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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Good car for full electric conversion

I am just going into my final year of mechatronics engineering, and as a project for my spare time I am looking to convert a car to fully electric drive. At the moment I am also toying with the idea ...
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Suzuki 2004 sv650s wiring

I got a 2004 sv650s Suzuki when I turn the key on the fuel pump does not come on and the CHECK light comes on on the dash. All the lights come on and the starter button does not work.All the fuses are ...
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How do I make all of this work together?

I have a friend with 1988 Jeep YJ. I'm not sure if this question is more appropriate for here or for Electrical Engineering. We want to mount this blender with an AC motor in it. I think it's 110 ...
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2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 flashing

Whenever i engage my 4x4, the 4x4 light flashes. It didn't used to do this. Its annoying watching it flash. Any ideas what could be causing it to flash?
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LED lights on same switch [closed]

I'm trying to wire 4 low voltage LED lights in a vehicle. I would like all 4 lights to come on with one switch, and only 2 of the 4 lights with another switch. I could also use one switch if it has ...
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Battery light on after new alternator

Car: 2003 Honda Civic Si G1Wh dash cam, 400w amp, 4300k HIDs My alternator failed badly (stereo cutting off), no battery light. Replaced it with a reman Duralast, battery light is on. It shows 14.5v ...
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Are there downsides to making an accessory socket always live, if accessories are removed when not in use?

In some cars, the power line from the battery to the accessory outlet (aka cigarette lighter socket) is always live. In others, it's off until ignition. It seems pretty much random which cars are ...
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Fiat Siena EL 2001 was starting but jerking very bad whist running [closed]

Fiat Siena EL 2001 model It has a starting problem, I'm really desperate to get it running again, please help. The car was starting and running but was jerking very bad when in 2nd gear. The ...
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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

The problem I have been having with my VW Passat was that my cigarette lighter was not working in the car. It is the only one in the main part of the car (there is another one in the boot) and it ...
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Multiple issues with AUX input (Mazda 3 2007)

I experience a bunch of problems with my 2007 Mazda 3's electrical system: The most annoying issue is that I hear [a rather loud] engine noise when I connect a phone to the AUX (3.5mm audio jack) ...
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2007 Hyundai Elantra - Car beep when I lock the door no longer working

I got in a minor accident the other day. Cosmetically my hood was a little crumpled and the grill cracked. Functionally the only thing not working is the wireless lock beeping feature. Is this ...
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Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

I have a 2003 Ford Mustang GT, I had the battery tested and it will take a jump and start up so naturally I am thinking the alternator is bad. I take the alternator out and have it tested 3 times and ...
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2007 Ford Explorer - No Start, No sound, No power

My son's Ford explorer does not start on the first try but when he try's again then it starts. On the first initial start try there is no clicking, no sound like turning over, no dash lights etc. But ...
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Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?

By "hot-swap" I mean ensuring that the new battery is connected in parallel to the old battery while the old battery is removed and the new one is installed in its place. The idea is to ensure that ...
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Removing a car battery - order of wires explanation

Q1: When one removes a car battery, why does one start with the minus wire? Is it because if we remove the plus wire first it may touch the body of the car and close the circuit, causing a ...
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03 chevy impala- I have a bad misfire

When I push on the gas it hesitates to go. The check engine light starts flashing but once it gets rolling its gone. I change the spark plugs, put in a gas treatment, shot some B-12 in it and ...
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Battery Explosion - What are the reasons a battery would explode?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I saw a battery explode. I was about 100 feet away and two mechanics were jump starting a Harley Davidson from a truck. The operator of the truck was ...
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Suddenly losing electrical power, but after jump start, test the battery and alternator, they seem fine

99 corolla seca. OK so first time it happened i was driving and i suddenly lost power (electrics / everything else) it just kind of putters a little and then that's it. I called roadside assist and ...
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Can I Mount auxiliary lights for Hero Honda Passion 2002 bike?

I am having a Hero Honda Passion 2002 model bike. The head light is very low and it works on engine power not on the battery, due to this riding bike in no light area with lots of ups and downs are ...
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2008 Mazda 6i - Do I Need to Flash the BCM?

