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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Bmw E46: strange problems with automatically closing windows and broken light warning

I have had a couple of strange problems and I can't really make sense of it. When I parked the car, I locked the doors as always with the windows closed (I am absolutely sure about this; it was ...
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button 1

I share a similar plight with the guy before only difference is it's with an 04 Forester STi. I held the passenger front window switch up for a little too long next thing I know my driver side window ...
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How to track down an intermittent battery drain?

I know there are several questions on here about finding the source of a battery drain (like Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) ). However I don't think the answers ...
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No low beams but do have high beams

I have a 2008 Toyota tundra that I replaced 1 headlight on thinking it was bad but then replaced it a second time and it worked fine for 1 day and the all of a sudden now I do not have any low beams ...
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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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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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2003 Tibaron ECU fuse blows while driving, not when idling

This is a 2003 Tibaron. The ECU fuse blows only when driving. It can idle for hours. What runs off the ecu fuse? I replaced the ECU, didn't help. Checked power and grounds, no problem found. I'm ...
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AC blower won't turn on after replacing battery

I have a U.S. 2011 Volkswagen GTI. After the car wouldn't start (starter would crank but engine would not turn on) I decided it's probably time to replace the battery, and did. Car starts fine, but ...
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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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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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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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How do you test relays?

I have a Pontiac Grand Am. After getting a hose replaced, I noticed that my fans don't come on now. I checked the fuses and cooling fan #2's fuse is burnt out, which (I think) should be for AC only. ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines that require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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What is the best overall ODB2 scan tool?

There are a number of different ODB2 scan tools out there, some PC based, some standalone units, some more for tuning and some more for diagnosing problems. What are the different features that these ...
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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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When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?

On a 2001 Honda Civic. Having the temp dial to HOT. When I turn the air flow dial from FRONT to Defrost (windshield), it turns on the A/C button and the A/C motor kicks in also. It just started doing ...
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Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should I write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-II. Initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
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Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
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What are slip rings with respect to a cars alternator?

This is not a physics forum, and as such I don't expect answers to explain Faraday's law of induced emf (electromotive force), which is the basic physics principle behind how an alternator is able to ...
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Electrical issue in vehicle - fuel gauge drops to zero when horn is activated

Here is what I have been dealing with. Posted over on my vehicle specific board, but no one seems to have any idea. Instead of reposting everything hashed over there, I will post the original question ...
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How do I diagnose opened door indicator problem on a Honda Civic 1.8Vti Aerodeck

The opened door light indicator flashes at random rate when I drive. This also randomly triggers the alarm system that I had to disconnect. I have removed every door switches. No differences. ...
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Low beam headlights don't work, High beam headlights do

The vehicle is a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The low beams aren't working. High beams are. The fuse is perfectly fine (tested and swapped out). The bulbs are fine too. A mechanic told me it could be ...
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2007 Nissan Armada power window fuse location

According to the fuse block diagram, there is not a dedicated fuse for the power windows. Anyone know if the power windows are on another fuse? Front drivers side window will not go down and switch ...
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Burning air pressure switch

I use a 12 V air compressor at my car for air suspension which I understand is draining around 30-35 A. The problem what I have is overheating and eventually burning the pressure switch and connectors....
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OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants $...
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Aux Audio Input for 2006 Honda Accord

I'd like to add an auxiliary audio input to my 2006 Honda Accord LX-SE: What parts do I need to purchase? Can someone with a rudimentary understanding of electronics perform the installation? What's ...
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How should the lights for a trailer be hooked up?

I have a tent trailer and the lights don't work right. It has a 4 wire connector to my car but one of the wires on the trailer connector was worn out and probably not working. So I got a new 4 prong ...
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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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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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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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Should I disconnect the battery when working on my instrument cluster

I am going to be changing a few bulbs on my Opel Astra's instrument cluster. Part of the process involves disconnecting the entire cluster from the wiring harness and obviously replacing it when done. ...
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How can I elegantly secure a USB charging cable to the dashboard?

In extension of this Q about the power outlet I have a related question about how to secure the USB charging cable that runs from the power plug in the cigarette lighter socket to the corner of the ...
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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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93 Nissan Sentra SE-R, replaced alternator voltage still low

My car died while I was driving it, but I can put the battery on a charger (or from another car, with jumper cables) and get it running albeit for a short period of time. I put a multimeter on the ...
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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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Manual horn switch

what are the pitfalls or things to look out for when manually wiring a switch from the battery to the horn? Some background: I just moved to texas where they require vehicle inspections. My horn ...
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Ducati Monster S4 electrical problems

I have a 2001 Monster S4. The fuel level sensor hasn't worked since I bought the bike. This is mostly an inconvenience, but as there is no reserve facility it means I need to keep a close eye on my ...
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I hear a click when i go to start my car… But starts up on second attempt

Why is my 2009 chevy malibu doing this click before i start it up?
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Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours

I have an '05 Sienna. At 7 this morning, it was making a knocking noise when I went to leave for work. It had been off since about 9:30 last night. Clicked unlock on the remote and nothing happened. ...
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Daytime running light failure — one side only

I have a 1991 Miata. It's a Canadian vehicle, and so is equipped with daytime running lights. Recently, I've noticed that the passenger side light is not working as a DRL. The driver's side light ...
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How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on it's on the highest setting?

My car fan won't work unless it's on 4 (full power). I have 4 options of power for the fan 1 - 4 but nothing happens on options 1 - 3. I have taken the panel off and cleaned all the contacts for the ...
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Diagnosing fuel pump relay on 2004 Acura TSX

My wife's '04 Acura TSX began having issues starting towards the end of last summer. It would turn over just fine, but took 5-10 seconds to actually start running. The problem was intermittent - some ...
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How should I properly connect a high-current accessory?

I have a 2012 Honda Accord that I would like to install a radio transceiver in. At peak, its current draw is 22A @ 13.8VDC. Generally, the wisdom is that it should be connected directly to the battery ...
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1998 VW Beetle - Clutch and Electrical Issues

I have a 98 VW BEETLE. I had to change my clutch all the way from the master cylinder to the clutch pedal. Still have no clutch. Then when I tried to start my car all the lights come on even radio ...
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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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How to Track Down an Electrical Short

In a previous question regarding my dashboard lights not working I found that the "tail" fuse would burn out immediately upon turning on the headlights. This is after someone did repairs to the horn, ...
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07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window working intermittently

A few days ago my Subaru Forester's driver's window (RHD) developed this habit of not opening when I push the switch, or sometimes I push the switch, then nothing happens for a couple of seconds, then ...
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2006 Pontiac G6, 3.5 V6 - ABS and Traction Control Lights in Pontiac G6

I own a 2006 Pontiac G6, 3.5 V6 with 155,000 miles. I was coming to a gentle stop when the ABS activated, and the brake pedal vibrated as though I lost traction. Before accelerating, both ABS and T/C ...
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Should I replace this stator? (2007, Suzuki, DL1000)

I opened my stator case to inspect what I thought was a bad stator. I discovered the following issues with my magnets: Broken Magnets: Cracked Magnets: Not sure if I need to replace stator (...
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Vauxhall Vectra C Blower Motor Sqealing / Clunking

I have just replaced my Blower Motor Resistor as my fan wouldn't work on any setting other than 4 (in line with a previous post: How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on it'...