You were right on the money about the voltage regulator...$43 bucks at
the dealer, and I was able to replace it myself in about 30 minutes.
I now have my fuel gauge and temp gauge working again.
But it always seems like 3 steps forward, 2 steps back with my truck
lately...I noticed that the very center of my instrument cluster is no
longer illuminated...right behind the fuel gauge. I have an
illuminated tach and an illuminated speedo, but the center part of the
dash is dark. Any ideas? Is this a fuse or a replaceable (I hope)
Just out of curiousity, what are the specs of this Nissan Voltage
regulator? Is it just a 12V DC regulator? If so, a 3-terminal linear
voltage regulator which can handle around 1 ampere should only cost
around $1 from an electronics supplier. $43 sounds like a rip off,
but I guess that's what the dealers charge ...
Re: your bulb problem -- they are all replaceable bulbs. They are in
little bayonette type sockets that are on the back of the dashboard
pcb. Just give it a 1/4 twist. You can test for a dead bulb by
swapping from one position to another. On my '87 truck, some of the
bulbs are real oddball types, like for 'low washer fluid'. I think it
was a #72, or something. I look EVERYWHERE for it. Finally I gave up
and had to go to the dealer --> $6 each!!!!! Ouch. The ones behind
the instrument cluster should be easier to find in an auto parts
On 12 Sep 2003 18:12:46 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (D. Fox) wrote:
Sheesh, I wish someone had mentioned that electronic supply places
carry Nissan dash voltage regulators...I never would have gone to the
dealer in the first place. I tried the local auto parts places first,
and no one had anything close to what I needed...first dealership
quoted me $45 bucks for it, but they were out of stock and would have
to order it...second dealership had one in stock, and the quote for it
was $43, which, to me, was far better a deal than having to take it
and get screwed over labor costs by dealer mechanics who probably
would have taken two hours to complete this 20-minute job.
Just curious - a brief google search through online electronic
suppliers looking for this voltage regulator turned up nothing for
me...do you actually have a source you use for these types of auto
electronic parts that you could share?
Thanks for the info on the bulbs...will be looking at this after work
I didn't mean to imply you can just go to an electronics supplier and
ask for a "Nissan voltage regulator". You would have to actually know
the specifications of the voltage regulator. There are a gazillion+
types. Really, you would need some knowledge of electronics to
ascertain the function and suitabilty of a (somewhat) generic
substitute part. I don't have direct knowledge of what this regulator
on the instrument cluster requires. I was merely conjecturing that
*if* this is simply a 12 V positive regulator with three terminals,
could it not be replaced with something like a 7812? However, I don't
know this for a fact.
Sorry for the confusion. All things considered, your $45 was probably
On 15 Sep 2003 06:08:56 -0700, email@example.com (D. Fox) wrote:
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