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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2008, 09:47:17 AM »
I agree, it sounds just like a fuse to me.
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2008, 10:39:21 AM »
I agree, it sounds just like a fuse to me.

Yeah but the Stereo isnt working either and that's on fuse F20. I've also checked all the fuses, twice and they're fine, so its probably something more than that like a broken earth or something as Chav suggested. I'll investigate further at lunchtime and see if i can see anything.
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2008, 10:49:39 AM »
TBH if you hit me with a hammer i think i'd stop working as well :D

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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2008, 10:51:12 AM »
TBH if you hit me with a hammer i think i'd stop working as well :D

Thanks Richie. Fat lot of help you are lol ;)
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2008, 12:23:14 PM »
Check the BACK of the fuse box - it's possible you may have jarred some terminals off.
If it was just the clocks, I'd be looking also at the voltage regulator.

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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2008, 13:39:54 PM »
Just been and had a quick look, but can't see anything obvious so far.

Removed the trim that goes over the top of the fusebox (and includes the fusebox cover), and also the Took the fusebox right out, checked all the terminals etc, but all looks fine here as far as i can see. Looked at the top and bottom of the steering column (cant see the middle section), but nothing obvious, broken or loose that i can see here either.

I still can't see the whole of the steering column, so i may have to remove the whole of the lower dash section on the drivers side to get to it, and inspect it.

I also noticed a whole extra bunch of relays behind the fusebox. Is it possible a relay has blown here or somewhere else to cause this?

I'm still not clear if a fuse or relay controls the working of the guages themselves, and if so, which one?
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2008, 23:04:43 PM »
Still scratching my head over this one.

I've had all the speedo part of the dash out today. Nothing amiss behind here either. Reseated all 3 connectors back into the back of the dash, and still nothing. Had a good look around for any loose or broken wires but i cant see anything amiss. Everything looks pretty tidy.

Does anyone know what the bunch of relays hidden 'behind' the interior fusebox are for? Maybe one of those has blown?
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2008, 23:13:56 PM »
Bottom part of the link mate,

http://www.v6calibra.net/docs/calibra_v6_fuses.htm

Ah thanks Robbie. So from that list, am i right in deducing that there are no relays that could be causing this?

I assume this because by looking at the relays listed, none seem related to any of the electrical items that have failed?

As a reminder these are currently all guages inc the voltmeter and oil pressure gauge, trip computer, stereo, traction control light, handbrake dash light, airbag light (that i've noticed so far)
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2008, 23:39:32 PM »
It looks that way ?

Have you checked wiring aroung the ignition ?

Yes, but I can't see anything amiss at all so far. But would there be anything around the ignition that would knock out things like the stereo and the cigarette lighter (forgot to mention that one)?

Now i've got most of the dash off, i'll carry on poking about tomorrow when its daylight again.

Also just to clarify the trip computer is actually working, but is displaying the fault 'F' symbol on most of the screens. Probably due to the speedo not working and sending data to it. So thinking about it the trip computer is probably not included in the failed items.
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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2008, 23:44:15 PM »
Have a good check around the ciggy lighter, check the earth from it, heard of funny things happening when the ciggy lighter goes wrong.

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Re: Suddenly lost all guages, speedo, Stereo, Various dash lights....Any Ideas?
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2008, 19:39:43 PM »
Fixed it, whoop whoop!!

I had almost the whole dash and centre console out today, trying to trace the problem. Managed to blow the fuse for the indicators as well somehow lol. Fixed that, but still couldn't find a problem on the wiring side.

Then resorted to swapping fuses around. Started with the recommended F2 and voila, its all works. Looking closely at the one i took out, I can't see a damn thing wrong with it lol. So it WAS that pesky fuse the whole time....unbelievable!!! Thanks to all those who replied.

Oh well, now that I have everything out on the dash, I'm going to take the opportunity to do my planned LED upgrade ;D
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