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Old 08-23-2005, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I washed my car, and sprayed it down pretty well, all is good and shiny until...

The next day, where I try to start my car, hear a "gurgle" kind of sound, and the engine won't turn...

So I jumpstart it, and it was mighty hard, had to try at least 15 times to finally get it up and running, after that, I drive around for a good hour or so to get the battery charged up again, but here is what I noticed...

The console and instrument panel won't light up, I can't even see how fast I'm going, but I think I'm pretty good at gauging my speed, but on the other hand my right taillight won't work, its not just a bulb but the entire thing, its just begging to get a ticket!

I replaced almost all of my fuses, and I think it was ok for a second (the OBC said Check OK instead of tailight out), but when I turned on the lights to check to see if the instrument panel would light up, the taillight went back to being out =\.

I don't know whats going on, the Bentley manual doesn't say anything either, I'm having a bad day (dropped the fuse picker in the engine bay)...and among other things =\.

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Old 08-23-2005, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You may have gotten water in the ECU compartment, which is righ behind (or in front, depending on where you are standing) the glovebox. The rubber trm piece that keeps water out may be worn. If that is the problem, then it is just a matter of removing, drying/letting dry, and replacing. I am sorry if my post is not very helpful. I cannot recall all the important details, bnut at least this should help you by giving you something to look at and or search for on the web.

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if you have a pre-97 vehicle, that is a common problem with the DME. Try to dry it out. I believe there might be a DIY on how to upgrade so that the compartment where your DME is doesn't get flooded with water. it would likely point out to this since you changed the fuses and it happened with your tails as with your instrument panel. that is the best I can come up also. Dry it out or buy another DME.
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if you have a pre-97 vehicle, that is a common problem with the DME. Try to dry it out. I believe there might be a DIY on how to upgrade so that the compartment where your DME is doesn't get flooded with water. it would likely point out to this since you changed the fuses and it happened with your tails as with your instrument panel. that is the best I can come up also. Dry it out or buy another DME.
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Ive also heard this problem many times from when these cars go through automated car washes. I guess nowhere is safe.

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I guess I meant DME and not ECU
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