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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:49 pm 
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G'day,

I am considering throwing away my EBII XR8 dash and putting in a fairmont or better dash.

If I source the entire dash including loom, climate control, BCM heater box etc, is it a straight swap out of the old one and in with the new. Will all the Climate control, Trip and cruise control work? Is there any extra wiring I would need to do?

I have all the cruise bits including the speed control unit, pedal switches, buttons and vacumn setup under the bonnet ready to go in.

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:55 pm 
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You'll need to change, or make some additions to your engine compartment loom

You need to add in the ambient sensor (which sits next to your Receiver/Dryer) and you'll also need to tap/install the 2nd coolant temp sensor for the climate control to work.

some other small features such as low washer and low coolant wont work unless you run the appropriate wires and install sensors.

Just make sure if you have smartlock, you get your dash loom from a smartlock vehicle, and if your car is pre-smartlock, to get a pre-smartlock loom.

But yes, overall - its a pretty straight forward swap. Anything which doesnt work would mean worst case scenario - change another loom :P

There are only 5 main looms in the car to worry about.

body, ecu, engine compartment, dash and engine

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:31 pm 
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This is probably a stupid question but don't Fairmonts, S packs and XRs all use the same "sports" dash?

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:40 pm 
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Yep. Sure do.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:02 pm 
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LSD wrote:
This is probably a stupid question but don't Fairmonts, S packs and XRs all use the same "sports" dash?


Not a stupid question...but I am talking about an entire dash board, not just the cluster!

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just make sure if you have smartlock, you get your dash loom from a smartlock vehicle, and if your car is pre-smartlock, to get a pre-smartlock loom.


what will happen if I put a smartlock dash into my car which is just pre smartlock?

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......and you'll also need to tap/install the 2nd coolant temp sensor for the climate control to work.


Where does the 2nd sensor go?

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:06 pm 
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philaddis wrote:
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This is probably a stupid question but don't Fairmonts, S packs and XRs all use the same "sports" dash?


Not a stupid question...but I am talking about an entire dash board, not just the cluster!

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just make sure if you have smartlock, you get your dash loom from a smartlock vehicle, and if your car is pre-smartlock, to get a pre-smartlock loom.


what will happen if I put a smartlock dash into my car which is just pre smartlock?

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......and you'll also need to tap/install the 2nd coolant temp sensor for the climate control to work.


Where does the 2nd sensor go?

Thanks,

Phil


If you put a smartlock dash loom in your pre-smartlock falcon, the car wont start or run.

Have a look at the side of your thermostat housing. You'll see where it goes. For further specifics, someone will be nice and post up a pic for you :D

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:23 pm 
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After saying my car is pre smartlock, I think I might be wrong.

I now think my dash light for smartlock may be missing or blown as I had a look at the ignition switch and it has a smartlock ignition assembly.

To be sure can you tell me what the smartlock module looks like? I am talking about the one near the handbrake handle?

A picture.......if someone has one would be really helpful.

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:35 pm 
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Do you have factory remote central locking.. with the 'Ford Smartlock' keyfob?

What is the build date of your car. Smartlock is found on all 11/92 and onwards, inclusive.

Some 10/92 didn't receive smartlock, some did.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:39 pm 
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How are you so knowledgeable?

I guess I don't have it then as my build dat eis 08/92.

Can you tell me what the big blue box is that sits next (just to the left of)to the handbrake lever?

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:05 pm 
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philaddis wrote:
How are you so knowledgeable?

cos he's spent a lot of time pulling cars apart to find how they work instead of enjoying a normal life.......

hmm...... i'm just as bad at times.....

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:24 pm 
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pre smartlock cars have a multi relay box, which is black

not sure what your blue one could be. The EF/EL SRS Airbag computers are blue.. but its definantly not that.

Some BEM's are also blue. Not sure! :) My understanding is that pre-smartlock falcons don't have a BEM.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:57 pm 
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Just did a check......the interior lights do not work when the blue box is disconnected.

Engine starts and the remote entry still work.

Who frickin' knows what the bloody thing is.

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On EF/ELs the interior lights are controlled by the Body Control Module. This has other functions too (like variable speed intermittant wipers, electric aerial control and interlior light fade as well as delay) depending on the luxury level of your car. Perhaps the blue box is the EA-D equivalent of the BCM?

 

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Eb non GLI series has a BCM as well : Power antenna control, Washer Control, Interior Lights, and Dash Lighting.
GLi has relays I believe
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Nigel wrote:
Eb non GLI series has a BCM as well : Power antenna control, Washer Control, Interior Lights, and Dash Lighting.
GLi has relays I believe


Ahh, that could well be it. Good thinking 69

The only pre smartlock EB's that i've pulled apart are sadly GLi's.

If philaddis is able to start his car with the box unplugged however, it would indicate that the car definantly isn't smartlock.. but I think we gathered that already going by the pre 10/92 build date.

So there you have it - its a BEM! (Yes, BEM, not BCM - Holdens have BCM's.. Fords have BEM!)

So back on track - youre looking for an EB Fairmont dash prior to 10/92

 

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