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Old 05-25-2013, 02:30 AM
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Alright, so in the last week, my corner lights randomly stopped working. Then 2 days ago my radio randomly stopped powering up and working. Now today my climate control lights quit working, and on top of all those, I got pulled over because my tail lights stopped working too! I am not a wiring person whatsoever but it seems that would have to be an electrical problem. It cannot just be coincidence that all of these things stopped working within days.
Does anyone have any input on what this could be??

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Re: Electrical issue?

Has it rained? Have you checked your grounds?
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Re: Electrical issue?

It has been raining on and off lately. I have not checked grounds. As I said I don't know a whole lot about wiring. Where would grounds that need to be checked be located? Would that be in the book?
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Re: Electrical issue?

Check grounds, and fuses. A good way to locate a water problem would be to have someone get in the car in the trunk area, and close it and spray the hose over the trunk, see if water leaks on wiring there, another thing is to lay paper towels over the wiring in your engine bay, close hood, spray hose over hood, really good, then let sit few min, dry hood completely as good as you can so when you open it water doesn't drip all in your engine bay and mess up the test.... See if paper towels are wet in areas they shouldn't be, I.e. the fuse box or battery....

That's just to check for leaks that could of possibly dropped into a frayed wire causing a short.

But first thing you should check is fuses. And grounds... If there is a black wire connected to body of car, that is a ground, oem honda ground color...

Check for corrosion, loose, frayed wires, rust, etc...



however just thought of something.
you may be supplying to much electrical power for these accessory's to handle. i have heard of cases like this, but cannot remember the actual terminology. you should get in touch with lilmsprelude, and ask her. she is a professional with wiring, and electrical and can help you a lot further than random ideas of what could be wrong.

good luck

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Re: Electrical issue?

Download a repair manual from the do it yourself section and study the wiring diagrams. You'll be a wire guy in no time.

Project 95 makes good points.
Btw lilM is a girl? I didn't know that. But that's one electrical stuff knowing individual.
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I figured because of the lil miss prelude* lol
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Re: Electrical issue?

Thanks for the suggestions Project95. I have a manual, but the wiring diagrams look like chicken scratch to me. I don't get 'em o.O. But I just went and looked, and none of my under hood fuses are bad.
I found this coming off of the battery.
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So I fixed that. Didn't help
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Then I have no idea what these are for.
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And this appears to be my motor>body ground, which looks fine to me.
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Soooo yea I'm lost >.<
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Re: Electrical issue?

yes, I am a girl. :P

I will be happy to help you but we need to know a few things first. Do you have a Volt/Ohm Meter or can you get your hands on one?

if random systems in your car are "shutting" down, we REALLY need to see if the ECU is permitting the car to overcharge. Projectprelude hit the nail on the head. Do you notice any fuses that look a little melted? Did you find any fuses that were blown? If so, is it black and sharp where the fuse popped or did it ball up and look like the metal melted apart?
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yes, I am a girl. :P

I will be happy to help you but we need to know a few things first. Do you have a Volt/Ohm Meter or can you get your hands on one?

if random systems in your car are "shutting" down, we REALLY need to see if the ECU is permitting the car to overcharge. Projectprelude hit the nail on the head. Do you notice any fuses that look a little melted? Did you find any fuses that were blown? If so, is it black and sharp where the fuse popped or did it ball up and look like the metal melted apart?
I do have a volt meter. I checked over my fuses and none of them are bad. There is a fuse spot that is melted. I just ignored it before, because it was like that when I got the car. Now I'm pretty worried about it. It's the #41 fuse spot which the manual says is horns, horn relay, brake lights, brake light signal. But, since it looks the way it does I don't understand how my brake lights and horn work fine o.O
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Re: Electrical issue?

Ok, so I went out and was looking at things today, and I was checking fuses with the volt meter, and I did find one that was bad that looked ok. My corner lights and tail lights are now working again. I'm still not sure what happened with the radio, however. At least the vital things are back working!

EDIT: new problem! I went to start my car, and had no power at all, like a dead battery. I had just parked 20 minutes before and didn't leave my lights on, so I was like ok wtf. I turned the key off, then back on, and boom started right up. Then I get home, am there about an hour, and go to leave again. Same thing happens. No juice, no dash lights, nothing. Tested my battery with my volt meter, it's fine. Started testing fuses, they seemed ok, then I had dash lights again, so I got in. Started it up and it ran fine. I have no idea what is going on.... It has been raining tonight, so I opened up my hood and laid down some paper towels, so I'll see if that test yields any results. Oh I also forgot, the radio randomly started working again after the first time it lost all power. O.o

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Re: Electrical issue?

I'm telling you, you should check your grounds first. There's should be one from your valve cover to your mount, from the mount to the chassis, from your thermostat housing(or around it) to your firewall, from your batter to the chassis and from your battery to your chassis. Or at least that how I set mine up when I found out mine only had one lol. It's cheap and easy and it should .be done as old as our cars are. And even some a little oxidation can damper your grounds. When mine died every time I'd stop all my lights would dim, sometimes while driving my dash lights would all pop on, it caused my fan to short, it made all my power ground through my throttle cable til it was red hot and melted the sheath right off. If you need a place to.start that's a good one. And then look at why that fuse is fried, and if your lights and **** that was on you're fuse are now being run without a fuse and the lines got torn and shorted it'd cause you to lose your charge, it could also start a fire very easily. And honestly anytime you're not troubleshooting the car I would pull the lines off the battery, cause your car can be a fireball in seconds.
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Re: Electrical issue?

Check your grounds like they said second try cleaning your battery terminals check you alternator connectors and wirings also check under your fuse box if water gets on there is really bad.

here is the wiring diagram on our car

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