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Q: Short in car's wiring.

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I think I might have a short in my car's wiring. It only starts when the wires are a certain way, otherwise it stalls.

A: It sounds like a wiring issue if you have t...

It sounds like a wiring issue if you have to position them a certain way. It could be a short to ground, short to positive, or shorted circuit. Electrical issues are difficult to pinpoint, I suggest having a qualified technician take a look at this starting problem and see if repairs can be made to the harness or if the harness needs replaced.

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