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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Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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Car won't start/respond to remote or anything until headlights are turned on

I have a 1998 Infiniti I30 in really good condition except for this issue I've been experiencing lately with increasing frequency. What happens is, and there's no surefire way to reproduce the issue, ...
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Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
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Wiring up boat electronics - 240V and 12V with inverter

I've just bought a boat, but the electrical systems need a bit of an upgrade before going cruising for any length of time. At the moment, All the 12V runs from a single starter battery, and there are ...
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Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven

I have a Citroen C3 which is giving me a headache. The problem is a recent one, and is basically that I can't start the car. The strange thing is that the problem only surfaces when I've been driving ...
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What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?

I want to wire up my old truck to turn an electric fan ON to keep the radiator cool. The ECM has an engine coolant temperature sensor mounted in the engine that alters the resistance to determine ...
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Number plate lights not working

Hi I have a one year old Motorhome, the number plate lights have corroded beyond repair. I am waiting for the to be repaired under warranty. Does this mean technically my Motorhome off the road as I ...
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Brake lights on '94 Honda Prelude stuck on

All 3 brake lights on my Prelude seem to be permanently stuck on. This occurs all of the time - the lights stay on even if there is no key in the ignition. I've had to disconnect the battery. Would ...
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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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Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?

Going to be used for car maintenance/restoration work and around the house repairs.
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2007 Nissan Maxima Windows and Sunroof are Unresponsive

All the windows will not go up or down including the sunroof. Everything else is working. The fuse under the hood looks ok. There no sign of it being bad. Can it still be the fuse and if not what else ...
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1988 RX7 not starting, buzzing

I recently obtained an RX7 and was told it worked fine but would not start due to the clutch going out while it was sitting some wires near the alternator were chewed by rats too, so after the wires ...
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Replacing a boats blown CDI fuse

Just rebuilt most of a 2 stroke jet boat. ( if you need / want any boat details, see: this thread ) Yesterday she fired right up no problem, today she won't even turn over. After some basic ...
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How do I test fuses with a circuit tester?

Lights all flicker. When I an in the cabin the head lights flicker. I want to test my fuses with a circuit tester. Should the engine be running or will I be blown away? Please help, I'm a newbie ...
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Electronic disaster after replacing water pump and alternator on a 2008 Scion?

I have a 2008 Scion. I changed the water pump and alternator. After I put it back together I have no power steering, power door locks or windows, Tail or brake lights. Half the warning lights on the ...
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Utility trailer lights issue

My small utility trailer has sit here for more than a year. Now I found its lights don't work anymore. I used my multimeter to test the four wire harness and find the following: Connect any other ...
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Pontiac Sunfire mysteriously won't start

So, here's the deal: -No lights, no noise, no clicking. -Battery voltage reads fine on multimeter. Terminals are very clean and not corroded. -But it won't jump start. -Headlights turn on. -Fuses are ...
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High idle, not shifting gears - 1995 Mercury Mystique

My friend has a 1995 Mercury Mystique that was suffering from low idle problems (stalling out at stoplights, etc). He replaced the throttle position sensor, and after that the low idle problem was ...
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Fluctuating amp meter on 1948 automobile

On an old auto 6 volt (generator/regulator) system, what causes the ammeter to fluctuate between zero and -35 amps? Seems acceptable at idle but fluctuates on the discharge side when driving. Will ...
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turn signal blinks wrong direction

I have a 2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI (Mk5). When I turn on my right turn signal, usually the left turn signal turns on instead. I'm pretty sure it is a problem in the lever arm. I can consciously ...
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05 Mustang electrical problems

I have a 05 Mustang base V6 auto. Headlights won't stay on. Sometimes high beam works. Everyday it's different. Last night when the fans turned on the lights would come on the off again when the fans ...
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Loss of power to the sound system. Can it be the ground?

I have a 2008 volkswagon rabbit. The sound system has stopped working completely. I've checked the fuses and none of them are blown. It is a stock 2008 vw rabbit 4 door which came with the ...
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2001 Mazda Protege — Battery Charge Problems

For the past year or so, I've had to manually charge the Protege's battery before going anywhere, every single day. Either the battery is not "holding its charge" or there's a component that's ...
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Keyless control system does not respond

I have a 2000 Ford Excursion. Suddenly the remote system does not respond. I checked the battery of the keyless and replaced it, but it didn’t make any difference. Are there any thoughts, or steps ...
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2001 Monte Carlo ss. 3.8 liter cooling fans

2001 Monte Carlo ss with a 3.8 liter motor in great condition. The problem is... check engine light on, Temperature gauge not working and cooling fans stay on for 5 minutes after turning car off. ...
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1999 GMC Sonoma 2.2L, 5spd, SLS - no reverse lights, suspect transmission

