[DML] Re: Dash Light Rheostat
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[DML] Re: Dash Light Rheostat



Thanks to all who responded.  I'll tie those wires together!

Cliff, you are correct in that it's not a rheostat with windings.  I 
just didn't know what else to call it.  "Dimmer" probably would have 
been more generic.

My interest in repairing this part would just be to have it "right," 
if not for me, then for some potential future owner.  For me, this 
location does look prime for mounting some other, to-be-defined, 
more useful control in place of the dimmer! 

Since you've actually managed to get some of these working, I'd like 
more info from you on the earlier questions in my original post if 
you wouldn't mind emailing me off-list.  Specifically, I would like 
elaboration on your phrase "glue the broken shaft parts."  My guess 
is, if the little disc is in the proper spot and not flopping 
around, the little copper wipers will work properly again.

Marv
#10820
AZ-D


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Cliff Schmucker <cliff@...> wrote:
>
> On the dimmers I have disassembled and repaired, it is not a
> conventional "rheostat", and would be impossible to rewind, as 
there
> is no "winding"!
> 
> it actually uses narrow width copper traces on a PCB (printed 
circuit
> board) rather than a wire winding to create the variable resistance
> for the voltage reduction to the dash lights
> 
> on the few that I have repaired, have had to glue the broken shaft
> parts, and clean the dirt and grim off of the wiper contacts and 
PCB
> contacts - all works fine now, no problems
> 
> perhaps there are two versions, one with a conventional "winding" 
and
> the PCB style I have encountered?
> 
> Cliff
> 
> 
> On Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:55:40 -0000, David Teitelbaum wrote:
> 
> >You can, as Mark points out, just bypass the rehostat and connect 
all
> >3 wires together. You lose the ability to dim the dash lights. The
> >dimmer doesn't work all that great anyway. When you dim the 
lights,
> >just when you get to about the spot you like it, the lights go 
out.
> >When I first got my car I thought the dimmer was bad. I bought a 
new
> >one (not cheap) and when I put it in I was very disappointed that 
it
> >did the exact same thing! One day I may rewind the element in it 
or
> >try a different one.
> >David Teitelbaum
> >vin 10757
> >
> >
> >--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@> wrote:
> >>
> >> Yes.  I have been running 1860 this way for 4 years.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> --- Marv Hein <marvhein@> wrote:
> >> > 
> >> > A final question:  I found an old DML post that
> >> > suggests the rheostat 
> >> > c
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