Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fruitland Park,Florida
Older cars can have some pretty strange electrical symptoms. Maybe it's time to hire a witch doctor to excise the evil spirits residing in your car.
But seriously, your latest round of symptoms sound like a major intermittent power outage from a bad connection. You will need to consult the power distribution & ground distribution wiring diagrams in the 97 service manual.
The positive battery terminal has wires going to starter, alternator, & junction box on passenger side inner front fender well. From junction box there are 7 fusible links that give live , all the time power, to various relays, both fuse boxes, electrical part of ignition switch, & headlight switch.
Your problem is probably an intermittent bad connection. It could be as simple as bad connection Of + battery cable at either end. Or bad - cable at either end. Or bad connection at any one of the fusible links. A fusible link can have broken wires inside that lose connection as wire wiggles going down the road.
Also bad connection can com from end of wire that goes to relays, fuse boxes, or electrical part of ign sw. So get your wiring diagrams out and start looking.
I didn't delve too deep into the ground circuits. But they can cause mischief also. Lastly, old corroded wire can cause symptoms.
Last edited by cocobolo95; 09-21-2019 at 05:29 PM.