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Old 10-30-2002, 22:15   #1 (permalink)
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NA Fairlane Dash lights blinking

A mates NA Fairlane is having problems with its dash lights and radio, seems when various accessories are turned on, the dashborad lights flash and his radio dies, needing the PIN to be re-entered. Now I don't know the exact sequence and what does what but it does sound like a bad earth somewhere, anyone had this problem?

2 things have happend to the car, new batttery so possibly a wire missing or broken here and front headlight/indicator replaced.

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:56   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe 2 wires touching and shorting?? sorry cant really say
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Old 11-01-2002, 00:31   #3 (permalink)
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Check for bad earth, here's how:

You need to do a 'voltage drop' test to the battery negative from the engine to the battery, the engine to the frame, the frame to the body and the body to the engine. To run this test, you need a voltmeter that will read accurately to tenths of a volt. The readings are taken by putting the 'black test lead on the battery negative post' and touching the 'red lead' to the engine, frame and body. The reading should not read over 'one tenth of one volt' with the engine running and the lights turned on. Any reading higher than this will indicate a 'bad earth'

If you haven't got a digital multimeter, buy one, you will always be using it if you do your own repairs.. You can get a good cheap one for around $20.
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Excellent, thanks for the rundown TopGhia, I understand what you are saying here and will give it a go, just got to get my mate to buy me a multimeter as well as a carton now :)

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Old 11-03-2002, 04:55   #6 (permalink)
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I had my dash lights on the NA play up, i just belted the top of the dashboard over the instrument cluster and the flashin stopped haha.
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