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Old 10-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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My headlamps in my car dont work anymore and that started a month ago and now my blinkers and hazards wont turn on!!

I really need help, its not my battery it has 14.7 volts and obviously not my alternator. I doubt its fuses that broken.

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Get the multimeter out and start following the circuits. My guess is there'* a ground problem.
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Why do you doubt it'* fuses?
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I doubt its the fuses because the headlamps, blinkers and hazards are 3 seperate fuses. How would 3 fuses just give out in a span of 1 month just like that?

Also i dont have a multimeter, where should i bring my car too that wont charge me much?
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You can pick up a multimeter, (DVOM) for under $20. You'll pay more then that just to drive up and say hi.
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Hope it comes with instructions cuz i have no idea how to use one.

A friend of mine said it might be the ignition switch is bad, what do you think about that?
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I don't think it'* the ignition switch. Ask Purplehaizer, he has a 2000+ FSM, he might be able to shed some light on this.
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a multimeter will be well worth it once you figure out how to use it, I can't think of anything off the top of my head but I have a 2000 FSM so I will look into it
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It might serve you better to take it to a local shop that has a good reputation for fixing electrical problems. Ask friends and family who is reliable in you area.
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You can pick up a multimeter, (DVOM) for under $20.
A test light is far more helpful and easier to use than a meter. You can even make one easily by obtaining a small car light bulb in a socket and fix 2-3 foot wires to the socket. To use, clip one wire to a car ground and put the other wire on the suspected electrical contact. Light either lights or doesn't indicating +12v or zero volts. Simple presence of voltage is all that'* needed to trace or chase electrical faults. Best purchased ones are the cheapest ones. Worst are those with added features like +6v or continuity or with probes for ground instead of a bare wire or clip as probes don't stay put.

GL One does occasionally need a meter, analog or digital, to determine alternator condition. But test light is easiest to use because you don't need to take your eye off the contact being tested to read it, the presence of light is obvious without having to reorient the meter.
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