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XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Thu May 16, 2019 11:13 am

My XTerra has 3 electrical "ports" (not sure if that's the right word - the kind people used to put cigarette lighters in) and the one by the back gate konked out on me the other day. I had just plugged in my portable compressor to top up the tires when it chugged a couple of times, then died. Initially, I thought it was the compressor but it worked fine in the port on the dash so it's clearly the port at the back that's at fault.

How do I get this port working again? I suppose the first thing to do is to check for a blown fuse but I can't make head nor tails out of the wiring diagrams in the manual. I'm not sure where that fuse is or if a fuse is even a plausible theory given that one of the other ports works fine (I haven't tried the one in the storage thing between the front seats). Would all three ports share a fuse or are they all on separate fuses? What would make the port fail if not a fuse?
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby BigRed44 » Fri May 17, 2019 8:50 am

Check fuse 26 i believe from the wiring diagram. the rear power socket is constant power and that looks like the only power socket that doesn't run through the ignition switch/relay. Also check fuse 5 and fuse 7 those are the accessory powered sockets.
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Sat May 18, 2019 2:48 pm

Thanks VERY much for your help, BigRed44!
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Bow_Tied » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:13 pm

Did you get it fixed?
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:53 pm

I'm still trying to get a bit of spare time so that I can get over to my friend's place. He'll have the necessary tools and skill to help me remove the fuses without breaking them and to test them properly. I have neither. I hope to get to that point in the next few weeks....

I have a couple of additional small jobs that I want to work through with him at the same time, including the sensor that supposedly only activates the backup lights when you're in reverse, and a faulty tire pressure sensor that keeps my TPMS light on. He has a hoist to access the sensor and knows how to determine which of the tire sensors is the faulty one and, I assume, help me swap it out. (Actually, I'm hoping he can show me how to do all three jobs correctly since I really don't know how to do any of them myself.)
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby the x kid » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:44 pm

Is it done yet?


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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:02 pm

Are we married or something? You're starting to remind me of a wife.... ;-)
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Bow_Tied » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:29 pm

:lol:
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby the x kid » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:39 pm

Rhino wrote:Are we married or something? You're starting to remind me of a wife.... ;-)
probably “something “. Is your friend too busy? We don’t want you to get too long a list on the to do list.


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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:42 am

I finally had a chance to get together with my friend and look at the problem with the outlet in my XTerra. In a matter of moments, he demonstrated to me that there was no problem with the fuse, which I should have realized myself from the start since my inflater would work for a couple of seconds before it failed. We connected the inflater and he found that by jiggling it within the socket, we could get it to run longer if we held the plug in just the right position. GIven that the socket on the dash and the one in the centre console both work fine, there's clearly no electrical problem at all. He thinks that the socket itself is slightly broken and replacing it should solve my problem. We didn't have the time to figure out how to get access to the socket; we agreed that I would figure that out.

I'll go through the manuals and/or search YouTube for instructions on how to get to that socket.
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby BigRed44 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:03 pm

to get to the socket you need to remove the floor panel and tiedown rail on that side. it's not to hard to do
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Re: XTerra - minor electrical issue

Postby Rhino » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:26 pm

Thanks for that tip! That will save me some time.
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