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Offline Grec

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Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« on: September 20, 2017 - 05:41:33 pm »
Hey, guys.

Had a bit of gauge weirdness today... all three gauges that are tied to the RT Eng limiter (gas/temp/oil) started intermittently dying... then coming back up to correct readings... then dying... then coming back. Repeat.

Anyone ever seen this before?
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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017 - 08:07:16 pm »
Yes I have seen that before. Check that the screw is tight that holds the solid state limiter to the dash frame, a good ground is needed. Check the ignition power feed connection into the limiter and the small 5 volt output harness from the limiter to the three gauges. The quick connects can get loose and/or corroded making an intermittent power loss. Good Luck!  :2thumbs:
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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017 - 06:28:47 pm »
Copy that. Thanks, bud!
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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017 - 09:31:49 pm »
good luck!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2017 - 11:37:12 am »
Hey Grec...any luck with this issue? I am having the same issues.

I bought an IVR3 some time backworked great for all that time. Years.

But my gauges started acting up this past summer...sometimes the fuel and temp would work, sometimes not. Always both at the same time. Sounds like your issue.

I assumed it was a bad connection at the limiter. Fished my hand up behind and found when I twisted the connector that feeds the gauges, it would work, let go and it would stop. I figured it was corrosion etc and the dash would need to come apart.... So I let it go til the weather turned to crap.....today....LOL

I pulled the cluster out today to access the Limiter and found that it had what appeared to be a cold solder joint on the terminal that feeds the gauges.

Certainly out of warranty of any sort I figured I would try soldering it.

I did, and lo and behold, upon hooking it up to a battery on the bench  (positive to the 12v terminal, negative to the cluster frame), the LED started blinking,..then after reinstalling the cluster in the car, it worked for 4 cycles of the ignition. 

But then on the 5th (not sure why I went for a 5th but glad I did before I reassembled everything), it stopped. Even wiggling the terminal does nothing.

Checked my 12v source in the dash, its finebattery is charged..pulled the cluster again to bench test the same as before, and no LED.

The solder joint appears ok.  If I had damaged it with solder heat, I wouldnt think it would have worked at ALL.....

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So I am at a loss..any thoughts on what the issue could be? maybe its just toast altogether now?

According to the website where I bought the RTE IVR3 from, RTE was sold to Dashworx which is now shut down as well.

So I may try opening up the unit and see what I can see but aside from that, not many options I guess.

I tried emailing "Greg" from RTE at his old address, but I would guess he wont get that.

I do have an old style one, but not sure it works or not....I guess I can bench test that the same way....but will have to measure the output rather than look for a blinky light I guess...

Any other options as far as the digital style or was RTE *IT*??


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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017 - 01:22:32 pm »
Well, in theory  I solved my issue....at least until it breaks again.

Made a short video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbocE0-HaP8

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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2017 - 02:48:38 pm »
I was told by Dave at Performance Graphics to leave out the capacitor/suppressor. I left mine off and everything seems to work well.

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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2017 - 05:49:11 pm »
In my case the issues seems to be that the ground between the case and the circuit board was not good.....

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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2017 - 08:42:55 am »

Any other options as far as the digital style or was RTE *IT*??
It is quite easy to make your own solid state regulator. Buy an NTE960 or equivalent. I replaced mine with one in, I think, about 1990 and still fine. The 960 is a TO220 case that has a tab with a hole that is the regulator ground. Gut the limiter you have on hand and bolt the solid state regulator inside. The two outside 'legs' are input (12v) and output (5V - rock steady).  Cost me about $3.
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Re: Gauge weirdness w/ RT Eng voltage limiter in place
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2017 - 09:28:44 am »
Making your own is a great idea, here's the PDF of the NTE960
https://www.alliedelec.com/m/d/99df1d8cb7584608efc996776e72e19e.pdf

Vans Auto sells there version of the limiter. I have one on my spare cluster and it's a steady (not pulsing) 5v out. Bet the inside is a 960.
https://vansauto.com/product/voltage-limiter-solid-state-ivr3/
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