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post #1 of 2 Old 11-27-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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1988 XJ - Several Electrical Issues

So I bought a cheap jeep and I love her. But she isn't quite right. I am getting a lot of weird electrical issues, I was hoping that someone might be able to help.

The wire coming off of the negative battery cable had been cut at some point and I am not sure where is should be or how to reattach it.

The genius who had it before me had a fun time with the fuses. There was at least 6 that were the wrong amp rating. I fixed them but i don't know if that could have caused problems. I need to clean all of the fuse connections. Any tips on the best way to do that?

The three main issues I am having is with the driver side door, the turn signal and the locks:

-I think the driver side door has a short because the speaker on that side will turn on and off as you open and close the door. I removed the speaker and the cables look okay at the point they connect to the speaker.

-The turn signal on the instrument panel is always on when the lights are on. It is the right turn light, but it is only the indicator. The turn signal itself is not on all the time. But it works fine when it is switched on.

-Last is the locks, I know that these old jeeps have common problems with the locks. But I am not sure if the lock problem is related to the rest of it.

I really want to weed out these electrical issues. I am just not sure where to start. The power windows and a few other things were working until I replaced all the fuses with the correct amp ratings. But know it seems like things are only working when they want to. Any help would be great!!

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 2 Old 11-28-2012, 08:29 PM
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I am not certain on your model, but typically the negative terminal of the battery wires to the engine block (for high starter current), and also wires to the frame of the vehicle for a common ground though out the vehicle.
As far as the other questions, please provide more info on your vehicle, what you have tried, etc.

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