Is our GU possessed???

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 14:39
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Probably a question for all you auto electric experts out there. About 3 weeks ago I was sitting in the lounge watching TV one night and through the window I saw the brake lights come on the GU. They stayed on for a few seconds then went off. Now the car's in the garage, it's about 10pm and hubby's in bed asleep so it kinda put the wind up me thinking somebody was poking around. Went and woke hubby up and sent him out the investigate (well hey, I wasn't going, LOL!). Anyway, car was locked and nothing obvious. Security lights hadn't been activated. Because we live ooposite an intersection and garage door was up hubby reckoned maybe I saw the brake lights reflecting off someones headlights. I wasn't convinced though cause I got a good look and I know what I saw. Plus our house/garage is set on a hillock and is about 7m above the level of the road.

Anyway, I'd forgotten all about it then blow me down the same thing happens last night! And this time the garage door was shut so there is absolutely no way it could have been a reflection.

So, anyone have any idea what could be causing it. We had an electric brake controller installed several months ago...could this be related?

:o) Melissa Petrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Andrew - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 14:55

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 14:55
It is God telling you that its time is up and you should by a Landcruiser. LOL.
Andrew.

Either that or you are on something......
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:00

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:00
buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....buy...buy...buy....Bye
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:10

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:10
read the 100 series thread....
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:59

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 19:59
I read it but I didn't want to let something like that get in the way of me having a giggle or three - makes me a bit anxious about my 100s though..... Yup - shoulda boughta GU too! LOL.
Disappointed that I was fishin for a response for 3hours and 15mins before I got a bite!!
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 14:57

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 14:57
Melissa, does hubby believe you now? Or is he blaming the pregnancy?

maybe it's a wee ghostie [as my 4 yr old would say]

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....




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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:49

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:49
Lyn,

He was asleep again so he didn't see it but yes, he believes me now!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:10

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:10
Slightly OT but sort of funny.

I was out in Yengo NP a few weeks ago and forgot to bring my pillow (see I can rough it if needed) so decided to roll up my jacket and use that. I sleep in am Ezi-Awn rooftop tent. Well you can imagine how fast my pulse went when at about 2:00am the doors unlocked and the headlights came on. Well I was out that tent and down the ladder with my trusty persuasion stick (read axe handle) before you could say "jack Robinson"...adrenalin up. pulse racing, fighting stance, eyes wide open etc etc...nothing...couldnt figure....took about an hour to cam down enough to even think of going back to sleep...climbed back up into the loft...puffed up my 'pillow' only to hear ...rattle...rattle...yep...you guessed it...keys with remote stil in pocket..colour me red :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:19

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:19
These mod cons...!..Laugh alot..life's too short not to....




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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:50

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:50
RAOFLMAO!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:57

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:57
Melissa

I have a habit of getting into these sorts of situations. If nothing else it makes going away with me fun.
I wont even start to tell you about the time I took my boat up the Hawkesbury River and got stuck in the mud when the tide went out
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:01

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:01
And I won't tell you about my diamond engagement ring which I lost when swimming across a known croc inhabited creek to retrieve our tinny which had floated away on the incoming tide. Oops!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:04

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:04
Or then there was the time I landed on my butt right on a clump of spinifex. Found out first hand (umm... make that bum cheek) why they call it porcupine grass!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:05

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:05
Melissa...you mean you didn't go back to fetch the ring?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....




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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:05

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:05
melissa

Did you have a "James Bond" in your life to remove the spikes :-))))))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:09

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:09
LOL! Ah negative. Too deep and would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Although in desperation my husband went back the following weekend with a borrowed metal detector hoping it had come of somewhere near the bank. Probably in some barramundi's belly just waiting for some lucky fisherman to find! There's a story with the replacement engagement ring too but lets just say I no longer wear one.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:16

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:16
Kiwi,

Once upon a time he would've done the "James Bond" thing but 11 years down the track he just thought it was good entertainment. Strange that!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:22

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:22
Melissa can relate to that...funny how things change indeed!...Was hubby watching you as you swam the croc infested water..and if so...how come he didn't jump in?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....




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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:26

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:26
Lyn,

No way! We counted to 3 and both went in together. Reckoned that cut each of our chances of getting eaten by 50%. Then the dog jumped in behind us so the odds went down to 33%, LOL.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:28

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:28
Melissa...my "he" man would have said..."forget the tinny"!!! I reckon...lol...good on yer dog....putting himself on the line like that as well.....hahhaaLaugh alot..life's too short not to....




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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:30

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 18:30
Stupid lovable mutt. Yes, I do mean the dog, LOL!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:27

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:27
Melissa,

could be the switch behind the break pedal
sometimes a spring either on the pedal or the break light switch gets a bit lazy and causes this to happen. my neighbour had it happen on an old Mitsubishi Colt hatchback he used to own.

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:51

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:51
Thanks Sam, I'll check it.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:55

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 15:55
Ill go with sam on this one, if it is the brake lights and not the parking lights, the only switch in the system to activate them is the brake switch above the pedal arm. you should be able to depress the brake pedal about 1-2 cm before the lights activate. Failing that get hubby to trace the wiring for your trailer harness as they often get damaged and chafed due to sloppy install at towbar / water ingress / sticks etc.. you could have a stray current shorting into the brake circuit and energising the lights. On the old work ute i once had the right indicators come on and stay illuminated everytime you put the brakes on (made for interesting city driving with lots of turns!!) it took me a few hours to find but it ended up being a chafed trailer plug harness causing a short between the brake and indicator circuit !! If you keep bribing hubby with beers i'm sure he won't mind rolling around under the rig :-) good luck BradLife is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:52

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:52
Thanks Brad, this'll keep hubby out of trouble for a bit!

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:17

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:17
Melissa I'd be happy to settle for it being possessed but I'd be really, really unhappy if it was re-possessed.

Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:55

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 17:55
Cripes, so would I since we own it! Anyway, seems to be a freindly ghost. Hang on, what's that...a message from beyond..."holidays, holidays, take me on holidays..."

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 22:32

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003 at 22:32
Melissa I dont want to sound alarmist but an electrical circuit that is open or partly open is sometimes a precursor to fire .You can get a build up of heat that can turn into an electrical fire.When something is turned off it should be off.Take it back to the installer and tell him to look at it.If he argues,remind him that he was the last one to touch it and may be held legally responsible if something happens.Err on the side of caution.
PS I think its ok when your in the car as you will smell any burning wiring.Its when its parked and unattended .For peace of mind you could disconnect battery at night.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:52

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:52
Thanks Ross, we've decided to take it back to the auto sparky who installed the brake controller and let him deal with it.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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