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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Have a 2000 Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport with Electrical issues

I have replaced computer, starter, alternator and battery twice in the last 2 years. The other day when I turned the key the lights cut off and no attempt to start. I removed battery connections and ...
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1996 Ford Explorer Speedometer and Shifting issues, O/D light flashing

My 1996 Ford Explorer began having issues at the end of a moderately long drive home while going approximately 60 miles per hour (not sure if related; I drive that speed often). The speedometer ...
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Wire front camera+sensors+display on SINGLE Ignition switched 12V wire

I want to install front parking sensors & camera (+display). So I have: Kit of 4 sensors + controller Camera Display Basically I know how to install & wire them, the thing I don't sure is: ...
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When reconnecting a battery, why connect the positive first? [duplicate]

When reconnecting a battery, why is it recommended to connect the positive lead first, and the negative lead last? What difference does it make if they are connected in the opposite order?
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Brake light connector drops to 0v when bulb is in, 12v without bulb

I'm stuck with a basic electric problem, on my honda cb500. The rear light bulb is a twin-filament for position/brake, 12v 5/21w. It's brand new and tested. The battery has 11.9v. On the rear light ...
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2009 Toyota Camry's brand new OEM power window master switch won't control the drivers window

Why would the driver's side window operate perfect with the original master switch but not work when I install a new power window master switch? I purchased 2 new aftermarket power window master ...
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Odd Dashboard Cluster and Control Behavior

Car: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Problematic behavior About this time last year is when this all started. It first surfaced in that when I went to startup the car it started but after about a second ...
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positive ground / neg. ground

With a/c current in a home rather than a vehicle, I don't think one would ever get a positive ground. Electricity always flow from the positive to the negative from what I have been learning about a/c ...
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Dodge Caravan headlights; 1 on with running lights, other on with headlights

I have a 2002 Dodge Caravan. When the running lights are on, one of the headlights is on. When I turn the headlights on, they switch; the one that was on with the running lights turns off, and the ...
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Starter or Electrical?

My 2007 Mustang GT makes funny noise when starting, and lately disconnects my Clock and radio. Would that mean that I need a new starter or do I have electrical problems?
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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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2006 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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electric windows broken

Can anyone help just got home and have gone to do my electric windows up and non of them will go up I had an issue with the passenger side switch not doing the window up but would do it down but now ...
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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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Is it ok to start the car with my GPS, cell phone, etc. plugged into the 12V port?

I remembered reading somewhere that we shouldn't start our cars with devices (GPS, cell phone, video game device, etc.) plugged into the cigarette lighter port. This is because when we start our car, ...
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Highest Fan Speed on AC/Heater Blower no longer works.

I've found a couple of posts here about blower fans that only operate on high speed, but the issue I'm having is the opposite. All of the fan speeds work except for the highest speed (really the only ...
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Mazda 323P,Electrical circuit of engine control

For me is necessary the electric diagram of engine control Z5 and the procedure regulation of throttle position sensor.
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Interpreting ABS/DSC fault code

I have an ABS, DSC and handbrake warning light (the latter telling me it's likely from one of the rear wheels) on my BMW E46 320d from 2001. The warning used to be intermittent (it would go away, then ...
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Does fire damage the electrics of a vehicle?

I have a bike but the question is also for a car of my neighbor. Both are parked in the garage where, sadly, some moron proved his moronity by doing something moronic, which caused a fire to flame. ...
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How to simulate that automatic-engine stop feature?

I have a brand new Honda Vezel (Japanese market only). It has this fanciful but useless and nuisance feature that shuts down the engine when I come to a stop and automatically restarts the engine ...
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Utility trailer lights issue

My small utility trailer has sit here for more than a year. Now I found its lights don't work anymore. I used my multimeter to test the four wire harness and find the following: Connect any other ...
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I have a 1993 GMC sierra 1500 and I have some questions about the grounding

When we bought the truck the original battery was grounded to the alternator and my dad told me I should remove the ground and put it to the frame. Well after we did that all of my gauges started ...
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1999 Yamaha 80hp Outboard Electrical Problem (Rectifier Overheating)

I recently purchased a pontoon boat and on day #3 my motor died, I'm hoping to get some help from the community with correctly diagnosing and fixing the problem. The motor - 1999 Yamaha 80hp four ...
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Pontiac Sunfire mysteriously won't start

So, here's the deal: -No lights, no noise, no clicking. -Battery voltage reads fine on multimeter. Terminals are very clean and not corroded. -But it won't jump start. -Headlights turn on. -Fuses are ...
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Fuse box above battery melting

I have a 2001 VW Beetle which has a nasty habit of melting the above battery high voltage fuse box. I've replaced it three times already and replaced the alternator as well, but I'm at a complete loss ...
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2003 Jeep Liberty 3.7 v6 misfire

I have a misfire on all 3 cylinders 1, 3 & 5, all on the same side of motor. It seems more likely to be an electrical problem than coil packs since all are on same side. Is this a problem anyone ...
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Wrongly plugged battery terminals

I inter-switched my battery wires, positive to negative. Now the car moves but does not accelerate with the pedal to the floor. What have I done to the car? The car is a Toyota land cruiser v8 2006. ...
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Automotive electrical question

