92 Prelude Electric Problem.... Plz Help.

Discussion in 'Prelude' started by adalric, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. adalric

    adalric Guest

    Hi guys,

    I have a 92 Prelude that's seen better days but is still in pretty good
    condition (for almost 15 years old and 306,000Kms - almost 200K miles).
    Yesterday I seemed to have developped a small electrical problem...

    As it happens, yesterday and today, rain's been coming down almost
    non-stop. So I take my car out for a spin and when I pull the key out
    of the ignition, the fan blower is still working, the light on the
    button indicating where the air is blowing (defrost, legs, face,
    face-legs, anyway you get it) is still on, and my daytime running
    lights are also still on. Everything else is off tho. The radio doesn't
    work, my wipers don't work, my electric windows don't work.

    I can only figure that rain is seeping in somewhere, but I was hoping
    that someone with more electrical knowledge on this car than me, could
    tell me possibly where the water is leaking in (by knowing what's
    staying on and what's staying off). Popping the hood didn't reveal
    anything obvious (which I sadly admit is the almost the limit of what I
    know about what's under the hood...).

    Anyone? Thanks for any help.
    adalric, Apr 25, 2005
  2. adalric

    SoCalMike Guest

    how did you manage to shut everything off? or did you?

    id probably pull each fuse (one at a time)from the underhood and
    under-dash fuseboxes and look for moisture/corrosion. if i had to take a
    wild-ass guess, id say its a bad windshield seal causing the underdash
    fusebox to get wet. any water in the footwell? in the area?
    SoCalMike, Apr 25, 2005
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    motsco_ _ Guest


    Your ignition switch is shot . . google search should confirm that. It's
    very common at high mileage. Dealers are very quick at changing them, so
    dicker them for the labour rate . . tell them you want it for 1/2 the
    book value.

    motsco_ _, Apr 26, 2005
  5. adalric

    adalric Guest

    Hi ! Thanx for the replies... I manage to shut everything off by just
    turning off the heat, and the blower, and pulling the fuse for my
    Daytime Running Lights. When I did that, I had to open the fuse box
    under the dash, and there was no moisture, not in the footwell either.

    New development.... now, whenever I press the button for my
    rear-defroster.... I get the chime that rings when you leave your
    headlights on. It's actually pretty funny, all things considered, but I
    still aren't any closer to finding an answer.

    Is a bad windshield seal really the must likely culprit?

    How exactly could this be linked to my ignition switch? Considering it
    only happens when it rains... ?

    Thanx for any help guys
    adalric, May 2, 2005
  6. adalric

    SoCalMike Guest

    its as good as any, but i like the ignition switch answer better.
    when its dry out, everything works perfectly normal?
    in my civic, theres some "multiplex box" thingie that controls a lot of
    different things. maybe you have one too, and its gone wacko. id either
    consult a dealer (ugh!) or get a helm manual for your car and
    troubleshoot there. its pretty good on troubleshooting, if you use a bit
    of logic.
    SoCalMike, May 3, 2005
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