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Old 08-05-2005, 07:12 PM
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the power just stopped

My name is C.J. and i have a 92 Camaro. My problem is soon after i bought the car, just about all of my power options stopped. my mirrors, locks, and hatch, and dome light all went at once. my windows still work though. I checked all the fuses by my pedals and they were all ok. what could the problem be? Is there another fuse box somewhere? someone please help, this is very annoying.

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Old 08-05-2005, 07:39 PM
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Did anything recently change before the power problem? Stereo install, guage install, etc.? It sounds like you lost a power or ground wire, but hard to diagnose... do you have a manual (wiring diagram) for your car? Obviously this would help you alot, but you could start with the easiest, dome light, get a voltmeter and see if you have power, if so, ground it and see if you got light. trying to give my 2 cents but if a screw turns or an area rusts, etc. you could easily lose a hot or ground without blowin' the fuse...
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fusible link

a lot cars have fusible links at the main connection on the starter. they are thin wire connected to larger wire with a plastic connector joining them together. some are on the back of the alternator. usually there are at least two to these type of connectors. you can tell if they are burnt by pulling on gently, they will come apart if burnt. you can repair these connectors by replacing the piece with 14 gage wire, or see your napa auto parts for fusibe link wire. this type of wire cannot be soldered. you will have to use butt connectors. hope you find your problem.
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are burnt wires just something that happens with time, or is there a cause behind it?
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fusible link

usually the links will burn over time, but are caused by a positive wire getting grounded or pinched or just touched to ground, a loose connection can cause the wire to get hot and brittle over time. there are just to many variables. did you find any links burnt.check your engine to body ground and your battery ground to chassis.any poor connection can cause problems.
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no i havnt checked yet. the light under my hood isnt working either! lol! where would those two connections be?
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hood light

the body of the light is usually fasten to ground and a single wire is connected to an orange wire. the orange wire is hot all the time and is part of the accessory system which include dome light, glove box light,cigar lighter.trunk release if is electric all of these are on the same circuit. if the hood light has two wires one will be ground.
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so i just follow the wires from the hood light and check the connections? that sounds simple enough.
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wiring diagrams

you can find wiring diagrams on auto zone web sight. on the left side of the screen at the top click currant veh. fill in information then click repair information on the left side. find wiring diagrams and click to find what you might need, just a helpful hint
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wiring

you need to restore the power to the sysem, and get things working, yes you can trace the wires, usually the connections are close by the light.if these wires were pinched it would blow a fuse before it would damage the wiring, such as burning. talk tomorrow getting late
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thanks alot. hopefully i can get this done tomorrow so i can actually see in my car! its so annoying having to crawl in through the back seat because my trunk release wont work.
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Fuse links

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Check and replace the fuse links at or near the starter main power solenoid Bolt. You'll find one or more of the wires have melted off The grid point.



That being the Case, Obtain and Replace with a PROPER fuse link...from the auto parts store.

DO NOT try and jumper it..It opened for a reason..as it is required to do..jumpering it will defeat the protection, and just heat and cause a fire.

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are burnt wires just something that happens with time, or is there a cause behind it?

Doc here,

Wires will become slightly discolored and very brittle over time, especially near headers or exhaust systems. and oil / fuel soaked.

Plastic and insulation will usually not tolerate any flexibility when they are in this state, If you bend it, the insulation usually shatters and falls off, leaving a bare wire in it's place. A good clue this is transpiring is the taped harness tape is sliding off the bundle and resembles goo when warm.

A Charred Black wire with "bubbly" ends usually is indicative of a problem, short, or over-current in that circuit..and requires attention to be safe. Troubleshoot it.

ANY wire Suspect should be replaced in my opinion...in a heated area, a good grade Teflon wire is a good choice. Be sure the wire gauge is correct for the current (no pun intended) circuit (which may have changed over the life of the car..aftermarket add~ons like fog lamps, big audio systems, etc..) Check the draw on that wire and gauge it, and fuse it accordingly.

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GM will put connection points in the wiring harness. You cant even tell they are there. If you have a good wiring diagram(from an actual service manual) you can see what works and what doesnt and see where the bad connection point is. I had one on and 86 and after studying the manual it told me the point was in the harness 3 inches from the ash tray. I cut it open and there was the green corroded connection. It would have been almost impossible to find with out the service manual.
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where can i get a service manual?
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