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Old 03-30-2019, 05:09 PM   #1
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Question Various Electrcial Gremlins

I guess I'll list these chronologically.

1. Turning the wiper stalk off while wipers are in motion stops them in place.

2. Interior & trunk light, power mirrors don't work. It's not fuses or bulbs or switches.

And today... left turn signal is out, activates nothing. RIght side is fine. Hazards work fine all around. Took the switch out and pins 1,2&3 seem to operate perfectly for both directions (no continuity at center position, continuity for 1&2 or 1&3 when stalk switched). Replace anyhow?

And an annoyance: Every time the radio loses power, I'm stuck resetting things. I like the AVC, but it is elusive on the menu and I basically punch the MENU button infinite times while playing with ignition and source settings. Is there something else I should know?

I would love to solve any of these and any help would be appreciated.


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Old 03-31-2019, 09:09 PM   #2
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1. pretty sure "home position" is set in the wiper motor PCB, if the PCB goes out the motor will still work but will stop when you turn them off because "where is home? dunno? I stop now!"

2. have you took a scan tool to it? usually codes start flying all over the place when electrical things stop working, just because the CEL isn't on doesn't mean there aren't any codes stored

the turn signal stalk, i would replace, you know the issue and the cause. the stalk comes as one unit and literally slides in and is cheap

the radio, nope, they all reset when they loose power, there are memory holder modules/devices specifically for this but the are for when you change the battery, would kind of defeat the purpose to send current through a car when you need it to be electrically dead
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Thanks, I hate to fire the parts cannon when I am not certain.
So for the wipers, the entire motor assembly would need replacement?

And I have a cheapo Scotty Kilmer recommended $25 scan tool that shows no DTC's, if that's what you mean. Presumably a more professional grade one could provide more of a clue?
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Idk how much the motor assembly is but you may be able to get one much cheaper at a pull-a-part
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They usually don't go out in this fashion but it's not unheard of, so you stand a pretty good chance of getting a functional one out of a junk yard
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Replacing the wiper stalk switch solved absolutely nothing.
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Clean your grounds. Battery cable is probably corroded inside.
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Now when the parking lights or headlights are on, the left turn signal indicator light on the dash stays lit solid, while the exterior bulb does not light despite being a good bulb. This makes no sense to me.
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Not sure what the car is, but try left and right signal, last time I saw that was when I was putting LEDs in a '00 zx3, I did front and back, they had such low resistance it thought All the bulbs where out and lit solid on the dash

Could be a grounding issue, or fuses maybe.
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...I would love to solve any of these and any help would be appreciated.
There are several threads about wiring problems & fixes to the wiring located at-> Inside the rubber boot of the wiring umbilical from the car to the rear hatch door.

The wiring problems inside of this rubber boot include anything from light damage to near complete destruction of the wiring. The symptoms of this wiring damage have a large range, to include symptoms not expected. Please inspect this wiring on your car.

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Not sure what the car is, but try left and right signal,..
OP seems to have a 2003 ZX3 hatchback.

What do you mean by "try left and right signal"?

LED's should not be installed into that position (brake - turn) without load resistors also being installed. Typical result without load resistors is hyper-flash.
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