Concerning the main electrical system of a motor vehicle or internal combustion engine. Consider a different tag for radios and other such systems.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

6
votes
2answers
135 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
60 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
112 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
67 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
80 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
47 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
85 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
14 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
425 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
206 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

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 ...
6
votes
0answers
80 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
25 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
65 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
97 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
87 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
32 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
35 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
90 views

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: ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
3
votes
1answer
101 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
30 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
48 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
49 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
398 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
160 views

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, ...
3
votes
2answers
861 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
120 views

All warning lights came on, the odometer did not.

I have a 2008 F150 160k miles and all of the warning lights came on (Check engine, ABS, low tire, parking brake, 4x4 Hi and 4x4 Low from what I remember). The odometer was just a blank green screen. ...
3
votes
3answers
438 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

Viable replacements for lead-acid batteries?

Given the state of battery technology, is it viable for either motorcycles or cars to replace the original spec 12V lead-acid battery with a different type of battery? My question comes about as I ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

Subaru Forester XT 2002 driver power window malfunctioning

My driver side power window does not go down automatically but will go down if you keep the switch depressed. On the other hand the up function only work by continuously pulling and releasing the ...
6
votes
3answers
312 views

Kawasaki EX650 - What causes a stator to burn out?

My motorcycle recently required a new stator (plus a new regulator rectifier and battery) because the stator burnt out and fried everything. What are the typical causes of a burnt-out stator? Does ...
4
votes
1answer
118 views

Reversed the battery terminals - What damage have I done? [closed]

I inter-switched my battery wires, positive to negative. Now the car moves but does not accelerate, even with the pedal to the floor. What damage have I done by reversing the battery terminals? The ...
4
votes
0answers
322 views

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 ...