Re: [DML] New delorean owner - some questions on repairs
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Re: [DML] New delorean owner - some questions on repairs



Derek,

> 
> - The AC is said to work when the compressor is jumped to the battery, but it will not turn
> on from the dash switch. There is a constant hissing behind the dash. *My assumption* is
> that it is the mode switch. I know Gradys sells a replacement for the rubber part that tends
> to break down. Does this sound like the correct diagnosis?

You probably have two problems here, I'll address the latter. The
hissing is the mode switch. You might not have to buy anything. Take
it out, take it apart, and look at the condition of the rubber part.
May just need to be cleaned. Lubricate with a small (small!) amount of
vasoline, put it back together. Also check all of the vacuum
connections back there. If it still doesn't work right, buy a new
rubber part (should come with a new plastic "clip" to hold it in).

> - The door lights do not work nor (I do not believe) do the engine or trunk lights. *My
> assumption* is that it is fuses or relays that need to be replaced, and I am planning on
> getting the kits from one of the vendors. I also read that some people might disconnect
> them for shows, which is highly possible with this car. Where would I look for such a
> thing?

Door pins. Front of the door jamb, there's a pin that goes in when you
close the door. The electrical connection behind it just pops on and
off. Yours may be hanging there; hook them back up to the pins.

> - The one tail light flickers. *My assumption* is that it is a bad connection on the board. I
> know they can be replaced, but I thought I also recall someone saying you can use a nut
> and bolt to tighten up the light compartment for better contact. Any ideas on this?

Yeah, pull the taillight out, take the board out, and you'll see where
the sockets hook to the board. I cleaned & resoldered mine,
personally. But the nut/bolt method works too. There are holes where
the sockets connect to the board, you can put a small bolt through it
and tighten down.

> - I do not believe the reverse lights worked. My friend who went with me said he did not
> recall them going on during the test drive. I am lost at this one as I never read about this
> issue before.

Probably your reverse light switch, it's on the transmission (on a 5
speed, no idea on an automatic as I don't own one). Look at the
driver's side of the tranny, about the center of it, you'll see it
sticking out. Unhook the two wires going into it and jumper them. If
your lights work replace the switch. Easy fix, it just screws out, new
one screws in. I had the same problem.

-Ryan




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