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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How does the ignition system control the Energy of the spark?

An automotive ignition system needs to provide a specific amount of energy to properly ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Energy = voltage * amperage * duration. A specific ...
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External regulator just installed and now there is a battery drain that kills my car

My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee started beeping and telling me to check the battery. So I had the car tested and it said the voltage regulator was bad. The voltage regulator on these Jeeps are in the ...
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My Yamaha cut off while idling and now there is no power

I Started my FZR600 this morning for work. Normal crank. As I lowered the choke it started to die out so I tried to give it some throttle but it didn't help. The bike cut off completely. Checked all ...
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Central locking for LR Defender Td5 year 1999

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
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2002 Hyundai Elantra

I made a down payment to purchase a 2002 Hyundai Elantra and while viewing the car when the battery was disconnected with the car running the car died. Does that mean it's the alternator? Because if ...
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Car dies immediately when started

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. If I turn the key to 'ON', the electrics turn on. Lights, radio, fans, the works. Everything is normal. If I turn the key to 'START', then the whole car dies. ...
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Sporadic speedometer, and performance lags when speedometer not engaged

I have a 2000 Honda Accord, 2.3L L4 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Recently, the speedometer has been sporadic- sometimes accurate, sometimes bouncing around, but mostly sitting at 0. I replaced ...
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How to upgrade a motorcycle battery to a bigger AH battery?

My motorcycle (honda CBF150) came with a 12V 3AH battery. I want to change the stock 35w headlight to a higher power one and connect them directly to the battery (the stock ones are not, and they ...
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low beam headlight won't work unless highs on

I have a 1961 Apache. It has the 4 headlight system. The dash lights wouldn't work right unless I wiggled the switch. I install all new headlights and bulbs in the dash. Then I installed a new ...
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2005 Civic - Strange electrical issues

My wife's 05 civic started to have some strange electrical issues. I'm not sure even where to start troubleshooting. She originally complained that both headlights died simultaneously. I assumed ...
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Key-on electrical for the Honda NC700x

I've got a 2014 Honda NC700x motorbike, and I'd like to install the aftermarket Bikemaster Heated Grips on it. I purchased the 7/8" kit, instead of the 1" kit that is also offered. When it comes to ...
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Testing specific wires in harness cable

I want to do some electrical mods like adding a push/pull switch to my truck' tailgate to wire into my door ajar light to let me know if it is open along with splicing an electrical tailgate lock into ...
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Motorbike has no power, but kick start works

First up the motorcycle in question is a Skyteam V-Retro 250 (V-Raptor in some countries). On the way home last night I noticed that my tail lights weren't working so I bought a new bulb like I had ...
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1996 Toyota Camry unlocks and locks itself

my 96 Camry started locking and unlocking itself sometimes while driving and sometimes when not driving I will go to get into my unlocked car just to find it lock. It didn't really bother me til last ...
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Considerations for soldering car battery wires?

I've had several problems with my car's wiring oxidizing at the exposed ends near and under post clamp and causing electrical connectivity problems. The braided wire is a pain to brush clean and I ...
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Amplifier is causing battery drain

Okay I'm driving a 1998 Honda Civic EX and I have an audio system in my car that is about 7-8 years old now. I had done some work on one of the terminals on the subwoofers, and melted plastic in ...
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Where is the “Black Box” in a vehicle and what does it record?

I've seen a "black box" referred to by the media in the past and again today in the reporting of the death of Aubrey McClendon. The headline on the TV said "Police retrieve the Black Box from ...
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2007 honda civic trunk screw & peg wont come out

I recently discovered that I had no license plate lights so I immediately went to the auto part store and picked some bulbs up. Only to find that I can only replace one side because one of the screws ...
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OIL ON MY ALTERNATOR

My 1996 XH Ford GLI LONREACH UTE with a 4.0 Tickford motor 5 sp man, had a oil leak (oil leak fixed! and I was quite proud of myself) from the rocker cover gasket, resulting in enough oil that would ...
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2004 buick century ft pass / rear driver side pwr window goes up not down

Removed frt pass side window regulator to check for normal operation works fine/up and down. Checked window motor with pwr probe for normal operation works fine/ up and down. Checked window switch ...
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Do cars ever use electric water pumps?

I saw this question in the cue recently. I know of no cars that are in production that use electric water pumps. I am assuming that it's continuity issue related to failure rates and engine damage ...
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Is it possible to repair an intermittent or flaky turn signal flasher relay?

Ouch, a new turn signal flasher relay is $65 at the local parts shop. Is it possible to DIY a repair of such a flasher relay?
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What's the vehicle lifespan effect when turning systems off by using the ignition key?

One of people who drive our Van Toyota Sienna 2014 has the habit of turning OFF all of the internal controls by counterclockwise turning the ignition key. This is to say, before turning the engine off ...
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How much current should my car draw with the ignition on?

