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Unread 04-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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What is this??

I hate these types of threads but I have no idea what this is.



I'm in the middle of getting my junk all put back together and was about done today when I found that I didn't have a switched 12v to my gauges, tach, etc.... because well it was shorted to ground. So after pulling the dash all back apart and tracing the entire harness I found that the switched line (white w/black tracer) grounds out only when this box is attached.

Anyhow, what is it? It plugs in directly below the fuse panel.







BTW, I know it's not the flux capacitor, because I already re-located that to the passenger side.

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Unread 04-17-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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Honestly, I was gonna ask the same thing. Mine will buzz from time to time and somehow gets a bad connection and I lose my gauges.

I think it's the same part.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
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Yeh, I've never actually noticed it before, but just out of the blue it's shorting out. If I don't need it I'm gonna toss it, but if I do, then obviously I need to find another.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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It's a GPS tracker put in by the CIA No idea what it is, try not putting it in and see what happens.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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Obviously a set of relays, but what why for how? No idea...
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Unread 04-17-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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Que would know...
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Unread 04-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #7
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Yep, Que for sure. Max likely would too.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 08:03 AM   #8
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Looks similar to this.

http://www.autopartsobsolete.com/82-...-14036201.html

It's a headlight buzzer in this application. I've also seen it as some sort of seat belt alarm/warning in some other links. Seems to be a relay to give some kind of warning when the key is turned on.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 08:09 AM   #9
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Could it be the buzzer for when your door is open? I had a connector floating around and every time it made contact with metal it buzzed. I taped it up but but never bothered to find out where the actually buzzing was coming from...
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Unread 04-18-2012, 08:11 AM   #10
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Why does it keep the gauges from initializing?
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Unread 04-18-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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Looks similar to this.

http://www.autopartsobsolete.com/82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-pontiac-firebird-ignition-headlight-buzzer-nos-gm-14036201.html

It's a headlight buzzer in this application. I've also seen it as some sort of seat belt alarm/warning in some other links. Seems to be a relay to give some kind of warning when the key is turned on.
Yep, looks exactly like that. But it's never buzzed since I've owned it.

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Why does it keep the gauges from initializing?
I don't know that's what has me baffled. When I test across the ground and the switched lines (on the unit itself) with it unplugged they're not shorted, but when it's plugged in it shorts out.

I'm just going to put the entire thing back together, leave that unplugged and see what happens. There's a half dozen unused plugs behind the dash anyhow.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 02:02 PM   #12
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There you go It's a .....

GM Alarm
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Unread 04-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #13
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STOCK ALARM?!

I think you're pullin' my leg, sir.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #14
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Mine buzzes when the key is left in the ignition and the driver door is opened! No idea why it would kill the gauges, but the way the wiring schematic is in the Haynes manual, they are all kind of hooked together with the white with black tracer.....
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Unread 04-18-2012, 06:02 PM   #15
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And for the record, I don't have one.
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