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Old 12-11-2017, 11:33 AM   #1
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Radiator, Tranny and Voltmeter, oh my!

with my headlights on

they all go awry :-(


(with acknowledgment and apologies to The Wizard of Oz ;-)

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i bought our '95 wc8.3/md3060 trans last may, have been familiarizing myself with it since then and have taken a few familiarization / maintenance laps around the bay area.

the coach starts & drives great, but when a turn signal is activated the rad temp gauge and the voltmeter blip in synch with the signal.

when i turn on the head lights the radiator pegs on the high/right side, the voltmeter pegs to the low/left and **sometimes** the tranny temp pegs on the high/right side.

based on my interpretation of what i've read here, i've probably got a ground issue going on, most likely with the alternator.

any/all experience-based feedback welcome and appreciated.

thx!
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:07 PM   #2
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It is a ground probably but I don't think its the alternator .
I think its a ground for the instrument cluster
You could try the easiest place first , outside on the firewall there should
be a ground strip , several screw and a bunch of white wires .
There is a good chance the problem is there , loosen , clean and retighten
those and hope that fixes it .
Otherwise a new ground wire from the gauges to that ground strip would
be my next step .

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great info, thx for the suggestions, ray!

anybody else have likely culprit suggestions or concur with ray?
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Pull your turn signal flasher and see what happens.

Then pull each of your outside flashing bulbs one at a time and see if anything improves.

My dash acted up similiar to yours so I put my OEM flasher back and found one bulb, DS front, was at fault. Tested good but caused the problems.

Good luck

BTW, toad light issues also cleared up.
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Pull your turn signal flasher and see what happens.



Then pull each of your outside flashing bulbs one at a time and see if anything improves.



My dash acted up similiar to yours so I put my OEM flasher back and found one bulb, DS front, was at fault. Tested good but caused the problems.



Good luck



BTW, toad light issues also cleared up.

got it, thx for the suggestion and instructions, rocky ... on my to-do list.
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great info, thx for the suggestions, ray!

anybody else have likely culprit suggestions or concur with ray?
I had the same issue. I think Ray is correct. Check the grounding wires up front. From the grounding bar, I have another wire leading about 12" away and is grounded to the frame as well.
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gotcha, and thx very much. i’ll begin with ray’s approach and follow with rocky’s as needed.

i appreciate everyone’s suggestions, thx very much.
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Post pictures if possible. There are lot of places that grounds may hide in plain sight.

Your symptoms are indeed like a bad ground. When you find a ground point be sure to take things apart after taking a picture first. Things must be shiny clean and tight.
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