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Postby moldham09 - September 16th, 2010, 4:23 pm

So i was driving along the other day and my whole instrument panel died along with my radio and power mirrors
i thought it was the fuse so i went and checked found out it was #7
went to replace the fuse and it blew two new ones immediately
Im thinking that it is a short but i dont know where it could be at?
Im sussposed to go camping with my E on tues and dont really have the $$ to throw it in the shop.
Any help is greatly appreciated

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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby jpark - September 16th, 2010, 4:41 pm

Do you have a factory sound system, or an aftermarket system?

If it's an aftermarket system, my guess is that someone installed it with exposed or pinched wiring somewhere.
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby tang - September 16th, 2010, 5:03 pm

Oh weird, haha... the needles are pointing the same direction. I guess preliminary info like what jpark has asked is pretty relevant...
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby moldham09 - September 16th, 2010, 8:32 pm

It is a aftermarket stereo system, and i thought that might have been a problem. So I went in and disconnected the wiring harness to the radio so now it is attached to nothing and that didnt solve the problem. :worry:
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby NormH3 - September 17th, 2010, 8:34 am

to find a short, you almost have to disconnect one device at a time. of course you could always jumoer across the fuse and look for the smoke :) (not advised)
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby C17chief - September 17th, 2010, 9:32 am

NormH3 wrote:to find a short, you almost have to disconnect one device at a time. of course you could always jumoer across the fuse and look for the smoke :) (not advised)



def not recomended as you could potentially take out more stuff with it resulting in more costly part replacements instead of just wiring repair. Only good way is shooting wires with a multimeter, but that can be pretty time consuming not to mention beyond a lot of people's ability if they dont know how to propperly read schematics and use a multimeter to ohm out wires and such. Jump it till it smokes could be a big shortcut, but could also be a big backfire just as easily.
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby jpark - September 17th, 2010, 9:39 am

I thought this might be an aftermarket installation problem.

My guess is that your short is somewhere between the connector and however the connector wiring was spliced into the factory wiring.

Take out the head unit, disconnect the connector, and look at how each wire is connected to that connector. I'm sure you'll find the problem.
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby moldham09 - September 17th, 2010, 10:27 am

C17chief wrote:
NormH3 wrote:to find a short, you almost have to disconnect one device at a time. of course you could always jumoer across the fuse and look for the smoke :) (not advised)



def not recomended as you could potentially take out more stuff with it resulting in more costly part replacements instead of just wiring repair. Only good way is shooting wires with a multimeter, but that can be pretty time consuming not to mention beyond a lot of people's ability if they dont know how to propperly read schematics and use a multimeter to ohm out wires and such. Jump it till it smokes could be a big shortcut, but could also be a big backfire just as easily.


thanks norm but id rather not break anything else :(

and chief, iv already started with my multi. Im actually pursuing a degree in electrical engineering so wiring and schematics are not a problem for me. thanks for the tip
jpark wrote:I thought this might be an aftermarket installation problem.

My guess is that your short is somewhere between the connector and however the connector wiring was spliced into the factory wiring.

Take out the head unit, disconnect the connector, and look at how each wire is connected to that connector. I'm sure you'll find the problem.

I went back in and checked the wiring and saw a few wires that were slightly exposed so im thinking that they might of touched and caused a spark causing the fuse to blow.
Im now off to autozone to grab another handful of 10A mini fuses
thanks for the help so far y'all. :)
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby NormH3 - September 17th, 2010, 10:38 am

if you wanted to verify the fix before blowing more fuses, you could check between the cold side of the fuse holder (fuse removed of course) and ground with your multi meter to see if the short still exists. Good luck with your studies.
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Re: Instrument panel dead

Postby NormH3 - September 17th, 2010, 10:39 am

C17chief wrote:
NormH3 wrote:to find a short, you almost have to disconnect one device at a time. of course you could always jumoer across the fuse and look for the smoke :) (not advised)



def not recomended as you could potentially take out more stuff with it resulting in more costly part replacements instead of just wiring repair. Only good way is shooting wires with a multimeter, but that can be pretty time consuming not to mention beyond a lot of people's ability if they dont know how to propperly read schematics and use a multimeter to ohm out wires and such. Jump it till it smokes could be a big shortcut, but could also be a big backfire just as easily.


it was a tongue in cheek comment as indicated by the happy face.
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