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Do I have to rely on wire color to correctly wire up an O2 sensor?

It seems that everyone and their grandmother has a different color-code convention for 4-wire O2 sensors, which complicates matters when one is trying to wire up a replacement "universal" O2 sensor. ...
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Re-wiring Harness in Jet Boat w/ Ford 460

I'm replacing the wiring harness on my jet boat. It has a Ford 460 in it. The boat has five gauges on it. A tachometer, oil pressure, amperage, fuel gauge, and water temp. There is also a toggle ...
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VW Transporter T5 - p1503 Generator Terminal DF (Load signal) Signal Improbable

I have a VW Transporter T5 2007 with 2.5 TDi BNZ engine. I have the following fault code (among many): p1503 Generator Terminal DF (Load signal) Signal Improbable. This fault code gets repeated ...
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Is it necessary to have two ground wires (1 to engine and 1 to car-frame)?

My jeep's stock wiring has two ground cabled coming from the negative terminal. I recently upgraded all of my positive cables, and now I'm on to the negative. Is it necessary to have one cable going ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

I have a car stereo head unit that I'd like to repurpose as a radio for my garage. Given that, I'm looking for some kind of power adapter / transformer that I can plug into a wall outlet and splice ...
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Motorcycle Headlight Conversion

I've decided to install a new headlight on my bike. The current setup is two bulbs, one is on for low beam and both on for high beam, with two wires going out of each (h11?). Here is a short video of ...
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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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Modding Honda Ridgeline cigarette lighter to power USB ports

I am doing a project in my '06 Ridgeline where I am taking out the iPod / Aux add-on and putting in a Bluetooth / Aux add-on at the back of the radio. In the process I will be removing the left ...
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Replacement: How do I determine what wiring harness goes with my headlight?

I have a 2005 scion xB and am needing to replace the headlights and one of the wiring harnesses. I have seen on places like amazon and other sites for OE head lights, but I cannot seem to find ...
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Dodge w150 318 727 torqueflite; need help with wiring

We just got done putting motor back in but a ground wire from the head to the fire wall keeps getting hot and smoking (steel braided wire) we've been all over this thing and cant find out our problem
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Is there something that can be applied to electrical connections to prevent rust and corrosion?

Another recent question got me thinking about this. Will a ground to the frame work properly if the bolt is powder-coated? Since I don't have any skill, tools, or ability to powder coat, whats the ...
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What causes battery terminal corrosion?

I put a new battery in my car about 8 months ago. After a problem starting a couple days ago, I found that there was massive corrosion under the battery terminals, so I cleaned them out and ...
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What are the methods to improve headlights of a car?

I'd like to improve the headlight illumination on my Toyota Carina AT 150. It is equipped with square type 55W lamps, but it's difficult to drive in the city or rainy/misty conditions. What are my ...
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Replacing a very old radio by a slightly less old one

I have an old Daewoo car (from 1995) with a non working stock radio unit (a Philips DC508D). I got a "slightly less old" Pioneer DEH-2000R (from 1998) as a replacement. None of them has any kind of ...
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Testing specific wires in harness cable

I want to do some electrical mods like adding a push/pull switch to my truck' tailgate to wire into my door ajar light to let me know if it is open along with splicing an electrical tailgate lock into ...
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How to diagnose undervolt in electrical system

I have a 1980 VW Dasher. Most of the electric systems perform noticeably weakly, e.g. the A/C fan, interior lamp, dash panel backlighting, windshield wipers, and headlamps. These symptoms have been ...
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2003 Ram 1500 4.7 Misfiring Cylinder 3

Would a bad fuel injector cause plug not to fire? Weird voltages at harness for cylinder 3 compared to other cylinders. No spark at plug. Coil and plug new and tested on other cylinders. I am leaning ...
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Why do cars still use mechanical blinker relays?

I think the electronic relays may be cheaper; and having less moving parts they are theoretically less prone to break. So, why do cars still use mechanical relays for turning lights?
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Disconnected wires near battery in BMW e46

I noticed a disconnected wire dangling next to the battery in the trunk of my 2005 BMW 330ci. It was actually a red and blue wire that veered off from the thick red one in the middle of the image. ...
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Identify rear indicator light wiring to install LED resistor

So off the back of a previous question, I need to install a resister to my cluster in order for the LEDs in the indicators to work properly and not hyper flash. Here is an image of the wiring that I ...
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HuiFei Android HeadUp Unit not shutting down completely, ACC and CONST wires mixed up?

I Bought No brand Android head up unit from ebay (Hong Kong) here is a link to the unit Generic android 4.4.4 car stereo My car is Volkswagen Golf VI 2010 The problem is that when I turn the car off ...
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Radio Wiring diagrams and/or color codes?

I've got an older Nissan truck (1994) that did NOT come with a factory radio. A previous owner had an aftermarket style radio installed, and the installers used one of these universal radio ...
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Gem Harness - MAZDA 2 1.6 2011

Can someone please explain to me what is Gem Harness? Is it something to do with wiring? Searched the net but could not find any convincing answer anywhere. The primary reason I am asking is because ...
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How do I make all of this work together?

