RE: [DML] Newbie Owner - First Question
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RE: [DML] Newbie Owner - First Question



Owen, Welcome to the De Lorean world and the group. Earth ground just a
general term that the frame is ground, but you will find places where the
device is 2 wire because of where or what it is. Ground + hot. Be careful
applying general automotive color coding to our cars and you can't always
depend on the wiring diagram. 
Things were always changing.
John Hervey
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9am till 9pm. CST.
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-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Owen Emry
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:21 AM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [DML] Newbie Owner - First Question

o0shoryuken0o wrote:
> Hello everyone.  
> 
> I've been lurking here for quite some time as I've had an interest in
> buying a DMC - finally bought one this month!  
> 
> There is so much that I have to learn but my first question is:
> 
> What the heck is "Negative Earth"?  What about this vehicle's
> electrical system gives it that classification?

Earth = Ground.  That just means that the ground (or "earth") on the car is
defined to be negative, so the frame and everything else is tied to the
negative battery terminal -- in other words, it's like virtually every other
car in the world.  Expect someone to chime in with the exceptions, but you
can safely ignore them.  :-)

>  One thing that the
> owner made me aware of is that over time, the battery will lose its
> charge.  After about two weeks I am starting to notice that.  It still
> starts, but gradually it is losing it.

Best bet is to find out what's actually drawing current.  You can experiment
by pulling relays, and using a current meter.  On my car, the culprit was
the door lighting that turns on when a door is up.  The switch that turns it
off (when the door is closed) wasn't functioning, so the lights were staying
on.

-Owen




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