::> The 15 Amp fuse is OK. Looks fine, even swapped it out for another. It's
::> fuse 11, "Tail".
::> What can I check before giving in and visiting my mechanic? I've got the
::> owner's manual and the Chilton, but couldn't find anything. Thanks!!!
::Check *ALL* fuses - I've found from experience that the markings, such
::as they are, in the 626 fuse box (mine's an '82) seem to have very
::little, if any, resemblance to what the fuse is actually wired to - The
::fuse labeled "radio" in mine, ferinstance, doesn't connect to anything
::that gets anywhere near the radio - Instead, if my tracing of the wiring
::involved is even a little like accurate, that fuse is wired into the
::wipers, and the hot lead for the radio is wired into the fuse that
::(supposedly...) connects to the brake (not tail/running) lights. Tail
::and dashboard lights on mine are both wired into the same fuse, which
::is, according to the label in the fusebox, supposed to be wired to the
::A/C clutch, but isn't - The fuse that's actually wired to the A/C clutch
::is two positions down from that one.
::In other words, don't rely on that damned label for *ANYTHING* until
::you've verified with a meter that a given fuse actually connects to what
::the label says it does...
:Thanks! I'll check EVERY fuse, and if they all check out I'm taking it
:to my mechanic this afteroon.
I went in and chatted with my mechanic. He couldn't get to it today, but
says bring it in Wednesday morning. I think now the odds are that a bulb
burned out. I assumed that the whole instrument panel wouldn't go dark
from one bulb, but now I bet it's just that. They don't have a separate
bulb behind the tack, the speedometer, etc. do they? I could replace it
myself if I could figure out how to remove/replace the dash. Is it easy
or tough? I do have Chiltons, although as noted in recent post in this
NG, Chiltonns for cars like this is kind of nasty - so many cars it's
hard to find what you need. I think I may give it a try, though. The
weather's improved around here - warmed and stopped raining.