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My daughter's 2002 Dodge Intrepid has what I think is an unusual problem; sometimes when she cranks her car, the air bag light comes on, goes out after about 3-5 seconds, and then comes back on again, and stays on, while at the same time, the a/c-heater fan switch will not operate, the power windows will not operate, and finally the turn signals will not work. All of this occurs at the same time. At other times she will crank the car and all of these things, along with everything else works fine. I bought one of those Haynes books, but unfortunately the information has not been very helpful. The only common thing between these circuits, that I can see is the (-), negative ground, and as the (+), positive feed for each of these circuits takes a different path to get to the desired electrical action. i.e., fuses, switches, wiring, etc, I don't see how all of these different system features can be affected at the same time. HELP!! Do I need an exorcist, or is there a reasonable explanation for this problem?

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  • bagjunah Feb 07, 2010

    I have investigated the major electrical circuit conductors, (-&+), leading from the car battery, and from what I can tell they all appear free of corrosion and are all fastened securely to their respective plugs, or posts. I will try another cable from the negative, (-), ground to the car chassis, and let you know if this works.

    Thanks for getting back to me so quick.

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You may have inadvertently identified the cause. With the electrical ground being the only apparent item common to all the problems, it's possible that the vehicle is experiencing an intermittent short in the engine grounding system. Check the engine ground cable(s) for tightness and clean connection, and try adding an extra cable - from just about any bolt head to the firewall or a fender well. This simple addition clears up MANY of the really weird problems thrown at us by late model vehicles.
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