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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Briano's Links by class (Electric)

    Electrical/Educational Educational: Inside of a fuse box ...

    Started by briano1234, 04-03-2017 07:41 AM
    automatic, cabriolet, car, effects, fan, forum, fuel, headlights, ignition, install, key, lights, mode, post, radio, remove, replacement, stalling, testing, unit, water, window, wipers, wiring, work
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    04-03-2017 07:41 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Improving your Cluster Connections and ground.

    How to improve your Speedometer connections: Remove your Instrument cluster: On the back of your...

    Started by briano1234, 06-16-2011 08:47 PM
    abs, add, additional, clean, end, files, finger, frame, good, ground, hole, how to, improve, info, lock, number, photobucket, pin, plastic, small, speedometer, steel, sticking, strip, wire
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    09-06-2016 08:20 PM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Wiring schematic for 81-84 rabbit-caddy pickup

    I have trouble deciphering the Bentley version of the wiring diagram. Did a search and came across a 1983 version PDF version (fairly good qualilty)...

    Started by doonboggle, 07-07-2010 01:58 PM
    bentley, car, diesel, edge, email, forum, forums, good, legal, mode, page, paper, parts, photobucket, pickup, rabbit, rim, search, set, site, spam, trouble, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wiring
    • Replies: 17
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    07-22-2015 11:17 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Wiring Diagrams 82-84 rabbits.

    Some interesting wiring diagrams for the early 80 rabbits are here:

    Started by briano1234, 05-10-2015 03:16 PM
    1982, 1983, 1984, 82, 84, 98, chris, diagrams, early, forum, forums, interesting, pdf, rabbits, volkswagen, vw, wiring
    • Replies: 0
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    05-10-2015 03:16 PM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Repair your Defroster Grid

    How to repair your rear defroster. It is that time of year again. First pick up either a rear window repair kit by Permatex or one of these:

    Started by briano1234, 10-21-2008 08:49 PM
    abs, brake, break, broken, car, clean, cover, defroster, glass, grid, hey, inside, kit, low, make, paper, photobucket, rear, remove, repair, silver, small, time, white, window, year
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    10-21-2008 08:49 PM Go to last post
  7.   Normal Threads  

  1. Is it my Wiper switch of my windshield pump acting up?

    I ran across this issue yesterday my Windshield Washer failed to come on. While usually it is the switch my quick fix didn't work, so I had to...

    Started by briano1234, 06-19-2017 09:49 AM
    alot, brand, cleaner, driver, engine, forum, green, hey, hood, long, moving, oem, red, relay, replacement, small, stick, swap, things, upgrade, volkswagen, windshield, wipers, wiring, work
    • Replies: 0
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    06-19-2017 09:49 AM Go to last post
  2. Instrument Panel Bulbs

    Hi Everyone, Some of the bulbs in the instrument panel of my 1982 VW Rabbit Diesel pickup are not working, like the battery charge indicator and the...

    Started by carsonic, 05-30-2017 11:35 AM
    1982, base, battery, bulb, bulbs, charge, check, diesel, don, forum, forums, indicator, lights, luck, panel, pickup, plastic, plug, pro, rabbit, round, small, volkswagen, vw rabbit, working
    • Replies: 9
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    06-11-2017 12:30 PM Go to last post
  3. new Coil no spark, new ignition control module still no Coil spark.

    1983 vw rabbit convertible 1.7 4speed, no spark coming out of coil and its new then replaced the ignition control module and still not getting spark...

    Started by 781rabbid83, 02-24-2016 07:20 PM
    1983, art, car, coil, coming, control, convertible, couple, forum, forums, idling, ignition, module, rabbit, replaced, run, running, spark, speed, star, start, times, ver, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 876
    05-06-2017 12:20 PM Go to last post
  4. electrical problem

    I have no power or low power at Hazzard/brake light fuse or switch 2 volts or less,no power or low power 2 or less volts dome/clk fuse, no power at...

    Started by acftmech, 02-18-2017 10:42 PM
    1981, amp, blue, box, brake, dash, diesel, forum, forums, fuse, fuse box, good, green, horn, light, low, panel, power, problem, rabbit, red, switch, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wiper
    • Replies: 3
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    02-28-2017 05:04 PM Go to last post
  5. Rabbit 1981, rear window wiper is not working??

