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Weird Electrical Problem in 91

jfactor

New member
Joined
Jun 17, 2007
Messages
4
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Corvette
91 Turquoise (Turquoise Metallic) Stock
I just got my 91 Vette (this past Saturday) and have noticed a small problem. Hopefully small. I got into this car knowing I was going to be fixing a few things here and there so I'm not exactly worried, but would like to take care of it. So, here's the prob:

I turn on the car, set my radio stations, and drive to my heart's content. I stop, turn it off, and if the car is off for more than about 2 minutes, when I turn the radio back on all the stations are reset. Almost as if there is no remote power going to the radio when it's off. No dead battery so far (though I probably wouldn't know. I haven't stopped driving the thing yet. I'm like a giddy school girl in this car). Nothing else electrical seems to be failing.

I think this is related, but when I turn the wheel, moving or not, every once in a while all the interior lights will come on. It happens for just a split second, and I can't recreate it on purpose, but it happens a lot. About 10 times in the last 3 days.

I'm mechanically inclined, just not mechanically intelligent, so again I'm not too worried. I'm actually kinda happy there is this "problem." It will give me a chance to get in there and play with it.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Robertwav1

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 7, 2003
Messages
821
Location
Ocala, Florida
Corvette
1993 Blue
Obviously you have a short somewhere on the steering column. Remove the compartment under the steering wheel and check the harnesses that may be rubbing. On the radio from what I remember after installing a few there are two fuses, one for constant power for the radio and the other for power to the radio via ignition. Probably is related and the fuse may be blown on the power to the radio when car is off. Hope this helps and I hope you find it!
 

Radar

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 23, 2001
Messages
200
Location
Oconomowoc, WI
Corvette
1989 Medium Blue Metalic Convertible
Check your grounds. If one lifts, all kind of wierd things happen. Try to get a shop manual and that will show the wiring diagrams and the grounds. The Vett being fiberglass has limited places to gound circuits.

Thanks,
Radar :w
 

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