Chassis Electrical problems. I think I got in over my head

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Shane, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Shane

    Shane Guest

    I bought a 93 Dodge Shadow from a private owner for a good price. I
    have went over it getting it ready for inspection.

    I have a few electric problems that can seem to figure out. The backup
    lights, and horn will not work. The interior light works imtermittently
    (sp?). There is power to the fuse box on each circuit. No blown fuses.
    According to the manual all 3 items are on different circuits.

    Replacing the fog ligt revealed what I think was dried mud inside the
    lense. THe rear lenses had water in them, and the hatchback seem real
    heavy (so the air springs won't hold it up). I am starting to think
    this car was in a flood, or something weird.

    I am only a weekend warrior on cars and don't know much about
    troubleshooting chasis electric problems. Any ideas?

    Shane, Jan 29, 2005
  2. Shane

    HarryS Guest

    Check up under the dash for water signs and pull the back seat cushion if
    you see signs of water dirt, silt or stains it was under water.

    HarryS, Jan 29, 2005
  3. Shane

    Shane Guest

    No water signs other than what was already indicated.
    Shane, Jan 29, 2005
  4. Shane

    Karla Guest

    It sounds like you have a bunch of problems in seemingly unrelated
    systems/circuits. But they all do have one thing in common: ground.
    Check for grounding problems at the battery and elsewhere.
    Karla, Jan 30, 2005
  5. Shane

    miketaylor75 Guest

    It's "in·ter·mit·tent·ly". But, at least you care!! Good luck on
    the Shadow problem.
    miketaylor75, Jan 30, 2005
  6. Shane

    eldred30 Guest

    In my 89 Dodge Grand Caravan, the backup lights would not work. I
    traced the problem to a defective "Neutral Safety Switch" in the
    automatic transmission.
    eldred30, Feb 1, 2005
  7. Shane

    TNKEV Guest

    I have a '93 dakota and the back up lights and the ac cycle switch were on
    the same fuse, replaced the fuse and viola!I have ac and back up lights, I
    would check all your fuses again and relays.
    TNKEV, Feb 1, 2005
  8. Shane

    Shane Guest

    I got it fixed. It was a shorted wire on the floorboard for the
    interior lights. For some reason it fixed the backup lights.
    Shane, Feb 5, 2005
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