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Questions tagged [electrical]

Concerning the main electrical system of a motor vehicle or internal combustion engine. Consider using [tag:electronics] for radios and other such systems. Use [tag:electric-vehicle] for questions about electrical powered vehicles and their unique systems.

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New Spark plugs and Immediate Body Control Module Failure. Coincidence?

I took in my 2013 Fiat 500 Pop for new spark plugs and rear brakes. My next errand after the repair was the post office -- after a 30 minute wait, I came out to see my headlights were still on. ...
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310 watt light bar 12 awg wire harness

I am currently looking at a 32 inch 310 watt LED light bar for my 2010 Honda CRV. The light bar I am looking at is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MCNYXFT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_JpKPDbTR3J8R4. The ...
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How long can I run car accessories for before my battery goes flat?

I have a Hyundai i10 1 litre 2015 model. The battery it uses is 52ah and 12V. Given the scenario that the car battery is sufficiently charged after a long drive, the engine is off and I have the ...
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2003 Mazda Tribute lost power

I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute with the V6. The battery light will occasionally come on, sometimes it just flashes, other it stays on. I had the battery and alternator checked at two different auto parts ...
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Intermittent loss of electrical power on a Ford Mustang

This is a 1999 Ford Mustang GT 4.6. Electrical power completely shuts down and comes back on, the dashboard lights and gauges go crazy. I put in a new battery, alternator and negative cable and ...
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Charging problem

Ducati 450 scrambler 1975 converted to 12v with Luas Rita AB11 electronic ignition it is so easy to start with this modification I put a new original alternator 3 face that gives up to 55v at 5000rpm ...
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2001 gt eclipse head lights both went out same time

I have check the all fuses the ,check light bulb. An they are all good. All other light work ,just not headlights. I have also notice the interior & exterior lights go bright & dim low when i ...
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Cranking engine with coil wire removed - damage?

I cranked the engine while the wire connecting the coil to the distributor was removed in order to not spark the engine. Apparently this is not the right way to do it. Have I caused some damage by ...
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White smoke followed by fire under the hood [on hold]

My car was started for 30 minutes or more when out of nowhere white smoke followed by a fire happened under my hood and after I put the fire out I could see the starter took on most of the damage. I ...
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Turn indicator and high beam always on

Citroen c3 1.4 03 ... I bought the car over a week ago. When I start the car up the right indicator comes on and also the high beam. I have to disconnect my battery to get them off but when I ...
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Why do electric motors produce peak torque instantly vs gasoline engines

On a separate forum, someone had asked why electric cars do not have transmissions. The simple answer was that electric cars produce peak torque at any RPM but the gasoline engine needs to rev up to ...
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2009 Honda CRV electrical problem?

The last couple days my CR-V seems to die after I’ve driven some distance... the first time it happened I turned the car off, opened the door and tried to use the button on the driver side door to ...
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Two Fuel Pumps died

Already having replaced 2 fuel pumps, both died. Seems to have a problem in somewhere (alternator, battery, electricity) or I have no luck for fuel pumps. The last one, last 6 months, before died ...
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Citreon c4 grand picasso

I havent driven my c4 since before Christmas but ive been starting it regularly and keeping it snow free. Just started it again but the air con and demister isn't working. Could it be frozen?
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No functioning electrics in 1996 Toyota Estima (Previa) but battery is fully charged and fuses seem fine?

I left this van unused over winter (Southern hemisphere). I had some trouble starting it a month or so back, and it turned out to be a loose electrical connection to the fuel pump. After I left it for ...
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Repeated Fuse Blowing and Battery Light

I have a Toyota MR2. I installed keyless entry by soldering into the power lock/unlock wires and the constant 12V wire. All good. I then tried installing LED lights by using T taps on door trigger ...
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Finding wire for “Unused Fuse”

There are many unused fuses populated in my 2010 Ford Fusion's interior fuse box. I've tested with a voltmeter and the fuse I have in mind turns on and off with the ignition, which is what I want. Now,...
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2004 chevy tracker headlights do not turn on. Fuses, bulbs, relays good. All other electrical work

2004 Chevy Tracker. Headlights will not turn on. Bulbs, fuses, relays good. Headlight brights do not turn on. Brights will come on when the lever is pulled back like flashing an oncoming driver.
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Bypassing immobiliser in a 1999 Subaru Forester

I have two paddock/farm vehicles. One is a 1998 Forester (black), auto, EJ20, no ignition immobiliser. The other is a 1999 Forester (green), manual, lo-range, immobiliser. Neither came with a FOB or ...
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02 wrx power issue

Just replaced the alternator and starter and battery reads at 12.5 volts but when I try to start it, the engine will turn over once and the starter will start clicking. Bad battery? Anything I should ...
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Dodge caliber 08 battery light

My car battery light came on, so I replaced the battery and the alternator. This fixed my jumping and stuff, but now my battery light came on while driving in the rain. I always have problems when ...
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Why do the lights flicker when I accelerate?

