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#1 castle

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

The digital dash in my car would drop out and lose power every time I hit a pot hole or large bump, some dodgy wiring in one of the plugs. Had the whole thing out today and fixed the wiring up, the dash now functions all the time, sweet.

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I have now lost my interior light and reading lights. The interior light no longer comes on and off when opening the doors, and when trying to switch the interior or reading lights on, the dash flickers and the 'doors open' light on the dash comes on.

A weird electrical issue that is annoying me already. Any ideas on why it would be doing this?

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:13 PM

Bad earth, I'd say.

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:39 PM

Earthing on these cars is really starting to become an issue, I believe that all my (two) electrical problems are due to bad earths. Hence, im going to be making MEGA EARTHS around the same time as my engine conversion :P
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:58 AM

the earths on mattys car would probly be slightly worse then normal too because of the whole jump start issue :P

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:42 PM

Damn electronics, the one thing I hate about cars.
Will have a crack at it and see how I go, not too good with electronic problems, so if I can't fix it she will be off to an auto-electrician.

Cheers for the help though,
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 04:20 PM

I can't remember how the earths are set up on the S12 interior light, but pop the screw covers off, and check that all the screws are tight.

On some cars, the mounting screws are how the interior light is earthed to the body.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 04:22 PM

Weird thing is though is that I never touched the lights.
It was the console and dash unit that I had out and was messing around with.

Will take apart the lights though and check just to be sure.


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Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:22 AM

the rubber covers on the door switches sometimes become stiff n dont allow the connection to earth. Took my two apart n contact cleanered them n have been alot less tempramental since.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:46 AM

the rubber covers on the door switches sometimes become stiff n dont allow the connection to earth. Took my two apart n contact cleanered them n have been alot less tempramental since.


Yeap, Had the same issue, and still do, All I do though is just touch it will my hand and move the rubber around it works, takes a second once I find the switch in the dark!.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 01:26 PM

^^^ mine's exactly the same!!

wow..and i was worried mine were dodgy..haha
would be nice to replace the door-sensor switch with a newer one...i wonder if all 80s nissans have similar insides to those switches...

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:42 PM

I'm sure any old switch should work, just needs to fit the and be long enough. if you wanted to go furthe than the switch then you might need to look at particular parts
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:52 PM

Well something is also related to the door switch, as I found out today. The electric windows only go up and down if the doors are closed, they won't work when the doors are open.

Another annoying addition to the electrical problem.

Any ideas? I'm hopeless when it comes to electrics.


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 06:13 PM

study the wiring diagram for that area
i'm sure someone electrically-minded could find where to connect a wire and bridge over that fail-safe

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 06:47 PM

Well something is also related to the door switch, as I found out today. The electric windows only go up and down if the doors are closed, they won't work when the doors are open.

Another annoying addition to the electrical problem.

Any ideas? I'm hopeless when it comes to electrics.


Sounds like someone has tapped into the door switch circuits to earth or power something up.

Trace the wires back from the switch, and see if anything else has been added to them. If so, snip it, and see what happens.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 07:27 AM

Either that or the wires running from the A pillar to the door dont contact propperly while the doors open and do when it's shut.

aka read as brittle wire's or lose plug.




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