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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Is the diagnosis from a battery/starter/alternator tester meaningful?

At many auto parts stores they will test - often for free - a vehicle's electrical system by attaching a device to the positive and negative terminals of the battery. That's all they do. Then you ...
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Volvo Turn Signal Light Problem

My dad has an old Volvo V70 from 2001. One of the blinkers (that yellow light that you turn on if you go left or right) is not working properly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We opened ...
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1997 Honda Accord F22B2 - Electrical Issue After Cylinder Head Repair

I recently replaced the head gasket and timing belt on my F22B2 (non-VTEC, 4 cylinder) 97 Honda Accord. I got everything put back together, but now the ignition switch doesn't have the same results ...
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Have a 2000 Jeep XJ Cherokee Sport with Electrical issues

I have replaced computer, starter, alternator and battery twice in the last 2 years. The other day when I turned the key the lights cut off and no attempt to start. I removed battery connections and ...
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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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1999 Yamaha 80hp Outboard Electrical Problem (Rectifier Overheating)

I recently purchased a pontoon boat and on day #3 my motor died, I'm hoping to get some help from the community with correctly diagnosing and fixing the problem. The motor - 1999 Yamaha 80hp four ...
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Strange electrical issue with after market brake lights

I've got a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. About 3 years ago I put LED brake lights on. They worked great until just a couple days ago, when the drivers side stopped working. Shortly after, they started working ...
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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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Repair or replace frayed fuel injection wiring harness?

This is on a 2008 Chevy Impala, 3.5L V6, non-flexfuel. Recently got cylinder 1 misfire / ignition failure codes. An investigation revealed that mice had gotten into my garage, made themselves at ...
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01 Monte Carlo electrical gremlins

My wife has an 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that sat for about 6 years before she got it 3 years ago. It’s having a few electrical problems. Temperature gauge doesn’t work. I replaced the sender with a ...
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Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
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A/C electrical problem on 92 Civic

I've had intermittent A/C failure on my 92 Civic DX going on for a couple years now. It's clearly an electrical problem. Normally it's solvable by putting some pressure on the control panel, but ...
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2003 Nissan 350 Z won't accelerate

We own a Nissan 350 Z and this morning it would not start. It would turn over but it wouldn't fire. After pulsing the gas a little bit it would start but then letting off the gas would cause it to die....
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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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car fan kicking in even when the engine is cool

I have a 2010 Citroen C3 Picasso 1.4 petrol. A few months ago my car fan became very noisy after a long journey. Since then the car control panel is telling me the engine is overheating even if I have ...
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Welding on car - damage to ECU, battery, alternator?

I had to weld nuts to the outside of rounded-out allen type bolts when removing 15-year-old rear brake calipers and carriers this weekend. As I was laying under the car welding (probably running ...
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Suzuki Grand Vitara 2004 wiring

My dad and I just put in a new engine for my Suzuki Grand Vitara. We connected all the necessary wires and ready to go. When we tried to connect the battery the positive terminal started heating up ...
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Hyundai Elantra 2010, interior dashboard backlighting lights flickering on and off

I have a 2010 Hyundai Elantra with about 93,600 miles on it. Originally it was my mother's car (she was the only owner) but I got it off of her back in April. She for the most part kept up on the ...
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Can I run more stuff off of the radio accessory switch?

I'm hooking up a USB-charger to my Ford Fokus mk1, I want it to only run when the car is on, so I don't fry my battery. I noticed that the radio has an accessory switch that is only on if the ...
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How to troubleshoot a car not starting problem

My car (a 2007 Honda CRV) has been intermittently starting hard, almost like the battery was almost dead but then it kicks in and is fine. About 2 weeks ago I came out to the parking garage after ...
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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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2006 Fusion, unplugged blue plug behind glovebox, now one headlamp and brakelight not working

06 Fusion SE 2.3L. AC wasn't working so I took advice from this instructables article and this video to do a quick temporary fix. I attached a 47kOhm resistor to the purple and yellow wires (top 4th &...
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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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Terracan 2.9 crdi 2004 won't start

While 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 off the engine for 10 min for other reasons. ...
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Why do the running lights turn on when the car is off?

