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1995 Pathfinder Will Not Start

I added lights to my rear bumper the other day, which I hooked up to turn on when I put the car in reverse. I hooked them to the red wire which gives power to the lights already. Tested, they worked. Then about an hour later, I took the car out and as I was backing up noticed they weren't on, I then noticed none of my gauges (speed, rpm, temp) were functioning, and I stopped, put the car in park, and turned it off.

Since then if I turn the key I simply hear a few clicks and then nothing else. Everything else works with the exception of the reverse lights, and the car wont start or turn over or even attempt to do anything. Occasionally instead of clicks I will hear a loud buzzing.

I tested the ignition, and it's getting power. And the battery is getting power. I disconnected the lights I installed, after that didn't work I just reconnected them, and made sure I grounded everything right. Tomorrow I intend to test the starter which I didn't feel like undertaking tonight (it's not so easy getting to it in this car). I am wondering also if it's possibly my cars security could have something to do with this? It has been screwy lately, the alarm sounding even though I have the security switch toggled off. Is there a simple way to disconnect security?

And if anyone has a solution to the starting, reverse lights situation, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • willtalbot90 Mar 06, 2009

    I figured it out. I did a frame ground when I installed the reverse lights. Too much power, I should have wired the ground to the existing ground. So basically, I shorted out my reverse lights, also shorting out my neutral safety switch. I plan to fix soon.

    For anyone experiencing similar problems, I am posting this second comment in the hopes my experience may help someone avoid the same mistake.



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Try removiing the lights again and then unhook the battery for 10 minutes and then hook it back up you could have affected the vehicles ats when the lights shorted and unhooking the battery should reset this problem

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