9 hours ago
Ok, so this is the first informative post I am making. And given the weather change we all are experiencing, I think it’s well timed. Going to talk about this van that I mentioned in the first post. Van was having all sorts of no start issues. Owner would turn the key and everything in the dash would light up but the car would even try to turn over. Owner paid for a few parts to get replaced only to keep ending up where she started a week or so later. When she reached out and explained to me her issue, I was almost certain I knew what the problem was. Some of her symptoms while the car was on and driving was flickering lights at the dash, in a sort of you’ve won a bunch of money as Vegas flashing. And even one point while driving through the intersection, her van completely died and wouldn’t start again. Electrical issues. They can be dreadful thing if it’s a short somewhere, but I knew this wasn’t the case based on symptoms. First place we looked at was the vans fuse box. Sure enough every plug was corroded. Corrosion leads to faulty connections because it is not a conductor of electricity. Corrosion will look like a green or white substance on any metal connections (See video included in post). To clean an corrosion off, you’ll first need to disconnect your battery. Most batteries are secured with a 10mm bolt. Remove the negative or black cable from battery and make sure it rests clear of either terminal. The terminal is what the wires your disconnecting, connect to. The fuse box is the box right next to battery. Look at each connections individually making note of where and how they go. Scrub with pipe cleaners until metal looks clean and apply dielectric grease to keep corrosion from happening in the future. From there you can follow any wires from battery down to the other end which will either be alternator (what charges the battery while driving and also what your car runs off of once’s it’s started) or the starter. Scrub and apply grease. Check all sensor connections. Scrub and spray them with electrical cleaner as needed. Any questions feel free to PM me. Hoping soon enough to start creating videos to go with instructions.