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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 09, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Tach trouble

I put a OER tic toc tach in about a year ago,car has an HEI in it. I never had any problems so I did not install a filter. I go to the start car and the tach won't go above 1500 rpm's. Hooked up an old tach I had laying around and its fine. Does this sound like a filter issue or do you think my tach is toast? Can it be repaired?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 09, 06:44 PM
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Re: Tach trouble

I suspect the tach is toast. What I *think* happens to them is that a rectifier diode on the input breaks down and eventually fails. You might try the tach filter and see if that helps. The good news is the filter is cheap and easy to make.

IMHO, it's bettery to try the tach filter instead of suffering the fate of a failed tach. The filter dampens the energy from the coil, so if it works at all, it's better for the tach. Trouble is, the OEM and OER tachs are not precision instruments and are essentially tuned to the type of ignition they're built for (typically breaker points).

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