Do I need to flash the BCM if I replace it? I have a 2008 Mazda 6i and the horn, brake lights and cruise control do not work. The repair shop says the BCM shows signs of water damage and needs to be ...
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Audi A6 C6 on board computer is off

I'm not sure if it's something wrong with on-board computer or I just don't know how to turn it on. When the car is started the display is completely off. and only turns on sometimes when some kind of ...
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12 v RV solar system ground wire size for minmum voltage drop [closed]

I have been too ignorant about wire sizing but now trying to correct it. 280w of panels - 15amp potential max. power for the two - controller (set to 14.4 now) - 12v AGM 200 amp/hr battery. 22 ft new ...
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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - What is Difficulty in Replacing the Negative Battery Cable in this Vehicle? [closed]

We have replaced the alternator and battery but still have problem with starting. It takes a jump and starts every time but after you park and come back, it won't start again. I has been to the shop ...
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Motorcycle Starting Issue - no longer starting after attempting to jump with a car battery

I tried jump start my bike with my car battery because the motorcycle battery was really low and would not start. I mistakenly touched both ends of the jump leads together and cause a big spark, ...
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Calculate car battery life using OBD parameters

I want to calculate the battery life of a car based upon OBD2 parameters like engine load, distance traveled, Control Module voltage etc. Can anyone please guide me as to how to do this? If ...
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What would go into a tranny swap on a modern vehicle

I have a 1999 Isuzu trooper and I have been toying with the idea of doing an engine and transmission swap on it. If all goes well with the engine I plan on getting I would like to replace the ...
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1998 Chevy Blazer - Headlights not getting power on one side

Can someone help me out? I had HID's in my blazer for about 3 months and the passenger side always went out so I took them out and put the regular headlight bulb back in. After I did that, I now ...
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1997 Honda Accord F22B2 - Electrical Issue After Cylinder Head Repair

I recently replaced the head gasket and timing belt on my F22B2 (non-VTEC, 4 cylinder) 97 Honda Accord. I got everything put back together, but now the ignition switch doesn't have the same results ...
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How do cigarette lighter splitters work?

I have a 3 way cigarette lighter splitter that says: Input: 12VDC, 8A Output 3 Ports: 12VDC up to 8A Fuse: 8A, 250V Does this mean it outputs 8A per port or, does it mean if the load of all ...
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What gauge wire should I use for adding USB ports to my car?

I want to add powered USB ports to my car to charge various devices with. My plan is to order these USB soldering connectors fuse holders, 3amp fuses, and some wire. Now I would find a hot wire ...
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Constant drain on battery solution

I have a 2012 Ford Fusion SE. My problem is that my dc power outlets (cigarette lighter) are on continuously. I was charging one of my cell phone battery packs and as I unplugged it I noticed that ...
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Ford Focus - Central Locking Failure

I would really appreciate some help. So my central locking has stopped working. I can put the key into the door and lock and unlock the car but I can't use the fob on the key. Attempt 1 I tried was ...
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How do I test fuses with a circuit tester?

Lights all flicker. When I an in the cabin the head lights flicker. I want to test my fuses with a circuit tester. Should the engine be running or will I be blown away? Please help, I'm a newbie ...
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Tractor wont start

Not sure if this is the right stack exchange forum to post this in or not, hoping it is... I have a Toro lawn tractor which is having issues starting. I have been using it fine for the last few weeks ...
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parking light on 1990 Volvo 240 not working,

The driver's side parking light on my 1991 Volvo 240 is not working. Bulb is ok. Turn signal and head lights working fine. Mechanic says it is most likely a corroded wire inside an "assembly" or ...
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03 Chevy Suburban Fuel Pump Failure

A few days ago, my dad's Suburban was running while sitting on a steep driveway with a low level of fuel in the tank, and the fuel pump suddenly cut out. Knowing that fuel pumps can wear out from heat ...
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judging oxygen sensor quality

I was looking at oxygen sensors for my vehicle on rock auto and found large price discrepancies. I saw sensors ranging from $25 up to $100. in general what do the more expensive sensors have that the ...
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Low beam not working in headlight

I have a 1999 Miata, i bought the car for 750$ as a project car. it had some body damage but i figured i would fix it. The car is mostly done now, but i have one major issue. The low beams in my ...
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loss of gauges on a 2003 Ford Escape

My son has a 2003 Ford Escape V6, that will all of a sudden have a loss of all gauges while he is driving and then they will come right back up with no loss of power. There has been times he has ...
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How to wire trailer brake to 2014 Ford Focus ST

I am in the process of wiring in a universal trailer light controller into my 2014 Focus ST. In doing so, I've run into a very strange issue which is just beyond my electrical knowledge and I'm ...
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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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Electronic disaster after replacing water pump and alternator on a 2008 Scion?

I have a 2008 Scion. I changed the water pump and alternator. After I put it back together I have no power steering, power door locks or windows, Tail or brake lights. Half the warning lights on the ...
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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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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?