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Voltage meter reads zero with no dash lights working but on and engine has high rpm

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And you feel the indications are not correct? If so you need to remove the cluster from the truck and have it rebuilt. Google "GM cluster repairs" and lots of places will come up, take your choice by cost and speed of repair.

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SOURCE: nothing works on dash board no lights or rpm speed odometer

check the fuses?

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: 98 expedition battery light comes on with increase of rpm

There may be no loss of voltage, but is there a surge of voltage?

As for the battery itself when tested, it should read 12-12.5Volts across the
leads when the car is off. When the car is running, the battery should be reading 13-14Volts across the leads, anything lower means the alternator is not charging your battery, anything higher means the alternator is over charging and damaging your battery.

Another cause for the battery light could be your ECU has detected an error

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

Testimonial: "thanks, haven't seen a alternator discharge light go on and off, normally it's either worked or didn't"

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you will get some funny answers from some of these "experts " The symptoms suggest to me with out much doubt that the regulator is not doing its job correctly ,consistently.Iwould take it to an AUTO ELECTRICIAN and get it tested in situ.... there is only 4 things it can be , wireing ---battery---alternator-----regulator and of those the reg. is the only one that chops and changes. it will cost little for a sparky to check the reg ,. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE OUTCOME

Posted on Oct 22, 2009

SOURCE: engine stops after rpm meter drops at once to zero

The fact that the engine dies without warning and that the effect is intermittent indicates that the problem is electrical and that it is most likely a break of some kind. Start from the top and look at the main fuse and the main relay and then the fuel pump relay (sometimes the two are on the same board in the same relay unit). Really inspect these thoroughly and check the solder joints, sometimes you can get an annular crack running around a pin and it will not break the circuit until vibration or high temperature causes the crack to open briefly. When you switch the car on these relays should give a healthy click. Most electrical problems can be found with a wiggle or a tap; wiggle the wires, that is, and tap the device they connect to. A short in the MAF (air density unit) should not necessarily cause the engine to die but maybe to change its idling characteristics. Unplug it whilst the engine is running to see its effect, in fact most devices may be unplugged to check their effect without doing any long term harm. Remove any foam that could interfere with its operation. Spray clean it with electrical spray cleaner (zero residue spray) but do not touch! Do not use carb. cleaner spray as it is too aggressive. 1) Check all the electrical things the ECU takes signals from in order to run the engine: throttle position sensor, idle speed control, Intake air temperature, manifold absolute pressure, engine temperature sensor. crank position sensor, cam position sensor 2) Check electrics, coil (bad to diagnose if intermittent) low tension, high tension distribution, plug leads and plugs, hall effect sensor. 3) Check air: check that all vacuum pipes making any kind of connection with the inlet manifold are air tight with no cracks or loose joints. If you have evaporation emission control make sure that the purge and vent valves close and open when they should. If you have Exhaust gas recirculation check that the valve opens and closes and that all feed ports to it are free and clear of carbon build up. 4) Now check fuel system: pre-pump, main pump, fuel filter, fuel pressure regulator, injectors

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

Testimonial: "Most of what you wrote has been done I assumed it also to be electrical fuel pump relay new and checked again and my technician has checked the various other electrical items he also tells me that nex time if it happens again i should unplug the MAF (air density unit) to see waht happens. On the other hand he has tesed the device and is passed the test without problems but it is good to know that a short circuit in teh MAF cannot cause symptomes i have other suggestions are welcome jeroen"

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the dash panel has a printed circuit board incorperating the led lights,you will need to replace it.....if you havnt tried turning up the rheostat next to the headlight leveler control please do so..

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I have a 2007 Dodge Ram 35004x4 6.7 cummins and every time I hit a bump on the road all the lights on my dash pop up could anyone explain this

Sounds like a classic loose / poor connection issue. This can be a real problem to locate due to the cabling and difficulty seeing up under the dash. You'll need to find the point that is common too ALL affected lamps (be sure to determine if dome / map reading / courtesy / etc. lamps are in the same mix as the dash lights).

Please read the last paragraph FULLY before attempting!

A quick shortcut to solve 1/2 the troubleshooting is the locate a ground wire common to the circuit. It is best to probe w/ a test lamp clipped to 12VDC + and the probe tip to search for a ground in the circuit. One you find a ground, grab a multimeter and set it for DC volts and a range higher than 15 volts. We're looking to see zero volts when you press one probe to ground and the other to the suspected ground wire. If that's what you read, remove the probes from the wire and switch the meter to ohms at the "X1" (or lowest) scale. Touch the probes and adjust (if equipped) for a zero the resistance in Ohms reading - if no adjustment is possible, note the displayed value or needle position - this is the meter's "zero" Ohms value / position. Next, touch one probe to good ground and the other to the wire in question. We're looking for a very low value here. 0 - 4 Ohms (if you were able to zero the meter; or one 0 - 4 ohms higher than you read when trying to zero the meter. Continue probing for voltages and confirming with a resistance check until you find a wire with a low ohm value. If you can't find one, try banging on the dashboard sharply to simulate a bump in the road while watching the meter. If the ohm value drops - you're likely on a ground wire. To be sure - follow it back to either ground or the 12VDC (-) post. If you're certain that the wire in question goes to ground or the 12VDC (-) post - continue. Otherwise, you should stop.

Next, run a NEW wire (the same size or larger as the one you found) from a "good" ground or the (-) post of the battery and connect it to this wire you found. This will provide a new, solid (alternate) path to ground so that the original path doesn't matter if it as a good or lousy connection. The problem should be solved at this point. If you found a very low resistance value and couldn't get it any lower by banging the dash - the problem is likely to be on the 12 + side of the circuit. Start at the variable dimmer switch and work backward if bad - or forward (to the dash) if good.

The *best* and recommended way to do this is by using the vehicle wiring schematic in conjunction with the meter. Vehicle computers change voltages and high speed data buss wiring can play tricks on meters. You do not want to "tie" a data cable that looks like a poor ground to a good ground. Damage to the computer can result and end up costing you significantly more than the original repair cost of a loose wire.

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Low Beams keep burning out! Sometime both sides. I replaced approx. 6 bulbs in the past 3 months. All other lights are working fine. No short indicated. 2002 Toyota RAV4

Hmm, That is rather whacky.

You'll need 2 (two) people, probably, unless you have a Volt-Ohm meter with really long leads.

Attach VOM (20v range DC across low beam circuit (ex: pull the bulb out and push the probes into the low beam slots). Start vehicle. Note voltage. Should be somewhere between 13.5 and 14.4 Volts DC. (If you read neg voltage, you've got the leads reversed!!!). If too high, voltage regulator may be shot.

Have someone rev the engine to, say, 3500 RPM. Measure voltage at that RPM to see if still in nominal (<14.5 VDC) range. This could also indicate faulty voltage regulator.

return everything to normal.

Oh, one other by-the-by: You're not using those HID look-a-like bulbs sold at auto parts stores, are you? They are notoriously cheap and have notoriously short lives.

Good luck.

Start vehicle, turn on low beams. with Volt-Ohm meter (VOM), m

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