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Re: Installing my VDO gauges...woe is to me! :) (l (archive)

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Posted by Bob ///M3 on October 03, 2000 at 17:24:35:

In Reply to: Installing my VDO gauges...woe is to me! :) (long) posted by '98M on October 03, 2000 at 15:57:53:

John, the petroleum jelly should melt from its somewhat solid form very quickly. The temperature guage should show movement above 100 degrees F after about five minutes or so of operation. If you have given it ten minutes or longer and the needle doesn't move at all from the left side "off" position there is a problem. I'm assuming you have the pressure sensor wired correctly back to the oil pressure gauge...have you checked yor work? The plug most likely pulled out of the rear of the pressure gauge's receptacle.

As for the voltmeter, it sounds like the plug has definetly pulled out of the voltmeter's receptacle on the back of the meter. The reason I say this is because you know you have voltage because the lights are okay and the voltage for the lights are from the exact same wiring harness as what goes to the voltmeter's movement! Check the plug on the rear of the voltmeter...

I expect you'll fine that both plugs have been pulled out. If so, take some automotive two-sided tape or something similar and after re-plugging them tape the plug, meter receptacle and the back of the mounting bracket for each gauge so it doesn't happen again. These plugs/receptacles don't seem to have a solid "click" type seating where they can't back out and with all the wiring behind the gauge panel they could be tensioned out fairly easy. Don't for get to use plenty of ty-raps to help eliminate other wires applying tension or pressure on those plugs.

Next time check to be sure your the gauges are working before clipping the gauge panel into place assuming you didn't the first time.

BTW, to remove the gauge panel you'll need a feeler gauge (the type that's turned upward on the outward last one third) about .030" thick to stick between the top of the gauge panel and under the OBC so you can push back on the little tab lock under the OBC so it can be removed.

Bob ///M3





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