[Vwdiesel] console gauges

David Cook vwdieselbunny at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 11 17:55:30 EST 2005

All the gauges in my diesel cabby work as normal to
the gas engine.

The gauge lights do, in fact, work with the gauge
dimmer switch, so you'll want to hook into that for
the gauge lights.

They are just provided power when the key is switced
on so you'll just need to find a switcthed power


--- Scott Alexander <salex at dsl.cis.upenn.edu> wrote:

> I picked up a console from someone else on the list
> recently and he was
> kind enough not only to send the complete pigtails
> on the gauges, but
> the next length of cable as well.  I'm assuming that
> I'll have to rig
> something up, but wanted to understand how the
> guages were intended (by
> VW) to be connected before I start inventing.
> The cable is pretty long, so I'm surmising it runs
> into the engine
> compartment.  Part way along its length, a brown
> wire comes out of the
> cable and has a screw terminal.  Hooking things up
> confirms this is the
> ground and I'm guessing that that might have been
> intended to connect to
> somewhere around the fuse panel.
> At the far end of the cable, there are two
> connectors that are limited
> to being no more than about 8-12" apart by virtue of
> the length of wire
> available after the wrapping ends.  One connector is
> a slide on and
> drives the oil temperature gauge and clearly slides
> over the top of the
> sender.  The other connector takes three pins.  One
> of these provides
> the voltage for the voltmeter to measure.  Another
> provides power for
> the clock.  The third provides power for the
> backlights for the gauges.
> Clearly, the voltmeter should be powered only when
> the car is on.  The
> clock should always be powered.  I was thinking that
> the backlights
> needed to be dimmable, but I could imagine VW having
> cheaped out and
> figured that they were far enough from the driver
> that simply having
> them come on when the headlights were on was
> sufficient.
> Thus my question is where VW tapped in to get power
> for each of these.
> (Did they ever put consoles in Diesels?  If not,
> presumably the answer
> will apply to the GTI.)  Does anyone who has added a
> console to a Diesel
> have any good suggestions on how they wired it in? 
> I'm in the process
> of adding the Roger Brown tach and so will lose my
> dashboard clock.
> While the new radio has a clock, it looks like it's
> not particularly
> user friendly about displaying radio information and
> clock information
> at the same time.  And I figure the other two gauges
> will be good for
> some warm fuzzies.
> Thanks,
> Scott Alexander
> '82 Rabbit Diesel
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