Originally Posted by lizzardjoe
ok i was just working on the car about 20 minuites ago and when i started the car i kicked something in the floor board and the dic ,compass ,and the guages started working ......how wierd........note:the fuse box is hanging down in the floor board ......the dash flickered when i pushed the ac conteols but it came back on ......the dash completely went out when i tried to turn on the radio so what could be wrong are there any wires that control the dash that tie in with the radio ....it will be 8 more days till i get my fsms ....i appriciate all your help
You've obviously got some loose connections there, and possibly some oxidized pin connectors as well (the usual reason for flickering dash displays).
Let'* start with the fusebox, which is not supposed to be hanging down (by its wires, I guess). It'* on a swivel-down mounting attached to the end of a steel multi-function mounting bracket that holds the Twilight Sentinel and/or lighting controllers, among other things.
If it'* just dangling, get your head under the dash and find what it'* supposed to be clipped to. I'm doing this from memory, but basically it'* supposed to be held up out of the way when it'* not needed, flush with the underside of the dash and covered by a hinged plastic lid. It swings down for access by squeezing together a couple of finger tabs that release a little clip, and then you can lower the fusebox into view.
It sounds like you may have some flaky or broken ground connections, too. If stuff stopped working when you turned your radio on, that suggests that some components were using your radio power wiring as a ground path. When you turned your radio on, its now-hot power wiring was no longer a ground path, and thus the stuff that had been functioning that way can no longer work.
I suggest a little patient dismantling, just so you can see if somebody'* been messing around with the wiring in there. Look for any obvious non-factory connections; tell us if you see anything... "interesting"...
Also if you send me your email address in a PM I can email the '93 Owner'* Manual to you in PDF form. (It'll be coming to you from my office email address, not from here...)