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97up-list Digest Sun, 25 Jun 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 107

In This Issue:
Electrical Problem
Idiot Gauge


From: "Johnny Hallman">
Subject: Electrical Problem
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 21:56:53 -0400

I am new to the list. Wonder if anyone has had my problem. On my
98'Expedition 5.4L
2WD, when I turn on the lights, the truck dies--just as if you turned off
the switch.
Anyone ???

J Hallman


From: "Glen Novitsky">
Subject: Idiot Gauge
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 23:54:30 -0500

I don't know if this has been discussed here before, so if its repetitive,
let me know...
We've all heard of idiot lights, but I thought only GM did this. My old
car, as many know now was a Police Package Caprice ('95). It came equipped
with a "real" oil pressure gauge, while the Civilian Caprice's and Impala SS
cars came with "bogus" oil pressure gauges. What I mean by "bogus" is that
the gauge is either "on" or "off," no in-between. Well, on my F250 SD PS,
the SAME thing happens. The gauge is either on or off..... if you haven't
noticed, go start yours now and look. The Gauge SHOULD move up or down
according to pressure. On ours, it just sits there...
However, I'm hoping there is a fix. With the Civi Caprice and SS, there
was an easy way to convert the gauge to a real working one. How? First,
you had to change the Civilian/SS oil pressure sensor to the Police package
one, about $22. Then, a certain wire behind the glove box had to be spliced
and you
had to add 12V with a resistor (about $1) to make sure the gauge was
calibrated. Less resistance meant a higher pressure, higher resistance
meant a lower pressure reading.
My question, do the 450/550 trucks have a REAL gauge? If so, there must
be an
easy fix. If not, has anyone fixed this gauge yet? Don't ask me why Ford
did this, but I know that Chevy did it because that at warm Idle, the oil
pressure as almost to the "red" zone on the gauge, and they thought many
customers would complain of low oil pressure...If anyone there knows a fix,
I'd like some help getting rid of this "Idiot Gauge." Thanks, Glen


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