Concerning the main electrical system of a motor vehicle or internal combustion engine. Consider using [tag:electronics] for radios and other such systems. Uses the [tag:electric-vehicle] for questions about electrical powered vehicles and their unique systems.

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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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Trailer socket problems

I have a tow bar and a seven pin plug to operate the lights, fitted on my car. I recently took my boat for repair and when they brought it out of the workshop they dropped it from a forklift truck ...
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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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Saturn Headlight Problem

I have a 2001 Saturn SL2 that is having a problem with one of its headlights. When I turn on the headlights, frequently one is not lighting. If I go to the front and give the lens a quick knock, it ...
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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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I hate thieves - Ideas on DIY deterrents

My girlfriends car, along with another one in the same parking lot were broken into last night. They took her radio surprisingly without damaging the dash. From the neighbor's car they stole ID's and ...
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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'...
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Honda Prelude: digital fuel and temp gauges dimming and brightening repeatedly

I have noticed an annoying issue on my '94 (4th gen) Honda prelude. The digital petrol and temperature gauges appear very faint when starting the car. After about 5 mins they brighten again, only to ...
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Idle doesn't hold on 2006 Toyota pick up truck after giving a jump, actually failing to give a jump.

We have a 2006 toyota pick up truck and a 2000 mustang with a dead battery. Cable's have been Properly connected. 1, I can get no current flow, no jump from the toyota, yet it starts the pick up ...
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04 Mercury Montery stalling while driving

While driving on the highway my van stalled. Once on the side of the road, I tried to restart and no joy. All indicators and lights came on but when I turned the key nothing happened. I jiggled he ...
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Why do the running lights turn on when the car is off?

I have two questions and they may be related, but I'll pose the most important question first. A friend owns a 2006 Chevy Malibu. Recently the running lights began randomly turning on when the car was ...
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2002 Hyundai Elantra

I made a down payment to purchase a 2002 Hyundai Elantra and while viewing the car when the battery was disconnected with the car running the car died. Does that mean it's the alternator? Because if I'...
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Security and engine issues

I have a fiat stilo 1.4(2004) plate. It had an intermittent issue with the "car security manager loose connection" and the car wouldn't start sometimes, But when shaking the fuse box/power ...
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No spark on my new motorcycle

I recently purchased an 81 Suzuki GS450L, my very first bike. I'm not getting a spark. When it dies, it does so silently. No backfire, sputtering, etc. My first thought was that it had aftermarket ...
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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Can an O2 sensor cause faulty spark plugs on driver side only when the spark plugs were just changed?

I took my truck (2006 chevy silverado 5.3l v8) to chevrolet dealership due to the fact that it kept sputtering then dying. The check engine light was on the whole 9 yards. The fuel pump has been ...
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Electrical issues: where are the grounds on a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

When I have the ignition switched on, if I press the brake pedal, or use the headlights, the foglight gets turned on. I think this is an earthing issues so I have checked the grounds in the two ...
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Discharging alternators

I had to replace the original alternator on my '99 Z28 Camaro in January and have had 3 after market and 1 OE and all continue to discharge with air and radio on. Mechanic says it is fine but I think ...
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Won't Start, No Crank, Lights Inside Work, Key Issue, Electric?

Details Chevy Malibu 09 Low on coolant (still visible in the tank so not entirely out) Belts are fine-Never overheated. Timeline One day it didn't start (don't remember it cranking) but then it ...
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Starting a diesel tractor

I have a diesel tractor with a generator. After sitting for a long period the battery was low so I used a portable jumper battery but mistakenly hooked up the cables in reverse. This caused smoke to ...
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low beam headlight won't work unless highs on

I have a 1961 Apache. It has the 4 headlight system. The dash lights wouldn't work right unless I wiggled the switch. I install all new headlights and bulbs in the dash. Then I installed a new ...
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Why would headlights stop working after turning over

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6. When I walk up to the vehicle and unlock it, the headlights turn on. After I get into the vehicle and turn it over, I cannot turn the headlights back on. Fog beams and turn ...
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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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When reconnecting a battery, why connect the positive first? [duplicate]

When reconnecting a battery, why is it recommended to connect the positive lead first, and the negative lead last? What difference does it make if they are connected in the opposite order?
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2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting

What could be causing my (non-)starting issues? Occasionally (once every two weeks or so) when the keys are inserted and turned to the start position, nothing happens. No noise, no dome lights dimming ...
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Upgrade to HID lights in a Jeep Wrangler

I would like to upgrade to HID lights in my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The stock lights aren't bright at all. My question is, since this would be an aftermarket upgrade, what am I looking at here? Is it ...
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LED lights on same switch [closed]

I'm trying to wire 4 low voltage LED lights in a vehicle. I would like all 4 lights to come on with one switch, and only 2 of the 4 lights with another switch. I could also use one switch if it has ...
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1996 Mustang GT won't start with shifter in Park, but will start in Neutral

I just had this weird problem today. The engine will turn fine, but won't start with shifter in Park. Once started in Neutral the motor runs fine with no hesitations. Battery is strong. Any ideas?
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What's the vehicle lifespan effect when turning systems off by using the ignition key?

One of people who drive our Van Toyota Sienna 2014 has the habit of turning OFF all of the internal controls by counterclockwise turning the ignition key. This is to say, before turning the engine off ...
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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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Key-on electrical for the Honda NC700x

I've got a 2014 Honda NC700x motorbike, and I'd like to install the aftermarket Bikemaster Heated Grips on it. I purchased the 7/8" kit, instead of the 1" kit that is also offered. When it comes to ...
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12v Acc/Switched vs 12v Always On

I am currently designing a part that should always be on when the key is turned to On/Acc, and only sometimes on when the key is set to Off, or removed. My car is a 99 Camry, but I have a good ...
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High beams work, low beams do not. What is wrong with headlight?

I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ and the high beams work but the low beams don't. I replaced one of the relays under the hood and the high beams started working but the low beams still don't work. What ...
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Start a circuit or device when you insert key in car ignition

I want to start a circuit in my car when I insert my key in car ignition and let it turn off when the key gets removed. I have Honda Civic 2007. Can someone just help me out as to from where do I take ...
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Car turning itself off in highway

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina and I was just wondering if someone here has had any experience like mine. Today I was driving on the highway and then suddenly the car had turned itself off ...
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Is it necessary to have the good car's engine running when jumpstarting

When jump-starting a vehicle, one first connects the positive and negative terminals between the two cars: positive to positive and negative (good battery) to a bolt head on the vehicle with the dead ...