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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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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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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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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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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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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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 backpack....
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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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WV Golf IV '98 - Right side blinkers not working on signal

I own a used VW Golf IV, 98, 1.4. I am facing a really strange issue the last few days. When I turn my hazzards on, every bulb works well and on time. When I signal left it works too. The problem is ...
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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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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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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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Blown fuse on K1 GSXR 600. Fuse replaced, but still no power

I have a GSXR 600, and the live side of a circuit touched the frame and blew a 30A fuse. I changed the fuse and now I have no power. Does any one now why? Thanks
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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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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 ...