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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:06 am    Post subject: Replacing Speedometer - Disconnect battery first? Reply with quote

Ode to the person who says there is never a stupid question. When replacing the speedometer in a bay bus, should one disconnect the battery first?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: Replacing Speedometer - Disconnect battery first? Reply with quote

i would. lots of live uninsulated terminals under there
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacing Speedometer - Disconnect battery first? Reply with quote

yes. disconnect.
once tried it with volts involved & you can energize the drag cup & ruin the return spring. no I will not post the stupid story here. : l
added plus: the vibrator for the fuel gauge in also in peril when you try this.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacing Speedometer - Disconnect battery first? Reply with quote

Thank you both
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacing Speedometer - Disconnect battery first? Reply with quote

battery should be disconnected every time something electrical related is being worked on. What is the harm in doing that? It only takes a second to do it. Yes here is a lot of uninsulated terminals
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