I would like to hook up a under hood lamp to my Cadillac Escalade. A TSB (Technical Service Bulliten) from Cadillac says to never connect accessories to the vehicles wiring without using a diode to ...
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Car Stereo and separate clock keep resetting when car is turned off

Car Stereo and separate clock keep resetting when car is turned off. I bought recently a 2005 Kia Spectra. Car had several previous owners. Stereo is aftermarket pioneer. The stock clock in the car ...
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CanBus - monitoring

My Volvo (2002) uses CANBus to monitor various lamps (I assume its current that's monitored). I intend to splice into one of the headlamps and one of the sidelamps and use those live feeds to dim ...
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Merdeces stalls after 30sec-1min, and battery warning light is on [duplicate]

I've got an old but low mileage Mercedes and This problem puzzles me. The car stalls after a short time(30 seconds to 1 minute) after start up and the battery warning light on the dash lights up. I ...
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Automatic A/C recirculation problem [closed]

I have a Toyota 2014 4-Runner limited and I have a problem where the recirculation button will automatically turn off. It works fine when it's on, but is there a way to turn off the auto turn off?
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High idle, not shifting gears - 1995 Mercury Mystique

My friend has a 1995 Mercury Mystique that was suffering from low idle problems (stalling out at stoplights, etc). He replaced the throttle position sensor, and after that the low idle problem was ...
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Will an auxiliary battery hurt a vehicle's alternator?

I am going to be road tripping and living out of my SUV for a while. I need a way to power a tiny portable cooler/fridge 24/7 and would like to be able to power my cell phone, laptop, and maybe a few ...
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Alternative reverse light switch

I am about to take me ute to get a "safety" certificate so that I can get it registered (QLD, Australia) and I have one issue left that is still a possible problem. The switch that operates the ...
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Car radio stopped working

Hi I'm 16 years old and have just bought my first car. It's a 2001 Mazda protoge. Today while I was driving I plugged in a USB charger for my phone and the radio shut off. Now the radio won't turn on ...
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Low idle and tacho twitching after electrical cut out

The car is a 93 VW Cabriolet (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit). I was parked with the engine on lowering the hydro/electric roof when the engine and power cut out. I couldn't restart the car so checked the battery ...
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How does a lightbulb with two filaments know which one to light up?

I need to replace the taillight/brake light on my car, and it's a bulb with two filaments (known as 12V P21/5W - see pic) My car has two taillights on each side. A standard 5W bulb for the top half, ...
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Should only the left “Rear Fog Light” actually light up in a pair?

On a 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero, only the left rear fog light lights up. The right side has a bulb but when I switch the bulbs, the left still is the only side that lights up. I thought it might be a wiring ...
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Fluctuating amp meter on 1948 automobile

On an old auto 6 volt (generator/regulator) system, what causes the ammeter to fluctuate between zero and -35 amps? Seems acceptable at idle but fluctuates on the discharge side when driving. Will ...
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What's wrong if I replace a signal light bulb, but it still acts as if it's burnt out?

I hit the ditch the other day and got towed out. There was no physical damage as far as I can tell, but whenever I indicated right, it would blink fast as if a bulb was burned out. I replaced the ...
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Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine

Daughter was driving home last night from work and noticed "it was very dark" on the way. Turns out low beams won't come on at all. High beams, parking, tail, turn signal and flashers all fine... just ...
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new starter in 74 pontiac with 350 turns over and fires but won't stay running

My starter went on my 74 Pontiac with a chev 350 (Canadian). It first was not starting sporadically and I would have to crawl under and tap on it to get it going. I got a new starter and now it will ...
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Repair broken light connector on Volvo 240

So I tried to replace the broken corner light assembly on my '92 Volvo 240 last night. On the old unit, the gray connector (pictured in link) was stuck, and eventually pulled free with part of the ...
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Portable generator starter problem

The generator is King Canada Model no. KCG-6500GE, the battery is 12v and is in good condition. When I turn on the key to start it nothing happens, I do have power to the starter connection. What ...
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What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 Petrol, has a high air intake. Here is the approximate location of it: [ Here is the engine bay, showing the air intake on the left. Is the height of the bottom of the ...
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Cracked & frayed wire everywhere!

I have an 84 Ranger with a 2.8L V6. This car seems to have a fair amount of electrical issues, but mostly really minor. I noticed that A LOT of the wiring harness is cracked or frayed, just because ...
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Oldsmobile Stalling at Stop

My 1999 Oldsmobile Alero has been stalling when I come to stop. This happens when I'm driving at speeds of at least 45mph and coming to a quick stop, for instance, when coming off a ramp from an ...
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Unknown red wiring harness near cooling fan area on a Ford Focus 2004

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE DOHC. Today, I opened the hood and found an unconnected red wiring harness (shown in the picture, it's the one with a question mark pointed at). I looked around the area ...
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MG Rover Immobiliser removal

I have a 2003 MG Rover Streetwise, I need to remove or at least completely bypass the OEM Immobiliser. Driver door lock is broken due to attempted theft, so no point trying to enter the code, the key ...