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possible bad ground
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posted 01-05-2009 11:52 AM ET (US)
Got a quick question hopefully someone can help me with. i have a 99 montauk. i was going to do some wiring the other day and after looking at the bus bar mess i decided
to tie some of the ground wires together in one lug so i did'nt have 5 or 6 seperate wires on each screw of the bus bar. ok so after that i noticed some wierdness like when i turn on my nav lights my bilge pump panel light comes on (thankfully not the bilge pump itself) and the nav light panel light stays off. when i turn on the bilge both the nav and bilge lights come on. Electically the accesories tied to the switches act normal from what i see its just the illumination lights that have a problem. Of course i can't be 100 percent sure it was all good before i started but i think i may have noticed the problem.
So before i start reworking things does it seem resonable that it may be a bad ground isuue,ie something did not make it correct in the crimp?
posted 01-05-2009 12:59 PM ET (US)
Aggregating connections under one terminal is a bad idea. Good wiring practice is only one connector under a terminal.
posted 01-05-2009 06:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks Jim, i probably should consider that as another project because it is increasingly impossible to work in that small area as is.
Problem ended up being a bad ground. of all things it was from the factory switch panels ground, it had a sloppy crimp. Of course thats the one i did not screw with! anyway fixed that and cleaned up the wiring as best as i could and everything is otay now.
Only 3 or so more months of garage captaining till i am in the water again.
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