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Old 10-13-2018, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Help with gauge cluster voltage regulator

I am one of the many hardbody owners that has had the gas and temp gauges quit working. Found out that all it is is a 8v regulator. Ordered some up and got the cheapest solder kit I could find(in Alaska). Needless to say my solder skills need to be worked on. I ended up just trying to cheat and just shoved the wire onto the prongs of the regulator being held together with heatshrink.

It seemed to be working. Had to readjust it after the first drive, but has worked ever since then. The last day it seems like the gas gauge is going higher than it should, also shows the truck overheating. I'm thinking of just trying to solder it again see if that could be the problem before I start looking at more mechanical problems with the cooling system.

Anyone else have experience or tips with replacing the regulator? Ill be able to get some pictures up of what I'm talking about tomorrow.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:57 AM   #2
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Best tip to solder is get a decent soldering iron, last one I bought was a Weller from the hardware store and it gets hot quick and works good. Let the soldering iron fully heat up before trying to solder, when the solder melts instantly on the tip of the iron you are ready.


You can put the legs of the new transistor in the holes on the circuit board than heat and apply the solder, should be good than.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:15 PM   #3
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After doing some more research in what others have done i realized that the input/output on the regualtor i got was flipped from how the stock regulator was. Ended up taking it back apart and soldered the wires onto another regulator. Hooked it up and everything is working now.

Failed to take a picture of my finished product, below is the stock regulator that went bad. And this is the write-up I followed, https://www.ericthecarguy.com/kunena...temp-gauge-fix
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