Originally Posted by old_newbie
OK I am new to this board so be gentle.
My dash is showing the apparently common promlem of flickering and guages going dead. I searched through this web site (great site) for the flickering dash problem and found a few suggestions. So far removing the cluster and shining up the connections hasn't worked and I didn't see any cracks in the solder joints.
So what are my options?
Scouring the junkyards for a dash or is there someplce you can get them repaired?
Mine is a 94 SSEI so the dashes aren't that common. Can I use the compass circuit card from another non SSEI dash?
I work in Vintage electronic repair and reflowing solder joints is one of the most common repairs. Unless you are skilled at it you probably will not see what we refer to as an "annular ring". This is a circular crack in the solder joint.
If you are used to soldering I would attack all of the larger pads and the ones on the connection itself.
The suggestion that it may be the main cluster ground is a good one. I clean all grounds with a product called "DeoxIt" and then coat them with a thin layer of silicon grease (the stuff you use on spark plug wires).
The light dimmer in the headlight switch is a nichrome wire type rheostat. These can be cleaned and lubed. They are practically indestructable compared to the carbon film types.
I am also working on my instrument cluster. I will post details on cleaning the headlight switch up.
I have found one Bonny in a local boneyard so I consider myself lucky.