ELECTRICAL PROBLEM SOLVERS

Problem                                                Cause                                                Cure

 

STARTER

Starter does not turn (lights dim)            1. Battery flat or worn out.                  1. Charge or fit new battery.

                                                             2. Bad connection in battery circuit.    2. Check all feed & earth connections.

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Starter does not turn                             1. Faulty ignition (lights stay bright).      1. Check switch.

                                                            2. Break in starter circuit.                     2. Check circuit.

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Solenoid switch 'chatters'.                    1. Flat battery.                                      1. Charge or replace battery.

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Starter just 'spins'.                                1. Bendix gear sticking.                         1. Remove starter & clean or replace Bendix gear.

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CHARGING CIRCUIT

Low or no charge rate.                        1. Broken or slipping fan belt.                1. Fit new belt.

                                                           2. Poor connections on or faulty            2. Check and replace alternator.

                                                               alternator.

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LIGHTING CIRCUIT

No lights or very dim.                        1. Flat or faulty battery/bad battery        1. Check battery and connections.

                                                             connections.

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Side & rear lights do not work          1. Fuse blown.                                       1. Check & replace with correct value fuse.  

although stop lights and flashers

operate.

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One lamp fails.                                1. Blown bulb.                                        1. Fit new bulb.

                                                      2. Poor bulb contact.                               2. Check connections.

                                                      3. Bad earth connection.                          3. Check connection.

                                                      4. Broken feed.                                       4. Check feed.

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Flasher warning light stays on         1. Faulty bulb or connection on front         1. Fit new bulb, make geed connection.

or flashes twice as fast.                     or rear of offending side of car.

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Lights dim when idling or at          1. Loose fan belt.                                       1. Tighten belt.

low speed.                                   2. Flat battery.                                           2. Check charging rate & battery. 

                                                   3. Faulty charging circuit.                            3. Check charging rate & battery.

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One dim light.                             1. Blackened bulb.                                      1. Fit new bulb or sealed beam.

                                                  2. Bad earth.                                               2. Check earth connection.

                                                  3. Tarnished reflector.                                 3. Check & replace.

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WINDSCREEN WIPERS  

Wipers do not work.                 1. Blown fuse.                                             1. Fit new fuse.

                                                 2. Poor connection.                                     2. Check connections.

                                                 3. Faulty switch.                                          3. Check switch.

                                                 4. Faulty motor.                                          4. Remove & examine motor.

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Wipers operate slowly.             1. Excessive resistance in circuit or               1. Check wiper circuit

                                                    wiper drive.

                                                2. Worn brushes in motor.                           2. Remove wiper & check brushes.

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