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Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

I have the 2" gauge set from Auto Meter with Oil pressure, amps and water temp and on the back of each gauge is a red & black wire. I tried to follow the instructions that came with the gauges but have to admit that they make no damn sense to me. Its not because I don't understand them....their illustrations are nothing close to the gauges I have.

Anyway...can someone tell me where I run the red & black wires to coming from the back of the water temp, oil & volt gauges? Thanks.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

What part number and is it a volt gauge or amp gauge? You call it both. One is a no-no. Mechanical or electrical sending units?

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

THanks for the reply. The part # is 2393 and it has oil/AMPS/water temp and they are mechanical. If they are mechanical do I need to hook up the red/black wires for the water temp? I'm guessing I do for the AMP meter but have no idea how to run the wires. I'm going to purchase an electric meter for the Oil unit as I'm not too excited about having hot oil run inside my car.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

The AutoMeter braided stainless oil line is great. No worries about the line splitting.
If it's a true ammeter I would not hook it up. That runs full system current through the car and meter. Unless you fuse each end they are a fire risk. You can replace it with a voltmeter. The factory gauge was really a millivolt meter that just used an amp display.

The oil meter uses a tube, the water temp gauge just uses the attached Bourdon tube and it screws into the head or intake.

How many pairs of wires does it have on the back? The lights on Autometers are usually a white and black pair. The red and black may be the ammeter leads.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

+1^^ on what Steiner posted.

If they are mechanical gauges, the oil and water temp should only have leads for the light.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

And like Steiner said they usually have a bulb that plugs into the back of the guage with a black and white wire attached to the light only.

But since they are Autogage brand maybe the lights have a red and black. What color wires are on the lights.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

That would make sense if the red/black wires are for the gauge lights but what do I hook the red wire to and what to I hook the black wire to? The oil gauge on this particular set has the plastic tube...guess Ill look into AUto Meter's braided oil line. Nothing sexier than braided steel line. Well....maybe Jessica Simpson in a black nighty but thats about it.

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The wires for the bulbs should be coming directly from the bulbs. The black is the ground, connect them all together and run a wire to a ground on the dash. The other color, if red or white, would go to an existing dash light. You can connect them all together too and run a single wire to the source.

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Nothing sexier than braided steel line. Well....maybe Jessica Simpson in a black nighty but thats about it.

Ewwww.....she done got a bun in the oven.

Dash light power is the gray wire in your main plug to the instrument panel.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

WOuld I run the red wire to a fuse on the fuse panel?

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

IF and that's a big IF the red wire is indeed the power for the lights you'd connect it to the gray wire I mentioned one post up. You can ground the black wire and run a temp line from the red to a hot point on the fuse block to test (there should be some spades there, BATT is always hot, the others are ACC hot with key on, and IGN hot with key in RUN and START). If it's the lights, it'll light up immediately. If it's the amp gauge nothing should happen.

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Re: Auto Meter 2" gauges installation question.

Thanks for the help guys. She's up and running!!

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