All the dashboard lights are on.


Asked by Oct 02, 2014 at 09:10 AM about the 2005 Mazda RX-8

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced the battery and changed out the battery clamps and made sure they were on tights. Now all the dashboard lights are on and the new battery wont hold a charge. The car will start but wont idol. Please help.

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When you say 'dashboard lights' do you mean all the Warning icons or are you talking about the dash back-lights to see the instrument cluster?..the ones you can dim...and while installing battery did you accidentally cross the terminals, even for a fraction if a second..or touch the red Pos+ from battery to ground? Put another way while installing battery at any time did it produce sparks? And was everything OK before..besides needing a battery?


yes there was a spark. I touched something with the tool I was using. I also was talking about the dashboard warning lights. I guess that's what you get when you try to do a mans job. lol

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