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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 06, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Right side of car blinks slow

Still troubleshooting my recently installed electrical system...

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1967 RS
New AAW harness
MSD 6AL, Blaster 2 coil, and 8360 Ready to Run Distributor
New OER tachometer

I'm just using the car battery with the key turned on. I haven't reached the point of starting the engine, I'm just op checking all my electrical systems first.
- I thought it was probably a bad ground, and spent a great deal of time sanding contact points and installing star washers, but no joy. I may end up stringing a bunch of wires direct to the negative terminal later today in search.
- I checked all the bulbs, and they are the same 1157 and work very brightly.
- One anomaly is that the when the LEFT blinker is on, the left indicator flashes, but so does the the "BRAKE" light (weakly) and the tach needle bounces in sync slightly.

I don't have a tach filter installed...I was going to go to Radio Shack to build JimM's filter today.

EVERY wire in the car is new (except the dome light leads, the headlight relays, and the front parking light assembly leads)...from inside steering column to the taillights to the headlights...

Any thoughts for the electrically challenged???

Thanks,

Scott

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Re: Right side of car blinks slow

Did you top off the blinker fluid?

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Sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm a bad man.

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Re: Right side of car blinks slow

Sounds like you have a bad ground at the instrument cluster. The reasoning here is the fact that your right hand indicator blinks and your tach jumps. It tells me to look at grounding and this is a classic case of a backfeed from a bad ground.

You definitely have a grounding problem which is why the right front is blinking slow and dim as it's not getting a good signal.

Try running a seperate ground wire from the back of the gauge cluster housing to the steering column saddle. This should help.

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Re: Right side of car blinks slow

Theresa,
Thanks your tech support has been great. I talked to Ray about this yesterday and he suggested the ground problem as well...I just haven't been able to find it. I'm gonna try a separate grounds as you suggest this afternoon.
Scott

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Where is the blinker fluid resevoir?

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https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...cluster+ground

Quite a few threads on the grounding problems on clusters. I have heard alot about the ground that screws to where the high beam indicator is causes a lot of problems. JimM has mentioned it quite a bit.

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Sounds like you have a bad ground at the instrument cluster. The reasoning here is the fact that your right hand indicator blinks and your tach jumps. It tells me to look at grounding and this is a classic case of a backfeed from a bad ground.

You definitely have a grounding problem which is why the right front is blinking slow and dim as it's not getting a good signal.

Try running a seperate ground wire from the back of the gauge cluster housing to the steering column saddle. This should help.
Thanks Teresa, that solved the tach needle bouncing problem. The flashing "Brake" light was not actually the brake light flashing, but light escaping and bleeding over from the turn signal light tunnel in the OER speedo.

Still trying to find the ground problem that is causing the lights to blink slow...

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Woo Hoo found the ground problem in the it in the taillight assy! Put star washers on the screws that attach the inner housing.

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Still trying to find the ground problem that is causing the lights to blink slow...
Usually, slow blinkers are due to flasher, wrong bulbs or poorly made bulbs, low voltage, too small of wire gauge, or a bad or high resistance ground at the socket(s).

You might try a trailer flasher, p/n 552(?), as they do not rely on current drawn to determine blinking speed, but 552's are mechanically programmed to be a definite blinking speed and can handle up to 6 bulbs.

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Thanks Everett. I found it was a bad ground at the taillamp housing assembly.
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