Ammeter short

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11 Jun 2018 11:37 #34758 by ilikescars
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Thought I'd share this experience with the clubmembers:
I recently installed a wiring loom on a 36 Auburn along with an ammeter in the dash. The ammeter looked a little crusty, but otherwise OK.
After running the car and shutting it off, I walked away for a moment. Upon returning to the car, I saw tons of smoke billowing from the wiring loom.
I immediately pulled the ground cable off the battery and the the smoke subsided. I discovered that the red wire coming off the Startix had burned it's insulation off. Looking at the ammeter, I guessed that the wire may have grounded on the body of the instrument cluster near the ammeter.
Maybe someone can add their thoughts to this problem. (Best to use a new ammeter?)

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09 Sep 2018 18:48 - 09 Sep 2018 18:48 #35384 by johnmereness
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I have adapted in other ammeters - last one was from a WWII Jeep - usually takes a little filing and handwork. And, be super careful regarding shorting. and that nothing dislocates when tightening the terminals.

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09 Sep 2018 21:35 - 09 Sep 2018 21:36 #35385 by mikespeed35
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The amp meter is in the same cluster as the gas gauge. The gas gauge fluid is very corrosive and will rust anything inside the cluster. I vented my gas gauge outside the cluster to keep the amp. gauge from getting "crusty"
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09 Sep 2018 23:05 #35386 by Curt Schulze
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The modern gas gauge fluid is not corrosive . The trick is get the stuff that doesn't turn clear.

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