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Could running over downed power lines on a road cause damage to a vehicle's electrical system?
 

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If the conductors in the downed power lines touch any metal part on a car, then it's possible.

But it's not really likely if there was no arcing or metal-to-metal contact.
 

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Did you run over powerlines?
 

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I had to turn around in this parking lot today to go home and get my wallet before work and as I turned around I saw in front of me this hanging thin black wire. I don't know if it was live or not.. it wasn't sparking or anything and I think its been there for awhile. Who knows. I backed up in order not to hit it, but I am still paranoid.
 

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Just being near it won't cause any damage.

If you're worried about EMI (electromagnetic interference), there would need to be a pair of wires on opposite ends of the same circuit, and even then, any EMI would be barely detectable.
 

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jpark said:
If you're worried about EMI (electromagnetic interference), there would need to be a pair of wires on opposite ends of the same circuit, and even then, any EMI would be barely detectable.
Engrish, por favor JP :shrug:
 

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:lol:

Gotcha. You didn't ruin anything.
 
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