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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:16 PM
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Three finger salute

At least that's what I'm calling it.

I was driving down the highway yesterday enjoying a light snowfall when all of a sudden my tach stopped working, my wipers stopped (in the vertical position of course) and she threw a check engine code, all at once.

After I got over the amusement, and managed to make it to my ext without too much trouble and at a stop light tried to pull the wiper fuse but it was in damn tight. But when I looked up my wipers were down. So at least no more odd stares

I parked it and a few hours later when I got in, the tach worked! So I pushed my luck and ran the wipers and they worked....for a few swipes before stopping.

I only got time to look at it this evening, and the code was 68 - Road speed sensor. The fuse was a bitch to pull due to being deformed from heat. But once I replaced the fuse everything was back to normal. Hoping it will hold up.

Anyway, figured I'd share. I hadn't experienced or heard of this one before.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:23 PM
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The d90 because the evening before the ignition (toggle) switch on the series failed and I couldn't be arsed to open the hood to stop and start it in the snow. Fixed that this evening though.

I will check connections but don't think that's it.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Yeah I'd normally agree, but fixed by replacing a bad fuse? Sounds more like karma
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:39 PM
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I had a similar issue where the heater would continue to run after the truck was turned off. Replacing the headlight fuse fixed it.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:48 PM
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:50 PM
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I need to research what wards off Puerto Rican curses.
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I need to research what wards off Puerto Rican curses.
Is it possible he also cut your brake lines?
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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:09 PM
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I will add this to my pre-flight checklist, thanks.
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Fuses just do not blow with out a cause. They certainly do not heat up unless they are the wrong size. As always I would start checking the grounds. Did any of the wiring get wet while driving in the snow?
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Curious... So the fuse was/is replaced, are you leaving it at that until it happens again or are you going to try and track it down?
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Fuses just do not blow with out a cause. They certainly do not heat up unless they are the wrong size. As always I would start checking the grounds. Did any of the wiring get wet while driving in the snow?
Very true. I remember a customer bringing in her MGB a couple weeks after it was constantly popping a fuse. When it happened, she placed one of the proper 35 amp spares in and started it up and it popped. She then put the last spare (regular customer so we always made sure that the two spare fuse slots were filled) in and drove it and it popped again. Her solution? Drove to the local VatoZone where they sold her a 60 amp. I have never touched anything that was so hot in my life. She had a bad body ground and the regulator in the alternator was putting out WAY too much juice.
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Its not like that 90 hasn't been through some alternators.....
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Old March 19th, 2014, 08:34 AM
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Wet? Yes it snows lightly inside my truck (comes in through the corner gap on the header with my tickford). My feet get set often too, but not yesterday.

Yes I plan to just put progressively bigger fuses in until it stops popping.

Lol, no in all seriousness, I think I know what happened so I will be driving it with a standard 15A fuse again to see how it behaves before digging further.

What happened was this. It snowed the night before so in the morning I fired it up to warm it up and proceeded to do some shoveling and then clear snow and ice off the truck. As the windshield was finally warming and I was scraping the ice off it, one of the wipers moved! So I had not noticed the wipers had been left on the night before. I shut them off and finished up and drive to work and they worked fine so thought nothing of it, but I bet the damage to the fuse occurred while it was trying to operate with the loads stuck to the glass. Why the fuse didn't just blow I don't know. I didn't take a picture but the fuse had swelled and deformed and was a bitch to remove.

I was more surprised by the relationship to the tach.

Oh, and I still think voodoo is to blame.
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Extensive testing over the last few weeks has validated my suspicions that it was just a fuse that wouldn't blow when under the load of frozen wipers. No issues after many continuous hours of use.
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I had the same fuse blow when my wipers were frozen to the windshield as well. Lost wipers and tach. Replaced fuse and all good. I my case I think it was just like yours, the load from the stuck wiper caused the fuse to pop.
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I need to research what wards off Puerto Rican curses.
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Is it possible he also cut your brake lines?
Shit... you fuckers are now blaming me for Lucas shitty engineering.

Dam work... I barely have time to eat and now I have to be on the lookout from you guys.
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Hehe. Those statement were all made when we were in the midst of "operation fro" to try keep you thinking I have screwed you.

Craig nice to know. Mine obviously blew but it was all swelled up too which concerned me, and the fact it took out the tach as well seemed very odd. Nice to know it's probably just the way that circuit is wired.
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Hehe. Those statement were all made when we were in the midst of "operation fro" to try keep you thinking I have screwed you.

Craig nice to know. Mine obviously blew but it was all swelled up too which concerned me, and the fact it took out the tach as well seemed very odd. Nice to know it's probably just the way that circuit is wired.
LOL

I didn't pay attention to the date... now it makes sense. haha
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