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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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Merdeces stalls after 30sec-1min, and battery warning light is on [duplicate]

I've got an old but low mileage Mercedes and This problem puzzles me. The car stalls after a short time(30 seconds to 1 minute) after start up and the battery warning light on the dash lights up. I ...
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CanBus - monitoring

My Volvo (2002) uses CANBus to monitor various lamps (I assume its current that's monitored). I intend to splice into one of the headlamps and one of the sidelamps and use those live feeds to dim ...
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Automatic A/C recirculation problem [closed]

I have a Toyota 2014 4-Runner limited and I have a problem where the recirculation button will automatically turn off. It works fine when it's on, but is there a way to turn off the auto turn off?
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Dodge Caravan headlights; 1 on with running lights, other on with headlights

I have a 2002 Dodge Caravan. When the running lights are on, one of the headlights is on. When I turn the headlights on, they switch; the one that was on with the running lights turns off, and the ...
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Golf mk4 climate control show speed instead of outside temperature

I know you can change climate control to show current speed when you enter diagnose mode but it gets reset after ignition restart and also you cant adjust your temperature or something like that while ...
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Will an auxiliary battery hurt a vehicle's alternator?

I am going to be road tripping and living out of my SUV for a while. I need a way to power a tiny portable cooler/fridge 24/7 and would like to be able to power my cell phone, laptop, and maybe a few ...
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Car radio stopped working

Hi I'm 16 years old and have just bought my first car. It's a 2001 Mazda protoge. Today while I was driving I plugged in a USB charger for my phone and the radio shut off. Now the radio won't turn on ...
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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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Battery Light Won't Go Off Since Changing Battery

I just changed the battery on my 98 Mazda 626 and now the battery light comes on and stays on after starting the car. I checked the battery and it's reading 12.8v with the engine off, and 13.8 with ...
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Low idle and tacho twitching after electrical cut out

The car is a 93 VW Cabriolet (Mk1 Golf/Rabbit). I was parked with the engine on lowering the hydro/electric roof when the engine and power cut out. I couldn't restart the car so checked the battery ...
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1999 Yamaha 80hp Outboard Electrical Problem (Rectifier Overheating)

I recently purchased a pontoon boat and on day #3 my motor died, I'm hoping to get some help from the community with correctly diagnosing and fixing the problem. The motor - 1999 Yamaha 80hp four ...
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Does fire damage the electrics of a vehicle?

I have a bike but the question is also for a car of my neighbor. Both are parked in the garage where, sadly, some moron proved his moronity by doing something moronic, which caused a fire to flame. ...
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Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine

Daughter was driving home last night from work and noticed "it was very dark" on the way. Turns out low beams won't come on at all. High beams, parking, tail, turn signal and flashers all fine... just ...
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new starter in 74 pontiac with 350 turns over and fires but won't stay running

My starter went on my 74 Pontiac with a chev 350 (Canadian). It first was not starting sporadically and I would have to crawl under and tap on it to get it going. I got a new starter and now it will ...
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Repair broken light connector on Volvo 240

So I tried to replace the broken corner light assembly on my '92 Volvo 240 last night. On the old unit, the gray connector (pictured in link) was stuck, and eventually pulled free with part of the ...
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2002 Dodge Stratus loses all electric power after jump starting and running a few minutes

Already replaced the alternator and battery. Alternator is putting out 13.7 volts and battery is reading 14.1. I jumped the battery and starts right up, but after removing jumper cables the dash ...
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Diagnosing Vehicle Brake Lamp Fuse Blowing; What to test next?

Fuse keeps blowing when I press the brake pedal on a 98 Windstar. Brake switch is good. Inserted new fuse and the brake lamps do not light up before the fuse blows. Removed all bulbs front and back ...
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What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 Petrol, has a high air intake. Here is the approximate location of it: [ Here is the engine bay, showing the air intake on the left. Is the height of the bottom of the ...
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Cracked & frayed wire everywhere!

I have an 84 Ranger with a 2.8L V6. This car seems to have a fair amount of electrical issues, but mostly really minor. I noticed that A LOT of the wiring harness is cracked or frayed, just because ...
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Oldsmobile Stalling at Stop

My 1999 Oldsmobile Alero has been stalling when I come to stop. This happens when I'm driving at speeds of at least 45mph and coming to a quick stop, for instance, when coming off a ramp from an ...
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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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Automotive electrical question

I would like to hook up a under hood lamp to my Cadillac Escalade. A TSB (Technical Service Bulliten) from Cadillac says to never connect accessories to the vehicles wiring without using a diode to ...
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Fuse box above battery melting

I have a 2001 VW Beetle which has a nasty habit of melting the above battery high voltage fuse box. I've replaced it three times already and replaced the alternator as well, but I'm at a complete loss ...
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MG Rover Immobiliser removal

I have a 2003 MG Rover Streetwise, I need to remove or at least completely bypass the OEM Immobiliser. Driver door lock is broken due to attempted theft, so no point trying to enter the code, the key ...
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High idle, not shifting gears - 1995 Mercury Mystique

My friend has a 1995 Mercury Mystique that was suffering from low idle problems (stalling out at stoplights, etc). He replaced the throttle position sensor, and after that the low idle problem was ...
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Having starter issue

My starter motor is good, I can jump the solenoid and start my truck. Why isn't it working from the switch which was working before I put a new starter motor on?
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly damage the electrical system of the receiving vehicle?

Our Jeep was having problems turning over, so we called a tow truck driver. He connected the jumper cables incorrectly, starting a small fire on the battery box. After the fire was out, the Jeep no ...
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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Mystery wiring harness underneath the gearshift on a 2004 Ford Focus

My Ford Focus had an evaporator core leak, so the DIY hobbyist in me took apart the instrument panel, dashboard and finally, replaced the evaporator core. I'm on my way putting parts back together. ...
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Fluctuating amp meter on 1948 automobile

On an old auto 6 volt (generator/regulator) system, what causes the ammeter to fluctuate between zero and -35 amps? Seems acceptable at idle but fluctuates on the discharge side when driving. Will ...
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What is the pin layout / labels of this oil gauge?

I have a veglia oil pressure gauge from a fiat coupe 16v. On the reverse of the clock is 4 pins, the top and left ones are labeled negative and positive respectivly, but can anyone tell me what the ...
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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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VW Golf 2001 Mk4 Diesel ASR Engine Problem

I've spent a crazy amount of money on my car lately and I still have the same problem. I've replaced the: Catalyst Converter Radiator Starter Motor EGR Valve Track Rod ends & Wheel Bearings ...
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2011 Chevy Traverse alternator problems

I have a 2011 Chevy traverse. I Went to O'rielly's and had an alternator tested. They said voltage regulator failure. Had the alternator changed out. Still showing at a different O'rielly's ...