Concerning the main electrical system of a motor vehicle or internal combustion engine. Consider a different tag for radios and other such systems.

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VW Golf 2001 Mk4 Diesel ASR Engine Problem

I've spent a crazy amount of money on my car lately and I still have the same problem. I've replaced the: Catalyst Converter Radiator Starter Motor EGR Valve Track Rod ends & Wheel Bearings ...
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2002 chevy cavalier loud knocking after tuneup

02' cavalier knocking loud after tuneup. Starts and runs perfect except loud knock. Afraid to drive fearing piece of broken sparkplug ruin car. Went in with magnets to remove any metal left behind ...
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Low beam headlights don't work, High beam headlights do

The vehicle is a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The low beams aren't working. High beams are. The fuse is perfectly fine (tested and swapped out). The bulbs are fine too. A mechanic told me it could be ...
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turn signal blinks wrong direction

I have a 2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (Mk5). When I turn on my right turn signal, usually the left turn signal turns on instead. I'm pretty sure it is a problem in the lever arm. I can consciously ...
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Audi A6 2.4L 99 - randomly sets off brake warning lights, no abs, no rpm, no A/C

Randomly while driving or standing still I get a bunch of warning lights that come on, beep and blink. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, sometimes it will stay on for a few days of driving and turning ...
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How do you test analogue electrical circuits?

When trying to diagnose problems with conventional analogue electrical circuits, such as lights, speakers, heated rear windows, etc, as well as short-circuits and unexplained current draws, it can be ...
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How do you test relays?

I have a Pontiac Grand Am. After getting a hose replaced, I noticed that my fans don't come on now. I checked the fuses and cooling fan #2's fuse is burnt out, which (I think) should be for AC only. ...
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2007 Jeep Commander left turn signal will not turn off

I made a left turn today and now my left turn signal will not turn off (i.e., the interior arrow is flashing and the exterior front/rear blinkers are flashing). Here is the current state of things: ...
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1998 Ford E150 Van - Implementing Power Doors and Windows

I put different doors on my ford van that have power windows and locks. My van was not equipped with these features originally. How do I get power to the doors in order to make the windows and ...
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06 Solstice - CEL, no DTC, won't crank

Drove the car to work yesterday, made a few stops along the way with no issues. When I got out of the office, the car would no longer crank. I have a CEL, but no DTC (checked with HP Tuners). No ...
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Electronics not working after trying to replace stereo

The trunk release, power locks, key fob, radio, interior lights, power mirrors, and the horn (horn only works when car is running) all don't work but my power windows still work great. What could be ...
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
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Bmw E46: strange problems with automatically closing windows and broken light warning

I have had a couple of strange problems and I can't really make sense of it. When I parked the car, I locked the doors as always with the windows closed (I am absolutely sure about this; it was ...
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Which convenience features in a car affects fuel economy?

I understand that the A/C compressor runs with the engine belt, so it will always uses some HP when engaged, therefore it will have some effect on fuel consumption. What I want to know if there are ...
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2005 Suzuki Katana stalls when put in gear

I have reworked all the carborators on the motorcycle. All seemed well but once it was put in gear, it stalled. What do I need to look for?
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1998 Dodge ram 1500 4x4 5.9 electrical issues

Pulled up to gas station to fill up, came out truck wouldn't turn over was after a heavy rain couple months back. truck has to be wired to a toggle switch to start, windows wont work along with blower ...
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How to wire an ignition switch for boat throttle controller

I have an old Bass Tracker boat. They no longer make the throttle controller for the boat, but I need to replace the ignition switch (which is in the throttle controller). I looked online and this ...
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Bikes power is iffy [closed]

Hi I have a 03 katana and for some reason the bike won't power on anymore...I turn the key and nothing no lights nothing. I'm not sure if it's the battery or what. What should I do to trouble shoot ...
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Low beam headlights out, High beam working

The patient is a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice with dual-filament bulbs. Both filaments in both bulbs light up in high beam mode, but no filament on either bulb lights up in low beam mode. What could be ...
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Should I disconnect the battery when working on my instrument cluster

I am going to be changing a few bulbs on my Opel Astra's instrument cluster. Part of the process involves disconnecting the entire cluster from the wiring harness and obviously replacing it when done. ...
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Chevy 4.8 misfiring

I drove the truck through a big puddle and it killed it. Found I had completely soaked the air cleaner and had possibly got water in the intake. I replaced the filter and took contact cleaner to all ...
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Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should I write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-ii. initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
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Saturn Headlight Problem

I have a 2001 Saturn SL2 that is having a problem with one of its headlights. When I turn on the headlights, frequently one is not lighting. If I go to the front and give the lens a quick knock, it ...
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2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting

What could be causing my (non-)starting issues? Occasionally (once every two weeks or so) when the keys are inserted and turned to the start position, nothing happens. No noise, no dome lights dimming ...
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Rear blinker failure on camper trailer

My right rear blinker on camper trailer does not work but every thing else does. I have a test light to test fuses and relays on truck to see if that may be an issue. It has camper tow package. Where ...
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Central Locking Help: Why are there 3 wires for each door lock?

