Temp gauge constantly in the red!

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Temp gauge constantly in the red!

Postby iety2004 » 28 Mar 2005, 23:16

Hi guys

I've notice that the temp gauge on my kadett once warmed up goes straight into the red

what could this be?

A mate said it might be the voltage stabilizer

Any ideas?

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Postby Neilyman » 28 Mar 2005, 23:30

It`s over heating!!!!!!! :lol:

Nah seriously, does the fuel guage work OK?, `cos that runs on the same stabilizer......If so, I`d change the temp sender.
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Postby iety2004 » 28 Mar 2005, 23:45

is that so, cos yesterday the car ran out of fuel when the needel was above the red so that might be it,

Would it be easier to fit another set of clocks?
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Postby Neilyman » 29 Mar 2005, 00:15

No, you have to remove the clocks, & the stabilizer is a little metal box with 3 legs that plugs into the curcuit board. Just get a new one & plug it in.
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Postby Doive » 29 Mar 2005, 00:31

I'm sure the stabiliser itself will be repairable as these may be a little tricky to track down now. Late 70's so I'd assume it to be made out of discrete through board components menaing a fix would be fairly straight forward, assuming you could find out what's wrong with it?
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Postby iety2004 » 29 Mar 2005, 12:58

there was a couple of clocks for the kadett that didn't sell last week so i could just email those guys and fit new clocks if its one of those and i can't fix them

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Postby Shellysowner » 29 Mar 2005, 14:38

Well if you can't fix it, or can't be bothered here is one.
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Postby iety2004 » 30 Mar 2005, 20:39

Ain't that a bit steep?

You could buy a complete set of clock for less,

The tank sender works ok, even tho it cut out when the needle was just entering the red :x

Never mind tho, so it might be something else then?
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Postby Neilyman » 30 Mar 2005, 21:02

iety2004 wrote:The tank sender works ok, even tho it cut out when the needle was just entering the red


That`s the whole point of the stabilizer! It makes the guages read correctly, not `over read`...Temp shows hotter than it should do & fuel shows more in than you really have!
We`re not talking sender units at all.
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Postby Doive » 30 Mar 2005, 23:55

Try finding a new boxed NOS voltage stabiliser for a chevette and you will realise that twelve quid is not steep at all. Granted, you could buy a second hand set of clocks for this price but then the mileage for your car will be wrong. Personally I'd just whip the stabiliser off the clocks and replace components as it can't be that complicated - nothing on a Chevette is. Parts that are hard to get need to be modified, improvised or repaired as you go along without chucking the whole lot in the bin and getting a new one just because one part of it is broken. It's all part of the challenge of keeping a shove-it on the road!
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Postby Shellysowner » 31 Mar 2005, 10:28

iety2004 wrote:Ain't that a bit steep?

You could buy a complete set of clock for less


Doive wrote:Granted, you could buy a second hand set of clocks for this price


Are you sure? 15 quid is the bare minimum for a full set of working clocks I would have said. If not I want your scrappies!!!
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Postby chris(not) » 31 Mar 2005, 23:30

Dont know if it's identical, but the instrument stabilizer looks much the same as the Lucas one used on just about any 70's 80's British car.

If £12 is too much, you can always open it up, chuck out the thermal gubbins and fit a 7810 electronic regulator which should only cost a few pounds.

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Postby Neilyman » 31 Mar 2005, 23:38

I think you`re right Chris, the one fitted in my clocks, I `found` in a box of bits in the garage. As the only other motors I`ve really had a serious interest in pulling to bits were Minis & Land Rovers, I assume it came from one of those...more likely a Mini!
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Postby Doive » 01 Apr 2005, 00:15

Shellysowner wrote:Are you sure? 15 quid is the bare minimum for a full set of working clocks I would have said.

Ok, granted I may have understated marginally the true cost for effect. But the inference was that a set of clocks could be picked up in this price region (I didn't know the true price but don't tell anyone - I'll look silly). I would say the way forward here is to take the clocks out and replace the voltage regulator, or fix the existing one, or do as Chris (who isn't chris he would have us believe) says and fit an electronic module. Job done.
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Postby chris(not) » 01 Apr 2005, 23:28

Chris(not) is Chris what he's not is Chris(the shoviteer) who featured in the first thread I posted on so for contrast....

There you have it .

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Postby Shellysowner » 01 Apr 2005, 23:33

Although of course he wasn't a member so maybe you're Chris and he's not...
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