With the ignition fully off, my current draw is pretty much zero, but with the ignition on (to be clear - engine not spinning, starter motor not engaged) it increases to 2.5 amps (at about 11.5v, ...
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98 Olds Intrigue headlights turn off when driving turn back on by using switch

When I'm driving in cold weather, the headlights (which turn on automatically) go out. I can turn them on with the manual switch. Which relay or fuse does controls this? Does anyone have a number or ...
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Security and engine issues

I have a fiat stilo 1.4(2004) plate. It had an intermittent issue with the "car security manager loose connection" and the car wouldn't start sometimes, But when shaking the fuse box/power ...
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Battery Draw while car is off at 3.24

I have a 2007 Saab 95 wagon... For about 6 months at random about once a month my car has been dead. After calling AAA and they told me there is a draw from the battery at apx 3.24 which is should be ...
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How can I tell which parts of my car are “By Wire”?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is, but I don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire. I am a ...
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stuck in park no power to dash or windows

My Honda out of the blue would not go from park and so I had to use shift lock release and I have no power to my windows or dash what would cause this?
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Are all drive-by-wire cars completely (brakes, clutch, gas, steer) by wire?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is (don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire). I am a new ...
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Start a circuit or device when you insert key in car ignition

I want to start a circuit in my car when I insert my key in car ignition and let it turn off when the key gets removed. I have Honda Civic 2007. Can someone just help me out as to from where do I take ...
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Disconnected wires near battery in BMW e46

I noticed a disconnected wire dangling next to the battery in the trunk of my 2005 BMW 330ci. It was actually a red and blue wire that veered off from the thick red one in the middle of the image. ...
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No low beams but do have high beams

I have a 2008 Toyota tundra that I replaced 1 headlight on thinking it was bad but then replaced it a second time and it worked fine for 1 day and the all of a sudden now I do not have any low beams ...
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Battery light flashing after alternator install on 2004 Ford Escape

I just put new alternator on my 2004 Ford Escape, and now my battery light keeps flashing on and off, and it will sometimes stay on. The battery has been checked and is charging 100 % . The alternator ...
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Car stalls/dies suddenly while driving and is not starting again

I own a Indian Make TATA INDICA Ev2 (CR4) Turbo Engine car. I did rebore recently and the mileage was 130,000 KMs. After rebore first service of 3000 km is successfully completed and now I'm facing a ...
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backup lights stay on in park and switch off

I am working on a 2003 ford explorer sport trac.The backup lights stay on and I have to remove the fuse to turn them off.
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Multimeter - Basic Functionality and Howto

Multimeters I'm looking for some responses regarding multimeter basics for the site tag-wiki to point OP's at when we want them to use one. The question is; What are the basic functions of a ...
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Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours

I have an '05 Sienna. At 7 this morning, it was making a knocking noise when I went to leave for work. It had been off since about 9:30 last night. Clicked unlock on the remote and nothing happened. ...
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Old starter clicked, wont turn over engine. New starter wont even click - no noise at all

My old starter would click, but not turn the engine over. I got a brand new starter and installed it. The only two wires connected to the starter are completely different and can only be fit in the ...
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Locked out of my accord

My 2013 Honda Accord EXL the battery died the key fob won't open the door and neither will the manual key what can I do
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Burning air pressure switch

I use a 12 V air compressor at my car for air suspension which I understand is draining around 30-35 A. The problem what I have is overheating and eventually burning the pressure switch and ...
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Peculiar Interior Lighting Issue

Recently a friend of mine was driving a VW Fox (not new, I'm not sure what year but it was certainly 5+ years old) home in the dark with the lights on. Strangely, after a minute or two of driving all ...
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Why does my new tail light keep blowing the fuse?

I have a 1972 Honda CB350F and I got the new tail light from DimeCity. I think it was called the Buffalo style Medium tail light. The tail light turns on and works fine when I switch on the headlight, ...
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What are slip rings with respect to a cars alternator?

This is not a physics forum, and as such I don't expect answers to explain Faraday's law of induced emf (electromotive force), which is the basic physics principle behind how an alternator is able to ...
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Response to 2001 Toyota Carolla vvt code 1349: what should I do?

I got a vvt 1349 code on my 2001 Toyota Carolla. I have noticed a sharp decrease in fuel economy. Some people have reported that the oil control valve may be causing the issue. The oil control valve ...
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Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
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How can you use the headlights to tell the quality of your battery?

I understand that all headlights do dim briefly when you turn the engine on and that this is normal. I also believe that the headlights will dim more if the car battery is in poor condition. I hope ...
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2005 Toyota Corolla intermittant battery drain when not running

I have a 2005 Corolla CE with manual transmission. About one month ago the car would not start, and the battery was discharged to about 8.5V. Car had been not running for a couple of days but nothing ...
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Charging circuit

I have a motorhome and tow my car behind. Since I have to leave the car in accessory mode so the steering wheel is unlocked, the battery doesn't last a long time. I want to run a DS line from the ...
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Honda Civic starting problems?

my honda doesn't want to start, in the morning it starts with one crank but as soon as I drive and I switch off the car and I want to start again then it doesn't want to start. When I take a piece of ...