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'03 Wakesetter---Sporatic dash guages


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HELP!!! We have a '03 waksetter that we have had since it was new. Over the last summer our dash started acting up. It would come on and work for a while then it would stop. Now it has stopped all together. Any suggestions. I am not an electrical/wiring person. I have tried to talk to my local dealer that is 3 hours away and they are of no help. Would appreciate any help or suggestions that anyone has. THANKS

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A spotty ground could be the issue. Crawl under the dash and look up to the gunnel of the boat you will see a large brass chunk of metal with the negative (black) battery cable and a bunch of black wires screwed into it. Ensure all these connections are tight and clean.

Poor grounds cause lots of issues, and checking all these is the first step in looking at a problem.

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I have an 02 Wakesetter VLX and had the same thing. Check the grounds. You may need a long socket extension and a deep well socket to tigheten them all. I had a problem with my stereo head unit power and the putting a star washer at the ground location fixed the voltage drop (high resistance).

Good luck.

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