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Offline D70challenger

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Red Light on Speedometer
« on: February 13, 2018 - 12:49:17 am »
Hey guys, I have not had my challenger for long. Just a few months so I am still learning about the ins and outs. I noticed a few nights ago driving home that the red light on my speedometer at the top (basically at the 75mph mark would be) is on. Is that red light a check engine light or what does that indicate? I was hoping the my shop manual would say but no luck. Can anybody tell me what it Is? Thanks!


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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018 - 02:27:18 am »
High Beam Indicator...  No Check Engine Lights till years later...
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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018 - 01:34:03 pm »
 :roflsmiley: Not laughing at anyone in particular, just the realization that times have changed significantly.
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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018 - 08:52:43 pm »
Would it be appropriate to say that stepping on that metal button sticking through the carpet where your left foot sits will make that red light go away?  :cheers:

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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018 - 09:15:22 am »
I had to laugh but not at the OP. Several years ago when the 73 Cuda was new to my boys, they ask the same question, sometimes when we drive the Cuda there is a red light in the speedo. I told them it ment they were driving too fast.

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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018 - 11:15:35 am »
Many times us "older" people tend to take a lot for granted as we grew up when things were decidedly different. We kind of forget that not very long ago; things remained the same for many years, thus there were several generations of people who all experienced the same things; but in the recent past things have begun moving at a vastly faster pace. The younger generations have most likely never seen a dimmer switch on the floor let a lone a foot starter like those found on old pickups and some cars, they have never had to deal with a 6V electrical system in a vehicle, etc. It is both amusing and humbling to come to the realization that incoming generations of enthusiasts may be surprised and at times baffled by things we grew up with as common items.

D70 - please do not take any of these comments as negative criticism or in anyway meant to belittle you; its just a little sobering to realize there are people out there that haven't grown up with these cars. To put it another way; its like watching your grandparents try and play a game on a Xbox for the first time and them looking at the controller strangely.
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70 Challenger RT 440-6, 73 Cuda (under const)
05 Durango, 99 Dakota, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR, 61 Jeep FC170
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Re: Red Light on Speedometer
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018 - 05:31:43 pm »
Yes.......the little red light..........I knew what you were describing as I am 66 years old...so I did grow up with these type things.........Now , in addition to the Challenger, We have a 2015 Jeep.........and there are things on it that I do not know what they are......and really don't care as it goes and we get where we are going and back home....that's the basic transportation mode.....no since messing it up..... :bigsmile: :bigsmile:
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