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Testing For Short Circuits (archive)

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Posted by George on September 04, 2001 at 21:55:56:

I went to start the car tonight, and the engine turned over very slowly... seemed to almost start then white smoke came out of the driver's side of the engine bay. (I'm guessing this was the starter?)

I charged the battery for a bit and she started right up.

I'm guessing that I have some sort of electrical leak, and was wondering how I would diagnose the problem. I thought that if I ran a voltmeter over the "fuse slots" that in theory there should be no current flowing. Am I right in this assumption? Should there be minimal current?

What I found was that very few of the systems read zero on the voltmeter...

Am I on the right track? Any help would be lovely. :)

Thanks!
George


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