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Upgrade to HID lights in a Jeep Wrangler

I would like to upgrade to HID lights in my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The stock lights aren't bright at all. My question is, since this would be an aftermarket upgrade, what am I looking at here? Is it ...
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Battery dies frequently

I've had my 97 civic for a year now and the battery died about 3 months after I bought the car. Each time it died, I'd kick start it, drive for a few days, then it would die again. So I went to the ...
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My 2009 Mazda2 splutters when starting up

My Mazda splutters for about 5 seconds then kicks into life. It's very intermittent. Also, during the spluttering, the speedometer indicator hand flashes the whole way around the dial. There are no ...
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Electrical problems after auto start installation

I have a 2000 Camry, I've installed Bulldog RS90 remote starter about 5 months ago; and it worked just fine. A couple of days ago I started my car with a key, and could not shift the gear from ...
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Capacitors for cars

I recently added a subwoofer to my car. It's powered by a 300w JBL amp (and I also have 300w speakers). I currently have a 180amp alternator and a Die Hard platinum battery, which both handle my ...
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When is a magneto more efficient than an alternator?

A magneto is device similar to an alternator for creating electrical energy. Many small gas engines, including several road worthy motorcycles, use them to generate electrical energy. They can be ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines the require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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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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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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Battery running flat on a regular basis

I drive a Vauxhall/Opel Astra Mk5 1.8l SRi, registered in 2004. For 2/3 months now I've been having to keep a spare battery in the car as the car battery is running flat. My first thought was that ...
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How to fix “lazy” electricity to the cab of an '89 Mazda B2200

I don't know how else to describe it but as "lazy". There's power to the speedometer/temperature/fuel portion of the dashboard, but nothing else in the cab has power, including the interior light. ...
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Electrical problems due using battery charger as a jump starter

I have a 2003 honda civic, and the car battery went dead on me. I didn't have a jumper cable with me, but I had a car battery charger. So, I hooked it up to the battery and tried starting the car. ...
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How to fix weak headlight

Since I bought my civic 1997, a year ago, the driver side headlight has been shining weak. I changed the bulb once, it still shows weak. I took it to the electrician, he turned a nut tight and it ...
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How can we measure the tilt of steering wheel in car without any special sensor for it?

I am searching for some possible way so that I can get the tilt or amount by which the steering wheel is rotated and without any use of special sensor for it , in Indian Cars like Swift D-Zire , Beat ...
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Car won't start or stay running after a jump

I have a 2004 Kia Spectra 1.8, I have replaced the spark plugs, the alternator, and my battery is only about two months old. The car will start after a jump but it has to sit for about 10 minutes ...
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How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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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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Jetta intermittent starting problem

I have a 2007 Jetta with 75k miles on it. What I'm running into is that out-of-the blue, the car will not start. Generally, it turns over, but never starts. One time, it started but shut itself off ...
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CEL Code 41 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee

According to this answer a CEL code of 41 means: charging system circuit not responding to control signal What are likely causes of this?
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89 jeep cherokee will run but when i turn it off and try to restart it the battery is dead

The battery is still good and the motor will keep running when you disconnect a terminal. Can my alternator be bad? If not I'm also thinking a dead short? What is the best way to find out?
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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01 Chevy impala

My car won't do anything when I turn the key no lights or nothin, battery is new, alternator good new starter , but if I hook cables up to the side post battery it will turn over and when it starts it ...
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Volvo 940 stalls and speedometer goes wacko

My 91 Volvo 940 has been dying lately and won't restart. If you jump it, it restarts, but then sputters and stalls within about a minute. Before it stalls, the speedometer bounces up to about 20 mph ...
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I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 v8 which shuts completely down,

I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 v8 which shuts completely down, Once the truck is hot it stalls and will not start..not until it cools down...then it starts strongly,sometimes I have it another ...
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No power to instrument fuse

I have a 94 Oldsmobile Bravada and the digital dash quit working. I found that I do not have power to the instrument fuse but have power to all other fuses in the panel. I can not find an electrical ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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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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Wires Coming Out Of Center Console

I bought a 2011 Ram 1500 about 6 months ago. I removed the rubber liner for a small compartment in my center console. When I tried putting it back I realized it would not go down all the way and found ...
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Aux Audio Input for 2006 Honda Accord

I'd like to add an auxiliary audio input to my 2006 Honda Accord LX-SE: What parts do I need to purchase? Can someone with a rudimentary understanding of electronics perform the installation? What's ...
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?

