Continuing agrace & apace, Paul!–
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.
Paul M. Novak wrote:
This is a follow up on to my recent post (see below) about some
electrical problems I had with my 1984 XJ6 VdP. Thanks for all the
As some of you might remember I disassembled most everything on the
interior and exterior of this car for a repaint. In addition I replaced
the instrument panel and replaced it with a NOS OEM burlwood dash, I
removed and replaced all the seats and center console and treated and
dyed all the leather and vinyl. For all practical purposes the car now
looks brand new. But of course lots of things had to be taken apart and
put back together properly.
I was definitely in a rush to get the car ready for the concours season,
so it wasn’t surprising that a few gremlins popped up.
It looks like I fixed both my engine power loss and instrument panel
power problems from the original post.
I believe the engine power loss was either a bad power resistor
or bad connection to the power resistor. I believe I was only running
on three cylinders as only three fuel injectors were firing. I removed
all the wires from my old cracked plastic power resistor connector and
replaced it with a good one from my spare parts car. In the process I
cleaned up all the dirty and tarnished contacts, oiled them with
dielectric grease and replaced the power resistor with a spare one.
I believe that the instrument panel gage power problems were due
to my removal of an aftermarket “Headlights On Reminder Buzzer” that I
removed right prior to the concours to avoid questions if the buzzer
should go off during the Operation Verification test. I think I must
have loosened the fuse. I reinstalled the “Headlights On Reminder
Buzzer” and haven’t had a problem with the gages since.
Of course I also removed, cleaned, oiled and replaced the
battery cables, the main power terminal post and ground, the gage
grounds at the rear of the instrument panel and the grounds at the rear
of the coolant rail. I took the battery in to a local auto parts shop
and it checked out good. Any or all of them could have been at least
partially to blame.
I didn’t suspect the ignition switch as I replaced that a few
years ago and upon visual inspection it didn’t appear to have any issue.
I have put on about 500 miles since fixing things and everything was
been working correctly.
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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