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 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 ...
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Are 'voltage stabilizers' a scam?

I have a 2002 Saturn SC2. I was told that adding a voltage stabilizer could improve its performance. Is this true? The units appear to simply be some capacitors hooked up between the battery ...
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Astra G 2.2 - Electrical Issue

I have an Astra G 2.2. It was working just fine, no issues. Recently passed MOT with no advisories or issues. Today I topped up the oil and replaced the overhead interior bulbs with LEDs. They ...
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dodge intrepid 2000 electrical problems

I have a Dodge Intrepid 2000 My car was recently wrecked.The front is bent in. After the wreck everything electrical was still working the only thing wrong with it was the alignment belt. I had ...
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why doesn't my motorcycle power on?

I have a Suzuki sv 650 2007. My bike recently turned on head lamps, tail, and gauges. Now it won't power on at all, not even a jump start can turn the power on. What can I do to solve the cause? Does ...
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Can an O2 sensor cause faulty spark plugs on driver side only when the spark plugs were just changed?

I took my truck (2006 chevy silverado 5.3l v8) to chevrolet dealership due to the fact that it kept sputtering then dying. The check engine light was on the whole 9 yards. The fuel pump has been ...
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how to hardwire a car.(dashcam)

video where i check all my fuses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74YimFvXEsQ fuses that lighted up without key: 11 Moonroof (20a) 12 accessory power socket (with idk why it did since it doesnt ...
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Front Driver-side window stopped working

Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Blazer 4WD Issue: Front Driver-Size window button is no longer working. Other Details: I checked all other buttons and electrical related things and they all appear to be ...
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2001 katana won't start

2001 Suzuki Katana. Here is the story, after winter it fired up fine, just had a lag on the throttle. Pulled out air filter bike sounded like it loaded up and just died. I left it for a week. I went ...
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Partially blowing a motorcycle main fuse?

So in the continuing saga of my 81 Suzuki GL450L I have been making continuing improvements to the electrical. The coils as previously found were definitely an issue, but possibly not 'the' issue. ...
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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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Battery high voltage

I measured my "cigar socket / outlet" with a multimeter. Instead of 12v it had 19v. Is this normal? Is it my voltage regulator, alternator, battery that has problems? Car: Peugeot 307, 2.0 XSI 2003 ...
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Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet

The cigarette lighter outlet was never designed to be an electrical outlet the way it's commonly used today. Even so, I've yet to find a plug for charging USB devices that fits and doesn't fall out. ...
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Alternative location for motorcycle ignition coils?

I recently replaced the ignition coils on my 81 Suzuki 450. The aftermarket coils are just large enough that the tank won't seat right, even after adjusting the bracket. Would there be any issue in ...
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Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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Running my camper on solar

I would lIke to run my camper fully on solar and I'm unsure what I would need to do it right. It would be for heavy use, lights, appliances, tv, ect... I have a 2014 camper that has a 50 amp plug on ...
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No spark on my new motorcycle

I recently purchased an 81 Suzuki GS450L, my very first bike. I'm not getting a spark. When it dies, it does so silently. No backfire, sputtering, etc. My first thought was that it had aftermarket ...
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Hooking up daytime running lights on my vehicle using relays

I am looking to run my 2006 Honda Ridgeline's daytime running lights on 50% power, or close to it, on the accessory wire. When I turn my park lights, head lights, or brights on, I would like them to ...
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Upsizing a hot rod cooling fan from 7a to 20a

12v car power supply with 160a alternator and 30a relay, will this system support upsizing the cooling fan from 7a to 20a?
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Could 1.9 Nm be enough to accelerate 130kg electric go-kart?

I'll apologize in advance for a fuzzy question. My problem consists of two parts. For starters, I'm trying to buy a DC engine for learning purposes and most of them only specifies the watt (which I ...
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Diode selection or “Engine Running Only” electrical source on 1965 Mustang?

I am working with a 1965 mustang and have added heated seats. The seat heater wiring does not have a latching circuit and is controlled by a SPDT Hi/off/Low switch. In an effort to only allow the ...
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97 Jeep Cherokee check gauges light came on and then my battery gauge dropped down to 9 didn't lose any power?

I'm so confused I had just left my house and got 3 blocks away and my check gauges light came on, then my battery gauge dropped down to 9v. My Jeep didn't lose power, and the radio, heat, lights and ...
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1974 Honda Cb125 Not Starting + Strange Clicking Noise

I have a 1974 Honda Cb125. The other day, she started fluttering at speeds above 30mph. I had run into this issue before, and it turned out to be a bad spark plug connection. I have since replaced ...
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Clio I indicator control non-functional

Model: 1997 Renault Clio RL Panache The hazard lights are functional and I've changed the fuse (to the on-board spare) for the indicators, but still the control stick for the indicators has no ...
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How to check 05 mustang quality of lights and sensors quality

Is there any way to have the sensors for dashboard lights and digital interface tested? The guys at Sears said they didn't like the sound of my car though the fluids were all fine. It's funny they low ...
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Any reason I couldn't replace my entire fuse box with self-resetting breakers?

I'm always rewiring something or upgrading a component here or there on my vehicle. I recently discovered self-resetting breakers that can replace standard automotive fuses. This seems like a silver ...
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an eletrical shortage issue with my BMW 316i. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, and it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused together behind my ...
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What causes a low coolent temp light to come on a 2012 Honda civic

My 2012 Honda civic with 19,000 miles has a blue temp light on dash and it seems to be running fine?
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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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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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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 ...