I upgraded the sorely inadequate deck in my pickup the other day and was proud it only took about an hour. It would have taken less time, but I used the old wiring harness from my car and had to
figure out guess which wire went where. Surprisingly, when I hooked it up, without disconnecting the battery, everything worked flawlessly.
Overconfidence is a bad thing. I was so sure in my wiring abilities that the following night I thought I’d tempt fate again, and wire the amplifier with a hot battery as well.
I was performing the seemingly simple task of running the positive wire through the firewall to the battery. I decided I’d force my wire through an existing grommet, but it was a tight fit and required some coaxing. I took out a screwdriver and started to pry a little bit against the bundle of about 4 jillion wires – just enough to nic a wire and blow the fuse for the dome light.
No big deal, I’ll just replace the fuse – besides it’s only the dome light. Hmmm, all the fuses are good. Maybe I tripped something in the security? I thought. That’s about the time I noticed the large 2″ by 2″ security light that normally flashes in my dash, as steady menacing yellow “hey you’re trying to steal this car” warning. Test the keyless entry, nothing. Shit. Test the drivers door lock. Dammit. Try and start it, oh f’ing mother of … what did I do.
Check the manual – in the event that the security feature is tripped you must take it to a Chevrolet Dealer.
Yeah, a tow, a computer reset, and two relays later – I’m back on the road.
Once I got the truck home from the shop I disconnected the battery and wired it in about 15 minutes. Do it right the first time or don’t do it at all.
August 26, 2003 — 8:50 am
Bob Frezrop says:
You know what? Sweat and motor oil never mix unless one is synthetic and the other is from monkies.
Anyway, I’ve never really been with a lizard before, but she laid me down and opened my legs. Next thing you know, she was laying eggs on me and I was eating flies.
You’ve Been FLASHBLOGGED!
August 29, 2003 — 9:36 pm
Yep. Happens every time… ALWAYS unhook your battery…
You’ve Been FLASHBLOGGED!
August 29, 2003 — 10:03 pm
That reminds me of this time in vegas. I was at a bachelor party and things got a little out of control and, you guessed it: dead hooker. Everyone starts freaking out, especially the groom. He’s just sitting in the corner crying. We take the body and we drive out to the desert, but quickly realize that we forgot to bring a shovel. I start digging a hole with one of the hubcaps from the car, but after only a foot or so the sand turns to this really dense hardpan shit, and I can’t dig any further. So we just dump the body in the shallow hole and cover it with sand. That’s all we can do, right? Well the body was discovered a few weeks later, uncovered by a massive wind storm. Getting to the point, we should have done it right the first time and remembered to bring a shovel.
oh, and by the way you’ve just been flashblogged
August 30, 2003 — 12:17 am
I didn’t take the time to even read your post, but just wanted to FLASHBLOG ya!
August 31, 2003 — 11:28 am
Is there anything you don’t know how to do? Wow!
September 2, 2003 — 3:51 pm