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 Post subject: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:06 pm 
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hey all..

was drivin along tonight..and all of a sudden my cluster and (i think) the instruments around it all got significantly brighter! almost as if i had replaced all the globes?
i had my headlights on aswell as it was dark if this would help narrow down the cause?
i doubt it would be bad thing but would just like to know why/how this has happened!

thanks for any help

 

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 Post subject: Re: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:35 pm 
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Did headlights also fluctuate?

Any recent electrical mods? New/old battery? Alternator? Bad earth?

 

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 Post subject: Re: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:39 pm 
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i didnt notice headlights fluctuate no.

i swapped over the battery about..3-4months ago.
have disconnected the battery a few times when ive changed things with my stereo but last time i did that was about 3 weeks ago..
my cluster has never been this bright before either..another thing is that i guess the backlight for the clock thing has also gone..this was about 2-3 weeks ago

 

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 Post subject: Re: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:11 am 
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Umm, you didn't happen to accidently flick the switch for dashboard light brightness (around the headlight switch) did you?
Or manage to break this switch into it's "bright" position somehow?
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 Post subject: Re: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:45 am 
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Could be the regulator in the alternator is on the way out.

 

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 Post subject: Re: strange cluster behaviour?
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:00 am 
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StoneMan353 wrote:
Umm, you didn't happen to accidently flick the switch for dashboard light brightness (around the headlight switch) did you?
Or manage to break this switch into it's "bright" position somehow?


my cars a fairmont..so it does have the adjustable cluster brightness?

hmm are there any other symptoms of the regulator going in the alternator?

 

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