Electrical problems with a '96 S10
I have a friend who is having crazy electrical issues with his '96 Chevy S10. The truck has the 2.2 4 cylinder and a manual 5 speed tranny (not that it matters much). Here are the symptoms as they occurred:
1. Fuse for parking lights, taillights, and dash lights kept blowing, even with a 30 amp fuse in a 20 amp slot. He eventually wrapped wire around a blown fuse to make a constant circuit.
2. These same lights started flickering every time he would make a hard left turn (doesn't happen in slow left turns, and rarely does it in right turns). Every time this would occur, an audible repetitive clicking from an in-dash electrical relay could be heard. Removing the noisy relay kept the lights from flickering, but now in hard left turns the lights dim completely. Sometimes they come back on, but if they do not a burning smell enters the cabin until the headlight switch is turned off.
3. Now the tail lights are completely inoperative. The brake lights, hazard lights, and turn signals still work, but tail lights will not turn on at any time.
If you can shed any light on this problem it would be most appreciated. I might get him to register here and communicate directly with any troubleshooting. We were thinking it might be related to the headlight switch or an alternator issue. Thanks in advance!
1997 SE w/SLE package
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