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Old May 19th, 2015, 02:53 PM   #1
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So I'm a a dumb girl who doesn't know anything about cars blah blah blah titties, togtfo etc




Now down to buisness I NEED help

My boyfriend who knows less than I do about what's under the hood was dicking around trying to check his fluids....somehow managed to move some of the wiring at the front end by the battery.



Now his car won't start and jumping it did nothing.
I don't believe in ridiculous coincidences so I think I found the issue.

I looked and there is one wire that is unhooked, whether this is the problem or not I'm not sure but I'm going to post some pics of it and request that if anyone can tell me if this is the problem/ where the hell this wire goes because I can't find where or what it was plugged to that would be awesome!


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96 Oldsmobile cutlass supreme
On Friday he had both front from ball joints a tie rod and a front and rear alignment, he then started it up and drove it fine 6 times prior to not starting.
He is getting a newer/ nicer car soon but wanted to keep this in good condition for a spare vehicle/winter beater etc




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Thank you for any help
Sorry this is not in tech but I wasn't sure where to put it
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Old May 19th, 2015, 02:57 PM   #2
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Battery Cables are corroded or just loose.. Does it click or anything when hitting the key? Are all the electrical things working? Like the radio, lights, dash lights, headlights, etc.
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That wire come off the hood light?
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For shits and giggles put the car in Neutral and try starting.. if that doesn't work then try every gear position (P,R,N,D,3,2,1) could be the neutral safety switch..
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Looks like it should go to the coil or ignition module
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Looks like a hood light wire. either way I doubt that has to do with the issue. Do the cables feel tight? Pull up the red jump start cap in the picture and check its condition.
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Definitely just a hood light wire. You can tell because its just one orange wire. Hood lights on these ground through the hood and just need power. Put that down lol wont fix it.
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My boyfriend who knows less than I do about what's under the hood
Step 1......leave boyfriend

Any guy who cant work on his own vehicles is worthless
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Wondering if this car has the side post battery terminals...notoriously crappy connections.
Also wonder if the starter just died...
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Definitely just a hood light wire. You can tell because its just one orange wire. Hood lights on these ground through the hood and just need power. Put that down lol wont fix it.
You need your eyes checked. That plug has two wires.
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This won't be the worlds best advice, but. That wire is only so long, can only reach so far "IF" it is your problem, the answer should be fairly close to the end of the wire you are holding.

And as others have mentioned, double check battery connections and starting the car in park, nuetral, etc.
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Okay I'm at work now so I'll try some of the stuff tonight when I get home


Things I've already done/ know

When you try to start it I can hear what I believe is the starter attempting to work, interior electrical all works no clicking necessarily but noise from starter
This particular wire connects to bigger wires that run along the back around towards the wiring the runs to the left of the alternator and down towards the front of the car. There are two wires coming out of this connector

This wire reaches where the fuse box is all other lights are connected already checked those



Yes on side post battery terminals, I checked condition and connection all appear to be secure and in good condition from what I know
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You need your eyes checked. That plug has two wires.
You sure? Looks like a orange wire with a black stripe possibly. Maybe that little bit of black is a another wire hiding almost perfectly behind the orange one. Either way that wire is a hood light wire.

Edit: never mind just seen where she said it has 2 wires.
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Okay I'm at work now so I'll try some of the stuff tonight when I get home


Things I've already done/ know

When you try to start it I can hear what I believe is the starter attempting to work, interior electrical all works no clicking necessarily but noise from starter
This particular wire connects to bigger wires that run along the back around towards the wiring the runs to the left of the alternator and down towards the front of the car. There are two wires coming out of this connector

This wire reaches where the fuse box is all other lights are connected already checked those



Yes on side post battery terminals, I checked condition and connection all appear to be secure and in good condition from what I know
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You sure? Looks like a orange wire with a black stripe possibly. Maybe that little bit of black is a another wire hiding almost perfectly behind the orange one. Either way that wire is a hood light wire.
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This won't be the worlds best advice, but. That wire is only so long, can only reach so far "IF" it is your problem, the answer should be fairly close to the end of the wire you are holding.

And as others have mentioned, double check battery connections and starting the car in park, nuetral, etc.
and look for something that is missing its wires
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We're gonna need a flow chart for this.

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