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Old 07-03-2016, 11:04 PM
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Ok, definitely sounds like I've got some tidying up to do.
Hopefully finding the short doesn't take too long.
I probably should have pulled all this apart when I got the car but since everything worked I didn't bother.
Lesson learned I think.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:12 AM
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How do I get the gauges out.
Is it just a twist and pull the bezel off and I'd say there's screws behind.
My bezels don't budge.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:38 AM
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Firm grip on the bezel and wiggle them while pulling straight out. I had a wire on the ignition switch that was pointing down and on some occasion when I turned the key it would touch the metal and short out. I pulled the switch and turned it to the side and I no longer have that issue.
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:34 AM
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Excellent, thanks mate. I did recently have the ignition switch out so that'll be worth checking.
Cheers Chris.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:35 PM
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Ok, I have the dash out and have begun to tidy up the wiring, quite messy behind there.
One concern I've come across though is my clock. It had stopped working which was fine but I noticed it started again when I loosened it out of the dash. Which may not seem to strange but the negative battery terminal was disconnected at the time so it shouldn't be going.
Any thoughts.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:47 PM
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The clocks are run by a spring. If the spring is wound they will still work whether or not there's power. Once the spring is unwound if there's no power they will stop. Yours must've been stuck and moving it freed it up.

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Ok, Thanks again. Nothing to be worried about then.
Cheers Chris.
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No worries, it's not haunted.

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Old 07-05-2016, 10:29 PM
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Haha, the car or the clock because I'm starting to think that the car could be debatable.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:21 PM
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The old clocks run on what is called a "clock spring" Basically there are a set of points, much like ignition points, inside the clock. Whenever the points close, it puts voltage to a coil, which acts as a magnetic field, and forces the points to open, against the tension of the clock spring. As the clock runs, the spring pulls the points together and the cycle repeats.
Okay, bottom line...If the clock keeps stopping, the points are probably corroded, again much like the ignition points get pitted. Take the clock apart and clean the points. Many times this will keep the clock running.
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