[Vwdiesel] WEIRD "GROUNDS" 86 GOLF
swright at zuiko.sls.bc.ca
Fri Feb 11 11:17:28 EST 2005
On 11 Feb 2005 at 10:54, Smith, Michael <Michael.Smith at rvh.nb.ca> wrote:
> Well I tossed a 2m rig (for you non-hams on the list, this is a two-way
> radio) in the Golf last night; got it all wired up to what I thought was the
> correct way but as soon as I turn on the lights, the 2m rig went out. All I did
> was parallel up to the lighter socket, which is wacky. As soon as the
> headlights come on, the wire which I believe is/was the ground diconnects from
> ground and goes open.
> So...I say to myself...no sweat, I'll just run a wire stright to the
> body/chassis somewhere. No problem. I open up the little flap next to the
> stick shift and find what I think is solid metal just next to the screw
> which holds the console in place. I put my ground to my radio there, but
> still no dice ! Are there no grounds on this car, or is "ground" isolated
> or what? The parcel tray screws are not grounded either. SIGH!
> I ended up yanking the stereo (as it's not yet attached) and splicing into a
> miniscule ground wire there to get ground for my 2m rig (which is just above it
> on the dash.) which isn't the best idea, as the radio draws 12A on transmit....
With that kind of current, I would run a dedicated ground back to the common ground
points near the fusebox. I've had back luck trying to piggyback grounds on high
> Anyhow.....I haven't even looked in the Bentley or had too much time to play
> around with my ohmmeter, as my 4 yr old is very "hands-on" and picks up any
> tools that I pick up and use it. Like wresting an octopus when I am working on
> my car ! heheheheh
Just wait until he starts getting curious with the floor jack... ;-)
> Got over a foot of heavy blowing snow last night and I snowblowed for nearly 2
> hours today just to get out of the driveway. Another hour tonight should do it.
> Drifts 3-4' high in spots, so dense you can walk on them. The ol' snowblower
> took a beating this morning. Golf is tucked away inside the garage.
> What am I missing?
Umm... let's see... the tulips are up, and the early Rhododendrons are starting to
flower here... Sorry, couldn't resist! :-)
Shawnigan Lake School
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