About the main electric systems of the car. Consider a different tag for radios and other such systems.

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Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven

I have a Citroen C3 which is giving me a headache. The problem is a recent one, and is basically that I can't start the car. The strange thing is that the problem only surfaces when I've been driving ...
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What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?

I want to wire up my old truck to turn an electric fan ON to keep the radiator cool. The ECM has an engine coolant temperature sensor mounted in the engine that alters the resistance to determine ...
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Number plate lights not working

Hi I have a one year old Motorhome, the number plate lights have corroded beyond repair. I am waiting for the to be repaired under warranty. Does this mean technically my Motorhome off the road as I ...
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Brake lights on '94 Honda Prelude stuck on

All 3 brake lights on my Prelude seem to be permanently stuck on. This occurs all of the time - the lights stay on even if there is no key in the ignition. I've had to disconnect the battery. Would ...
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Will a BCM prevent a car from starting?

I've been dealing with an issue for over a year wherein my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix starts sometimes and does not start at other times. I had the issue diagnosed last year by the GM dealership. They ...
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2007 S40 - Accessory Delay (5 secs) when turning the Key to Position II

My son's 2007 S40 has an accessory delay of 5 (secs). The lights and indicators ultimately come on. The car has no problem starting and runs nice. The dealer says it needs a new ignition. An ...
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Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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2003 Nissan 350 Z won't accelerate

We own a Nissan 350 Z and this morning it would not start. It would turn over but it wouldn't fire. After pulsing the gas a little bit it would start but then letting off the gas would cause it to ...
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2007 Nissan Maxima Windows and Sunroof are Unresponsive

All the windows will not go up or down including the sunroof. Everything else is working. The fuse under the hood looks ok. There no sign of it being bad. Can it still be the fuse and if not what else ...
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Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?

Any time I put something - as light as 10 pounds in my passenger seat, my seat belt alarm goes off in my 2007 Pontiac Vibe. To avoid the VERY annoying beeping, I usually end up buckling up my ...
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Capacitors for cars

I recently added a subwoofer to my car. It's powered by a 300w JBL amp (and I also have 300w speakers). I currently have a 180amp alternator and a Die Hard platinum battery, which both handle my ...
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Keyless control system does not respond

I have a 2000 Ford Excursion. Suddenly the remote system does not respond. I checked the battery of the keyless and replaced it, but it didn’t make any difference. Are there any thoughts, or steps ...
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1999 GMC Sonoma 2.2L, 5spd, SLS - no reverse lights, suspect transmission

No reverse lights. Complete diagnostics reveal; good Fuses, good blubs, good continuity, good reverse light switch. The switch was checked two ways: 1. jumped out with a piece of wire between ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
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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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'96 Buick Century Turn Signal Not Working

Yesterday I noticed that all four of my turn signals were not turning on. About two months I had the flasher replaced because they turned on but just would not blink, now they will not even light ...
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Electrical problems after auto start installation

I have a 2000 Camry, I've installed Bulldog RS90 remote starter about 5 months ago; and it worked just fine. A couple of days ago I started my car with a key, and could not shift the gear from ...
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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 some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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Safe resistance between alternator and battery?

I am trying to figure out which awg of wire I need to get for my new, 160 amp, alternator. I found this chart which shows the resistivity/length of different wire gauges. Chances are that I will not ...
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Lost electricity to cab and Engine won't turn over

My '94 mazda b4000 recently lost electricity to the cab and the engine won't turn over. I will get in, the seatbelt beeping will start, then that will stop. I will put the key in the ignition and ...
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Turn Signal Malfunctioning

My left turn signal started malfunctioning the other day, here are the symptoms. left turn signal (on dashboard) clicks at roughly twice the rate as the right turn signal. rear turning light flashes ...
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Turn lights are blinking at a different rate

I am rewriring my car with new harness and I noticed something strange. My left turn lights blink faster than my right turn lights. They are both routed through the same relay and I don't think they ...
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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...
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How to run a 50 amps short term load off the car electrical circuit?

I window-shopped for a car air compressor and there's a variety of them with different performance levels. Low performance compressors (like 30 liters per minute) have a cigarette lighter connector, ...
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Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?

I've got an older Nissan truck (1994) that did NOT come with a factory radio. A previous owner had an aftermarket style radio installed, and the installers used one of these universal radio ...
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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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1996 Chevy Tahoe Won't Start

My Tahoe won't turn over. There are no clicking sounds. Lights will turn on. Nothing happens when I turn the key.
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What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?

A 2004 Chevy aveo with around 78,000 miles has the following issues: The Daytime Running Light indicator (as well as the lights themselves) randomly turn on and off. This is a slow thing and has ...
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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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Getting power to phone kit by running a cable through the firewall

I am installing a phone kit in a Toyota Avensis '02. I am trying to get a cable through the firewall to the battery and I'm having difficulty. I saw someone on YouTube getting power from under the ...
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Low beam headlights out, High beam working

The patient is a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice with dual-filament bulbs. Both filaments in both bulbs light up in high beam mode, but no filament on either bulb lights up in low beam mode. What could be ...
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Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
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2004 Toyota Corolla breaker breaks when I use a power outlet

I have an 04 Corolla. If I plug anything into either of the 2 power outlets it destroys a breaker. I thought about replacing the power outlet, but since it happens to both outlets I think there's ...
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2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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98 Tiburon won't start and doesn't make a noise

I have a 98 hyundai tiburon. recently the battery light went on when I was driving. the next day my girlfriend left the headlights on and the battery died. We tried to jump it with no luck. I got the ...
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2007 Jeep Commander left turn signal will not turn off

I made a left turn today and now my left turn signal will not turn off (i.e., the interior arrow is flashing and the exterior front/rear blinkers are flashing). Here is the current state of things: ...
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Sudden electrical problems in 2001 Buick Century

My wife drives a 2001 Buick Century with ~130k miles. A few days ago, she was driving it home when she described that several warning indicators came on suddenly, the windshield wipers stopped ...
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Newly self-installed stereo system quiet with poor, tinny sound quality

I recently bought a Pioneer stereo system (FH-X700BT) for my 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata still has its factory speakers. The factory stereo was working fine, I just wanted something other than a ...
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Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?

Just got a '98 Benz ml320 and two days later it cut off on me, twice, within about 5 minutes. I took it for a diagnostic. I'm wondering how overpriced this estimate is and possible ideas of best ...
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Series of troubling electrical problems in my '07 Mazda 3. Any ideas?

I'm having a series of what I will call electrical problems with my Mazda 3. I'm not sure if they are interrelated and wanted to get some advice or ideas from you guys. Apologies in advance for the ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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Flickering lights and volt light on 2004 PT Cruiser

My 2004 PT Cruiser just flashed the internal battery light. I was able to drive home, but I noticed that the LED lights on the clock were flickering. I played with the RPM of the motor a bit(manual ...
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2004 Kia sedona intermittently wont start

my 2004 kia Sedona intermittently refuses to start. I have light, radio, electric windows but just doesn't turn over at all. If I leave it a few hours and go back to it, it'll start first time as if ...
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2002 Hyundai Elantra power locks?

My friend just bought a 2002 Hyundai Elantra and neither of us can figure out how the door locks work. It doesn't have any separate lock/unlock button on the inside of the door like most vehicles ...
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Car stereo lights dim/flicker

thank you for taking the time to read this. Last year I installed a car stereo head unit in my car. I did the installation myself rather than having it done professionally. I am no expert in that ...