworth Feb 29, 2016

    This sounds like exactly my problem, but looking at the interior fuse box,I don't have a slot 18 'back up', and the bottom right hand slot(slot 14 A/T) has no connections for a fuse. Please see pic. Any ideas?? The truck is a 2005 L200 4work

  • Kareem Tahomi
    Kareem Tahomi Nov 05, 2016

    I have the same issue and trying to solve it, also as mentioned by nevgrills about an extra wire coming from the hand break through the gear stick and now it is in my cd player slot and I do not know what to do with it.. is this orange cable responsible for giving light to the gear stick, the air condition area because they are now not working at all..PLease PLease help

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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

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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.

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