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Oddly enough I had a battery die and right after my lighter socket would not work, horn, extra lights I have added, or my radio would also not work. I have check all the fuses. Anyone have any advice on what this problem could be?
 

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Yeah. It runs fine. Ever since the battery went dead I replaced the battery with cable connectors and I haven't had any problem with it running. Just can't get some things to work and they haven't ever since my battery died. Also I just installed a new lighter and nothing.
 

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I understand you say you checked the fuses but what I would suggest based on my experience is to check the fuses with a digital multi meter with the jeep running and make sure they are good. I have seen them look fine to the naked eye yet be blown. to do this ground one side of the meter to the Fran then with the other lead check both small metal tabs on the top of the fuse.
 

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It's pretty easy to check a use using the Ohm setting on a multi-meter. You can pick one up for about $20 at a local parts store. If the fuse is good it should read 0 Ohms.
 

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Thanks express. I have pulled out my ac unit to take out the radio and there are wires spliced every direction. Shouldn't the radio be grounded somewhere?
 

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It should, usually it would be through the harness though. Unless you have an aftermarket stereo.
 

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Yes, but if you didn't unground it, how could it just happen at the same time?

Is there an accessory wire attached at the + side of the battery that maybe didn't get hooked back up along with the standard thick cable when replaced?
 

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Yes the radio should be grounded, but sometimes the ground is through the chassis or the antenna connection. Most of the time the ground is the black wire.

Yes, check the fuses with an ohm meter, but since there are so many things out I would look for a fusable link or something common between those things before I would think several fuses would go bad.

Look for loose, broken connections, what else is out? Do you have dash and or headlights? How about brake lights?

there may also be a common ground, but I suspect you lost the 12v feed from somewhere.
 

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Express it is after market and various colored wires and electric tape is everywhere. I'm already about to lose patience. This is the most ridiculous wiring job ever. I'll post a pic and there is a wire coming straight off my battery that is spliced with a wire that runs to the radio and lighter and toggle switches. It's all starting to make sense but how to fix it is now the issue.
 

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like express said they are not expensive but I would go to either Home Depot lowes or menards to get one. they would be cheaper. and to use it you are checking for DC voltage and to so you you don't even have to pull the fuse.

as far as wires sliced in every direction who ever installed the radio instead of a 20 buck adapter the cut and spliced the wired. so your looking at speakers and power!! should be a green wire that goes to a ground! they probably used the ground from the radio harness. I'm sure you can find a wiring diagram or list of what's what on here or the Internet easily
 

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Nothing else is out. Just added lights and horn which oddly enough are connected to two switches. Lighter and radio is out too. Now that I look at it all these are somehow wired together.
 

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Express it is after market and various colored wires and electric tape is everywhere. I'm already about to lose patience. This is the most ridiculous wiring job ever. I'll post a pic and there is a wire coming straight off my battery that is spliced with a wire that runs to the radio and lighter and toggle switches. It's all starting to make sense but how to fix it is now the issue.
electric tape is not a bad idea, I use it but Im an electronic technician. :)

A meter will really help, I would start with following the 12v line. Doesnt matter which way, from the battery or from the equipment, but again I think you lost a common connection somewhere and chances are from the sounds of what you are describing its probably one of those black tape installs. :)
 
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