Tag: electrical wiring

62 Posts

What does a coil wire do
Sep 01, 2011

Today: Eli and the impudent coil wire.

Dear Car Talk

Hi My name is Eli and I have a quick question for you I live in North Carolina I'm a teenager and I am a mechanic's assistant I've been working in the shop for about a month now so I'm...

electrical wiring

what could make the turn signals act differently with different drivers
Nov 01, 2010

Is Sutton's 2003 VW Jetta sentient?

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My 2003 VW Jetta hates my husband. Granted, he deserves it. He drove my car over a traffic island and messed up the wheel rims; he tore out the oil pan and then drove till the engine seized up; and he...

turn signals electrical wiring

How long should a car battery last unused
Aug 01, 2010

Why's the battery in Tim's VW dying such a sudden death?

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I purchased a new 2010 VW CC, and the car has 5,000 miles on it. During a long weekend, I left the car unused for four days, and the battery died. There were no lights on or external power drains. On Tuesday...

batteries electrical wiring

Jun 01, 2008

Tom and Ray help one reader get "Sirius" about a radio problem.

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I have a 1997 Ford Aspire, and I can't plug in my Sirius Satellite Radio adapter because my car lighter does not work. I changed all the fuses -- and got some other stuff working, but not the cigarette lighter. What...

electrical wiring

why does the fuse for my locks radio and lighter keep blowing in my jeep
Jul 01, 2005

This Jeep Cherokee is blowing fuses like crazy. Help!

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I have run into a problem with my 1993 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Something is causing the fuse that serves the power door locks, radio, cigar lighter and dome light to blow. You put in a new fuse, and it blows before...

electrical wiring

how is our plymouth laser able to start on its own without a key
Mar 01, 2005

What could be causing this Plymouth Laser to start automatically?

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Our Plymouth Laser starts automatically It has happened twice once in the rain in the middle of the night and once in sunshine in the middle of the day When this happens we cannot shut it off with the ignition...

electrical wiring

is there anything wrong with keeping low and high beams on at the same time
May 01, 2004

Better to install a separate set of driving lights -- as long as you're courteous of oncoming traffic.

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Hey guys I have a ' Dodge Dakota When driving at night I switch from low beams to high and if I hold the dimmer switch in and don't release it I get the effect of having both bulbs on...

headlights electrical wiring

why does my engine die on an uphill mountain grade
Jun 01, 2003

Engine dies every time it goes uphill...here are some ideas on what to check.

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I have a Mustang GT with just under miles The engine runs fine on the flat desert floor but when I try to climb out of the valley the V- begins to sputter and then stops completely If it sits...

diagnostics electrical wiring fuel pumps

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...

batteries electrical wiring diagnostics

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