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Hi all, as the title suggests I'm having some issues where every time I install my lower dash panel, turn the key on I've got something burning.
Doesn't do it without the lower panel which may be why when I purchased the car the lower panel was on the back seat.
Now I can't see anything from underneath so the last option now is to remove the gauge cluster.
Is it just a matter of undoing the 8 or so speed nuts and pulling forward or will it be easier to remove a gauge for better access.
I know I'm going to rip my hands apart doing it but I don't have any other options.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:37 PM
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It's easier to remove the nuts with the gauges out. You're still going to cut up your hands but not quite as much.

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Old 07-03-2016, 08:29 PM
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Thanks John, let the pain begin.
One step forward and two steps back with this car.
Cheers Chris.
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It doesn't make sense that it would only happen with the lower dash piece in place. It shouldn't be anywhere near any wires. Maybe one of the screws is going in too far and touching something. Try installing it with just one or two screws in and see if it still happens. The only wires are probably around the steering column.

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Haha exactly John. It's not making any sense to me either.
Obviously something isn't right somewhere, the previous owner by the looks of it has really just stuffed a lot of the wires back without fixing them correctly to there mounting points.
Something isn't adding up, I can't see it touching anywhere but it must be somewhere.
I've figured the best way to sort this out once and for all is to check and totally clean up all the wiring harness and go from there.
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It's a good idea to get everything organized and dressed up, especially with no fuse box. The wires on the headlight switch are especially susceptible to touching something and shorting out.

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Funny you mentioned that, I've just noticed that it's when I turn my headlights on, something is burning.
I can't see anything from underneath so a bit of digging and organizing is definitely required.
I've obviously disrupted something when installing the panel as I needed to push some wires up and away from the small breakers.
No issues a week ago but nothing is surprising anymore.
I take it the headlights have a heavy wire running up top somewhere so I'll poke around and see what I can see.
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Maybe you disturbed the wires that go down to the dimmer switch. I think they are around where the lower dash panel bolts near the kick panel.

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Could quite easily be.
I'll follow them up underneath the dash and check.
Will a stray wire touching one of the small breakers have a similar effect?
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Anything touching one of the breakers would most likely spark. It sounds like you have a dead short somewhere.

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