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Re: Volvo Penta 2002 engine gauge
Thank you all especially Hartley18. I bought the gauge you recommended and it seems to be working well.
The VDO has a 2" screw on ring that holds the unit in place instead of the metal tent arrangement it had before. This means that the thickness had to be uniform for the gauge to fit properly. The factory however was sloppy and had a big blob of fiberglass on one corner.
After a night sleeping on the problem I brought a dremmel with a 1" cutting wheel. I was amazed how easy it was to slice that glass. It fits well now.
My last issue is the wiring.
The old setup had only two wires.
This new unit has a hot for the meter and a hot for the back-light.
I'm not sure that the engine panel is fused well as their is no switch down below like their is for instrument lights, house lights etc.
I'm thinking I should wire a 1 amp inline fuse from my one hot line then connect both gauge wires to that. At least it will have some protection.
One annoying thing is that the gauge can not be set to the correct hours without sending it in to a repair shop. Really dumb.
Last edited by davidpm; 05-02-2012 at 06:11 PM.