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Your question is difficult to answer without you knowing the inner workings of an alternator. The basics. If you move a magnetic field near a coil of wire the electrons in the wire get exited and electricity will be made. The amount of electricity made depends on the size of the magnetic field and its speed. The bigger the field and the faster it's moving ...


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There are a few questions in there, so I will try to address them all. The Bueler Time Delay relays are unlike the vast majority of other relays you will find. The difference is that these relays are so-called "smart" relays. They have embedded circuitry that handles the triggering as well as the timing functions of the timed relay. For most relays (i.e. ...


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This battery pack is rated for 4A at 12V. But a really empty car battery can easily draw much more that 5A when connected to 12V, which is definitely too much for your battery pack. The LiPo battery itself can deliver lots of, but not unlimited current. At high currents, it can get really hot and even start a fire. The battery pack contains a protection ...


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I believe your clutch safety switch has been damaged You have a switch underneath your clutch lever. It forces you to pull the clutch in to start the bike. There is a small phillips head #2 screw that holds in place. It can be adjusted and slid back and forth to engage properly with the clutch lever. You can see where the switch hits the lever if you ...


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The range switch doesn't think the car is in park. On Fords theres an adjustable cable if you look on the driver side of the transmission there will be lever with a cable attached. Sometimes the clip on the cable fails. if the cable is OK pull the lever all the way into park and it should start. If it doesn't you probably need a new range switch.


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A battery that has an internal electrical short, usually one of the plates has come loose and is touching its neighboring plate will cause the alternator to work much harder than normal. This can shorten the life of the alternator. This condition is usually discovered quickly as the battery will not function well in this case. When alternators or motors ...


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If there is no metal to metal contact, there is no ground. That applies to both of your scenarios. The powder-coating will act as an insulator. Personally, I would drill the hole in the frame, install a bolt through the hole. Powder-coat that so that there is a bare spot under the head of the bolt that doesn't get covered. Then use that bolt to install ...


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You could run a tap through the bolt after powder coating You could add a step to your process. After everything is complete. Nut welded to frame Complete Powder coating Run a tap through the nut to clear out any powder coating in the threads so you have good metal to metal contact with your grounding bolt. The tap should not have any negative effect ...


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This is very common, and not a problem. When you are starting your car, the load on the battery is huge compared to when the engine is running, as the starter motor is having to turn the crankshaft and push the pistons while the oil is cold and thick, and additionally compressing air into the cylinders, pumping fuel and causing a spark, while also driving ...


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Voltage drop the ground side pin 4 with the car running. I'd suspect a poor ground is the cause. You can also scope the power side by removing the fuse and putting a wire loop in place. Connect a low amp probe. Since the fuse is rated @ 20A you should expect to see 8-10A if it's drawing more amps than that suspect a short to ground or a bad ground or ...


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In general silicone gease applied to the parts before and after assembly is a good way to go. It will be pushed out of the way where you have tight metal to metal contact so it won't cause electrical connection problems. It won't crack up if things move slightly and it won't stop you dismantling and reassembling things if you need to.


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Absolutely yes. I sell alternators all day every day - and a poor battery is often the root cause of alternator failure. A battery with a short in it will cause the alternator to run at full output for extended periods of time, if not continuously - and they are not built to do this. Alternators the world over are built to supply an initial high current, ...


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I have a 2006 Vibe and I followed the directions here to disable both driver and passenger side seat belt alarms (I don't know of a way to just do passenger side): Turn the key to on (don't start the car,) then change the odometer to display "odo" and not trip A or B. Turn the key off. Turn the key back to on. Within six seconds of doing this, press and ...


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There can be a couple of reasons.. 1: Is the fuel pump working? 2: Is the electronic circuit OK ? e.g. Ground wires.. positives.. negatives.. A good way to check could be when you try to crank, do the lights fade? flicker? anything? 3: Checking that voltage is coming through to the starter motor as well will tell you if it is actually getting there. 4: ...


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A lead acid battery, as used in motor vehicles has a very low internal resistance, this means that when directly connected across the terminals of the li-po battery pack, it does act very similarly to a dead short. Most li-po packs are not designed for very high current draws, and have short circuit protection built in. This is likely tripping. Really, the ...


