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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 6th, 02, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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it all started when i touched my gauges (both working and wired - oil pressure and temp - just not in the dash) to the metal dash of my 67 camaro. the contact created a lot of sparks behind my dash and caused the loss of the turn signals and one side of my tail lights to stop working. i do still have hazard lights and they do flash. any ideas what i could do to fix this problem? it sounds like it could be some kind of ground problem because it happened when i touched the guages to the metal, but what do i do now? any ideas would be helpful.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 6th, 02, 08:51 PM
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I had a similar problem but did not lose any lights. It turned out that the coil which is wrapped around the temp gage wire contacted one of the fuse anchors. Your situation sounds a little different though. I would follow the gauge wire and see if there is any burns. Then check fuse a go from there.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 8th, 02, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for your help, i'll start there. it turns out that the tail lights just happen to go out at a simular time but has no conection to the sparks and no turn signals.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 8th, 02, 11:04 AM
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If the terminals on the back of the gauges are what touched and caused the sparks that is where the short was. It's a very good idea to disconnect the pos term of the battery when working under and around the dash if wiring is involved. Sometimes you need it hooked up to trouble shoot but it's safest to disconnect it... You've been given good advice to check the wiring and fuses before going further...

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 9th, 02, 08:27 AM
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Be very careful It's darn near impossible to put that smoke back into those wires once it leaks out! I know!!!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 9th, 02, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for the help Milan... i guess in hindsight it would have been easier to keep that darn smoke in the wires to begin with i'll let you guy know what happens.
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