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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:07 pm 
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You know how on the Low Series cluster instead of oil and volt gauges there are just lights. Now on my Mid Series cluster the lights arn't there, no globes fitted (as there on the gauge). Would any happen if I fill these holes up with globes (i.e. will the lights be on all the time or something - I think it should be fine for the battery light, but the oil one might havbe an issue)?

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:46 pm 
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IIRC the oil one will go straight to the top.... dont bother with the idiot lights...... by the time they're on, the problem has usually gone too far anyway

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:55 pm 
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IIRC the oil one will go straight to the top.... dont bother with the idiot lights...... by the time they're on, the problem has usually gone too far anyway


i drove around for a few days with my battery idiot light on when the alternator packed it in. only relised something was wrong when the lights stoped and that. lol
i've got the globes spare now as I just pulled them out of cruise control and check ABS, as my car has neither!

 

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 Post subject: Re: Adding Lights to Fairmont Ghia Cluster
Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:00 pm 
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twr7cx wrote:
You know how on the Low Series cluster instead of oil and volt gauges there are just lights. Now on my Mid Series cluster the lights arn't there, no globes fitted (as there on the gauge). Would any happen if I fill these holes up with globes (i.e. will the lights be on all the time or something - I think it should be fine for the battery light, but the oil one might havbe an issue)?

the mid and high series clusters still have these same lights they are just relocated up and into the extra guages - so there are two more globes in there to light up if your alt or oil go bung!

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:25 pm 
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dunno, I swapped from a low to a mid cluster, and for the fews days between installing the cluster and swapping the oil switch to an oil sender, the oil gauge was just way up high - no idiot light. The battery gauge worked fine.

Another gotcha, is migrating from a low to a mid cluster, will kill the LCD lights when you turn on teh headlights. This is fixed easily, by adding a resistor to the mid series cluster, as doco'd here (abouthalfway down): http://www.fordmods.com/phpBB2/documents.php?doc=14

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:46 pm 
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i've read about the resistor.
ah well i'm gunna add the idiot lights, why not?
worst case i remove them if there's an issue!

 

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