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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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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turn signal blinks wrong direction

I have a 2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (Mk5). When I turn on my right turn signal, usually the left turn signal turns on instead. I'm pretty sure it is a problem in the lever arm. I can consciously ...
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8th Gen Honda - No Start, No Crank (down the rabbit hole)

This one should be fun for any Honda aficionados out there. I have a 2007 Honda Civic. Some days it does not start or crank; seems related to the temperature. When the car starts, it runs fine and ...
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2001 Mazda Protege — Battery Charge Problems

For the past year or so, I've had to manually charge the Protege's battery before going anywhere, every single day. Either the battery is not "holding its charge" or there's a component that's ...
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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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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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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
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Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order ...
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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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How to reach the fuse box from Mk1 Golf Cabriolet?

On an 91 Golf Cabriolet (Mk1), the fuse box is hidden behind the knee bar, and has no access hatch. I need to have a look at the top of the fuse box to see if fuse 19 (indicators) is broken. Is there ...
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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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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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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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Negative-grounded vehicles: some switches on positive, some on negative, why?

As far as I can tell, on my van which is negative-grounded, all fuses are somewhere between the positive terminal and the load being protected by the fuse. However, some switches are on the positive, ...
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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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why doesn't my motorcycle power on?

I have a Suzuki sv 650 2007. My bike recently turned on head lamps, tail, and gauges. Now it won't power on at all, not even a jump start can turn the power on. What can I do to solve the cause? Does ...
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Car stalled and restarted after some minutes

I have a very old car which uses mechanical transmission (Maruti Zen) Recently while driving on the road, I switched off the engine because of heavy still traffic. I forgot to turn off the head ...
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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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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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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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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
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Low beams don't work but high beams do. What do I do?

It's a Chevy HHR 2006 and I don't know what to do. First one low beam went out now both are not working but both high beams are working. What do I do?
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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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06 Solstice - CEL, no DTC, won't crank

Drove the car to work yesterday, made a few stops along the way with no issues. When I got out of the office, the car would no longer crank. I have a CEL, but no DTC (checked with HP Tuners). No ...
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Which convenience features in a car affects fuel economy?

I understand that the A/C compressor runs with the engine belt, so it will always uses some HP when engaged, therefore it will have some effect on fuel consumption. What I want to know if there are ...
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Upsizing a hot rod cooling fan from 7a to 20a

12v car power supply with 160a alternator and 30a relay, will this system support upsizing the cooling fan from 7a to 20a?
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Chevy Malibu 2009 won't start

I have a 2009 Malibu, yesterday I was heading back from school, then I started hearing a bizare sound like a whining sound, 2 minutes afterwards the engine stopped. When I got off to check under the ...
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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 ...