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New LED problems......
#1
After wrestling the dash back in to hook it up to check my new led dash lights I discovered most of them weren't working. The right turn signal, one of the warning lights, and the high beam were the only ones working. ARGGGGH!!!!
ALL my lights were working before with the 194's. I am positive I have these in correctly polarity wise and went according to the diagram that came with the kit.
I'm going to call the place tomorrow and ask for any tips, and am also going to reinstall the old bulbs and see if they work, I'm also going to check that ribbon circuit board close. I thought I could put everything back together, no such luck!!!!!!!!!!! Shootself Angry
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(04-22-2018, 04:13 PM)Danno Wrote: After wrestling the dash back in to hook it up to check my new led dash lights I discovered most of them weren't working. The right turn signal, one of the warning lights, and the high beam were the only ones working. ARGGGGH!!!!
ALL my lights were working before with the 194's. I am positive I have these in correctly polarity wise and went according to the diagram that came with the kit.
I'm going to call the place tomorrow and ask for any tips, and am also going to reinstall the old bulbs and see if they work, I'm also going to check that ribbon circuit board close. I thought I could put everything back together, no such luck!!!!!!!!!!! Shootself Angry

Danno, If I remember, you got your lights from Hi-Po Parts, but before a discount offer was posted. If so, Bill will set you straight without doubt, but I'd go back and make sure that the LED's (or SMD's) are indeed installed with the correct polarity and are also seated correctly in the sockets. I had an issue when I started playing with LED's and found it was a combination of those things. I also had issue with the turn signal bulbs and ended up using 194's for them, They would not work with a standard electronic flasher.
I have since changed ALL my lights, inside and out to SMD's including the special grounded flashers required for the turn and 4 ways, but still need to try the smd's in the turn indicators. I'll do that when I take the dash out again to refit an AM/FM radio along with new speaker wires and a general clean-up of the harness in the very near future now it is finally warming up!!
Hope that helps,
Geoff.
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#3
Don't forget that you'll need an incandescent bulb for the alternator lamp; a polarized LED won't work.

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(04-22-2018, 04:36 PM)midlife Wrote: Don't forget that you'll need an incandescent bulb for the alternator lamp; a polarized LED won't work.

Ha! Don't worry, after all the troubleshooting you helped me with, that's etched in my brain and the bulb is already installed in the socket and ready to go if I can ever get rid this other nuisance problem Haha ....................
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#5
(04-22-2018, 06:01 PM)Danno Wrote:
(04-22-2018, 04:36 PM)midlife Wrote: Don't forget that you'll need an incandescent bulb for the alternator lamp; a polarized LED won't work.

Ha! Don't worry, after all the troubleshooting you helped me with, that's etched in my brain and the bulb is already installed in the socket and ready to go if I can ever get rid this other nuisance problem Haha ....................

As for your other "nuisance problem", may I recommend a good divorce lawyer?

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#6
This is Mark Haas (for Bill)......FIRST thing you should do is "bench test" a bulb (any bulb) before installing in cluster . That way you know they light with just power. (Hell you can even use a 9 Volt with wire leads) If you have no bulb issues, I would look at the 4 Amp fuse first in the box and after that the wire connection to the film. (sometimes it gets bent when connecting the harness plug.

Bill will be catching up tomorrow, but I'm sure will talk to you before 5PM.

Mark
P.S. If you plan on removing the cluster again......you can follow the diagram and power the lights with just leads to the correct film points with alligator clips! LET US KNOW WHAT YOU DO.
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#7
I'm in the middle to changing to the Hi-Po 'Elite' kit in my 69. First thing I did was place a dab of white on one side of each lamp holder. My hope is I put all the + on the side with the paint daub and this should prevent installing them in the wrong direction.

9 V battery check before installing is also part of the process.

I did these in my 73 quite a few years ago and it was worth the slow and easy, step by step changeover process to get it right.
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#8
(04-22-2018, 06:52 PM)midlife Wrote:
(04-22-2018, 06:01 PM)Danno Wrote:
(04-22-2018, 04:36 PM)midlife Wrote: Don't forget that you'll need an incandescent bulb for the alternator lamp; a polarized LED won't work.

Ha! Don't worry, after all the troubleshooting you helped me with, that's etched in my brain and the bulb is already installed in the socket and ready to go if I can ever get rid this other nuisance problem Haha ....................

As for your other "nuisance problem", may I recommend a good divorce lawyer?
*******Been there, done that, thus I HATE all lawyers!!!!!!!!!
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#9
(04-23-2018, 07:07 AM)Bill73Ragtop Wrote: I'm in the middle to changing to the Hi-Po 'Elite' kit in my 69.  First thing I did was place a dab of white on one side of each lamp holder.  My hope is I put all the + on the side with the paint daub and this should prevent installing them in the wrong direction.

9 V battery check before installing is also part of the process.

I did these in my 73 quite a few years ago and it was worth the slow and easy, step by step changeover process to get it right.
*****Update! I checked the dash after it got dark, and they work.........only the one turn signal light and 2 of the warning lights are still inop. It's my fault because I got the least expensive set, but they are still much better than the 194's.
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#10
(04-22-2018, 04:28 PM)Stanglover Wrote:
(04-22-2018, 04:13 PM)Danno Wrote: After wrestling the dash back in to hook it up to check my new led dash lights I discovered most of them weren't working. The right turn signal, one of the warning lights, and the high beam were the only ones working. ARGGGGH!!!!
ALL my lights were working before with the 194's. I am positive I have these in correctly polarity wise and went according to the diagram that came with the kit.
I'm going to call the place tomorrow and ask for any tips, and am also going to reinstall the old bulbs and see if they work, I'm also going to check that ribbon circuit board close. I thought I could put everything back together, no such luck!!!!!!!!!!! Shootself Angry

Danno, If I remember, you got your lights from Hi-Po Parts, but before a discount offer was posted. If so, Bill will set you straight without doubt, but I'd go back and make sure that the LED's (or SMD's) are indeed installed with the correct polarity and are also seated correctly in the sockets. I had an issue when I started playing with LED's and found it was a combination of those things. I also had issue with the turn signal bulbs and ended up using 194's for them, They would not work with a standard electronic flasher.
I have since changed ALL my lights, inside and out to SMD's including the special grounded flashers required for the turn and 4 ways, but still need to try the smd's in the turn indicators. I'll do that when I take the dash out again to refit an AM/FM radio along with new speaker wires and a general clean-up of the harness in the very near future now it is finally warming up!!
Hope that helps,
Geoff.
 *****Update! I checked the dash after it got dark, and they work.........only the one turn signal light and 2 of the warning lights are still inop. It's my fault because I got the least expensive set, but they are still much better than the 194's.
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