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Re: dashboard whacky-ness
I've had the same thing happen with a 91 100. The cause was moisture buildup
in the dash caused by the flap spring failure in the heater box. If the
moisture, summer or winter, builds up in the heater box it will condense on the
inside of the dash. Have you noted dampness when running either the heat or
Brett Dikeman wrote:
> Drove up to NY this weekend to take care of some stuff...3.5-4 hour drive
> or so. We're between Glens Falls and Lake George when all of the sudden,
> with no prompting..."What the F@#@$!?!?"
> The "inner" areas(closest to the center display) of the tach+speedo, the
> trip computer, and autocheck display go dark/ Highbeam indicator comes on
> dim along with _both_ turn signals.
> Smart aleck comments from the peanut gallery(male parental unit) came
> forth("Well, that's what you get for buying a 7 year old car with 2 owners
> and 100k on the odometer.")
> So, we hit warrensburg and stop for groceries, and while the parental unit
> was doing his duty(buying food) I sat there and fiddled. With the lights
> off, the trip computer lights back up(like it should) and the autocheck
> display goes to white lighting. Turn on the lights, everything goes to
> hell. Everything still works, inc. headlights, turn signals, defogger,
> trip computer, radio, etc. etc. it's just that the dash has gone nuts.
> Then, I recall my experiences with "bulb-dropout" on the 5k. I positioned
> my fists on the slanted part of the console, and gave a nice, solid, whack.
> Worked like a charm :)
> I hate NY highways. Babump.....babump....babump.....babump......babump.
> etc. That and the damn rustbuckets(missing seats, headlights, taillights,
> license plates, body panels and god knows what else, probably brakes too)
> taking up the right lane doing 30mph, so everyone's crowded in the right
> lane doing 55, argh!
> One interesting thing...going up Friday night about 9pm-ish, I'm up near
> Albany, doing a calm+collected 80 in pretty light traffic, about the same
> as everyone else. NY has taken to putting up those electric signboards,
> with them alternating between "EXPECT SPEED PATROLS" "DON'T SPEED". All of
> the sudden, I see a set of lights coming up REAL quick on me(in the passing
> lane, doing what I should be, passing.) I clear the lane just in time to
> hear a V8 at high RPMs go screaming past me at around 95-100. Just before
> he shot out of sight, I saw a set of huge cop lights on top and the words
> "STATE POLICE" in huge letters on the front+sides of the cop lights(with
> the biggest damn siren I've ever seen, either that or a new integrated
> radar unit) and the same lettering on the sides of one brand new chevy
> Kinda pissed me off. He cut it real close to me, and I saw him doing the
> same to someone about 2000ft ahead of me(there was a cluster of cars, and
> the people in the left lane barely cleared it out in time for him to get
> through. He also had to brake _very_ hard.) Didn't have his lights
> flashing or anything, just a set of really, really bright
> headlights...must've been twice legal(100W'ers.)
> I don't care if cops speed past me for good reason; I'm usually the first
> to notice+get out of the way of police, fire, ambulance, etc., but it
> pisses me off when they're just speeding because they can(which apparently
> this guy was; looked like it was "hey, let's take the new camaro out, guys!
> duh huh huh...")
> Brett Dikeman
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W319N657 Shagbark Glen
Delafield, WI 53018-2818
Current: 90V8Q, 86 4Ks, Fmr:91 100, 86 5KTQ, 84 5K