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Old 11-09-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hi I think this site is awesome,

This is my first post, I have a '92 SSEI with 164k on the odo.

I want to thank everybody, because I was able to solve a problem I was having with hesitation under load. After reading around, I got a hint to check the sparks coming off the coil, and the last pack was firing weak. It turned out the pack for cylinders 1,4 actually had a cracked housing, and it had a weak spark on those cylinders because of it.

A quick run to Autozone, and the car was running as good as new with a $24 coil pack. This was great because the car was off the road for the past 5 1/2 years sitting in my greenhouse until I decided to get it back on the road. And now the beast is back!

Now theres another problem though. The instrument cluster keeps blinking on and off, so everything except for the tach and the speedo are going crazy pretty much constantly (the bell keeps going off, which is driving me nuts). I checked the ground connections at both L/R rocker panels, which seem fine, so it seems like a problem with something to the cluster itself.

I'm wondering if anyone can point me to information regarding how to access all the connections going to the cluster, and as a quick fix, I'd like to turn off the chime, if anyone knows how. I saw a reference to techinfo, but I'm not sure how to access that so if anyone can send me links to that information, I would be grateful.

Also, I noticed all the links to bonnevilleclub.com are gone (the site seems to be down). Do those pages live on anywhere, archived, or anything like that? It would be great to be able to see all that information that people are referencing here.

Thanks to everyone for your time. This site has saved me an enormous amount of time.

Help is really appreciated. Bonnie lives!
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Hey there!
Could be a ground bus problem. If you take off the trim holding down your carpet next to the drivers seat, you'll see a bus. Just make sure it'* all clean. Sounds like a ground problem somewhere. Did you check the battery terminals, battery end, and where they ground to the car? I think removing the cluster will be a waste.
As far as bonnevilleclub.com, I'm not sure why that doesn't work anymore.

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He mentioned in his first message he had checked his L/R rocker grounds. This is a great place to start, but seems to not be the problem. You mentioned the car sat for several years. I woudl guess there is some corrosion, check all the fuses and clean any connection you can find.

The reason why the old site is not working is the URL changed, and the software was also changed and this for some reason caused the old URLs to no longer work. It'* being worked on but is a manual process and will take a long time.
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Thanks guys,

DANTHURS: Ground busses were clean, surprise surprise. Battery cables and other grounds were clean, but I applied diaelectric grease. I'll check the fuses and connectors next.

The instruments seem to function more normally when the car is first started, and then electric display start flickering/needles (boost, temp, fuel) flick around, the bell rings, and then it sort of goes dead.

Good news is, car just passed inspection today. Thanks again for all the input!
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Also, I'd like to check the wire harness(es) that go to all the displays in the dash. If anyone knows how to access them/where they are, I'd like to know to make sure those aren't corroded.

Thanks again.
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update on 92 ssei. hesitation problem was solved with a coil pack, brake pedal to the floor was solved with a 2 foot line from the ms to the abs pump car inspected and running great except for the above described ic problem. i had the ic almost out but it would not pull out past 1 inch.speedo cable? i don't have a shop manual so can anyone give me info on the ic removal, ground locations ,maybe pictorials? again the panel works ok for a few minutes after starting then all hell brakes loose. indicator lights flicker gauges bounce around, 0 to max, then all goes dark and only the tach and speedo function. any solutions are appreciated.
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A friend of mine had placed his Opel GT up on blocks for a few years. When he decided to put the P.O.*. on the road he had all sorts of electrical issues. Come to find out rodents had gotten into the car and nibbled away at a few wires and their insulation and they were making ground against any metal they came into contact with. You may want to do a very thorough harness inspection from front to back.
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A coworker of mine had mice build a nest in one of the cylinders. Talk about a mess.
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Ive been having the same problems,although it is strictly limited to the compass and info center.My info ctr used to flicker in and out,but would eventually come back and read everything correctly....now when it flickers back on,everything in the display lites up including totally bogus numbers on the mileage.Got tired of the chime going off pulled the chime assembly,opened it up and yanked the speaker out,guess ill live with this until warmer weather comes.....If your looking for the chime,its a blue box just above and to the right of the steering column,easy fix for now, but id like to find the real culprit eventually....great site,keep up the good work!
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Ive been having the same problems,although it is strictly limited to the compass and info center.My info ctr used to flicker in and out,but would eventually come back and read everything correctly....now when it flickers back on,everything in the display lites up including totally bogus numbers on the mileage.Got tired of the chime going off pulled the chime assembly,opened it up and yanked the speaker out,guess ill live with this until warmer weather comes.....If your looking for the chime,its a blue box just above and to the right of the steering column,easy fix for now, but id like to find the real culprit eventually....great site,keep up the good work!
i also silenced that blasted blue box a while ago. flickering still intermittent,feels like a poor electrical connection. will keep at it,post any solutions
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