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Everything just stays lit up. Had 3 GE 882 Bulbs burned. Replaced them. Still stays lit up. I cleaned the metal rods coming from the bottom board and resoldered joints around the pins and conectors. Same thing still. Can anyone help solve this one.
 

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Oh forgot to mention I have searched this and every other corvette site I can find. Yes I have read every post on this board. I can not find this problem.

Help!!
 

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So precisely what are you saying? Your subject line would indicate that perhaps all of your gauges are pegged. But further reading indicates possibly otherwise. Being descriptive, clear and concise is important.
 

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Ok sorry, just freaking out on this thing.

I could not see my Dash readings with the naked eye during the day. If I put on a pair of polerized sunglasses though I could see every reading and every seemed to work fine. At night when I turned my headlights once again with or without polerized glasses could not read any gauges. All gauges appeared to be lit up like maxed out( all LED's turned on ).

Someone suggested I check contacts in DASH. I pulled Dash and found 3 of the 4 GE882 Bulbs burned out. I replaced them. My Dash in nice and Bright now, but still appears all LED's are turned on or lit up.

I pulled Dash one more time after returning and reading as many posts as I could on this site. I cleaned the posts inside the Dash the come from the bottum board to the top board and resoldered joints by the connector.

Checked light sensor in dash. Held my finger over it lights would get brighter, release my finger and lights would dem down again.

Turned on Headlights....My demer works but will not completly turn out Dash lights.

One other thing. Head light is out on Driver side. Just installed a new battery after all of this to.

let me know if you need more info.
 

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I'm not sure exactly what forum I read it on but I think a problem like yours indicates a faulty ground connection with the dash somewhere.
I'd double check all the bulb sockets and maybe pull one bulb at a time back out and see if that makes a difference.
Or find the main ground on the dash unit and run a new ground wire to metal somewhere.

Sorry I could not be of more help.

Do some searches over at http://forums.corvetteforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

and see what you find. I think I might have read about it over there.

** check this out. they have a section on digital dash issues**
http://www.batee.com/corvette/index.shtml
 

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It sounds like a grounding problem:huh:
 

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I to am almost 90% that this is a grounding problem.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to find these grounds.
 

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I found this on the grounds but I still can not locate them. I think I am just looking in the wrong place. Could someone help????

Check grounds:
Black wire at pin D1 grounded behind instrument panel, near left side of steering column.
Black/White wire at pin D3 grounded at left rear of engine.
 

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I found this on the grounds but I still can not locate them. I think I am just looking in the wrong place. Could someone help????

Check grounds:
Black wire at pin D1 grounded behind instrument panel, near left side of steering column.
Black/White wire at pin D3 grounded at left rear of engine.
This is why electrical problems are a pain in the arss. Your going to have to just start tracing wires until you find those 2 that are just mounted to metal.

1 near the steering column and 1 at the engine like it says. Most people the first time, see these wires that appear to be just screwd into the frame, or other sheet metal, and think they don't do anything, or there nothing to worry about. While they don't have any current going through them they do alot. The keep the system grounded, so it functions properly, and doesn't short out, or shock someone.

Good luck and happy hunting.

Rick
 

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found D1 and D3 ran new grounds and tested.

Still the same. Any other suggestions or should I get out my wallet?
 

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Tested with my polerized sun glasses again.

Now with Headlights off. I can see that all gauges work perfect.
I take my polerized sunglasses off and everything just appears to be lit up maxed out again.

Same with Headlights on.

This is very strange.

Something is almost working.
 

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Check your new battery voltages - ensure that you've disconnected both cables from the battery. Also, check the connections when you put the battery cables back on - especially where they go to chassis ground.
 

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Ground from Battery looks good. Batt Voltage looks good.

Could it be possible that there is some kind of a screen overlay that I am missing. The whole polerized sunglasses thing is just wierd. I put the glasses on and everything works just fine.
 

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Well, those sunglasses reduce glare by eliminating scattered light. Only light that is coming directly at you will go through.

I'm trying to think of things that can emit that light - and be bright enough to boscure your vision. The only thing that I can think of is the bulbs for general dashboard illumination. Perhaps a wire is on backwards at the dimmer, causing them to be at 150% normal.
 

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To check this or reverse the wires on the dimmer switch. Do I need to pull the dash pad to get at this???

Any other suggestions. I will wait until tonight to tear into it again.

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I just spoke with Gordon Killebrew. He said pull the dash and send it in.
I will let ya know what happens incase someone else has same problem.
 

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Gordon suggested I call a company K&B and speak to Ken Anderson. Gordon kind of mentioned that he believed this was a powersupply problem. When I spoke to Ken, Ken had a different story. Ken said that the LCD's are bad they have all leaked out and it would be $600.00 for repairs plus shipping.

Please before I drop $600.00 on this thing could someone suggest a reputable company that will actually listen to my problem before that say oh yeah $600.00 thanks by.
 
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