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04-29-2014 01:43 AM
AngelaA6 Went to put my dash back together turning it on periodically to see if the tach still worked. The moment I got it all back together and turned the key the tach pinned itself again.

BUT!

Turns out that everything works but the tach has something lose in it. You just have to hit it to get it to work found that out when the hubby got mad at hit it to see if that might be it. Go figure his unspoken hunch was right...

I'm saving that for another day, for now it works well enough haha. Next on the list is: new window wiper shaft/wiper arm install, inner tie rod end replacement, caliper clips on both front brakes so they don't rattle and an alignment so I don't screw up my tires again...even though I'm so low my tires die really early :P

Thank you guys for all your help we tried all your ideas and it does help to have the outside help that isn't mentally frustrated.
04-28-2014 07:12 PM
Curtis Glad you found it.

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04-28-2014 06:48 PM
AngelaA6
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Do you know what the tach's input signal should be? I'm no mechanic, but I do work in a power plant. Most analog gauges require either 4-20 miliamps or 0-5 volts in my industry.

If you could figure out what your meter requires, you could then read the voltage or amperage on the input wire to see if it fluctuates accordingly. Then you will know if its the correct wiring at least.

Again, not a mechanic, but if I had to guess, I'd say that if your tach is pegging out when the car is on then your input wire may be wrong and just be hot all the time.

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Husband says since my hazard switch isn't plugged in the circuit shorts itself so it's just acting like I have a light out.

I know my engine inside and out but when it comes to the electrical side of it I get lost haha.
04-28-2014 06:24 PM
Chip18
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my 2009 senta slightly vibrates while accelerating between 20 and 30. what's the deal?
Just gonna add swap tires front to back see if the vibration follows.
04-28-2014 06:22 PM
Curtis Do you know what the tach's input signal should be? I'm no mechanic, but I do work in a power plant. Most analog gauges require either 4-20 miliamps or 0-5 volts in my industry.

If you could figure out what your meter requires, you could then read the voltage or amperage on the input wire to see if it fluctuates accordingly. Then you will know if its the correct wiring at least.

Again, not a mechanic, but if I had to guess, I'd say that if your tach is pegging out when the car is on then your input wire may be wrong and just be hot all the time.

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04-28-2014 05:45 PM
AngelaA6 Could be old tires, bad bearings, unbalanced tires, ect... There's a lot of different things that could make your car vibrate.
04-28-2014 05:39 PM
scarfish my 2009 senta slightly vibrates while accelerating between 20 and 30. what's the deal?
04-28-2014 05:25 PM
AngelaA6 I actually was the only person that I know of haha. I poured over the search all yesterday and even just went to google looking for ANY kind of car that had a similar problem. That forum kinda has gone dead though in the past four years and was kinda a last ditch effort.

If you aren't deep in the scene and know certain people you kinda just feel like an outsider on that forum, even at some car shows. The people that owned MKII's that I knew kinda left the MkII scene and went MKI or newer because the Honda scene was starting to buy MkIIs :P

The closest thing I could find was a hanging tach but mine didn't even move.

Either way I'm happy I at least got the tach to work whatever it was it resolved itself haha and only five cuts on my hands later not too bad.
04-28-2014 05:18 PM
Chip18 Well give them some time, usually on the car forums there are at least a couple folks that are really, really good.

I did that swap on my 92 Tercel... no tach, it will take a tach from a 94 Paseo no airbag no ABS. Hence my nother year suggestion. Dig around with the search function...you can't be the first to encounter this?
04-28-2014 04:54 PM
AngelaA6 I did it's a US spec and they didn't change from 1985-1989. I accidentally a couple years back bought a CE2 cluster from a newer gti (didn't know the difference at the time) and the pins/plugs were completely different.

...and now this feels all a bit silly. Just went out and plugged it in...guess what? The tach worked... I have no idea what my husband was doing to get the tach to pin itself... maybe he was plugging it in upside down?

Now it's on to tackle hopefully the little things. Turn signal indicator switching the bulbs over and what not.

Thank you Chip for the reply the vortex hasn't even responded and I posted yesterday.
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