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Hi,

 

I'm the proud owner of an Esprit SE , LHD, chargecooled, in the Netherlands.

The car drives fine, everything works okay, but one minor issue.

Once I switch on lights, vents, whiper, or horn, all the readings from the dahboard gauges change.  FY,temperature goes from 80 to 100, battery power from 13 to 11, oil pressure reading goes up etc.

It seems like there is a poor earth connection to the dash, but where to look for it? Anyone familiar with this issue?

Thanks a lot,

Rowald Pouderoyen

 

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Hi,   I'm the proud owner of an Esprit SE , LHD, chargecooled, in the Netherlands. The car drives fine, everything works okay, but one minor issue. Once I switch on lights, vents,

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Nice looking Esprit! 😻

 

First action is to measure your voltage under those conditions. Post back with results.

 

If it still has the OEM Valeo alternator, look directly below that, on the A/C compressor. If black goo has dripped onto the compressor, the voltage regulator is starting to fail (a common occurrence). This can shorten the life of the battery as well.

 

 

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Did you buy the Alpine as a transmission parts source?  (Just kidding...)😆

Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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Hey CarBuff,

 

Thanks for your swift reply!

I checked the voltage at the battery:

When engine off: 11,6 V with lights off and 11,5 V with lights on;

When engine running: 13,8 V with lights off and 13,7 V with lights on.

I didn't find any black goo on the compressor, the alternator and regulator looks clean and dry.

So...any other place where to look?

 

PS: There is only a small sea between France and England; maybe that's why they both built fabulous cars........

Rowald

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I think you are correct then, sounds as if the gauges (or grounds/earths) are lacking a good connection.

 

Old British cars (Esprits up to the Stevens body style) have a voltage stabilizer, but your SE doesn't. You should be able to remove the top cover of the instrument binnacle to check with a multimeter.  But it might be easier to 'Assume the Lotus position' (head under dashboard, feet sticking out roof 😆 ) and re-seat the connectors to the binnacle.

 

The cabin's 'earth' point is in the left A pillar.  The 12V power comes in from the rear, in a similar manner, at the RH A pillar (picture attached).

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Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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