I have a 2003 Ford Focus. Recently, I've noticed that when I accelerate (step on the gas), all the lights on the car flicker. This happens to both the dash lights in the car and the headlights ...
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Motorcycle electric start issue

Basically I've had my bike for around 7 months now, from new. I've had this issue since getting the bike, I took it to the dealer I purchased from for my first service and told him about the issue, he ...
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Should ground wires be fused?

I'm installing a ham radio transceiver into my car, which draws up to 25 amps and can't be used with the 12V socket. Instead, I'm following this and this and similar guides, which recommend running a ...
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Will a stereo short render my bfcm fried?

I recently installed a aftermarket stereo into my2000 malibu and somewhere along the line it shorted and blew a couple fuses. The radio fuseand the interior fuse which was also the bfcm fuse, i ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
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my Toyota innova 2.8 e DSL model 2018

speedometer not working abs always on pls. help I'll check already the vss and abs sensor all are good the problem still not working speedometer and abs still on
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Isolator or Separator for my Hitachi alternator

I am looking to charge an auxiliary battery for my motorhome, but am not sure if I can use an isolator given the alternator. It is a Hitachi LR160-78B 60a alternator in a 1985 Nissan 720 pickup (...
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2006 pt cruiser goes into limp mode have replaced pcm tipm new battery

i have a 2006 pt cruiser have replaced the pcm tipm new battery both input and output sensors changed transmission fluid and filter will drive fine sometimes a week then will go back into limp mode i ...
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Which Wires to Wrap Anti-Rodent Tape With?

I am planning to wrap some of the wires in my Honda CRV/Accord's engine bay with anti-rodent electrical tape. Which wires should I wrap and which ones should I NOT wrap? Are there other parts that ...
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Motorcycle headlight only ‘working’ (flickering) with starter motor

Running into an issue with my 2009 Honda Hornet. The headlight does not work when the engine is turned on or off (both normal and high beam). Only when I’m starting the motor I see the headlight ...
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2013 Fusion both low beam headlights suddenly stopped working

2013 Fusion both low beam headlights suddenly stopped working. High beams work and side markers work, turn signals ok. Everything else seems to work just fine.
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Electrical starting problem

Audi 80 92 2.0 . Battery problem?Won't start i tried new battery ,same problem.Jumps easily ,drives. Stop. then try to start won't turn.Alternator checked!ok! Someone suggested solenoid on starter ...
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Damaged shark fin antenna case

I have a VW Passat with a shark fin antenna. The antenna has a rubber gasket for waterproofing, a plastic case and the antenna circuitry inside. While washing the car, I hit the antenna case a bit ...
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Why are the instrument panel lights too dim when lights are off?

My 2007 Suburban LTZ has instrument panel lights that are too dim when the lights are off. I cannot even see the speedometer when the sun is out unless I turn the lights on. When the lights are set to ...
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Is a 13.07V alternator voltage too low?

I'm having some problems with a 2006 Mini One D (1.4 l diesel engine). About a month ago the alternator warning light turned on (it only turned off over about 4000 rpm). The belt looked good, so I ...
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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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Dashboard lights and tail light not working. Fuses are all good

Toyota Corolla 2008 My dashboard lights, tail lights and gear shift lights are all not working properly. Sometimes they will all come to life and they will stay working until I turn my headlights off,...
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Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
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'06 Scion Tc starts 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. Now ...
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Ford mondeo mk3, obd not connecting to computer

I have an Ford mondeo mk3 where the air con isn't working and there is no voltage to the pressure sensors. So I was going to look for error codes. However when I connected the obd it can't connect to ...
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2006 Chevy Impala dying while driving

I have a 2006 Chevy Impala LS (flex fuel) while I'm driving the dashboard sends off a warning of "reduced engine power" as my car loses power and I lose the ability to use my gas pedal. Meaning that ...
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How to diagnose low alternator output

My car (a 1991 Citroen BX 1.4) has been giving me alternator problems since I got it, the alternator failure came on every now and then and dimmed or disappeared when I revved the engine, my first ...
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2007 Jeep Commander left turn signal will not turn off

I made a left turn today and now my left turn signal will not turn off (i.e., the interior arrow is flashing and the exterior front/rear blinkers are flashing). Here is the current state of things: ...
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Fuse won't push into slot

Why won't my fuse push into its slot? Yes I'm using the correct fuse but it is very loose and won't snap in. This for my 12V plug in the trunk of my 2007 Jetta. Also, a put a new fuse in for the ...
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1998 Ford Expedition: Symptoms of dead battery while jumping

I'm attempting to get my 1998 Ford Expedition 5.4L V8 to start after sitting for a few months. Initially, the battery was dead, so I put it on my charger for a while. After the battery was charged I ...
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Switchable Live on a 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

I have just bought the 'Nippy Normans' Fuzeblock to fit under the seat of my new Tiger but can't find a suitable Switched Live to connect it to. Any ideas?
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Car losing power on turning key, but returns shortly after

I drive a 2014 Chevy Spark. Before turning the key even to the accessory position everything works perfectly, as soon as I get to the ignition position all the electronics die and the motor doesn't ...
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Mustang charging system warning light on, but battery and alternator both passed testing?

I have a Mustang that the battery light stays on. I changed the battery and the alternator was checked by Autozone, they said it was good. I need help