Tag: electrical wiring

54 Posts

Nov 01, 2001

Faulty battery or faulty charging system?

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We have a ' GMC Yukon It has a slow electrical discharge that eventually causes the battery to go dead Then my wife finds herself stranded The battery has been replaced so that's not the problem The fuse box has...

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Aug 01, 2001

Can a Dodge Caravan spontaneously combust?

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Is it possible that my van ' Dodge Grand Caravan burned on its own Or was it vandalized The whole engine compartment burned up I hadn't driven it since p m and at a m my daughter woke me up...

electrical wiring fire

Jun 01, 2001

Is dry gas fixing my car's starting problem?

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I have had some problems starting my ' BMW i on cold damp winter days Both times the problem disappeared IMMEDIATELY after adding a container of dry gas When I discussed this with my dealer service representative and asked if...

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Aug 01, 2000

Help! Smoke's coming out of the steering column.

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I have a ' Cadillac Seville SLS The problem is smoke coming out of the steering column I've had the car back to the dealer about three times for this and the mechanics still can't fix it Smoke comes out...

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Dec 01, 1999

Where can I safely run a cable through my car's firewall?

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I need to run a two-wire -volt cable from my battery to the driver's compartment where my amateur radio transceiver is located The local Ford dealer could not recommend a location to put the cable through the fire wall But...

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Jul 01, 1999

When those ABS warning lights come on, get thee to a dealership. Fast!

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I drive a ' Honda Accord EX I've owned the car since it was new and have had virtually no mechanical problems But recently the car started doing something I can't figure out Periodically the ABS light will come on...

ABS warning lights electrical wiring

Jun 01, 1999

An opportunity to buy a new diagnostic tool: this time, a "short tester".

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I just bought a Ford Escort Wagon for my wife and I found out the brake lights don't work The fuse was burned out When I replaced it it took just a pump or two on the brakes to blow...

electrical wiring diagnostics

Apr 01, 1999

If everything dies except for the engine, start by looking at the wiring that runs through your firewall.

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I have recently purchased a used Pontiac Bonneville SSEi It has miles on it and seemed to run fine until last night My wife and I were returning home from visiting our daughter at college About miles into the trip...

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Oct 01, 1997

What is causing fuses to regularly blow out on my daughter's car?

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I have teen-agers and I try to maintain a small fleet of used cars for them to drive My problem with my daughter's ' Dodge Shadow however has left me several hundred dollars poorer and no closer to a solution...

electrical wiring fuses diagnostics

Aug 01, 1997

The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

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I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

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