Summary How do you get to the battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey, given that it is blocked by some type of intake tube**? **Edit: this used to say exhaust but I changed it to intake tube, given ...
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12v Acc/Switched vs 12v Always On

I am currently designing a part that should always be on when the key is turned to On/Acc, and only sometimes on when the key is set to Off, or removed. My car is a 99 Camry, but I have a good ...
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2007 Camry went dead while driving. What are some reasons that could cause this?

I've got a 2007 Camry. Bought it brand new from the dealer, have only ever had it (regularly) serviced at the dealer. I was on my way home from a meeting today, and I was driving down a road. The ...
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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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1999 GMC Sonoma 2.2L, 5spd, SLS - no reverse lights, suspect transmission

No reverse lights. Complete diagnostics reveal; good Fuses, good blubs, good continuity, good reverse light switch. The switch was checked two ways: 1. jumped out with a piece of wire between ...
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Rear motorized hatch in 2005 Nissan Armada will not open

My 2005 Nissan Armada rear hatch has opened unexpectedly (while parked) several times in the past few weeks. Now the rear hatch will not open with either the key fob or via the interior hatch button. ...
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Daytime running light failure — one side only

I have a 1991 Miata. It's a Canadian vehicle, and so is equipped with daytime running lights. Recently, I've noticed that the passenger side light is not working as a DRL. The driver's side light ...
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Flickering lights and volt light on 2004 PT Cruiser

My 2004 PT Cruiser just flashed the internal battery light. I was able to drive home, but I noticed that the LED lights on the clock were flickering. I played with the RPM of the motor a bit(manual ...
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LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed

I've just replaced the old tail lights on my 1993 Triton ute with LED ones. Now I have the issue where the indicators flash at such a high speed it may as well not be flashing at all. If I put the ...
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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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Where is the “comfort relay” in a BMW 1992 325i AUTO?

Please advise where the Comfort Relay is positioned in my car which is right-hand drive. The problem is that the windows and sunroof do not open or close.
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'98 Honda Accord electrical/power issues… What could the culprit be?

I've been having some gradually worsening issues with the electical & power functioning of my 1998 Honda Accord. Here's a detailed rundown of the symptoms I've been experiencing since I first ...
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Tail Light / Turn Signal randomly not working

I have a 2003 Ford Sport Trac and the drivers side tail light went out a few months ago. The bulb was spent and I replaced it. After a couple of weeks it stopped working again, but the bulb is fine. ...
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Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
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Can I plug dj gear to Pilot 2013?

The touring pilot 2013 can provide 650 watts, and has a 115V outlet. But can it handle a good 2-3 hours of djing or would it kill the battery? All together the dj gear may consume up to 150 watts
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Electrical issues: where are the grounds on a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

When I have the ignition switched on, if I press the brake pedal, or use the headlights, the foglight gets turned on. I think this is an earthing issues so I have checked the grounds in the two ...
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2004 Kia sedona intermittently wont start

my 2004 kia Sedona intermittently refuses to start. I have light, radio, electric windows but just doesn't turn over at all. If I leave it a few hours and go back to it, it'll start first time as if ...
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GPS dashboard mount replacement?

When I bought my car, they were doing a promo and shipping a Garmin GPS with it. Thing is, the GPS came with a nice mount, fixed to the dashboard. This was great, because it meant no wires going ...
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can i split off another circuit from fuse box to run power to cigarette lighter?

I am not getting any power to my cigarette lighter or to the fuse in the fuse box. I have a 91' Ford Ranger with around 110k miles so other than that and the air conditioning it runs fine. I was ...