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mrkozzy

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How I damaged my instrument cluster
« on: 17 August 2020, 02:46 AM »
The idea was good.
Put in some fresh, new instrument cluster globes.

The execution was bad.

The pictures below show what happens when I didn't put one of my globe holders back in the correct way. (On the back of the instrument cluster.)

Only one of the 2 diagonally opposite locking pins was in correctly. I didn't realise.

Started the car, tiny puff of smoke and that awful burning electrics smell.

Turned the ignition off immediately and removed the globe and holder, thinking, if I just replace it, the problem will be solved.

Not so.

3 days later and and having charged the battery 3 times, because it kept going flat overnite, I realised I have a battery draining problem.

Pulled the instrument cluster out (again) and found I had also fried part of the circuit board. (look closely at the  picture)

I've replaced the circuit board with another. Now I'll wait until tomorrow to see if my battery drains again.

I really hope thats the end of it.

Lesson learnt............be more "@#%^&*!" careful!
 
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #1 on: 17 August 2020, 04:33 AM »
very frustrating when you think you have done a nice job, and realise you will have to do it all again because you buggered something up or its not working! hope its solved!
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #2 on: 17 August 2020, 05:56 AM »
That sucks, from a simple job to a big task. Look at the positives, the new one has better oil pressure...  ::)
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #3 on: 17 August 2020, 12:41 PM »
9 years ago when I was installing the custom wood veneered instrument panel cover, I unplugged the instrument panel with the battery still connected. Even though the ignition switch was off, the instrument panel started to smoke, and it burned away one of the wire traces.
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #4 on: 17 August 2020, 07:54 PM »
These things happen to all of us.  Don't feel too bad...

hopefully an easy fix...
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #5 on: 20 August 2020, 05:53 PM »
I'm currently in the same boat...the job to do the job to do the job.........
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #6 on: 26 August 2020, 06:57 AM »
I was removing a beautiful Becker radio from my first w116, not realizing it still had power while off, and fried the radio with a giant blue shock of death. Always disconnected the battery no matter what after that.
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Re: How I damaged my instrument cluster
« Reply #7 on: 29 August 2020, 11:12 PM »
Well here's (hopefully) the  final update on what was a rather expensive saga in the end.
After changing over the  faulty circuit board from another instrument panel I had in storage, I decided to send the whole unit away  & have all the other ongoing annoying faults fixed.

It came back after a thorough clean, the trip meter is fixed & now working, and the on again off again clock is fixed and seems to keep time well. All the (new l.e.d) lights are tested and ok.

Its been Back in the dashboard 2 days now and no flat battery so, I hope thats it. The end of my saga.
 



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