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Old September 30th, 2012, 04:39 PM
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Today I discovered my taillight works. Yea!
I checked the wires on oil gauge per Bill and checked color at sensor.
I have a green at sensor and it runs to the S. on + I have white.
On the ground I have a black that also is jumped from the light. This is the way it was previously. Do you think I should use one wire for gauge ground?

As to temp, ligh is on and gauge is not registering anything. It is plugged into the existing sender. I have not had luck getting the vdo sender. Will his make a difference?

I'm getting closer. Thanks for the help.

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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:38 PM
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In pic one, the white wire at the bottom center is connected to the case ground tab. You should have a black ground wire there.
As it is, only the light is grounded, so that's all that works.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:43 PM
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sorry, I should have pointed out that I only bought a length of white wire. that wire in pic one is connected to black ground line that includes the ground from the light.



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In pic one, the white wire at the bottom center is connected to the case ground tab. You should have a black ground wire there.
As it is, only the light is grounded, so that's all that works.
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sorry, I should have pointed out that I only bought a length of white wire. that wire in pic one is connected to black ground line that includes the ground from the light.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Old September 30th, 2012, 06:34 PM
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sorry, I should have pointed out that I only bought a length of white wire. that wire in pic one is connected to black ground line that includes the ground from the light.
PLEASE STOP.

You really should undo that and get black wire. Things are going to get EXTREMELY confusing if you start mixing colors willy-nilly... especially White (which means switched power) and Black (which means ground!). While you are at the auto parts place PLEASE buy a cheapo multimeter. You will need it now and in the future, and even the cheap ones are close enough for what you are doing.

It's a very helpful group here, but when you start making very poor decisions that are hampering people to help you, it's just going to end up in your lap with no working dash.

Also to answer another question, the factory and VDO senders are not compatible. So if you try and use a factory sender with a VDO gauge it isn't going to work right.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 06:45 PM
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Thanks. I thought that was the case from everything i've read. Unfortunately there doesnt seem to be a sender available anywhere at the moment. Backordered.

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PLEASE STOP.


Also to answer another question, the factory and VDO senders are not compatible. So if you try and use a factory sender with a VDO gauge it isn't going to work right.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Got a vdo sender for he temp gauge. Installed it. Let engine run. Gauge works.
BUT, when I turn on the lights the reading jumps about 40 degrees. Turn lights offhand temp drops.
Hmmm. Back to troubleshoot.

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Thanks. I thought that was the case from everything i've read. Unfortunately there doesnt seem to be a sender available anywhere at the moment. Backordered.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 05:28 PM
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Start by removing the lamp wire from the gauge and see if it still does it.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 05:55 PM
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That's where I was going. As well as ground. Had to put it back together so I could drive to Maryland. I'll get back in Tuesday.
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Start by removing the lamp wire from the gauge and see if it still does it.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 09:24 AM
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So I'm back. Drove down to Maryland on Thursday. Picked up a set of rims from Dan. Thanks Dan. They will be stripped and powdered in Brooklyn.

Temp gauge move when car warmed up. Did not react at all from lights being on or off and sat at about 170-5 the whole trip.
On the way back the gauge went to its "normal" location and also did not react to lights. But, it did fluctuate between the 170-5 mark and about 120-130 without any obvious outside influence, same speed, outside temp, rpm's etc.

What I can say for sure is that its really a pleasure to see the gauges when driving at night, even the non-working oil. hope to get at that this weekend.
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