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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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\'88.5 idiot light on after gauge install? Help?
I got the Raider gauges wired and installed, and they look and work factory, can't wait to show you all. While I was at it, I installed the separate fuse block, the Jensen stereo (with detatchable face plate), CB, underhood retractable light from a Ford, radio antenna, removed the lights and fixed hinges, made some hinges with removeable pins similar to Wildweasels (gotta give credit where it's due, except the removeable idea, he has a nice rig!), and cut down rim #2 to weld the center section inverted.
So, here is my problem, the oil idiot light stays on when the separate gauge is hooked up. The gauge appears to work normally however and the light goes off when I remove the gauge wire. For those of you that have hooked up a separate oil temp gauge on an '88.5, does your idiot light stay on? I am thinking of just putting a piece of tape over it, but will hit hurt anything (ECM?). I tapped in a separate wire directly off the block, so there are two connected to the sensor instead of the factory one. Could this be "splitting the signal" and not allowing full power forward? I used 14 ga wire, should I have used something like the factory 18 or 20 ga wire? The 14 I have is gas and oil resistant, which is why I used it in the engine compartment.
The pic is without the cover over the gauges, which is why they look funny. I have the faceplate, just need to attach it. They also work with the dash gauge lights on the dimmer.
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