I have a friend with 1988 Jeep YJ. I'm not sure if this question is more appropriate for here or for Electrical Engineering. We want to mount this blender with an AC motor in it. I think it's 110 ...
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Are there downsides to making an accessory socket always live, if accessories are removed when not in use?

In some cars, the power line from the battery to the accessory outlet (aka cigarette lighter socket) is always live. In others, it's off until ignition. It seems pretty much random which cars are ...
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No sound to single speaker, even after replacing the speaker

I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo, and the front passenger speaker has no sound. I was able to find a replacement, and swapped out the original speaker for the spare. Unfortunately, this did not help. I know ...
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Wiring Harness / Fuse Panel Repair

I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum and a friend of mine was changing the starter. Forgot to unhook the battery. And when the hot wire on starter grounded out it Melted the Negative battery cable until it ...
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2014 Ford Fusion Front Speaker Replacement (Wiring Question)

I'm replacing the front door speakers in my 2014 Ford Fusion, it is the 6 speaker system(NO 8" LCD or Premium Sony Package). I'm looking at the factory wiring harness and it consists of 4 wires going ...
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Fresh battery, no lights on 1979 Honda CB125 [closed]

I have a 1979 Honda CB125 that was running consistently about 2 years ago. It then sat for two years and the battery was corroded so I replaced it. I've made sure the battery is charged (I have a ...
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12 v RV solar system ground wire size for minmum voltage drop [closed]

I have been too ignorant about wire sizing but now trying to correct it. 280w of panels - 15amp potential max. power for the two - controller (set to 14.4 now) - 12v AGM 200 amp/hr battery. 22 ft new ...
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Two cable connectors under each car seat - what are they for?

I know that one of them is for AirBag (probably the thick yellow one), but what is the other one? Car is Chevrolet Aveo 2007. As can be seen on driver's side there is: thick yellow cable (update - ...
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Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
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Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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Saturn SL1 1998 Wiring Diagram

I'm in search of wiring diagram of Saturn SL1 1998. My car does not fire-up anymore, and everything indicate that the interlock has stopped working which stop my car from starting. I want to remove ...
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Hiace 1996 ignition/motor problems

I have a 1996 Hiace. I was driving and it just died, nothing. Dash lights all work, but motor will not turn over, nothing from starter. It has dual fuel, and was wondering if it could be the AEB 552 ...
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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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How to hack an on-demand rear diff locker on FJ Cruiser bypassing the ECU?

The Electronic Control Unit on my FJ Cruiser is not relaying the signal properly to the rear differential lock actuator when I switch it on. I want to bypass the ECU altogether and make the switch ...
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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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Unknown red wiring harness near cooling fan area on a Ford Focus 2004

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE DOHC. Today, I opened the hood and found an unconnected red wiring harness (shown in the picture, it's the one with a question mark pointed at). I looked around the area ...
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installing car radio - cords issue

I bought a simple radio, and i am trying to install it. From the new radio the following wires exist: speakers: 2*grey, 2*pruple. 2*blue, 2*green. Yellow - go to battery Black - go to ground red (acc) ...
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Mystery wiring harness underneath the gearshift on a 2004 Ford Focus

My Ford Focus had an evaporator core leak, so the DIY hobbyist in me took apart the instrument panel, dashboard and finally, replaced the evaporator core. I'm on my way putting parts back together. ...
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Truck won't start with key, but will remote start

1996 chevy suburban 1500 4/4 5.7 liter vortec ... My truck won't start when I turn the key. I get nothing like its not getting juice. But when I use a test light it has juice on the starter. So when I ...
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Broken tubes underneath 2000 Dodge Ram 1500

2000 Dodge Ram 1500, Laramie V8 - 5.2L While trying to figure out why the 4WD light flickers on and off (when in 2H, it is off while stopped, will come on or flicker after 15-20mph, may randomly go ...
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How much does it cost to fix headlights and window up/down button? [closed]

I drive a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. My headlights no longer work all of a sudden. My brights still work fine. Why did this happen? Also, the window up/down button on the passenger side no longer works ...
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Ford Fusion 2014 Wiring Diagram

I just picked up a new 2014 Ford Fusion and am planning on modifying the factory audio equipment. I've been searching around on some websites (The 12 Volt and various forums) and can't seem to find a ...
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two 12 volt power sources into one device

How can I power one 12 volt outlet (feeding a xm radio transformer) from two separate 12 volts sources on a RV (ignition and coach power). Is it feasible to use 2 diodes
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Central Locking Help: Why are there 3 wires for each door lock?

Tl;Dr: I want my hazards to flash with the central locking. I need to wire them up together with a diode to each side (left and right). The central locking has 3 wires My questions are: Does anyone ...
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Yamaha fz700 brake and headlights problem [duplicate]

Recently bought a Yamaha fz700 bike. Headlights don't work whatsoever, checked fuses, bulbs, and I found that wires aren't getting any power. Flipping the Hi/Lo beam switch doesn't change anything ...
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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
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VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light

My 2002 VW GTI MkIV recently had the airbag warning indicator light turn on. The VW dealership wanted to charge around $600 to fix it. They told me the seatbelt latch was at fault because it had an ...