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Ok well my car is nearing inspection time but there are still a few unsolved things that I would like to figure out. Here is a list of some things I just can't figure out and would like tips on:

-What are these wires for???


-Is this even a 1990 CRX Si headlight bracket??? It seems to be totally different from the other side of the car!




-Also my battery seems to keep going dead. What do you think could be causing this? My guess is either the battery is broken in some way or there are some wires some where that are shorting out and draining it. Any ideas on how to test to see what is causing the battery to drain?

On a good side note the headlights I ordered off of eBay arrived today! The bumper lights fit like a charm, and the corner light will fit but I seem to have two different headlight mounts. So for now I can't install them :cry:
Here is a comparison between the two headlights:
The passenger headlight:


The drivers headlight:


Well anyways here are my bumper lights:


And my corner lights:
 

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Those wires are not stock... I have no clue what they would got to, but it appears the previous owner grounded something to the intake. Stereo? Alarm? Stupid ricer light-up thingies?

It seems like your passenger headlight is from a 90 CRX, the tabs seem to be correct, although I've only dealt with the 88-89 styles. The Driver's headlight seems to be from a 91 CRX, because I think, the box on the top of the headlight is the water vapor vent that was used for the 91 cars.

You can have the battery checked at an Autozone, or similar store. It could just be old, and not holding a charge, or it could be something with the alternator. Both can be checked at Autozone.
 

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With the wiring I see under the hood of that car, it's no wonder the battery is going dead. You've got **** grounded to the intake, and everywhere else. Electrical work is tedious, but easy if you have patience. Just trace your wires and see where they go. Added wires like that will more than likely end up being a different color on the other end, and usually butt-connectors are over used. They are more than likely for some stupid accessories as mentioned earlier by REX2NR, so when the car is running just unhook them. If the car still runs fine, then you can eliminate them. Patience is the key.

Good luck.
 

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K guys I will give it a go and try to trace those wires...
Do you think I could jury rig the driver side headlight to allow my corner light to fit, because right now the bracket makes it impossible to fit the thing on right.
Do you think that since I have only run the car for about 5 minutes since I got it and I it has been just sitting there for about a week that the battery could have gone dead from that? I think that once I get the car ready for inspection that they would be able to find the problem if it is still there.
 

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OK well I went and traced the two wires to a Power Relay.


From here only one wire went on towards the interior so I followed it. It lead straight into the switch seen here:


So whatever was here is now gone and all that remains is a switch and some wires. So do you think I should remove them?
Also when I was looking around trying to follow the wire I discovered that some pipe seemed to be disconnected from the body. Sorry to be so vague but I have no idea what the thing is and what it's for. So I was wondering if someone could tell me.

This is the object in question, it seems to be disconnected from a hole in the body.




Oh and btw that white wire wasent grounded to the cold air...
It was just resting on it while I took the picture!
 

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Many times I've seen people wire up a switch like that in the dash for the radiator fan. They don't have the skill or money to fix the real issue with the fan not coming on, so they wire the switch and turn it on when they start the car.
 

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OK well my battery was dead so I got a friend to come over and boost it.
Once he had it boosted I let the car run for a bit just to make sure the battery wouldn't die. But then I noticed smoke coming from under the hood so I quickly turned off the car. I couldn't find where the smoke was coming from so I waited a bit then started the car again.
This time I looked at the radiator fan and it wasn't spinning. Then I noticed a puddle on the ground… I looked under the car and where the lower radiator hose connects to the radiator was leaking. WTF?
Has any one else had this problem and is there an easy fix?
 

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Headlight brackets are slightly different from 88-89 and 90-91 becasue of a different corner light mounting style. One of your headlights is probably just form the wrong year.

That relay you have there looks to be part of some added on system that is no longer complete. I would remove all of it and the wiring.

If your battery is going dead while it jsut sits there, there is probably a short somewhere in the system and leaking all the current away.

THat hole in the firewall is where the air conditioning ports go through. Maybe there is a stock type grommet that you can put in there to cover it properly.

if you are losing radiator fluid, maybe the smoke was from some of it dripping onto the exhaust piping somehow? you should turn the car on and if it starts to smoke, do two things: lookf or where it is coming from, and also smell the smoke. Does it smell like bruning oil (pretty pungent), does it smell like burning coolant (kinda sweet), or does it smell like an electrical wire is shorting out and melting down (char smell)?
 

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OK I will try and smell out and answer for you :lol:

I was reading the manual and it says that to test the radiator fan all you have to do is unplug the cord and then plug it into the battery. If it turns then it works if it doesn't then it's broken. What I don't get is how I am supposed to plug it into the battery? Could I use those cords I found? Or is there a way to do this properly?
 

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Hondas tend to stay cool because of the aluminum blocks and heads. I've run my engine at idle for 20+ minutes during the summer on a hot day and not been able to get my fan to come on. I'm betting it prob works, its just not getting that hot.
 

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You would have to let the car sit for quite a while to get the fan to kick on like it's supposed to. Just jump the fan to the battery and see if it spins.

The relay you found says "eurolite" on it. That is a Streetglow knock off. The car probably had some sort of neons or other aftermarket lighting on it. As mentioned earlier, I would remove the wiring and relay COMPLETELY. You can leave the switch...you might re-use it someday.

Does the A/C in the car work? If not you might as well remove all components involved with the A/C. It would clean up the engine bay a ton, and save you some weight too. That is, if the A/C doesn't work.

Aren't project cars fun!!!!!! Ya gotta love work that 4,000 other people have done to it and raped it in the process.

Good luck!!
 

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Ya no AC otherwise that hole in the firewall would be full. Even if the fan works by plugging it directly into the battery, the most common reason for someone wiring up a switch to turn the fan on is the relay is burnt out and they don't want to do the work to fix it. Since the relay was name Eurolight, it would suggest someone hooked up strobes or some other Eurolight product and the switch would turn it on.
 
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