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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2003, 04:37 PM
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electrical issues!!!!!

Heres the low and skinny...my dash lights were not working and my windshield wipers would turn on when i hit a bump. After a search i found that it was most likely the ground wires. I replaced said wires and straps and the windshield wiper problem was solved, but the dash lights are still not working. Also my left directional only works, no right. Any ideas???????
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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

WOW I just had the exactsame problem.. grounds grounds grounds is all I can say. I used 4 gauge wire and put a bolt through the firewall by the battery and grounded the body.

From there I also grounded the engine again
and also the frame.
Also check the rear lights for grounds ie. where the connector butt from the front wires to the rear lights (found left rear area)
I you dont have a wiring diagram go buy one, also a light tester
Good luck, a used low gauge wire, It will not hurt!
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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

I had the exact same issue too. Only one turn signal would work, the headlights would be iffy. Sometimes I would hit a bump and they'd go out. Other times they just wouldn't turn on. What was happening was a loose wire behind the dash which was shorting out stuff. It ended up cating on fire one day and burned up most of the wiring under the dash.
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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

The bad ground can be anywhere. I had a bad ground in one of my front turn signal lights that caused some stuff like you're seeing.

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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

1. Dash Lights not working is not likely a ground issue.
2. It's more often related to the dash light dimmer switch.
3. Do the wipers go on and off on it's own when the bump's hit?
4. Or does this happen only whent he wipers on on, and then the bumps hit?
5. Turn signal issues can be traced back from the bulb.
6. Make sure the bulb is the correct one.
7. Make sure it's inserted correctly in the socket.
8. Make sure the socket's gorunded, and in good condition, not corroded.
9. Does one side work completley, and the other side's dead?
10. That would indicate the selector switch on the colum is bad.
11. What have you done to effect a fix?
12. Do you understand schematics?
13. Do you understand how to read/use a DigitalMultiMeter?
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2003, 05:02 PM
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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

The wipers go on when i hit a bump, not when they are on. I seemed to have fixed that problem, now when i turn the wipers on, then off, they stay where they are and dont return to their original place. I understand how to read schematics and use a multi meter, but all i have to go on is the haynes manuel schematics and they suck. I have replaced all my grounds...ie: frame to body, body to engine, frame to engine, battery to engine and battery to body. Whats the best way to test to see if it is the dimmer switch or a short behind the dash?
post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2003, 09:22 PM
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Re: electrical issues!!!!!

If you where a decky I would ask if you had checked the light bulbs. Get a Chiltons manual so much better then Haynes, even if he was a good teacher, in respect to vacuum and electrical. Then put your good old MMA time to work.
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