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About the main electric systems of the car. Consider a different tag for radios and other such systems.

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Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?

I am thinking about installing a 500w halogen (HDX brand) on the roll bar in my jeep as the dome light because often I work in the back when it is dark or when I would like more light. The 500w light ...
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Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
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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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How to detect a failing car alternator..?

Is there some way we can predict that the car alternator is about to fail in order to avoid a discharged battery situation on the road.. Although it will slow the sound of horn and will dim the ...
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Audi A6 : brighter reversing lights?

On my 2007 A6 the reversing lights are very feeble, enough to make it quite difficult to reverse in my own driveway in the dark. I understand that I can't simply use higher-wattage bulbs or LED ...
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98 Grand Cherokee drains battery

The battery would go dead after sitting for a day. I checked battery and found a bad cell with a hydrometer. Replaced the battery and the problem remained. I hooked my meter between the positive post ...
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Headlights turning off randomly

I have a 95 Chevy S10. When I drive my truck around at night I notice that occasionally my headlights turn off for about 3 seconds and then come back on by themselves. There doesn't seem to be any ...
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How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?

Summary How do you get to the battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey, given that it is blocked by some type of intake tube**? **Edit: this used to say exhaust but I changed it to intake tube, given ...
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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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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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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it would if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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My mazda milenia wont rev past 2500 rpm

So I just recently bought a 2000 Mazda Milenia s Millennium edition,and on my first day out with it, I experienced a very unusual problem. After about 20 minutes of driving the car wouldn't rev past ...
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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 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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Mercedes Atego OBD2 live data codes

I have tried to connect an OBD2 ELM327 adapter in Mercedes Atego. Somehow I managed to get it in that OBD2 connector. I can see that my adapter is receiving electricity. These are the PID's that I ...
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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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How to amplify car speakers without stereo?

I have a 1980 VW Dasher with its original speakers but no radio. It has an unusual (erroneous?) electrical configuration where most accessories (e.g. lights, cabin fan, etc) still run even with the ...
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Misfiring Engine Hyundai Accent Executive

My Hyundai Accent Executive is 2001 model. Recently the engine started misfiring badly during idling with Air conditioner on. It is almost like the engine is going to turn off any moment. The ...
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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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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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Why doesn't homelink plus programming work as described in the manual?

I'm trying to program my 2007 Prius to open my garage door. I succeeded doing this for my 2006 Highlander with no problems. However, for the prius, I cannot get the car to work as described in the ...
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Motorcycle battery - correct voltage running and stopped?

Hopefully a pretty straight forward one: I've been having trouble starting my bike. I checked the voltage on the battery when it was idling and got 12.9. Is this too low?
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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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Reset Service Light 2009 1.6 Diesel Alfa Romeo Mito

Can anyone please advise me how to reset the service light on my 1.6 Diesel Alfa Mito?
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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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How can I route power cables from my 2012 Kia Forte eco from the battery to the cabin?

I have a 2012 Kia Forte sedan with "eco" package. I'd like to mount my mobile amateur radio into the vehicle, however I'm having a hard time locating a grommet for passing power leads from the cabin ...
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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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Honda Stereo Not Working - How to Troubleshoot?

I have a Honda Odyssey 2004 V6 with the optional DVD package. Recently, the stereo went out and won't turn on. We thought it may be the fuse at first, but the fuse says "INTR LIGHTS STEREO" and the ...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an eletrical shortage issue with my BMW 316i. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused together behind my dashboard ...
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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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Jetta turns off immediately after starting

So I parked my Jetta ('06 2.5) 2 nights ago, when I went to start it yesterday morning, the starter seems to work fine- turns over, then instead of idling down, it turns off. Must have tried it 5 ...
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What is wrong with my 99 gsxr 600 when my regulator keeps burning out?

I recently had my clutch replaced and a new battery put in. Within a month my regulator/rectifier burnt out of it. So, I purchased a new one. After 2 weeks that one burned out also. I replaced the ...
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Sound system volume fades in/out erratically

I recently got a 2006 Mercedes e350, passed it's Mercedes certified check up a week ago so it's electrical should all be in working order. The last couple days I noticed the volume of the sound ...
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Honda Unicorn Electricals Problem due to water

I am using Honda CB Unicorn 150cc. Last day I had to ride my bike through water, after which none of the electricals were working. Only Head lamp will work while the engine is on. After when I ...
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Noise in stereo that changes pitch with engine RPM

This is a question of curiosity. I have a '98 Acura Integra, a cheap car stereo with a 3.5mm aux in, a cheap inverter and a smart phone. If I have the smart phone audio hooked up to the car stereo and ...
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What might cause inconsistant ignition, an extemely loud bang but no visible damage?

I have an old 1993 Triton ute. It has a 4G54 carby engine. It's run as well as can be expected of an engine like that with nearly 400k on the clock. Just recently one day I jumped in to go for a ...
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Bounds and solution to electrical failure in a 2004 Grand Marquis

What follows is a simple problem with hopefully a simple solution. While mechanically-oriented, vehicle repair is not my specialty, so forgive me for any lapses in problem description and terminology. ...
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What may be wrong with my central locking?

My Skoda Felicia from 1998 has central locking (not remotely) which has problems. The doors can be unlocked through central locking from the front doors. However, the driver's side door only unlocks ...
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i have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0 liter battery not charging

I have 1998 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0L. I've tested the alternater, battery, starter, (they all tested good) and replaced the pick up coil, but the battery is still not charging. It's backfiring, the dash ...
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2007 S40 - Accessory Delay (5 secs) when turning the Key to Position II

My son's 2007 S40 has an accessory delay of 5 (secs). The lights and indicators ultimately come on. The car has no problem starting and runs nice. The dealer says it needs a new ignition. An ...
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Flaky turn signal

I'm working on a 1998 Ford Contour with a right rear turn signal that is acting up. The indicator on the dash and the right front turn signal are quick flashing while the right rear signal/bulb is on ...
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Thieves tore out my ignition switch

I have a 2002 ford econoline van. They tore out the ignition switch and tried to steal it. I replaced the ignition switch but now it is like there is no power. I checked the regular fuses in the panel ...
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Horn / hooter works when car is off, not when car is on?

I have a (South African) Opel (Chev? Vauxhall?) Corsa bakkie (ute?). But I think this is more a general question than specific to this type of car. However, this model I own does not have many onboard ...
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Can I add an MFD to my VW Polo?

I have a 2004 Polo 9N, very basic (even has wind-up windows!) and was wondering if I could retrofit the MFD that the higher-spec models have? Thanks, Gareth
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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'97 dodge grand caravan won't start - sometimes

intermitent won't start problem. Might start when I turn key a couple extra times or a 1000 times, til my fingers are sore. Sometimes I have to leave it and come back later, but sometimes I'm a ways ...
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Connector for driver's side seat belt cable in KIA Soul

Make: KIA Model: Soul+ Year: 2012 There is a cable that runs from the dash, under the seat, to the driver's side seat belt buckle. Underneath the seat, there is an obscure wire-to-wire molex ...
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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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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 ...