No reverse lights. Complete diagnostics reveal; good Fuses, good blubs, good continuity, good reverse light switch. The switch was checked two ways: 1. jumped out with a piece of wire between ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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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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Hydraulic pump receiving power but not running

I have a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet with an hydraulic roof. Today I went for a drive and whilst the roof lowered as normal, I could not raise it again. I checked the fluid levels and they're fine. There is ...
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Yamaha Gladiator SS 125 model motorcycle engine problem

I have Yamaha Gladiator SS 125 model motorcycle. After repairing the engine there has been one problem in my engine. It is that the mobil from the engine flows towards the air filter and then the same ...
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Electrical reverse lights stay on

We recently purchased a restored 1971 chevelle ss. They did an excellent job. I just noticed that the reverse lights are always on and assume it something with the switch. Where might I look for the ...
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2001 Nissan Altima won't start

We got this car a month back, and haven't driven it much because we needed to notarize it. So it's been sitting in our back yard for a month. Yesterday we tried to start it up, but it is making a ...
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Terracan 2.9 crdi 2004 won't start

Wile driving i activated the high beam (headlights) and the rpm-meter started flickering for a moment and then dropped down to 0. Stopped the car and shut of the engine for 10 min for other reasons. ...
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Ideas for rewiring headlights – convert from halogen with DRL to HID + LED DRL

I need some ideas. My 2009 Ford F150 pickup uses the same wire for daytime running lights (DRL) and "full" headlights. The stock setup was halogen bulbs with full brightness receiving 12 V and the DRL ...
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2000 Mercury Sable instrument cluster and headlights do not turn off

My 2000 Mercury Sable Premium LS (3.0L 24V Duratec V6) has an electrical issue: When I remove the key from the ignition, the instrument cluster and headlights do not run off. I can reach in at any ...
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F350 2002 wiring problems

F350 2002 wiring problems. Electric mirrors were fixed and then problems with power windows, air conditioner and radio arise. The windows, radio and air conditioner stop working after started and ...
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Stubborn rear fog light (BMW E46)

The rear fog light in my BMW E46 2001 is broken. Obviously, I first tried replacing the bulb itself, but the old bulb was still fine. I tried with a new bulb anyway, but the light didn't work. I ...
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Problem switching in new dome lights in the front

I'm trying to install these multi-color dome lights, I successfully installed the right side, but when I tried to install on the left side, the left one won't work. The product is not the issue, I ...
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Battery Draw while car is off at 3.24

I have a 2007 Saab 95 wagon... For about 6 months at random about once a month my car has been dead. After calling AAA and they told me there is a draw from the battery at apx 3.24 which is should be ...
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parking light on 1990 Volvo 240 not working,

The driver's side parking light on my 1991 Volvo 240 is not working. Bulb is ok. Turn signal and head lights working fine. Mechanic says it is most likely a corroded wire inside an "assembly" or "...
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Hooking up daytime running lights on my vehicle using relays

I am looking to run my 2006 Honda Ridgeline's daytime running lights on 50% power, or close to it, on the accessory wire. When I turn my park lights, head lights, or brights on, I would like them to ...
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06 scion Tc turns over then shuts off in two seconds

My fiancé drove the car with no problems this morning. After work she realized she left an interior light on which killed the battery. She got a jump from a car and charged the battery up a bit. The ...
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Electronic problem with Ford Fiesta diesel

While driving my Ford Fiesta Classic diesel engine car, I lose all the acceleration. The RPM meter gets stuck on 2 and all other readings were reset automatically in the speedometer? What could be the ...
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Changing Ford e4od to 4r100

e4od is a gear driven speed sensor/ 4r100 is reading directly off tail shaft and signal is much faster causing speed to read much faster. Is there a way to put an in-line adjustable type signal ...
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Mercedes C250- Eco mode not working

i have a C250, W204, 2011 model, and i noticed that the ECO mode is not working anymore. When i turn the car on, the ECO button light is green and the ECO sign appears in the cluster. After 1-2 min, ...
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Turn signal malfunction, is it multifunction switch or the flasher relay should be replaced?

I am having a similar problem on my 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, and the problem is: Stalk left: left/right all off Stalk neutral: left on Stalk right: left on. I will try the same trick and to ...
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'96 Buick Century Turn Signal Not Working

Yesterday I noticed that all four of my turn signals were not turning on. About two months I had the flasher replaced because they turned on but just would not blink, now they will not even light up......
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Electrical problems after auto start installation

I have a 2000 Camry, I've installed Bulldog RS90 remote starter about 5 months ago; and it worked just fine. A couple of days ago I started my car with a key, and could not shift the gear from "Park"....