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Wiring Short? When the headlights are turned on the door locks unlock, the lights don't come on, and the windshield wipers won't work either. The car was at the dealer last year for this problem and they said it was a bad ground and charged me $300.00 for the fix. Well during a heavy rain while driving home all the above happened including the check engine light came on. The chassis ground was cleaned again and all was well until the next rain. The ground is good and another wire was run from the neg. side to the firewall to aid in grounding the chassis. Still the same problems. Any ideas? I'm ready to burn it to the ground except it only has 23,000 miles and is very clean. Have owned since new.

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Hi
im dave
im not sure which ground you cleaned and changed but i would start with the oone closest to the problem area. Look under the kick panel at your left ankle or under the dash where the light switch is. Is your floor wet after these rains along that sidewall where your left foot would be? Could be you have a leak in the windshiel allowing water in there and shorting your ground.
let me know how this goes

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