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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 06, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Voltmeter installation???

I've recently bought a 69 convt. with an aftermarket volt meter. Where do the wires connect to?? I was told poss. goes to the battery, and the neg. is grounded under the dash. When I attempt to connect to the battery, I'm getting a spark (shorting out) Any help...please???
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 06, 01:43 PM
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Re: Voltmeter installation???

The voltmeter positive connection "can" be connected to any hot lead on the car. I usually use the ignition circuit so the gauge powers off when I turn off the key.

Are you talking a spark when you connect the main battery cable, or something added? A big spark or a little one?

A little spark would not be unusual if the car's door is open, or if there is a modern stereo or clock in it.





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Re: Voltmeter installation???

Is it a "Voltmeter" or an Ampmeter ???

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If its a voltmeter just hook a hot lead into fuse panel ignition, so it only comes on when car is on, and then just make sure you hook up a good ground. Should work fine

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I hook my voltmeters directly to the battery hot lead so they are on all the time so I don't have to turn on the key to see if the battery is up to voltage.
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I've tried several times to hook it up to different hot wires...same thing. After looking at the gauge, it only has a pic of a battery. with a 60 on each side of the needle, and a 0 inthe middle.
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Re: Voltmeter installation???

That is a AMP guage not a VOLT guage. You have to put it in series with the main power wire to see how many amps your circuits are drawing. You need to connect it between the #10 wire that goes from the battery to the terminal block on the firewall behind the battery.

I personally do not like a amp guage. I would install a volt guage. The reason it is sparking is because the current goes thru the guage and when you ground one side and connect 12vdc to the other side it is a dead short.

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I personally do not like a amp guage.
I agree...I dont figure why cars have ampmeters, they dont really tell As much usefull info as what a voltmeter does.

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Ah....That makes sense. I'll have to find a volt meter that works with the other gauges. Thanks alot for the help!
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