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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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 ...
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Car dies immediately when started

I have a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire. If I turn the key to 'ON', the electrics turn on. Lights, radio, fans, the works. Everything is normal. If I turn the key to 'START', then the whole car dies. ...
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What gauge wire should I use for adding USB ports to my car?

I want to add powered USB ports to my car to charge various devices with. My plan is to order these USB soldering connectors fuse holders, 3amp fuses, and some wire. Now I would find a hot wire ...
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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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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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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 ...
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89 jeep cherokee will run but when i turn it off and try to restart it the battery is dead

The battery is still good and the motor will keep running when you disconnect a terminal. Can my alternator be bad? If not I'm also thinking a dead short? What is the best way to find out?
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed

I've just replaced the old tail lights on my 1993 Triton ute with LED ones. Now I have the issue where the indicators flash at such a high speed it may as well not be flashing at all. If I put the ...
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Tail Light / Turn Signal randomly not working

I have a 2003 Ford Sport Trac and the drivers side tail light went out a few months ago. The bulb was spent and I replaced it. After a couple of weeks it stopped working again, but the bulb is fine. ...
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Will low gauge wire to a fuse be a bottleneck?

I am running 4awg wire to my car's 400watt amplifier. The wire is running about 10 feet from the circuit breaker that it is connected to. The circuit breaker (as of now) is connected to the car's ...
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Turn Signal Randomly Changes Directions

I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The left turn signal has started randomly switching over to blinking the right signal light. When it happens, the sequence is usually: Turn on the left signal, it blinks ...
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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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s60 won't start, no lights, nothing at all

I accidentally left my keys in ignition overnight - and now nothing. Have charged battery and tried spare key, but neither fixed the issue.
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2007 Ford Explorer - No Start, No sound, No power

My son's Ford explorer does not start on the first try but when he try's again then it starts. On the first initial start try there is no clicking, no sound like turning over, no dash lights etc. But ...
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03 Chevy Suburban Fuel Pump Failure

A few days ago, my dad's Suburban was running while sitting on a steep driveway with a low level of fuel in the tank, and the fuel pump suddenly cut out. Knowing that fuel pumps can wear out from heat ...
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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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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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2005 Suzuki Katana stalls when put in gear

I have reworked all the carborators on the motorcycle. All seemed well but once it was put in gear, it stalled. What do I need to look for?
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Does a brake controller need direct battery connection, or would a switched source work?

I'm installing a break controller & 7-pin receptacle for towing. The wiring diagram I am following (below) shows the 7-pin and brake controller wired directly to the battery. I want to know if I ...
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Partially blowing a motorcycle main fuse?

So in the continuing saga of my 81 Suzuki GL450L I have been making continuing improvements to the electrical. The coils as previously found were definitely an issue, but possibly not 'the' issue. ...
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How to check 05 mustang quality of lights and sensors quality

Is there any way to have the sensors for dashboard lights and digital interface tested? The guys at Sears said they didn't like the sound of my car though the fluids were all fine. It's funny they low ...
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Head Lamp on Honda Shine

I'm planning to change/modify the Headlight bulb. kindly suggest. My bike (Honda Shine) has 12V 3AH(MF) Battery & Head Lamp 12V 35W/35W halogen bulb. In rainy season & city Bye-pass roads the ...
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Doors lock from fob, then unlock themselves

I have a 2002 S-Type Jaguar. When I hit the door lock button on the remote, they lock, then they all open back up in a few seconds. I can't keep them locked. What the heck is casuing this? Can anyone ...
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diagnose faulty voltage regulator causing battery overcharging?

I've been having an issue with an '03 Toyota Echo. The alternator died (at least that is what I thought) as the battery kept going flat. I found an alternator at a wrecker and fitted it, and I ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving

My Grand Am is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts to ...
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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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Battery replacement on 2001 Chevy Venture

I have a 2001 Venture that needs a battery replacement. Will disconnecting the battery activate the Theftlock system in my stereo? My impression is that the VIN is stored in flash memory, so a ...
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Hour meter stopped turning

I have an hour meter for my engine in the middle of my tachometer. It has stopped incrementing when the engine is on. I pulled the tach (which works fine) and all of the four wires that attach to it ...
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Trailer wiring corrosion

Every couple of years I find that the trailer wiring connector (7 pin) on the back of my truck doesn't work properly, causing the brake or turn signals on the trailer to not function. This is caused ...
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2005 Honda DX 4dr 5spd - Gauge Cluster and Int Wipers not working, why?

OK, I have a 2005 Honda Civic DX 4dr Sedan with a 5 speed manual Transmission, Standard everything, no power windows, A/C, plain basic setup. So the other day suddenly my Gauge cluster stops working, ...
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Sporadic speedometer, and performance lags when speedometer not engaged

I have a 2000 Honda Accord, 2.3L L4 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Recently, the speedometer has been sporadic- sometimes accurate, sometimes bouncing around, but mostly sitting at 0. I replaced ...
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2004 buick century ft pass / rear driver side pwr window goes up not down

Removed frt pass side window regulator to check for normal operation works fine/up and down. Checked window motor with pwr probe for normal operation works fine/ up and down. Checked window switch ...
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Battery Explosion - What are the reasons a battery would explode?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I saw a battery explode. I was about 100 feet away and two mechanics were jump starting a Harley Davidson from a truck. The operator of the truck was ...
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2008 Mazda 6i - Do I Need to Flash the BCM?

Do I need to flash the BCM if I replace it? I have a 2008 Mazda 6i and the horn, brake lights and cruise control do not work. The repair shop says the BCM shows signs of water damage and needs to be ...
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What would go into a tranny swap on a modern vehicle

I have a 1999 Isuzu trooper and I have been toying with the idea of doing an engine and transmission swap on it. If all goes well with the engine I plan on getting I would like to replace the ...
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1997 Honda Accord F22B2 - Electrical Issue After Cylinder Head Repair

I recently replaced the head gasket and timing belt on my F22B2 (non-VTEC, 4 cylinder) 97 Honda Accord. I got everything put back together, but now the ignition switch doesn't have the same results ...
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Brake light connector drops to 0v when bulb is in, 12v without bulb

I'm stuck with a basic electric problem, on my honda cb500. The rear light bulb is a twin-filament for position/brake, 12v 5/21w. It's brand new and tested. The battery has 11.9v. On the rear light ...
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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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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 ...