ELECTRICAL SHORT

  • Tiny
  • forester86
  • 2003 Subaru Forester
  • 4 CYL
  • 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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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 AT 9:37 PM

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

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Thursday, June 16th, 2011 AT 3:56 PM
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  • forester86
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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.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:31 PM
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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

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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:36 PM
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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?

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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:42 PM
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If pins on circuit board not loose then maybe able to squeeze connector female ends to make good fit

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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:46 PM
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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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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:53 PM
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Maybe internal brake in wire try to wiggle on at a time use tweezers

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Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 8:57 PM

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