As I mentioned in another thread, this weekend I noticed a small puff of white smoke from behind the drop down instrument panel. By the time I was able to unscrew the two thumb screws holding the panel the smoke was gone. Later that day I noticed that both the water temp and fuel gauges were reading zero, as if they weren’t even powered.
Given that I had replaced the old voltage stabilizer a few months ago, I suspected it was the stabilizer, especially since it is in the location that I saw the smoke. Today I tested it in situ with my voltmeter. It was showing 12.7 volts in and out. I removed it from the car and don’t see any visible sign of it being damaged, but I set it up on my bench with a 12v transformer. I’m getting 13.73 volts on the input side from the transformer and 13.73 volts on the output side.
Is this an acceptable test to confirm that it is shot? I see these items from the usuals for $11-13, but Terry’s has one for $65. Is this just gouging or is this a better made unit? I saw an old thread were @Michael_Frank at CoolCat had them, is this still the case?