Tl;Dr: I want my hazards to flash with the central locking. I need to wire them up together with a diode to each side (left and right). The central locking has 3 wires My questions are: Does anyone ...
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Does a brake controller need direct battery connection, or would a switched source work?

I'm installing a break controller & 7-pin receptacle for towing. The wiring diagram I am following (below) shows the 7-pin and brake controller wired directly to the battery. I want to know if I ...
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2006 Saturn Ion wont shift into drive but will in reverse

Couple of days ago my 2006 Saturn Ion transmission stopped working, I can put the car into drive but when I hit the gas it just revs up and doesn't actually go anywhere, it will roll though like its ...
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2009 Chevy Equinox Turn Signal

My 2009 Equinox turn signal lever is acting up. When you switch it to turn left you have to hold it down in order for it to work. It returns to neutral but won't stay on without holding it. The right ...
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Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw)

A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee has gone through 3 batteries in the last 3 months. While they have all been replaced by warranties, it'd be nice to get the problem solved permanently. I've tested the ...
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diagnose faulty voltage regulator causing battery overcharging?

I've been having an issue with an '03 Toyota Echo. The alternator died (at least that is what I thought) as the battery kept going flat. I found an alternator at a wrecker and fitted it, and I ...
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Which car parts require more energy than the starter?

Today, my car didn't start. I think that the crank was turning over because I could hear the loud sound a car makes just before starting up but the car was not starting. Anyways, I called a mechanic. ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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Focus ST170 2002 Electric Mirror only works horizontal

I am in the UK and drive a 2002 (52 reg) Focus ST170. Recently the electric mirrors would only work vertically intermittently (always worked horizontally), and as of now will not move vertically at ...
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Yamaha fz700 brake and headlights problem [duplicate]

Recently bought a Yamaha fz700 bike. Headlights don't work whatsoever, checked fuses, bulbs, and I found that wires aren't getting any power. Flipping the Hi/Lo beam switch doesn't change anything ...
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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
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No power situation - 1990 Mercury Couger

The engine won't turn over and there is no radio or power windows. What is the connection with these three things all at once? I replaced the coil and starter. Checked fuses, relays, etc. It ...
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Toyota Tacoma 2007 fuse diagram

I am having bad luck searching online to find a concise fuse diagram for my Tacoma. I am a little frustrated with the abbreviations that are on the diagram on the box cover. In particular, I need to ...
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Access OnStar Wires on 2012 Equinox

I've got a 2012 Equinox that I want to attach an inviscord to the Onstar wires, but I am not sure how to access the wires. There is a wide black plastic cover where the rear view mirror attaches to ...
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ML320 completely dead, no electrics can't put key in ignition

Mercedies ML 320. First key did not open door used manual key to get in. Key wont even go into ignition. No lights nothing it is completely dead. About 3 days ago the radio suddenly would not come on ...
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OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants ...
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Charging an SLA battery for storage in an automobile

Whats the best way to maintain a 12v SLA battery in an automobile? Would a direct 12v connection to the vehicles battery system be sufficient, or is there a circuit that should be placed in between ...
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Engine Turns but won't start

It's an old Renault 4-cylinder carburetor engine in a boat. I don't know much about engines so let me know if I'm not including important information. The boat is old but new to me. I drove it for ...
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AC blower won't turn on after replacing battery

I have a U.S. 2011 Volkswagen GTI. After the car wouldn't start (starter would crank but engine would not turn on) I decided it's probably time to replace the battery, and did. Car starts fine, but ...
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Battery/alternator on 99 Chevy Prizm?

My car was running fine (no lights/warnings). The next day I tried to start it and it was completely dead not even a click sound like normal battery is going bad kind of thing. After I got it jumped ...
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How should the lights for a trailer be hooked up?

I have a tent trailer and the lights don't work right. It has a 4 wire connector to my car but one of the wires on the trailer connector was worn out and probably not working. So I got a new 4 prong ...
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How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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Negative-grounded vehicles: some switches on positive, some on negative, why?

As far as I can tell, on my van which is negative-grounded, all fuses are somewhere between the positive terminal and the load being protected by the fuse. However, some switches are on the positive, ...
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2007 Rabbit - Intermittently wont start

Vehicle: 2007 VW Rabbit. Auto. 2.5L Problem: The problem started one week ago. When starting car sometimes it will only turn over once and then silence. Solution is to wait a minute or so and then ...