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How Common are Voltage Drop Problems?

After watching this video on voltage drop, it makes me feel like testing the resistance of various sensors and accessories with my multi-meter isn't really a reliable test of anything, since I can see ...
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My motorcycle won't start at all why?

Something is draining my battery and my bike won't start. If it's the relays which one is it? My motorcycle doesn't crank at all. it makes a buzzy noise when I press the start button. It sounds like ...
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Does a constant blown fuse always indicate a short?

My wife was driving our 96 Ford Windstar recently and she said right after she hit a bump in the road the ac stopped working and the instrument panel lights went out. I found the fuse from the wiring ...
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Headlight and dome light flickers

My car's headlight and dome light flickers when the car is started, but when the car is already moving light is working fine. Other lights works fine, though I wasn't able to check the tail lights and ...
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Is there something that can be applied to electrical connections to prevent rust and corrosion?

Another recent question got me thinking about this. Will a ground to the frame work properly if the bolt is powder-coated? Since I don't have any skill, tools, or ability to powder coat, whats the ...
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What current is “normal” for constant battery drain (not parasitic)

I'm having some problems with battery going dead sometimes, and I noticed that there are some small sparks after disconnecting the battery for a few seconds and then reconnecting again. It is not big ...
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Motorcycle Starting Motor does not crank, WHY?

Eureka! After replacing the starter relay purchased on eBay with the original Honda one the engine starts and runs perfectly! ''''''2''''' UPDATE: installed a new fully charged battery = still no ...
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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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I dropped my bike and now it won't start

I have a Suzuki GSX600F Katana. Yesterday, I changed the clutch lever on the handlebar and left the key on. I had to push start my bike. After getting it started, I left it in first gear, and let go ...
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Boat Not Getting Power to the Starter Motor

Just rebuilt most of a 2 stroke jet boat. ( if you need / want any boat details, see: this thread ) First day the boat started fine, no problems, next day I tried again and the CDI fuse had blown ( ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

I have a car stereo head unit that I'd like to repurpose as a radio for my garage. Given that, I'm looking for some kind of power adapter / transformer that I can plug into a wall outlet and splice ...
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Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
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Oil pressure light on when igntion is off and goes out when key is on and engine is not running

83 Mitsu PU Diesel. Oil light on drawing .25 amps when key is off. Key on the light goes out. All other lights and gauges work as they should. Light is off when the engine is running. It is ...
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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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VW Golf electrics problem with door closed

I have a VW Golf 1.9 TDi 55 plate MK VI. When the door is CLOSED (with the ignition on) : The mirrors do not adjust, the windows do not open, the fuel flap does not open and the child door lock does ...
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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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Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
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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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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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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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High Beam Indicator Problem

I have a situation where I'm doing wiring for the dashboard of a vehicle. For whatever reason, the turn signal/headlight switch on this vehicle outputs a 6 volt signal on the high beam wire when the ...
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Is my battery draining while car is off?

How much current in amperes is flowing while a car is completely turned off? How long can it sit before battery is drained enough to be a problem?
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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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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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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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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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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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Low beams don't work but the high beams work in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma

I have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner where my low beams don't work but my high beams do work. I've replaced the headlight bulbs and relay switch, and still the low beams don't work. Any ...
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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 ...