Thursday, December 3, 2009

AE86 Tech #86-14: Light Fix

I'm sure most of you come across flickering dashlights at one point. At first you bang on the dash until it comes back on. After that gets annoying, the next route is to get a switch from the yard. But being it's the same 25 year old part, finding a good switch is a hit or miss.

Now let's get to the root of the problem and actually fix it. If you have access to a soldering you're on your way.

First pop open the switch and examine the solder joints.

A close up view shows the solder already cracked. Years of daily driving and track days will do this to solder.

All that's needed is a reheat of the solder and let it flow on to the terminal. That's it. While you're in there you should do the other ones.

Same thing can be done on the Logicon part on the 86-89 Mazda RX-7. Sorry don't have pictures of that one, but you get the idea.

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