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1995 Dodge Intrepid Question: Electrical nightmare

 

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always somethin, 3.3L V6, Vacaville, CA, June 29, 2011, 17:58
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What started as suspected major engine failure turned out to be a gas gauge that reads 3/8 full with an empty tank. Also no electric windows operate. The heater/AC blower does not work either. And the 'AIRBAG' dummy light comes on.
The owner has lived with this for a year. I diagnosed the empty fuel tank with the help of a buddy but have not looked into the rest and can only assume the fuses are OK and nothing has been added or modified to this vehicle. Is there a common component which could cause these symptoms? Or, obviously besides fuses, a common ground or something to look at. I have no test equipment and don't want to get to deep into this myself. I can easily purchase a test light or voltmeter if that would help. Thank You

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    June 29, 2011, 18:55
     Master

    If you have no tools or experience you cannot be successful as a mechanic or a diagnostician. You not only need meters, etc, but need to know how to use them. Sorry, but someone had to tell you..
    Do your friend a favor, get him to take the car to an experienced mechanic. Why make your life a misery?
    Since the airbag light is on, I must tell you that the airbag system is inoperative and that's a safety issue.
    The airbag light indicates that the computer has detected a malfunction in the airbag system and has diagnostic codes stored which would be essential in diagnosing the problem.
    A technician with a scanner can access the diagnostic codes and then be able to give you a diagnosis.
    If you want to find a Dodge specialist, here's our directory link for you:
    https://repairpal.com/directory?address=95687&car_brand_names=Dodge

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    always somethin, June 29, 2011, 19:30
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    Well thank you master wise guy.
    Thanks for the airbag light info. For the rest I was hoping to find a common denominator for the other components listed. Also it is a 'Her' who has kids and not much money. I want to help out, and appreciate your concern as well, but am thinking this might cost a fortune from some technician with a code reader. I was looking for an experienced technician that may have seen this before. I have not. I am not an electrician or the son of one. Thanks

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    Hal..., June 29, 2011, 20:18
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    Milt's is in Vallejo and does this kind of work. Call Adrian and schedule an appt. (707)643-7548

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