Watch the Electricity Cables in Your Car

By mor
Kiryat Ata, Israel
October 16, 2020 7:03am CST
I took the car to the mechanic 3 hoirs ago. The problem was with many flashlifhts: two main beams and one dipped beam don't work, plus turn left , parking ...the mechanic just took some sort of a box with two wires come out of it, connected to a part I'm not sure what it is, and said there was a short circuit in a part called reley...never heard of it. He said a price 640 ILS. It sounded too much for me, I didn't take it and took the car back home. I told a neighbor about it and he looked with me, we foind a melted cable with exposed copper. Seems cheap. I will update later in two days. If you have lights problem in the car, open the engine cover and look for melted wires, look at all of the wires where they have contact with something else. It can be a suspicious spot of melted plastic that leads to exposed copper.
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@LadyDuck (306860)
• Switzerland
16 Oct
We have our car checked every 6 months, everything seems fine for the moment.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
That is good, what do they check ? do they plug it into a computer that finds problems from sensors ?
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@LadyDuck (306860)
• Switzerland
16 Oct
@stringer321 They check everything, the cables, the tires, they change the oil.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
@LadyDuck alright. that is good. Do they show you when something is wrong ?
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@msdivkar (16509)
• India
16 Oct
Thanks for the information but present day cars are so sophisticated that it becomes very difficult to work with them without modern tools and good knowledge of wiring circuits.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
Right, but at least we can see clear evidence for melted plastic on wires. If we can see things, we better check for them.
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@msdivkar (16509)
• India
16 Oct
@stringer321 yes I agree but we hardly open the bonnet.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
@msdivkar this complexity is too much, I don't like it. -_-.
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17 Oct
It's nice when you know stuff about auto repairs, it helps you know what you are being charged for.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
17 Oct
Thanks, it saves time and money. Too bad we got to learn this stuff when we need to fix the car and not before -_-
17 Oct
You were amazing there. But be sure to take safety precautions when you try fixing minor problems in your car.
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@TheHorse (115388)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
I bought a new (old) truck this summer when my main vehicle broke down in Montana. it drives great, but has some electronic issues. I will take your words to heart/mind.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
17 Oct
give it a try, just open the engine cover, look at the wires, sometimes there are spots where a wire touches something, maybe the wire has melted plastic there and the copper got exposed so you only need to repair that and not the thing that gets the wire electricity.
@TheHorse (115388)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
@stringer321 have checked and will check again. The mice had their fun with the wire casings when my truck lived on a ranch.
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@DianneN (199194)
• United States
16 Oct
Good luck to you with repairing your car. That was very good advice. Our car dealerships are responsible for checking our cars. So far, all is well.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
17 Oct
Ok, now you can sometimes take a look and find defects before something happens. Don't just blindly trust the dealer.
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@DianneN (199194)
• United States
17 Oct
@stringer321 My husband is in charge of the cars, but he knows not to trust them totally.
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@Corbin5 (206743)
• United States
16 Oct
Thank you for that advice. Could come in handy for many of us.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
It is important to learn about car mechanics and electricity, to have an idea about the problems that come up.
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• United States
16 Oct
i hope yer neighbor 'tis able to help ya get 't fixed fer way cheaper, hon. those garages 're very spendy. gotta pay fer all that high-tech schoolin' required these days. too much computerized gadgets, poor quality parts. hope ya figured what melted that, sounds most dangerous.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
Not dangerous, but, at least I see what's wrong. I can talk to the mechanic later and ask him to just connect a new wire, or see what causes the wire to melt.
@rsa101 (28951)
• Philippines
16 Oct
Wow it looks like it either got melted by very hot climate or just yhat the machine got very hot that melted the wires to that point. It is good indeed to have your car check every now so often to avoid having this kind of problem.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
I had no choice, main beams and dipped beam right don't work. I don't like taking my car to the garage, and I do it only if I have no choice. It is very expensive.
@happylife1 (13420)
• Karachi, Pakistan
16 Oct
Thanks for sharing your expert opinion
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
I'm not an expert, I will take the car again and see what the exact problem is. What I'm trying to say is that we need to have some basic understanding of car mechanics and electricity. Not hurry to say ok for what the mechanic says.
@Janet357 (60785)
16 Oct
Thanks for the tip. My husband always checks our car
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
16 Oct
That's good, with some knowledge in car mechanics, he can save a lot of money on garage.