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    Quote Originally Posted by 91merc View Post
    One of the traces has the end torn off where the plug goes in
    bah. Might get one from WagonMan then. Take time for shipping, but would save you a LOT of hassle.

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    Well I traced it out, and the torn one goes to the Amp light, I'm gonna put a voltage gauge on the car anyway so it shouldn't matter much right?

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    +1 you need that in the circuit to get the alternator to turn on.

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    On the question about repairing traces: I couldn't believe I got this to work, but it did:



    This is a trace on the illumination circuit that I burnt via short circuit while doing a bulb check with cluster removed from the car.

    Lesson being, you can get solder to stick to it if you're careful. Too much heat will melt everything but a quick touch should work. That's a tiny piece of wire with insulation fully removed.

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    +1 soldering can be done, but do not dwell once solder melts. You can always try again, but once you dwell too long, stuff burns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kishy View Post
    On the question about repairing traces: I couldn't believe I got this to work, but it did:



    This is a trace on the illumination circuit that I burnt via short circuit while doing a bulb check with cluster removed from the car.

    Lesson being, you can get solder to stick to it if you're careful. Too much heat will melt everything but a quick touch should work. That's a tiny piece of wire with insulation fully removed.
    Nice job! Wish i was that good at soldering lol
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    Multiple soldered spots....It works.....Definitely difficult though.
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    Found the problem, PO removed the illumination fuse because the circuit film crapped out and was popping the fuse

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    That would do it.

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