Mechanics

ELECTRICAL SHORT

2003 Subaru Forester • 4 cylinder AWD Manual • 158,000 miles

My trip meter/tachometer/speedometer intermittently shuts off and hitting the dashboard turns it back on. What is happening/can I fix it?
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Forester86
June 15, 2011.




Well your either "The Fonz" or there is a poor connection to dash /printed circuit board. Pull instrument check connections

Docfixit
Jun 16, 2011.
I pulled out my guages and checked the connections. Im pretty sure its the wires brcause when I manipulate the wires attached to the connectors it turns off and on. It still seems like an electrical short.

Tiny
Forester86
Jun 17, 2011.
A shot is a pathway to ground bypassing the circut and will blow a fuse. What you have is loose pin connections or crack in printed circuit board

Docfixit
Jun 17, 2011.
It must be the pin connections because I checked the circuit board on the back of the guages and its fine. Will this be an expensive fix?

Tiny
Forester86
Jun 17, 2011.
If pins on circuit board not loose then maybe able to squeeze connector female ends to make good fit

Docfixit
Jun 17, 2011.
So far the fonz trick is the only thing that works. The male and female connection is tight. But if the wires on the back of the male connection get moved it will shut off.
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Tiny
Forester86
Jun 17, 2011.
Maybe internal brake in wire try to wiggle on at a time use tweezers

Docfixit
Jun 17, 2011.

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