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dash lights....need help ASAP

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 88jimmy4x4, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. 88jimmy4x4

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    WTF does this wire go too?

    I removed the gauges and this wire was just hanging loose. It connects at the gauges in a white connector?

    Please help...my dash is apart!!!


    I know the pic sucks, but its a black wire with gold crimp conn at each end...looks like a ground or something to me..I dunno
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  2. tRustyK5

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    That's not a ground wire, that's an optical fibre that goes to the side of the ashtray so you can find it in the dark. The end of the optical fibre provides a dim glow...

    If you look around some you'll probably find a rather long post on dim dash lights, should have a ton of good info for you there.

    Rene
     
  3. 88jimmy4x4

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    Thanks, I see where it plugs in now.....thanks for the quick reply.

    BTW.....I read the dash light thread...thats why I had the dash out to fix the dim lights /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Ok, so I took my dash apart, but I cant figure out how to get the speedo out... The guages are stuck in the dash because I cant seem to figure out how to get at it. GRRRRR
     
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    On the back side of the cluster you'll be able to feel where the cable comes into the back of the speedo. On the underside of the cable there is a springy type of clip that acts like a barb to hold the cable in. Push it towards the cluster while tugging on the cable.

    Install, just push the cable in while wiggling a little. The spring thing will lock in automatically.

    Once you have it off and out it'll make a whole bunch more sense /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

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    Ok, so I took my dash apart, but I cant figure out how to get the speedo out... The guages are stuck in the dash because I cant seem to figure out how to get at it. GRRRRR

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    LOL...I went thru the same thing....like trusty said, theres a spring clip holding the speedo cable in, push it down while pulling the cable out.

    This was definately a bloody knuckle job, I sliced my finger, scraped skin off forearm getting to stereo antennae and ripped skin off my knuckles /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

    However, my dash lights are bright as hell now...I love it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    This was definately a bloody knuckle job, I sliced my finger, scraped skin off forearm getting to stereo antennae and ripped skin off my knuckles

    However, my dash lights are bright as hell now...I love it

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    After you've had the dash apart 8 or 10 times it's a lot easier and less bloody...

    Rene
     
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    BTW....I plugged in that little optical fiber wire into the ashtray.....just lemme say this, I have seen fireflys butts light up brighter /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Yup, dimmer than a blonde news anchor...yet it's just bright enough that you can find the ashtray in the dark. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Rene
     

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