Questions tagged [electrical]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is wrong with my 1997 Honda CBR 600 F3? No signs of life

So obviously in the title I have a 1997 Honda CBR 600 F3. As of right now it is showing no signs of life. I just replaced the battery and tested it right before I wrote this. It reads 12.75 volts. ...
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How do I connect an Antenna Cable to a Sat Nav's Power Cable?

I have just purchased a new Sat Nav Unit and would like to connect my original Radio Antenna to the Sat Nav Unit, so that I am able to pick up Radio Stations and control their output via the Sat Nav ...
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Fuel sender works when outside of tank, but not when in tank

I've bought a 1988 Honda Accord (3rd gen) with an issue where the fuel gauge always reads full. I removed the sender unit from the tank and cleaned it with some contact cleaner (it was kind of copper ...
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Fuel Gauge Inaccurate

I recently purchased a used 2005 subaru forester (non-turbo). I initially noticed that the fuel gauge seemed to be dropping a little faster than what I would have expected based on the Km's traveled. ...
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Should I remove dielectric grease from electrical sockets?

I'm trying to solve a problem with my car's fuel sender unit not working properly. I noticed there's a lot of (what I assume is) dielectric grease in the socket connecting the sender unit. Some sites ...
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Not turning over, and no movement on the stator shaft

My bike - suzuki 81 450 L - recently overheated and died. My fallure, 90-plus degree day and I forgot to check the oil before I left. I'm getting a click when starting and no attempt to turn over. I ...
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Seat Ibiza Electronic power control

I lease a Seat Ibiza 1.4 16V Stella and have an interesting problem. After 6 months the EPS light will show up occasionally. It's been back to the garage a few times for the issue where they reset ...
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Multiple electrical issues or what?

Hi there I have a 2005 Kia Sorento LX 3.5L. First the power windows do not work and no power to the 2 25amp fuses. Next I found a little problem. I had to change the fuse block due to a broken ...
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Electrical problem 2001 VW Golf: intermittent battery failure?

(This is my first question here so let me know if it is off-topic or not enough info provided, or otherwise inappropriate for the forum and I will delete it) I have a 2001 VW Golf which has started ...
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1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
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Dashcam Blown Car Fuse

I have a 2010 Chevy Equinox LT (2.4L / 4 cyl). Recently I bought this dashcam. When I plugged the charger into my 12v cigarette lighter port in the front of my car, plugged the usb in, connected to my ...
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Tachometer/Speedometer drop to zero and engine wont accelerate

today my car had the following problem: I was driving with about 80 km/h (ca. 50 mph) when suddenly my Motor didn't react to the gas-penal anymore and I wasn't able to accelerate. The tachometer and ...
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Adding a additional battery to car

I have purchased a brand new Toyota Innova. I need to install a a mac mini, 2 laptops and make this car a mobile office. I need to know if I can install another car battery in parallel, and will ...
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Emergency flashers drain the battery in 5-10 minutes

I have a 5yo Honda CRV. Recently I had two episodes when the car did not start after it was left with emergency flashers (hazard lights) on for 5-10(?) minutes. I had to ask someone to jump-start it (...
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How to minimize voltage loss

I have a '79 bike that is currently experiencing voltage loss, causing the battery to die after a couple hours of riding. It is clear there is lots of corrosion and rust on many of the wires and ...
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2007 Nissan Sentra Battery Fusible link keeps blowing

All, I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra that has been running me crazy. The entire power is out as a result of a blown battery fusible link. I'm on my 5th fusible link now but ive not installed it. Please, ...
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Trailer socket problems

I have a tow bar and a seven pin plug to operate the lights, fitted on my car. I recently took my boat for repair and when they brought it out of the workshop they dropped it from a forklift truck ...
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Moped electrics cut out

Hello i have had my piaggio skipper for about 4 months and only recently it has stopped working When i turn then ignition key on all of the electrics come on fine, but when i hold the brake and press ...
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I need the male end of a cable connector that mates with THIS female connector

I have a Jeep Wrangler in which I've had a 5.3L Chevy LS engine installed, along with the GM ECU, a custom radiator and a GM radiator fan (from a 2017 Camaro I believe). The radiator fan has this ...
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Meaning of green ground symbols in Body and Equipment Mounting Manual ground point documentation

The Ford Transit Body and Equipment Mounting Manual documents ground points in a set of diagrams and tables starting in section 4.20.1 on page 211. While most of the ground points illustrated in the ...
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2003 Mitsubishi Galant won't start?

I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with 251k miles on it. I recently changed the oil pan gasket to fix a leak and as I normally do, I pull the negative terminal on the battery when I'm doing just about ...
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2003 chevy silverado 2500 hd no power [closed]

no power to head lights cab lights ignition or steering column the battery has 12-4 volts coming out of it. tried jumping with another car and nothing happened.

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