Several small problems with 93 escort..

1. engine temp gauge acting screwy- registers nothing, until engine is warm. then only registers when coasting or accelerating very lightly (like going downhill).
2. inboard lights dont work. all fuses good. when headlights are on, dashboard/radio/AC lights dont turn on. warning lights and indicator lights in dashboard still work.
3. rear wiper won't turn off. i had to pull the fuse to make it stop.
any ideas? i dont know where to start. manual i have doesnt say anything about these kinds of problems.
thanks, anthony
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On 19 Oct 2004 13:59:18 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@electricant.net (ant) wrote:

Sounds like possibly a broken wire somewhere. My Pontiac Transport used to register extreme oil pressure on decell - there was a broken ground wire that was supposed to connect to the engine block. Sometimes it did, but when it didn't, the guage read high.

Do your tail lights work? If so, check dash lamp fuse. If not check tail lamp fuse. If fuses OK, have you checked the instrument lamp dimmer? The car does have a dimmer, and it can be accidentally turned off - or it can burn out.

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snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote in message

all fuses good, tail lights good, and dimmer on (i know, i hoped that was the problem too when it started..)
what do you mean the dimmer can 'burn out'. are you saying the switch (a variable resistor, i suppose) can somehow stop working, and thereby stop current passing to the inboard lights? that would be a nice easy fix.
anthony
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On 20 Oct 2004 10:21:06 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@electricant.net (ant) wrote:

The old cars used to have a variable resistor - most today are transistorized - many of them are actually switch mode supplies, or choppers, while others are variable regulators (linear).
They can and do burn out.
The rheostat type can and do also occaisionally go bad.

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ant wrote:

I think the problem is, you have a 93 escort.......
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What kind of manual do you have? The factory service manual, which will tell you where to start, is available on CD cheaply on eBay.
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