Intermittent and Poor Connection Inspection
Most intermittent are caused by faulty electrical
connections or wiring, although a sticking relay or
solenoid can occasionally be at fault. When checking it
for proper connection, perform careful check of suspect
• Poor mating of connector halves, or terminals not fully
seated in the connector body (backed out).
• Dirt or corrosion on the terminals. The terminals must
be clean and free of any foreign material which could
impede proper terminal contact. However, cleaning
the terminal with a sand paper or the like is prohibited.
• Damaged connector body, exposing the terminals to
moisture and dirt, as well as not maintaining proper
terminal orientation with the component or mating
• Improperly formed or damaged terminals.
Check each connector terminal in problem circuits
carefully to ensure good contact tension by using the
corresponding mating terminal.
If contact tension is not enough, reform it to increase
contact tension or replace.
1. Check contact tension by inserting and removing just once.
2. Check each terminal for bend and proper alignment.
• Poor terminal-to-wire connection.
Check each wire harness in problem circuits for poor
connection by shaking it by hand lightly. If any
abnormal condition is found, repair or replace.
• Wire insulation which is rubbed through, causing an
intermittent short as the bare area touches other
wiring or parts of the vehicle.
• Wiring broken inside the insulation. This condition
could cause continuity check to show a good circuit,
but if only 1 or 2 strands of a multi-strand-type wire
are intact, resistance could be far too high.
If any abnormality is found, repair or replace.