Ah, ok. Check the feed wire to the voltage limiter (Black Wire). The connector may be loose or corroded where it slips onto the terminal.
Geez -- where is the summer going.....
what are the chances I will be able to access the VL from under the dash?
Probably between slim and none and slim left town...LOL
Cause now, the fuel and temp gauges are dead the last few drives.......not coming back like before....hoping its just a wire and not the VL.....
Have to tear out the dash to get to the wire and the VL....and thats a pain.......thinking that pulling the drivers seat so I can go from underneath would be easier, but not sure its a straight shot or not...maybe I can pull the ash tray housing out and go in that way?? Seems to be in the vicinity of where I would need to go,.......
In the meantime, I have to take the car to have a self-imposed dent looked at.....
And just before Carlisle, the battery died altogether so a new battery now graces the fish. gauge still showing charging about the same so at least the battery is out of the equation.
I do hope to remember to check the last drop item you suggested soon.....honestly, it just keeps getting back burnered......sheesh.
Ok, update --- I found that I could pull my stereo out and snake my fat arm up into behind the dash and get a hand on the wires to the VL.
Found that pushing one of the connectors at the VL to one side made it work and oushing the other it quit......worked the connector on and off a few times and same deal.....since I couldnt get to the connector itself this way, I twisted the connector slightly on the VL and it is holding......
After looking online, figured out that the wire in question is the Y harness from the VL to the fuel/temp gauges (its a y cable).
Gonna wait and see if my twisting helps long term....if not I may try to pull just the y harness this way but man I may not get it installed again this way...cant see anything, its all by feel.
To change the actual VL (if the connector at the VL is the issue), the dash will have to come out. Its one of those electronic VLs with the red LED light on it. Installed that 5 or 6 years back.
As an aside, you could NEVER do what I did on a new car....LOL...love the old car designs that let you work on stuff!