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Old Feb 17th, 13, 02:19 PM
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I need to add a ground to my dash cluster. Does it matter which screw I connect the ground wire to? The dash is already installed now, so it would be easier if I could attach it to the one on the far left, which i can get to from the back, without removing the cluster.



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Old Feb 17th, 13, 04:56 PM
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Does not make a difference which one you use.
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Old Feb 17th, 13, 05:03 PM
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Does not make a difference which one you use.

True, but if the ground does't go to the bright light socket it won't work.
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Old Feb 17th, 13, 05:35 PM
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True, but if the ground does't go to the bright light socket it won't work.
Thanks guys. John, it looks like the socket is grounded to the cluster housing by a metal strap, so if I use that far left screw I should be good, correct?

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Old Feb 17th, 13, 05:48 PM
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Thanks guys. John, it looks like the socket is grounded to the cluster housing by a metal strap, so if I use that far left screw I should be good, correct?

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Mike
That metal strap grounds the whole cluster through contact with the dash and center attachment screw. Are you adding a second ground as insurance?
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Old Feb 17th, 13, 06:11 PM
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Mike, here's a picture of my ground strap. It looks like you already may have the strap. Not sure why you want to another? It will ground when the cluster is installed.

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Mike, here's a picture of my ground strap. It looks like you already may have the strap. Not sure why you want to another? It will ground when the cluster is installed.

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That metal strap grounds the whole cluster through contact with the dash and center attachment screw. Are you adding a second ground as insurance?
I guess I'm confused. Yes, I do have that strap already attached and from your help I see how it grounds with the center screw, but in the AIM, there is a seperate ground wire going from the cluster to the pedal assembly. That is what I am trying to add.

Mike
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Old Feb 18th, 13, 05:51 PM
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The center screw that grounds that strap often leads to a faulty ground. Doing what Mike suggests is great insurance to make sure you have a good ground. Well worth the effort IMO.
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Old Feb 19th, 13, 07:27 PM
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I would also recommend the secound ground wire to the firewall! These grounds are famous for causing grief and causing intermitent dash lights. Do it while its apart and add the star washer under the screw head to secure to firewall and never worry again about the dash ground.
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