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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1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
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How does the ignition system control the Energy of the spark?

An automotive ignition system needs to provide a specific amount of energy to properly ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Energy = voltage * amperage * duration. A specific ...
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Low beam head lights quit working

My low beam headlights quit working. I checked all of the fuses. They are good. What are my next steps?
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Second battery for Android Stereo

I have an android head unit that suffers (like most stereos) a power drop/fail on starting the car. While the unit is engineered to retain OS power for a few seconds, the dvd player has to restart, ...
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Honda Accord 2000 V6, loses electrical although engine is still running - what could it be?

After driving about a mile with a cold engine, I lost power steering and all the dash lights came on (battery, oil, all the doors registered open, etc). I pulled off the road and turned the car off. I ...
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Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
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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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How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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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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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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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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Central locking for LR Defender Td5 year 1999

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
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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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03 chevy impala- I have a bad misfire

When I push on the gas it hesitates to go. The check engine light starts flashing but once it gets rolling its gone. I change the spark plugs, put in a gas treatment, shot some B-12 in it and ...
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Audi A6 C6 on board computer is off

I'm not sure if it's something wrong with on-board computer or I just don't know how to turn it on. When the car is started the display is completely off. and only turns on sometimes when some kind of ...
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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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loss of gauges on a 2003 Ford Escape

My son has a 2003 Ford Escape V6, that will all of a sudden have a loss of all gauges while he is driving and then they will come right back up with no loss of power. There has been times he has ...
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Wire front camera+sensors+display on SINGLE Ignition switched 12V wire

I want to install front parking sensors & camera (+display). So I have: Kit of 4 sensors + controller Camera Display Basically I know how to install & wire them, the thing I don't sure is: ...
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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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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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1998 Ford E150 Van - Implementing Power Doors and Windows

I put different doors on my ford van that have power windows and locks. My van was not equipped with these features originally. How do I get power to the doors in order to make the windows and ...
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How to wire an ignition switch for boat throttle controller

I have an old Bass Tracker boat. They no longer make the throttle controller for the boat, but I need to replace the ignition switch (which is in the throttle controller). I looked online and this ...
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Major electrical melt down in wiring

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. I noticed my cigarette lighter quit working. I had a friend put a new fuse in my car for me, then I used my cigarette lighter. All of a sudden smoke was coming through ...
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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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Horn blows constantly and tail lights remain on

I was pulling up my drive this morning when my horn started blaring non-stop. I got out and pulled the horn relay to make it shut up. I tested the relay and determined that it was working fine, and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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How can you use the headlights to tell the quality of your battery?

I understand that all headlights do dim briefly when you turn the engine on and that this is normal. I also believe that the headlights will dim more if the car battery is in poor condition. I hope ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines the 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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Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?

Any time I put something - as light as 10 pounds in my passenger seat, my seat belt alarm goes off in my 2007 Pontiac Vibe. To avoid the VERY annoying beeping, I usually end up buckling up my ...
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Motorbike has no power, but kick start works

First up the motorcycle in question is a Skyteam V-Retro 250 (V-Raptor in some countries). On the way home last night I noticed that my tail lights weren't working so I bought a new bulb like I had ...
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stuck in park no power to dash or windows

My Honda out of the blue would not go from park and so I had to use shift lock release and I have no power to my windows or dash what would cause this?
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How do cigarette lighter splitters work?

I have a 3 way cigarette lighter splitter that says: Input: 12VDC, 8A Output 3 Ports: 12VDC up to 8A Fuse: 8A, 250V Does this mean it outputs 8A per port or, does it mean if the load of all ...
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Which car parts require more energy than the starter?

Today, my car didn't start. I think that the crank was turning over because I could hear the loud sound a car makes just before starting up but the car was not starting. Anyways, I called a mechanic. ...
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Battery dash light comes on when starting car then disappears while driving

2002 Honda Civic EX here. When I start my car, my battery dash light has been staying on usually until I get onto the highway, then it will turn off. If I hit a stop sign or red light, then it'll ...
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Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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possible alternator-battery mismatch if I replace the existing battery with a much higher CCA one?

I have a 2000 Audi A6 Avant 2.5 diesel whose current Audi battery (approx. 650 CCA) is dying. Am looking at an Exide X-Tra Plus at 900 CCA to replace it. However, should I be concerned that the ...
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Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

I have checked the connection on the truck and all are working fine but when the trailer is hooked up I have turn signals and running lights but no brake lights and with the running lights on I press ...
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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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How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?

I suspect that my battery does not receive enough power from the generator. How do I verify that? I know that involves a voltmeter, but what are the exact things I'm measuring and how? I have a Skoda ...
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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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98 Windstar: An 8x5x3 black plastic box fell off

When I got home from work yesterday and parked my '98 Ford Windstar next to the house, my wife pointed out that a 8"x5"x3" black plastic box was sitting at the end of the driveway, and a slightly ...
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Electrical problems due using battery charger as a jump starter

I have a 2003 honda civic, and the car battery went dead on me. I didn't have a jumper cable with me, but I had a car battery charger. So, I hooked it up to the battery and tried starting the car. ...
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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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Alternative reverse light switch

I am about to take me ute to get a "safety" certificate so that I can get it registered (QLD, Australia) and I have one issue left that is still a possible problem. The switch that operates the ...
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What is a vibrator on a Model T ignition coil for?

In this post here What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit? there is a device that is cited in @paulster2's response that is called a 'vibrator'. Here's the diagram from his answer where ...
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Change electrical switch of the ignition switch on a Deawoo Cielo (1995)

The car is still starting flawlessly but some accessories like the radio or the clock don't always work. I noticed that pushing the key deeper in the ignition would make the radio start, but ...