Hi saturntech9. Sure ruins a guy's day when you try to help someone and they are rude in return. Fortunately most people understand it takes a two-way conversation, often over a period of a few days, to find the solution.
I've never heard of this being called a "power" wire for the parking brake. The incorrect terminology would throw anyone off course. Permanently grounding that wire will leave the light on the dash turned on all the time the ignition switch is turned on. If the light is shared with the low fluid level switch, (if the car uses one), and the pressure-differential switch, he will defeat those circuits and never know if a problem develops. Insurance investigators just love to find these kinds of do-it-yourself modifications even if it wasn't a contributing factor to a fire or to a crash that was the other guy's fault. It leaves a jury wondering what other things the owner might have screwed up. No professional would risk his job and reputation by permanently grounding that wire and no shop owner would condone such practices. To add to the confusion, while you cared enough to answer, Matt obviously didn't care enough to proof read his first post or to clarify the question in a follow-up post. To quote:
"The only problem is I know know with color it is. So my question is what is the power wire to the parking break?"
His question is, "what is the power wire", and you gave him an answer to what he asked, not what he wanted to know, and for that he was too lazy to clarify his request as most people would do. To add to the humor of the question, there's only one wire to the switch. Who cares what its color is? It's pretty hard to get the wrong one when there's just one. That suggests he doesn't understand this simple circuit or what the instructions to his new radio are asking him to do. People like that are really what this site is for but doesn't it kind of kill your enthusiasm to research answers when you are told off like Matt did? We sure don't do it for the money. I've had six major computer crashes in the first six months of this year involving four computers and four new hard drives. The donations don't even come close to my expenses and then to be chastised for not being psychic and providing the correct answer when we don't get the full or correct information. Maybe they're just looking for someone else to blame. That seems to be the name of the game today.
Sorry to butt into your conversation but it seemed to be kind of one-sided. I've read many of your other replies and noticed all the other visitors asked well-worded questions and sent their thanks afterward. THAT'S why we spend hours per day doing this. If Matt would behave in a civilized manner, understand how much time we spend with our noses in service manuals on his behalf, and show the least little bit of respect and appreciation, he will get much more of the same in return. Instead, why risk this kind of treatment from an ungrateful person? I won't even bother to read his future posts for fear I'll get told off if I don't provide the correct answer in my first reply. There are too many appreciative people here who will get my attention.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 AT 4:07 PM