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Old 06-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Electrical Gremlins

OK All, I'm sure I'm not the first to have this issue. I have an 04 E350 6.0 with an Edge Juice tuner (that I installed) and an aftermarket alarm and stereo that were installed by a previous owner. Driving home from a trip my stereo went black followed by my gauges dropping all to zero. The gauge cluster had gone out once before and was a simple fuse. However this time the batteries were drained by morning and now she's dead in the yard. Any thoughts? I'm sure what ever got hot and shorted the fuse is the issue, just not sure where to start looking.

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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Re: Electrical Gremlins

Diesel or gas? Does the van have a conversion? Well I'd start at the source by looking at the battery connections, test voltage on the lugs and compare to the spade then move towards the engine. If the battery or batteries is/are dead, its time to look for a short, bad connection or open point. Look for any breakers or fuses that blew. The fuse out you speak of could be a indicator where to look in both directions. When gauges go dead while the engine continues to run it might indicate an open/poor neutralconnection. The main power run from the alternator to the fuse block runs past some warm areas so you might look there. Test voltage at the main fuse block under the hood. My methods are fly by nite in nature. Maybe a real mechanic can step in here.

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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She's a diesel, no conversion yet, planning a home-build. Just picked it up about 9 mounths ago. You describe exactly how my budy who I talked to after posting told me to go at it (he's an electrical eng for cummins). I guess I'll get the meter and headlamp out and plan on some time. Thank you for your reply.
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