I have two questions and they may be related, but I'll pose the most important question first. A friend owns a 2006 Chevy Malibu. Recently the running lights began randomly turning on when the car was ...
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1999 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L electrical problems

I am new to this and in need of some advice. I just purchased a 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L, with 211,000 miles and have some electrical problems. I noticed that one of the two green wires on the back ...
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Security and engine issues

I have a fiat stilo 1.4(2004) plate. It had an intermittent issue with the "car security manager loose connection" and the car wouldn't start sometimes, But when shaking the fuse box/power ...
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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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2009 Toyota Camry's brand new OEM power window master switch won't control the drivers window

Why would the driver's side window operate perfect with the original master switch but not work when I install a new power window master switch? I purchased 2 new aftermarket power window master ...
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Second battery for Android Stereo

I have an android head unit that suffers (like most stereos) a power drop/fail on starting the car. While the unit is engineered to retain OS power for a few seconds, the dvd player has to restart, ...
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Honda Accord 2000 V6, loses electrical although engine is still running - what could it be?

After driving about a mile with a cold engine, I lost power steering and all the dash lights came on (battery, oil, all the doors registered open, etc). I pulled off the road and turned the car off. I ...
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Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order ...
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How to fix “lazy” electricity to the cab of an '89 Mazda B2200

I don't know how else to describe it but as "lazy". There's power to the speedometer/temperature/fuel portion of the dashboard, but nothing else in the cab has power, including the interior light. ...
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How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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No power to instrument fuse

I have a '94 Oldsmobile Bravada and the digital dash quit working. I found that I do not have power to the instrument fuse but have power to all other fuses in the panel. I can not find an ...
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Misfiring Engine Hyundai Accent Executive

My Hyundai Accent Executive is 2001 model. Recently the engine started misfiring badly during idling with Air conditioner on. It is almost like the engine is going to turn off any moment. The ...
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What's the correct fusing for a headlight relay?

Summary of the situation: I have a 1975 Ford truck that suffered from the "Ford flashing headlight problem". The factory wiring uses 18ga wires over a very long path and through an under-rated ...
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Temporarily increasing electrical load almost kills engine

I have a 2001 Ford Focus that has some funky problems at idle under load. A nice high-load scenario is by abusing the windows motors (rolling them up while windows are up), which causes the RPM to ...
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Electrical issue 1997 Jetta 2.0 [closed]

I just bought a 1997 Jetta 2.0 and had to replace the heater core. As you may know, you need to take off the entire dash and unplug everything in order to get to the heater core. So I replaced the ...
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Headlights come on then go off [closed]

When I start my 2006 Trailblazer the headlights come on, then a few minutes later they go off and I have to use the high beams. Anyone have an answer?
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Car won't start hours after passing over water

Yesterday at night i was coming home and passed through some water (probably some broken pipe), and the car started to intermittently being on/off (electric part failure). It worked for about 1 ...
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Electrical issue Ford Flex

Walked by my parked 2009 Flex in driveway. The radio was playing!! I unlocked it, lo and behold, all the dashboard lights are flickering on and off, I can move the shifter, the bell is dinging like ...
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Toyota Celica ST185 problem, doesn't start [closed]

Hello i have a problem i own a Toyota Celica ST185 Carlos Sainz Limited Edition. (btw. English is not my national language so sorry for eventual errors). The problem is that car has problems with ...
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Clicking sound when trying to start

We haven't driven this car much in the last month, so it's been sitting in our back yard. Yesterday we tried to start it up, but it is making a clicking sound while turning the key in the ignition, ...
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Add central locking and electric windows to Land Rover Defender (1999)?

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
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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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Malfunction indicator light after a charge to low battery

My battery often needs a quick charge – 3 min or so – in the morning, then the car starts all day. Today, the light went on after the quick charge and would not go off after 2 blocks so I returned ...
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03 chevy impala- I have a bad misfire

When I push on the gas it hesitates to go. The check engine light starts flashing but once it gets rolling its gone. I change the spark plugs, put in a gas treatment, shot some B-12 in it and ...
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loss of gauges on a 2003 Ford Escape

My son has a 2003 Ford Escape V6, that will all of a sudden have a loss of all gauges while he is driving and then they will come right back up with no loss of power. There has been times he has ...
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Wire front camera+sensors+display on SINGLE Ignition switched 12V wire

I want to install front parking sensors & camera (+display). So I have: Kit of 4 sensors + controller Camera Display Basically I know how to install & wire them, the thing I don't sure is: ...