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#1 MM92

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:40 PM

Hi,

 

I seem to be having problem after problem with my current motor.

 

Recently when I've gone to start the car up only 4 out of the full dash lighting up appear (oil, handbrake, engine & another light).

 

When it does this the needles don't move either, even when I pull away they all stay at the bottom.

 

I have to keep turning the key back and forth before they all light up and go off and the needles swing round.

 

When the needles do go round it resets the current mileage count?

 

Any ideas what could be cauing it?



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:13 PM

sounds like a battery isue or an earth cable mate



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:52 AM

Nice one, when it happened the first time I had the battery and autonator checked, both we're fine so I'll have to check the cable.

 

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:01 PM

The battery could always show fine but if its a dead cell, then the other cell is fine (which is why it looks it).



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 02:28 PM

The battery could always show fine but if its a dead cell, then the other cell is fine (which is why it looks it).

Righto, I'll get a new battery to check.

 

Was fine yesterday so thought might be due to being rather cold past few days but then did the same thing today



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

The MK1 is prone to a touchy cluster.
Bad solders can react with condensation.
Test the dash by pressing in and holding the trip reset button while you start the car.
First phase will be a dial sweep and light test.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

The MK1 is prone to a touchy cluster.
Bad solders can react with condensation.
Test the dash by pressing in and holding the trip reset button while you start the car.
First phase will be a dial sweep and light test.

I'll give that a go tomorrow, thanks.

 

Where do I go from there if every test runs okay or not?



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

Hi,

 

I went to test the dash about an hour ago but it fired up with only the four lights showing, kept trying and only the four appeared, so no test happened.

 

I've driven it about and tried again but the full dash still isn't lighting up & no needles are moving!

 

Not even the engine light, which is always on due to a faulty manifold which is getting done on Wednesday, when I use indictors and put the lights on full deam they lit up on the dash but nothing else.

 

I kept trying but after a while the car made a weird beep noise for a second or so :/

 

Not knowing the speed, revs, petrol or oil temp on the way to work tomorrow gonna be a pain.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:50 PM

Unfortunately it sounds like a new cluster is needed.
Not cheap or easy I'm afraid.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

If it is the instrument cluster, get it repaired instead of paying 700 for a new one! Thats what I did..

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

I'm going to get a new battery today, not sure how old the current is, if it is the cluser, great...! :/

 

I've seen on another post someone had the same issue where it started by the speedo dropping and bouncing back to the speed (no affect on the engine).

 

 

Now this has made an appearance, connection at all?



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:58 PM

Suggests more likely to be a faulty cluster, a repair is your best bet!



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:16 PM

If it's the cluster you can get one second hand from a breakers but the mileage will be wrong. Had this on my old car. MK1's are prone to this unfortunately. My one eventually stopped showing anything on the dials so had no idea of speed and petrol left. Total pain.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:59 PM

For about £100 I got my cluster repaired and it came with a 2 year warranty, I had similar issues to you.. never had any problems since.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:26 PM

Quick update, changed battery, still the same issue.

 

I got the fuses checked, all seem OKAY.

 

My mate pulled the dash out hit a few cables put it back then started it up with the clutch and break down, everything kicked in and worked!

 

Fired it up a couple more times and all good, went to drive it again now and back to sqaure one.

 

Maybe a funny cable just behind the dash, possibly?



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