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Old 05-27-2014, 09:26 AM   #1
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Last week i was installing some speakers in my trunk and i made a mistake and tapped my ground wire against my power wire, i'm an idiot i know.. but afterwards i realized that ever since then my car has become a lot slower. Before then i could peal out from a stop or fish tail out, also my acceleration was a lot better and my car overall just performed better. Also after that all the dash gauge lights (but the gauges work) stopped working. The warning lights work but nothing else works in the dash. Maybe i had a tune before and i reset it? Idk tell me what you guys think.
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I'm willing to bet you blew a fuse, possibly more. Have you checked them yet? And a tune is the re-writing of your ecu software. It can't magically switch back to stock from a lil jolt.

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checked all the fuses, only blew one and i replaced it.. same issue
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Weight issue maybe. More weight could cause you to grip a lil better than spinning out. I went slower when I gutted my car than with full interior

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There are two fuse boxes. One under the hood and one under the drivers side dashboard.
Did you check the fuses in both boxes?
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There are two fuse boxes. One under the hood and one under the drivers side dashboard.

Did you check the fuses in both boxes?

yes i checked both.. none under the hood were blown and one under the dash was blown.. cigarette light fuse
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Which lights aren't working? Is it the instrument cluster illumination lights?
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yes also the p,r,n,d lights as well
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Just out of curiosity, when you get a chance, turn the headlights on and see if the tail lights are working.
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yes taillights are working
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Ok. Here are the fuses that I would CAREFULLY check, maybe even just replace them with new ones...
Fuse location 5. 15 amp. Instrument Cluster, Traction Control.
Fuse location 21. 5 amp. Instrument Cluster, and Engine Control Memory.
Fuse location 34. 20 amp. Instrument Cluster, CCRM, Data Link, Connector, Securilock Transceiver Module.

Check the second one on that list, again, carefully...
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Ok. Here are the fuses that I would CAREFULLY check, maybe even just replace them with new ones...

Fuse location 5. 15 amp. Instrument Cluster, Traction Control.

Fuse location 21. 5 amp. Instrument Cluster, and Engine Control Memory.

Fuse location 34. 20 amp. Instrument Cluster, CCRM, Data Link, Connector, Securilock Transceiver Module.



Check the second one on that list, again, carefully...

replaced all those and still nothing..
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Hmmm....

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Hmmm....

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im heated right now i have no clue what to look for now
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Yeah, this makes it "slightly" more difficult...

I think that I would get out my test light probe and start poking around to see where the power stops at.
You could start at those fuses that you just replaced.
It would also be helpful to get a wiring diagram for the car and try to familiarize yourself a bit with that particular circuit.

Also, I just have to ask...
The headlight switch dimmer is turned "up" right?
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lol yes it is turned all the way over to the right.. but i will do what you said, if that doesnt work it is going to the shop tomorrow anyways.. have to get a few things on it checked out
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Good luck!
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Good luck!

i'll update tomorrow.. also i came across a few pics of your car on other posts.. it looks amazing man
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Thanks.
If it's the recent pics in the "Lets see your Bullitt" thread, I just bought that car but I have another one exactly like it that's in much better condition.
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Thanks.

If it's the recent pics in the "Lets see your Bullitt" thread, I just bought that car but I have another one exactly like it that's in much better condition.

no it was in the post "post pics of your 99-04 mustang" i believe.. but either way its hella nice
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lol yes it is turned all the way over to the right.. but i will do what you said, if that doesnt work it is going to the shop tomorrow anyways.. have to get a few things on it checked out
Doesn't it need to be turned all the way to the left? I can't remember now
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Doesn't it need to be turned all the way to the left? I can't remember now

99 gt.. its like u pull out the knob and turn your hand to the right
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99 gt.. its like u pull out the knob and turn your hand to the right
Yeah turning it to the right turns it down I thought? Maybe I'm just all mixed up
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Yeah turning it to the right turns it down I thought? Maybe I'm just all mixed up

i had to make sure too.. so i went out to my car and did both lol.. still nothing
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Ah damn, it was worth a shot. Now I gotta check mine next time I drive it
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On mine it's pull and then counter-clockwise that brightens the dash and clockwise that dims it.
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Let's see. Ive owned nothing but Fords for the past 20+ years and if you asked me, off of the top of my head, which direction to turn the knob to dim the lights I would have said the exact OPPOSITE.
I just checked both my truck and car and SL4 is indeed correct... Counter-clockwise to brighten, Clockwise to dim.

And I just thought of this, River, the headlight switches that Ford has used for 20+ years have proven to be troublesome at times. Ive replaced several.
Don't overlook it as a possible cause of your problem...
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that may be the problem because it was always clockwise to brighten my dash lights on my car.. trust me because when i bought it i drove it all the way home blacked out because i wasnt sure how to brighten it until i got home lol.. coming from an 05 maxima se to a 99 mustang gt is a HUGE interior and technology difference.. but i will look into the switch change as well
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