Complete Loss of Electrical

Electrical

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z11375ss
Beginner
#1

I was cruising into a parking lot and my car went dead for a second. I thought I had killed it in second gear. It started up immediately. Thought nothing of it. Came out, the car was dead as a doornail. I had just done the power booster so I figured it had to have something to do with the underhood light. That worked! The only thing that did. No dome light, no starter, no headlamps. I jacked around with the wiring connecting the light to the horn relay and the car got power back. Anybody have this type of an issue?

allyolds68
Beginner
#2
z11375ss wrote:

I was cruising into a parking lot and my car went dead for a second. I thought I had killed it in second gear. It started up immediately. Thought nothing of it. Came out, the car was dead as a doornail. I had just done the power booster so I figured it had to have something to do with the underhood light. That worked! The only thing that did. No dome light, no starter, no headlamps. I jacked around with the wiring connecting the light to the horn relay and the car got power back. Anybody have this type of an issue?

It just happened to me Saturday. I stopped at my office to pick something up, turned the key, the starter started to kick and then everything died. After screwing with it fora half hour (I jumped the fusible link amongst other things) I tapped on the positive post and it worked again. I thought it was a shorted battery. I put another battery in and with the hood open, cranked it. The same thing happened with the new battery but I actually saw an arc jump. I pulled the terminal off and there was just enough corrosion that when I was cranking it wasn't making enough contact and the arc was blowing away the last little bit of contact area. I cleaned the terminals, put dielectric grease on everything, and it works fine now.

z11375ss
Beginner
#3

I've driven the car twice now with no issues. Hmmm. I will clean those terminals on the horn relay though. Someday.

Trophyblue442
Beginner
#4

Had this problem with my Vette. Disconnect the harness at the firewall junctionclean and reinstall...

z11375ss
Beginner
#5

I'm going to clean this thing tonight. It looks new, but you know.

z11375ss
Beginner
#6

Well, last night the headlamps didn't come on until I wiggled the wires at the horn relay. Now the damned driver's side directional doesn't work. It's not the bulb. I switched it out with the pass side that works fine. Checked the rear, fine. the bulb isn't lighting. Any thoughts?

z11375ss
Beginner
#7

Turned out the fuse block didn't even have a bolt in it and had come apart enough to make the car stall, etc. I had to put a lag bolt in it to hold it together as there was no nut in the fuse block in the car. I did it gently and all went well.

I pulled the battery and hooked jumpers to it and the car to get power. I wiggled the directional lamp's wires and the bulb lit! It didn't blink though. I went into the trunk and found that one of the bulbs wasn't grounded correctly. Fixed it and everything works great! The advice on the fuse block was just great. Thanks for all the help.

Joffroi
Administrator
#8

Glad to hear everything is back up and running

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