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Old July 2nd, 2003, 03:43 PM   #1
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wires, which one is which

I need some advice.

I would like to install some stuff in my car that requires me to find 2 positive wires. One that is on when the car is off and one that is on when the car is on. I know there is a tool like a screwdriver with a light bulb in it and a wire hanging out the other side, what is it called by the way. I can attach the wire end to ground and just test different wires till the bulb lights up which indicates a positive wires. Iím afraid that I will set off the air bags or something like that in the process. Could that happen?

Is there a diagram of the different wires coming out of the passenger side fuse box or some kinda color coding that could help me out.


Any do and donít do for messing with the electronics in my í02 accord
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 04:04 PM   #2
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Please tell us what you wish to install.
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Please tell us what you wish to install.
It is a Auto Dimming rearview mirror with compass and Temp
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That tool with a tip and a light bulb and a wire is called a test light. Crush it with a hammer and throw it away. I'm dead serious.

Get a cheap digital multimeter at Radio Shack or even an auto parts store, won't be more than $10 or $15. Set it to DC Volts, in the 0-20 volt range. If you don't know what this means, ask the guy in the shop you buy it from (or your dad) to show you.

Now, to find the wires. To find the one that's powered with the car OFF (so, powered all the time), leave the car OFF, hold the black multimeter probe against a screw or metal bracket that isn't painted. Touch the red probe to various wires that you think may have what you need. When you find one that makes the meter read 12.XX volts, you've found your wire for "Constant Power."

For the "Switched Power" lead, follow the same procedure, but with the key ON (engine NOT started). When you find a wire that reads 12.XX volts, shut the key OFF and check it again. If it then reads zero, then that's "Switched Power."

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Old July 3rd, 2003, 12:06 AM   #6
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I found the fuse box on the passenger side of the car. Would I be right in running my wires to that side or is it a better idea to run it to the driver side? I want to just use T taps to connect it.

Where would I find the reverse light wire in the dash?

That is all the wires I need
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