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Old 02-15-2009, 08:28 AM
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94 Mustang electrical issues

Last night when I was coming home from the grocery store my car gave me some electrical issues. I was just driving and it started to act like somebody just turned the power off then on then off and then on. It did this for about a mile, and when I turned the corned it died. There was no power to anything, it was like the battery was removed. I then put the car in neutral and opened the door so I could get out and push it into a parking lot. I forgot to turn the key to the on switch so I could turn the steering wheel, just as I did this the power came back on. I then tried starting it and it fired up and I drove it home. It acted like nothing was wrong. When I got home I could smell something hot, but it was late and I didn't look. I am not very good with electrical problems so if anybody has any idea what is going please let me know, Thank You.

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Old 02-15-2009, 09:01 AM
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sounds like you have a bare wire rubbing in your steering column.it could also be under the dash also.go out and turn the switch on and turn the steering wheel back and forth.see if it does it again.not start checking the wires under the dash around where the column and pedals and things are at.i am not the best at wireing problems but i have had and seen this happen plenty of times.hope this helps. cole
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The car is a 94 GT Mustang and I was going straight when this happened, it was like somebody was tuning the power off then on, off then on.The car kept running until I had to let off the throttle and turn the corner. The car died when I turned left, no juice at all everything just went off, dash lights, headlights, it was like somebody removed the battery.
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difinetly sounds like it might be in the column.those wires can sometimes cause quite a probem.has anyone had the radio out lately or any thing been installed aftermarket things like tach or something.a buddy of mine recently had a 5 speed installed.was doing the same thing you are saying.i went and had a look for him and it turned out when the guy had the column down he had pinched some wires at the column.droped the column found problem.fixed his car.i also have seen wires arond the starter d the same thingjust trying to helphope it does. cole
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I would start by checking the ignition switch. Fords of the late 80's to mid 90's had several major recalls for ignition switches. I had a '90 Bronco, and a '91 Mustang that both had bad ignition switches when they were less than five years old. Ignition switch failures can cause electrical fires. I would check this first.

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good call joe g.you are right about the ignition switch .it can also cause this problem.i forgot about my 89 gt i used to have. had this problem with the switch. yes it defenitly could be in the switch also. cole
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I looked up around the steering column and there are no wires up around it. The radio has been changed out, but I haven't looked behind it to see if the wires are all messed up. I will also check the ignition switch and see if it is bad.
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0nebadmerc the wires i am talking about if it comes down to this.could possibly be the wires that run down through the column.sometimes they rub on the inside the column causing things to short out.and sometimes they will kill the motor.hope this helps. cole
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I don't have a steering column on my 94 Mustang, just a shaft with some joints in it. There are no wires around the steering shaft on this car. I am going to pull the ignition switch and test it to see if it is bad, but won't be able to do it for a few days.
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the wires from the ignition switch and the turn signals.they run down the inside the big part of the column and connect to the rest of the wiering under the dash. and then run outside in the engine compartment. cole
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