ANyone in Cincy know about electrical troubleshooting?

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ANyone in Cincy know about electrical troubleshooting?

Post by Vinny » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:54 am

So somehow I managed to turn a simple fender-well battery relocation into an electrical fire in the ACR. I have no clue how to troubleshoot this kind of stuff whatsoever, anyone here think they can lend a hand? If I can't get it figured out in a week or so I am just going to part the entire car out.
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Post by Diablo0 » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:05 am

Yeah i don't know much but I could lend a hand next week if you're still tinkering on it.
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Post by monkeyman9630 » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:57 am

electricity fun!!! to start with the simple, are all the wires covered? anyplace you know of that could be rubbing against something, sharp or not? a fire you say...that sounds like a short somewhere in the wiring. i had that once, my whole interior filled up w/ smoke before i unplugged the battery...it could be as little as a tear in the covering touching another wire or metal. if it smoked then it is most likely the "hot" wire that is in need of help. btw were one or all the wires melted looking? if you need any other help let me know 8)
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Post by Vinny » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:50 pm

All connections I made were crimped, soldered and had shrink tube applied. The battery was moved to the fenderwell, there was one place where the cables passed through steel and they were protected by a thick plastic grommet. The only wire I have found which appears to be melted was the ground strap between the cylinder head and the passenger fender. The destroyed ground has been replaced, but the issue I am having now is that I am getting continuity between ground and the battery positive input to the PDC (underhood fuse/relay box).

I have gone over it 50 times and cannot find a single are where I messed up. I don't know much about this stuff so I'm not positive where to start. I guess I am going to unhook the alternator, starter and )2 sensors and see if I still have the short. Hopefully I just fried the alternator or something. If that doesn;t work I will be tearing apart the wire look on as much of the engine wiring as I can to see if I melted any other wires, but what I have looked at so far all seems fine.

I don;t want to work on this car anymore, I just want to drive. I've had some bad luck with this one.
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Post by Metal_gear_jon » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:49 pm

Did you fry your computer in the fire? Is there power to the rest of the car? Some of the terminals in the PDC may have melted inside.How about posting a pic of what happened.. a boneyard harness with the PDC may be in order.
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Post by Vinny » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:51 pm

I have taken the PDC apart and everything looks good. So far everything looks good everywhere except for that one ground that melted. I haven't felt like getting out there and messing with it, half tempted to part out the whole car and spend the money on an A-Body.
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