<VV> Fwd: Maddening Electrical Problem - Can Anyone Help

Guy Brandes vair140 at aol.com
Thu Nov 22 08:58:17 EST 2012

When all is said and done, install an inline fuse in the lighter circuit as that has been a source of trouble for a long time especially since cell phones and GPS stuff is being plugged in there.


Guy Brandes

65 VAIR 140

>>> B"H> Hi all, hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! I had a problem with my 66> Monza the other day where a live wire (I think it was the cigrarette lighter>> wire) shorted out, filling the interior with acrid electrical smoke. The car>> died on the street, I turned the ignition off and pulled my cell phone> charger out of the lighter socket.> After the smoke cleared, the car started right up and I didn't see anything>> obviously wrong. Then the next day, I noticed that with the key out of the> ignition (and everything OFF), the GEN/FAN light was glowing a faint red,> and the TEMP/PRESS light was glowing also, but was dimmer.> I pulled the instrument cluster out and looked at all the wiring, but> couldn't find anything out of place. No shorts or grounded wires. Sometimes>> the lights would go off, but then go back on again with no obvious reason.> All this is with the ignition OFF and the key out of the switch.> Thinking I may have damaged the alternator (it's an upgraded Clark's unit> with built in electronic regulator), I pulled the two wire connector off the>> alternator from the wiring harness. The GEN/FAN came on with full> brightness. Reconnected the harness, the GEN/FAN light went back to glowing>> dully.> There's power to the GEN/FAN bulb from the dash multiconnector, it's the> brown and white wire, with the key off.> When you start the engine, both idiot lights go off, the volt gauge shows a>> normal 13-14 volts, and everything appears normal. I've checked the ignition>> switch and all the contacts appear to be ok, couldn't find any shorts> between the terminals.> Can anyone help?> Thank you all...Bill Hershkowitz 66 Monza 110 PG A/C>>  _______________________________________________> This message was sent by the VirtualVairs mailing list, all copyrights are> the property> of the writer, please attribute properly. For help,> mailto:vv-help at corvair.org> This list sponsored by the Corvair Society of America,> http://www.corvair.org/> Post messages to: VirtualVairs at corvair.org> Change your options: http://www.vv.corvair.org/mailman/options/virtualvairs>>  _______________________________________________> _______________________________________________This message was sent by the VirtualVairs mailing list, all copyrights are the propertyof the writer, please attribute properly. For help, mailto:vv-help at corvair.orgThis list sponsored by the Corvair Society of America, http://www.corvair.org/Post messages to: VirtualVairs at corvair.orgChange your options: http://www.vv.corvair.org/mailman/options/virtualvairs  _______________________________________________

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