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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-02, 01:54 PM
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Question Need Help - Electronic Cluster Failure

I have a 1989 Ford Thunderbird that is having problems, and would greatly appreciate any input. Perhaps someone can make a low cost recommendation before I bring it to the dealer?

When starting the car, the electronic dash does not come on. The car does start at times, but not at other times. When it does start, there is no power to the electronic dash, except that the brake light is on. Also, during this condition, the directionals will not work, nor do the environmental controls (no fan, a/c, or heater).

I changed out the fuse (#13) in the fuse box, but that wasnt it.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-18-02, 02:55 PM
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Me thinks you are in the wrong forum mate, we dont have Tbirds in Aust.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-02, 09:33 PM
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go back and check your basics..

battery terminals clean and tight, no wires fallen off.

check earth lead connections on battery, block and chassis

check ignition swictch not worn or feeling notching or sloppy.

chek ALL fuses to make sure there not blown (use a test light)

if all that fails,,,,take it to an auto elec!
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Also check that the wiring harness below and on the steering wheel is fully plugged in. ie check all those cables you can see under the dash are correctly plugged together and all the plugs pushed as firmly together as possible.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-02, 05:40 AM
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I've pretty much done the "basics" except for the ignition switch ... I'll give that one a go ... but me thinks ... it may be something else.

I would have hoped the problem would have been obvious, but it is not. <sigh>

Thanks again!
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