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Old 11-30-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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My dash clock isn't working. I checked the bulb behind the gauge cluster.
Its still good. Everything else on the gauge cluster is working fine. All the bulbs, odometer, tach, seat belt, I just want my dash clock to work.
Anyone had this problem?
or leads on how to fix?
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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Sounds like you may not have power to it?

Check if you have power to pin 34

The connector is the larger U shaped connector with 12 pins. It is one the passenger end of the cluster. If you flip the connector with the U pointing upright, Pin 34 is in the top row, last pin on the right.
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Ok I can look at it more thoroughly after work , noob question: how do I get power to it ?

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OK so I got behind the gauge cluster and replaced the bulb behind 6,7,8...
However I was unable to see why the clock doesnt have any power to it.
Can you help me get this clock to work? Where do I have to provide power to ?

I have image for ya RED...


Photo 1
This is behind the gauge cluster that came off a 97 Pathfinder.., but when its installed in my nissan. EVERYTHING WORKS... except the clock..(the circuitry is colored blue)

Photo 2
This is from my Nissan hardbody 96.. (Note the circuitry is green)
i can see that there are different locations for certain things.

Photo 3
this is plug nearest to the inside passenger


Photo 4
Bigger plug

Photo 5

Both Plugs
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On the green cluster, see the word 'BATT'? Check the wire that goes into that connection just below the word. Top left. Make sure it has 12 volts.
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ok, Ill check it out, Its assembled already and I gotta start my work week =(
I hope Its there. Although looking at the 2 circuitry board ribbons, They have different leads going different places.. mmm
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Ok so I continue today, checking for 12V on the harness. There is NO 12V power going to the gauge cluster.There is actually 1 supply for power coming into the gauge cluster. Its on the 2 driver side top inside lead.(plug) I can only assume it brings in power and the flex ribbon will transfer DC to the entire gauge.
What should I do Red ?
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Add that other pin to the power lead
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The actual clock function is provided by pin 34, it should be getting 12vdc straight from the battery through fuse 20 in the fuse box. This fuse also supplies constant power to the radio. grounds for this portion are pins 21 and 42

The illumination of the clock is provided by switched 12vdc on pin 30 from fuse 6. This fuse also supplies switched power to the radio. Ground for the illumination is pin 5.

Here's a link to the electrical portion of the FSM on NICO for a 96 HB. It has great pictures that show exactly what the pin numbers are in each connector on page 69. http://www.nicoclub.com/FSM/hardbody...1_Truck/el.pdf

You also mention that the new cluster is out of a 97 pathfinder....that's a completely different beast. It can't be out of a 97. The whole shape of the cluster is different and the connectors are different as well. If it's from a pathfinder it's gotta be 94 or 95.

Check for power and ground on the pins I've listed and let us know what you get. Also, verify for us that the variable illumination control works on the other dash lights like it should. The clock should DIM when the headlights are turned on and then vary in intensity with the other dash lights. Make sure the radio works, and that it holds the presets.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:27 AM   #10
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Thank you again for your help..
THE CLOCK WORKS !
Although PIN 34 is ignition on my HB. Its hot on the fuse box, but I believe it turns into ignition after it passes the relays.
I was able to hook it up direct power to PIN 34. Otherwise it would just shut off everytime i turn off the truck or pull my keys.
so PIN 30 does turn on when i turn on the lights. But when I hook up the bulb with leads it does turn on but when I turn on my truck it goes off and only the clock and no illumintation.. maybe bad ground? Where should I find a ground on the gauge cluster ?

Note:
The 94-95 pathfinder gauges are going inside my pathfinder
So perhaps the wiring and the gauges are different... mmm
check out my pics



What do you suggest from this photo? where do I attach the leads?

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