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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
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Honda Civic DX dash temperature gauge malfunctioning?

My 2001 Civic DX has a issue with the temp gauge in the dash. The needle has traveled to the opposite side than it normally registers on. Meaning it is pointing to the left away from the temp ...
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06 scion Tc turns over then shuts off in two seconds

My fiancé drove the car with no problems this morning. After work she realized she left an interior light on which killed the battery. She got a jump from a car and charged the battery up a bit. The ...
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Constant power drain, even with all the fuses pulled

I have a battery problem on my Jeep Grand Cherokee model 2012. When I checked with multimeter, I found the drain current is 2.5 amp. Then I start to take the fuses out one by one, the drain current is ...
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Horn blows constantly and tail lights remain on

I was pulling up my drive this morning when my horn started blaring non-stop. I got out and pulled the horn relay to make it shut up. I tested the relay and determined that it was working fine, and ...
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Do I have to rely on wire color to correctly wire up an O2 sensor?

It seems that everyone and their grandmother has a different color-code convention for 4-wire O2 sensors, which complicates matters when one is trying to wire up a replacement "universal" O2 sensor. ...
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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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Is 60/40 solder fine for splicing wires that have to endure hot engine bay temps?

I need to splice the pigtail connectors from my old O2 sensors onto the new O2 sensors since the new connectors have a different shape. As the sensor is right behind the engine and will experience ...
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'95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures

I noticed a few things not working, one at a time, as I tried to use them. One, the rear defroster switch on the dassh quit. Two, the PULL feature on the wiper stick on the column for the window ...
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Driving electric cars through large pools of water

The state of California is expected to be hit by a large storm in the coming days and there are frequently clogged drains in my town. I have an electric vehicle that seemed to handle driving through ...
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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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What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?

I just got a classic Ford 8N tractor running again. Someone trying to be helpful flipped the battery around, connecting negative to ground. This made the engine crank backwards! So I had spark, ...
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Shorted electrical, lots of things not working

I was installing a boost gauge, and must've shorted something out because now my turn signals, fog lights, ac blower, and wipers don't work. I checked the fuses but they weren't blown. How can I ...
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Chevy Malibu 2009 won't start

I have a 2009 Malibu, yesterday I was heading back from school, then I started hearing a bizare sound like a whining sound, 2 minutes afterwards the engine stopped. When I got off to check under the ...
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Why is my Temperature gauge keeps going up to hot and car loses power whenever this happens

The problem started a year ago. I changed the engine because there was oil coming out of somewhere. The mechanic said I had a hairline crack. I changed all of the sensors etc ... not too car savvy ... ...
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Can I disable antitheft (PATS) on 03 Mustang?

Just bought an 03 Mustang from an auction and took it on a trip. The anti-theft system kicked in and I had to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get it working again. That worked a few times and I ...
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2002 Saturn SL2 Stalls After Warmup No Spark

My SL2 stalls (it just cuts out, no warning) shortly after warmup (this all started right after I topped off the coolant after a low coolant light came on, although I don't know if they are related). ...
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Electronic problem with Ford Fiesta diesel

While driving my Ford Fiesta Classic diesel engine car, I lose all the acceleration. The RPM meter gets stuck on 2 and all other readings were reset automatically in the speedometer? What could be the ...
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Why do the lights flicker when I accelerate?

I have a 2003 Ford Focus. Recently, I've noticed that when I accelerate (step on the gas), all the lights on the car flicker. This happens to both the dash lights in the car and the headlights ...
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Low beams don't work on VW Golf MK3

On my 1996 Golf MK3, the low beams stopped working. I checked the fuses, that's not it (swapped 1 & 2, low beams, for 11 & 12, high beams). I wiggled the ignition switch and the headlights ...
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Head Lamp on Honda Shine

I'm planning to change/modify the Headlight bulb. kindly suggest. My bike (Honda Shine) has 12V 3AH(MF) Battery & Head Lamp 12V 35W/35W halogen bulb. In rainy season & city Bye-pass roads the ...
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My car starts fine but spits and sputters until I unplug my temperture sensor then runs without sputtering

I replaced the alternator and afterwords my car would start, but run like its missing. When I unplug my temp sensor it runs without the missing. Even when it's plugged up, you hit the gas and it wants ...
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changing ford e4od to 4r100

e4od is a gear driven speed sensor/ 4r100 is reading directly off tailshaft and signal is much faster causing speed to read much faster. Is there a way to put an in-line adjustable type signal changer ...
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98 jeep cherokee wont start. get one click then everything shuts down no more dash lights or nothing

replaced the starter a month or so ago and has started fine, until today.... i turn the key and all power is lost. i tried jumping it, charging the battery, hot wired the starter and still nothing.... ...
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2007 honda cr-v dead battery, electrical fuses blown

