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Old 10-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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This past weekend I began to have an interesting situation with these gages. While going down the road, both air pressure gages and the fuel gage pegged to the right and stayed there. The two red lights that indicate low pressure would blink on and off as well.

At the first rest stop, the gages were back to normal upon startup. The same thing happened on the return trip.

Obviously, an electrical problem somewhere. Any ideas what the culprit may be?

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Old 10-10-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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I'm not sure with today's computerized everything, but in the "olden days" when a gauge pegged to the right it indicated either of two things. 1) The gauge itself was bad but would never function again. 2) A bad or intermittent ground; in which case the gauge would function once the ground was re-established.
Having said that, with the computer and all, it could be something in the "brain" of the system.
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I would look for a bad ground, that is the only thing common. Could be a plug in the harness that is loose or backed out.
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Make sure the gauge cluster is permanently grounded to the dash, the dash to the frame as well as each gauge sending unit grounded to the frame.
Normally the act of mounting the sending unit to whatever appliance is being measured is enough ground, but sometimes adding a grounding wire to the frame makes a difference.
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X2 on all replies so far. Also you can never have too many ground wires. if you add one it won't hurt a thing.
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USMCRET,

If you are on a Spartan chassis I would call the factory. Gauges on their chassis are controlled thru the speedo. It's possible a speedo change will fix your problem.

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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My Spartan manual says this about the type of indication you received:



Additional Faults

INDICA TION TYPE OF PROB LEM
A gauge’s pointer goes to zero or full scale and its warning LED flashes
rapidly. -- This is an out-of-range indication. The gauge is good, but its input to the System is too high or too low.

A gauge’s pointer goes to zero and its warning LED flashes slowly. -- The gauge is not receiving any data at all.
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Hmm. I'll break out the Spartan manual tomorrow. Thanks!
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