Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:36 pm Post subject: Hit a bump, got lots of dash lights
I went over a bump in the road going about 50. Suddenly power was gone but only for a split second. In fact, I only know it was gone because the gauges all jumped and then the battery light came on, then the security light. Power restored almost immediately but the security light stayed. I reached my destination about a mile later and turned the car off. I turned it back on (it hesitated but then started) and the security message was gone.
Was this just a loose terminal or bad wiring on the alternator or what?
Yeah Arv that's what I'm thinking. Also, I'd there an actual how to for changing the power steering pump? I found a bunch of threads about it but no actual how to write-up. I'm changing it tomorrow, along with the front hubs. I have read some people say you need to tilt the engine on the 3.8 and others say you don't. Is there a confirmation I can get on this? Thanks.
It actually sounds like you knocked one of your main fusible links under the hood loose. I would check how tightly seated all your fuses, relay, and fusible links in the fuse panels under the hood are.
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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:36 am Post subject:
Wondering if there is an impact cut out. My old 1990 Mustang had an inertia switch in the trunk that would drop out the electrical system in a crash. It was a circuit breaker IIRC and could be tripped by a good jolt. Reason I was told was to shut off the electric fuel pump in a crash for safety.
Well, I think I found the problem. The connector wasn't all the way into the rubber/plastic part that the battery port screws through (side port, not top). Anyway, I pushed it all the way up and it is seated properly now. There wasn't a very good connection so I'm hoping that was it. Thanks guys.
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