Honda CR-V 2007 I parked this car on Friday. It would not start on Sunday and the cd changer changed a bunch every time I tried and a few other dash lights came on. It was cold during the 2 days ...
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Broken spark plug stuck/seized in place [duplicate]

Changing spark plugs to a 2002 chevy cavalier last one broken and stuck! Tried soaking with wd40 & PB Blaster but still not moving...any advice?
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Car stalled and restarted after some minutes

I have a very old car which uses mechanical transmission (Maruti Zen) Recently while driving on the road, I switched off the engine because of heavy still traffic. I forgot to turn off the head ...
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Is it possible to disable central locking on a Jaguar S-type (2000)

One of the many problems with my car is that occasionally I can't lock it because a mechanical problem in the passenger side front door interferes with the central locking process. I lock the drivers ...
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Low beams don't work but high beams do. What do I do?

It's a Chevy HHR 2006 and I don't know what to do. First one low beam went out now both are not working but both high beams are working. What do I do?
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Low beam headlights failing every 3-4 weeks

I have Volvo XC90 2006 and for the past few months every 3 - 4 weeks changing low beam light. Last time even did not last 5 days. Any recommendations why this light is failing?
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Convert my 05 mustang to electric

I'd like to convert my 05 mustang to run by electric power. Is there anyone who I can pay to do the conversion? If not for me is there any place that will in general do conversions?
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MAF sensor output signal vs. RPM?

I read that the MAF sensor output voltage increases as RPM increases. The ECU uses this voltage to determine other things, like idle RPM, ignition timing, fuel injectors, etc. Where can I find the ...
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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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1997 dodge caravan won't start when motor gets hot

I have a van with the 3.3 in it. It will start in the morning to go to work sometimes die on the way and restart. It also will not start when the motor gets hot it will turn over but not getting any ...
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What is BCM(Body Control Module) in a car?

I own a Fiat Grande Punto. Recently I was told by the authorized auto workshop that the BCM in my car has failed and needs to be fixed. So i have two questions regarding that - What is a BCM and ...
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requirements upgrading of headlamp from 35/35w to 60/55w on bullet 350 uce

I own a Royal Enfield Bullet (std) 350cc 2013 uce model. The bike is fitted with a 35/35w HS1 PX43t halogen bulb. I want to replace it with a 60/55w halogen H4 bulb. Earlier I had installed the ...
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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...
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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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Is this the correct procedure for a stator test?

Stator Test I have a 2007 DL 1000 V-Strom: I followed the following process while checking the stator: Put multimeter to VAC Tested the three phases of the stator connector plugged into a new ...
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Should I replace this stator? (2007, Suzuki, DL1000)

I opened my stator case to inspect what I thought was a bad stator. I discovered the following issues with my magnets: Broken Magnets: Cracked Magnets: Not sure if I need to replace stator ...
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How stable is voltage in a 12V car outlet?

I want to use a Mini-ITX PC board in a car. I plan to use the 12V "cigar" outlet or take the 12V elsewhere, but from the same 12V source that is dedicated to be used for user devices within a car's ...
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Repair or replace frayed fuel injection wiring harness?

This is on a 2008 Chevy Impala, 3.5L V6, non-flexfuel. Recently got cylinder 1 misfire / ignition failure codes. An investigation revealed that mice had gotten into my garage, made themselves at ...
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Honda Civic 2002 - Car won't start; electrical system issue suspected

As of yesterday, my 2002 Honda Civic no longer starts or even cranks, even with a boost from another vehicle. Check engine light isn't on, and the car is currently too unstable for me to get a reading ...
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Putting three headlights on my bike

I want to fit a total of three headlights on my average 220. What type of modifications do I need to make in the wiring to make it possible?
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Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...
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How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?

I suspect that my battery does not receive enough power from the generator. How do I verify that? I know that involves a voltmeter, but what are the exact things I'm measuring and how? I have a Skoda ...
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2001 Dodge Durango Acts like door is open when they are shut

On our 2001 Dodge Durango sometimes acts as if a door is open and all the cab lights come on and the bell keeps dinging even when they are all closed and we are driving. When this happens we also ...
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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Where is the coolant fan relay on a 2001 Monte Carlo SS

My check engine light is on. Shop failed the car for NY state inspection. Says I have a bad coolant fan relay. Where would this relay be located?