Subaru Legacy

since 1990-1998 release

Repair and operation of the car

Subaru of Legasi
+ 1.1. Identification numbers
+ 2. Maintenance
+ 3. Engines
+ 4. Heating, ventilation
+ 5. Fuel system
+ 6. Exhaust system
+ 7. Systems of start, ignition
+ 8. Transmissions
+ 9. Coupling, shaft
+ 10. Brake system
+ 11. Suspension bracket
+ 12. Steering
+ 13. Body
- 14. Electric equipment
   - 14.1. Electric equipment of a body
      14.1.1. Introduction
      14.1.2. Electric chains
      14.1.3. Detection of not closed chain
      14.1.4. Safety locks
      14.1.5. Chain breakers
      14.1.6. Relay
      14.1.7. Relay of turns and alarm light system
      14.1.8. Multipurpose switches of a steering column
      14.1.9. Ignition lock
      + 14.1.10. Replacement of switches of the dashboard
      14.1.11. Combination of devices
      14.1.12. Radio receiver
      14.1.13. Loudspeakers
      14.1.14. Antenna
      14.1.15. The antenna with the electric drive
      14.1.16. Replacement of bulbs of headlights
      14.1.17. Adjustment of light of headlights
      14.1.18. Headlight
      14.1.19. Replacement of bulbs of an incandescence
      14.1.20. Screen wiper engine
      14.1.21. Sound signal
      14.1.22. Check of a heater of back glass
      14.1.23. Window regulators with the electric drive
      14.1.24. Rear-view mirrors with the electric drive
      14.1.25. Safety airbag
   + 14.2. Electroschemes


14.1.3. Detection of not closed chain


General description

The usual electric chain consists of an electric element, switches, the relay, engines, safety locks, automatic switches, wires and sockets which connect an electric element to the accumulator and a body. For the help by search of sources of malfunction of system of electric equipment, at the end of the management schemes of electric equipment of the car are provided.

Before to try to define a malfunction source, in the beginning study the corresponding scheme of electric equipment for receiving idea of the elements established in this chain. The circle of possible sources of malfunction can be narrowed if to check functioning of other elements entering this chain. If some elements or chains vykholit out of operation at the same time, the problem, obviously, consists in a safety lock, the general for these chains or elements, or contact with a body.

Electric problems are usually caused by the simple reasons, such as the weakened or rusted sockets, lack of contact with a body, the fused safety locks, the melted burned-through crossing point or the faulty relay. Visually check a condition of all safety locks, wires and sockets in the failed chain before to start check of other elements. Use schemes of electric equipment for definition of what of trailer clips need to be checked for detection of a source of malfunction.

The main tools necessary for detection of a source of malfunction are the tester or the voltmeter (a bulb on 12 volts and couple of wires with probes on the ends, can be also used for carrying out some checks); ohmmeter; the battery and a set of wires with probes, a cap puncture, it is desirable with the automatic switch or a safety lock which is used for round of the checked wires or elements.

For detection of the reason of unreliable work any of elements (usually because of bad connection or pollution of contacts, or the damaged isolation), it is possible to carry out an inspection stirring of wires. It is necessary to shake a wire by a hand to check, whether there is no malfunction at the movement of a wire. Such metol it is possible to narrow a circle of possible sources of malfunction to what - or wires.

Along with problems because of bad connection of wires, two main types of malfunctions can take place in system of electric equipment – the opened chain or short circuit.

Problems with the opened chain appear as a result of break in an electric equipment chain that interrupts course of current. The opened chain will cause shutdown of an element of electric equipment.

Problems with short circuit are caused by short circuit of a site of a chain that leads to leakage of current from other chain, usually directly on a body. Short circuit is usually caused by a rupture of isolation of wires that allows a wire to concern other wire or any grounded element, for example a body. Short circuit usually leads to burn-out of the corresponding safety lock.

Detection of a rupture of a chain

For check of integrity of a chain, connect the device for verification of schemes or the negative probe of the voltmeter to the negative plug of the accumulator or the grounded element.

Connect the second probe to connection in the checked chain, it is desirable for the next to the accumulator or a safety lock. Thus this site of a chain has to be energized from the accumulator if only the socket of connection to the accumulator does not carry out current or the safety lock did not fuse (thus do not forget that some chains of electric equipment join only at turn of a key in the ignition lock in a certain situation).

Include a chain, then connect the tester probe to connection, the next to the chain switch on the party of the checked element.

If tension is present (to what the control bulb or indications of the voltmeter testifies), it means that appreciate a site between the corresponding connection and the switch has no gaps.

Continue check of a chain in the same way, and after detection – a site on which there is no tension, it means that the rupture of a chain occurred between this point and a point of the previous check on which there was tension. The majority of problems of the opened chain are caused by the broken or weakened socket.

Detection of a source of short circuit

For detection of a source of short circuit, disconnect chain loading elements in the beginning (elements of loading of a chain are elements which consume electric current, such as bulbs, electric motors, heating elements, etc.).

Remove the corresponding safety lock and connect probes of a tester or the voltmeter to safety lock plugs.

Include food in chains, thus do not forget that some chains of electric equipment join only at turn of a key in the ignition lock in a certain situation.

If tension is present (to what the control bulb or indications of the voltmeter testifies), it means that in a chain there is a short circuit.

If when carrying out check tension is not present, however the safety lock on the former fuses at connection of that loading of a chain, it testifies to failure of an element of loading.

Detection of bad grounding

The negative plug of the accumulator is connected to "weight" – to metal of a body, the engine or a transmission thus many elements of electric equipment are connected in such a way that only the positive wire approaches them, thus current comes back to the accumulator through body metal. It means that fastening of an element of electric equipment and a body are part of an electric chain. Thereof, the bad or rusted fastening can cause refusal of work of an element or lead to its unstable or bad work. In particular, bulbs can burn with dim light (especially if in a point of grounding of this bulb grounding any else the included electric equipment element is carried out), electric motors can slowly work, and also work of one chain can have effect imperceptible at first sight on work of other chain. Do not forget that on many cars grounding wires between some elements, such as engines / transmissions and a body, that is in those places where pt direct contact between metal elements, because of soft rubber fastenings or a paint coat are used.

For check of reliability of grounding of an element, it is necessary to switch-off the accumulator and to connect one of ohmmeter probes to reliably grounded element. Connect other probe to a pla wire to connection with a body which needs to be checked. Resistance shown by an ohmmeter has to be equal to zero; if is not present, check connection as follows.

If you assume lack of grounding, investigate connection and clear – a site of a body and the plug of a wire (or a surface of grounding of an element) to pure metal. Carefully remove all traces of dirt, then by means of a knife peel all paint so that reliable contact of two metal surfaces turned out. At assembly, reliably tighten fastening of the socket; at connection of the plug of a wire, establish a washer with rough edges between the plug and a surface of a body for ensuring reliable connection. At connection, prevent emergence of corrosion in the future, having put a layer of vaseline or silicone greasing.