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.
On 19 Oct 2004 13:59:18 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (ant)
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.
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
On 20 Oct 2004 10:21:06 -0700, email@example.com (ant)
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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