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Old 04-20-2003, 05:04 PM
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alternator charging lamp dash circuit on 83 300td

I've been repairing burnt tracks on the circuit board behind the instrument guages and in trying to fault find a root cause have come accross a problem with the alternator charging lamp circuit.

The haynes manual shows the alternator dash lam circuit coming in on pin #7 of the 15 pin connector that goes in the back of the panel. I have a blue wire in that pin #7. However, the wiring loom has a blue/brown wire with a bulb socket on the end and this thing was in the socket for the alternator warning lamp. I checked the alternator and it has the same blue/brown wire.

Theproblem is that the bulb socket attached to the wire just lays loose in the hole in the circuit board - ther eis no firm electrical connection - seems that something is missing.

If I simply remove one of the indicator lamps from the dashboard and plug that into the alternator warning lamp socket, then the light comes on when I key on {engine does not run so I can't tell if it goes out ot not when I start}

So problem is :
1. I have a mystery 'blue' wire attached to my pin#7
2. I have a blue/brown wire that comes from alternator to a bulb socket that can't seat positively in the instrument panel.

The haynes manual refers to a blue/brown wire but going to pin#7.


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Old 04-21-2003, 03:25 PM
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Seems I got the colours wrong. I have a blue wire to pin #7 - and also a blue wire from alternator - so that seems to be by the book.

I have a blue/black wire to pin #6 - yet haynes seems to think that 83 300TD should have Blue/Red.

My blue/red wire is wired directly to a 'bulb holder' that was lying in the alternator warning lamp socket

Sorry about my mis-information.

So my question is :- where shopudl my blue/red wire with bulb attached go?

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