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Old 06-22-2000, 09:43 PM
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Well, it started out with a suspect temperature gauge sender and now it has expanded into the whole instrument panel and turn signal and brake lights not functioning.
Also, the usual buzz...buzzz sound for the seatbelt reminder is not working either.

Last time everything seemed to work (except for the temp gauge) was when I filled up the tank earlier today.
The fuel gauge acted kindof funny, registering up to only half but when I pulled out of the station and drove off the needle shot up to the full level...
Went home and parked the car.
Couple of hours later wife used the car and noticed from the beginning the following wasn't working....

Entire intrument panel dead.
No turn signals.
No brake lights.

High beams work.
Headlights are working.
Emergency flashers are working.
Climate control works.
Radio and antennae is fine.
Power sunroof is working.
Glow plug light functions normally and the engine starts up and runs fine.

Any ideas ?

I checked the fuse box and all are fine.'
I should check them more carefully by removing them, just in case.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-22-2000, 10:21 PM
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You have a fuse out...Even if they look good, replace them all. I have fixed so many cars with this. Just trust me and do it. You can spray some contact cleaner on the terminals while there.

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Old 06-23-2000, 01:58 AM
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Thanks, Benzmac -

First thing in the morning I will start with two specific 8-amp fuses (can't remember the numbers) and move on to the others.

Good thing I have plenty of spares on hand.

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Old 06-23-2000, 03:14 PM
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Dear Benzmac -

Couldn't wait till the morning so went out to the car last night armed with a flashlight.
The first fuse I checked, #12, was broken.
One end of it had fused onto the terminal and broke off. Not visible if you're just staring down into the fuse panel.
Not sure what caused it, or maybe it's from old age.
Anyway, car is back to normal.

Thanks and take care.

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Old 09-06-2002, 11:07 AM
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VA300SD,

Today, I have the same problem you described. I will follow BenzMac's advice and see if it works.

This BB is fantastic!!

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Old 09-07-2002, 11:39 AM
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Benzmac,

Top Notch!! I replaced fuse 12 today and everything came back to life. My fuse burned on the end too and still "looked" good. I replaced all the fuses for good measure.

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