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Your starting system is typically: (-> represents wires) Battery -> fuse -> ignition switch -> relay -> starter The starter also has a direct connection to the battery (big red wire) The fact that it works the second time means there is likely a loose connection down the line somewhere. The click you hear is either the relay or the starter solenoid. ...


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It sounds as though you may have damaged your throttle position sensor. However, the first thing I would do is to reset all of the electrical systems in the vehicle. The simplest way to do this and be sure it's done is to remove both battery clamps and attach them to each other (without the battery present in the circuit). This will drain any capacitors ...


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Almost certainly a poor connection within the bulb holder. You might be able to clean up the connections within the holder with a fine bit of sandpaper or "wet and dry", then adjust them with a tiny screwdriver to improve the contact, but it's probably easier to get a new unit...


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Seems to be an easy job. Check out panel #18 and parts list for panel #18. You are going to want to see if part #5, (PN: 592.1.010.1A) Low Fuel Sensor is available before you start the job. I found the parts manual here. You are going to have to drain the tank completely first. Note: its not clear on if your sender is broken, has a cut wire or is simply ...


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When the alternator fails, the copper windings melt and become shorted. This will cause an electrical fire smell and will cause several indicators to come on. As others have stated, burnt fuses and failed regulators can cause the same smell. When a regulator stops... regulating, your voltage can spike to excessive levels causing equipment to burn out and ...


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The backup lights stay on and I have to remove the fuse to turn them off. If the headlamps stay on as well, the daytime running lamp circuit is back feeding into the backup lamp circuit. But since nothing about the headlamps is mentioned, that can be ruled out. Step 1 A simple way to test would be to unplug the range switch with the key off. Do ...


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Dirt in the tank could definitely be the cause of the burned pin because the burned pin suggests that the pump was drawing a larger than normal current from that wire. The pump having to contend with dirt in the tank could mean it was having to work significantly harder than when pumping clean fuel which would be a very good reason for it to draw excessive ...


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These could be seperate issues all together perhaps, the clutch does sound interesting, you might have missed something in the process of changing you're clutch? Also don't forget (I think) about the clutch slave (Not sure if VW beetles have one.. but I'd assume most if not all manual cars do).. Just check it over, making sure that everything is in its ...


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You should place the old battery back in and check if it starts there.. If it does, then there could possible be something faulty about the battery you replaced it with (Try getting a brand new battery instead). After the bike fell to the side, was there any damage? Check if anything was broken (e.g. power cables etc.). That could be one thing to do, just ...


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OK, So Thank you to those that tried to answer my question. I did find the problem, I've had this car for only 1 year and never had any issues so when this came up I was forced to look at the systems etc, thanks to Ben's answer I didn't even know that this car had 2 separate fuse panels one under the hood and one hidden nicely under the front dash, under the ...


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You need to do a wiggle test. The clutch cables on that particular car is a real pain, and for someone who hasn't done it before, it's really easy to screw up wiring. My friend is a Hyundai Master Tech and hates working on them because of routing and space. It's sounding like a short somewhere, but you need to determine where. Get yourself a new fuse, put ...


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This could be just about anything. To start with, I'd get way organized. I recommend strongly you purchase a paper copy of the service manual (Either Haynes or Chilton. They cost $30 new at your local autoparts store.) Inside they have a few pages in the back of the wiring diagrams for your car. These manuals are awesome for teaching you how your ...


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Your car Audio should work well in your garage .Mine has been running for 17 years now .The 12 V DC power supply needs to be rated for the job as others have commented .If you use a switchmode power supply which is more common these days you may get noisey radio reception due to the crud that these supplies put out .Placing the Antenna on the roof will ...


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Usually the car is charging the 12V battery with over 14V to get it up to something over 13V, so a charger with 12V will do no good. It should work while the battery is lower, but it won't get you anywhere where you can use the battery to start a car. The next problem might be the way the charger detects a short circuit, probably by measuring the flow. The ...


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The easiest test to perform, as Ben pointed out is to use a multimeter to measure the voltage to ground. In case you're not familiar with automotive electric systems, most metal on a car is grounded, but even that can be tricky because sometimes the metal is attached to plastic or painted, especially in the interior. I would recommend using the outer edge of ...



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