    My Rabbit has a wiperblade and a washing nozzle in the rear window, but I don't know how they are supposed to work. They might also be broken because...

    Started by Finnish Flash, 02-19-2017 06:43 AM
    1981, broken, button, car, controls, forum, forums, function, ground, hey, motor, normal, power, rabbit, rear, short, spray, steering, volkswagen, vw rabbit, water, window, windshield, wiper, work
    • Replies: 5
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    02-27-2017 10:50 AM Go to last post
  6. Where do I start...

    I have an 83, 1.6 (JK) Diesel, manual, 2 door. New to me since August 2016. The PO's story is it was his daily until he decided to replace the engine...

    Started by absenth, 01-13-2017 04:28 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    01-16-2017 11:13 AM Go to last post
  7. Headlight Switch Knob Fix

    Does anyone have a fix for a completely loose headlight knob? I realize this just happens after 34 years. It pulls right off the shaft. I've read...

    Started by absenth, 12-07-2016 11:17 AM
    acted, bentley, completely, dash, deal, fix, forum, funny, headlight, headlight switch, inside, ion, knob, loose, men, procedure, read, remove, removing, replacement, shaft, switch, volkswagen, work, years
    • Replies: 10
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    12-16-2016 12:42 PM Go to last post
  8. Headlight ON reminder that is Plug and Play.

    How many times have you come out to a dead battery because you are like me, and occasionally leave your lights on? Well at night it is easy to be...

    Started by briano1234, 11-21-2016 01:20 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    11-21-2016 01:35 PM Go to last post
  9. My wipers work, but the Washers don't.

    My windshield washer doesn't work, when I pull the stalk the wipers don't come on even. To resolve this issue try the following. Look at your...

    Started by briano1234, 03-04-2013 12:17 AM
    assembly, bot, car, don, driver, finger, issue, key, leave, lower, makes, photobucket, place, pull, rear, remove, screw, small, till, top, turn, washer, windshield, wipers, work
    • Replies: 5
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    11-05-2016 03:04 PM Go to last post
  10. Moved: Why your OBDII is not ready for smog

    Started by imaganation, 09-28-2016 01:42 AM
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    10-01-2016 02:31 AM Go to last post
  11. No Power to Radio, Blower motor, or Gauges

    Yesterday, I removed the kneebar in my 81 Rabbit Convertible to see if my ac blower was done for (only clunked when I turned the switch). Ended up...

    Started by Paintball96, 07-23-2016 08:14 PM
    battery, blow, blower, blower motor, blue, ca, dash, don, fuse, gauge, gauges, gray, link, melted, motor, no power, occurs, open, power, radio, removing, schematic, screw, wires, year
    • Replies: 2
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    07-24-2016 09:13 PM Go to last post
  12. No power to Fuel Pump, Cranking no start

    1981 Rabbit Convertible 1.6L Gas Engine Manual Need help guys. Drove around just fine recently and today I had to get a tow home. Pulled over to...

    Started by Paintball96, 07-12-2016 12:35 AM
    1981, advise, box, car, convertible, drove, engine, forum, fuel, fuel pump, fuse box, gas, guys, ignition, key, noise, phone, power, rabbit, relay, start, today, valve, volkswagen, vw rabbit
    • Replies: 7
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    07-22-2016 08:55 PM Go to last post
  13. Front turn signal bulb sockets?

    My front sockets are shot and won't hold bulbs..... anybody know a source? I'm having no luck.......

    Started by russman, 06-16-2016 10:23 PM
    bulb, bulbs, cheap, fit, forum, front, hold, light, luck, number, rear, sho, shot, sig, signal, sockets, source, tail, turn, turn signal, view, volkswagen, won, won't, work
    • Replies: 4
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    06-19-2016 06:12 AM Go to last post
  14. Repairing your Flaky Water Temp Gauge

    How to fix your Flaky Temp Gauge. Temp gauges are somewhat temperamental. The can go out, or intermittent, and lets face it It is a really...

    Started by briano1234, 03-03-2013 11:44 PM
    blue, buy, cold, cover, flush, forum, front, green, heat, hey, jetta, led, lights, pads, parts, points, removing, rim, ser, silver, small, time, trim, volkswagen, warning
    • Replies: 7
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    06-19-2016 06:07 AM Go to last post
  15. another electrical quirk from satans bunny

    mk1 rabbit convert, when turning up the dimmer roller on the headlight switch the tachometer stops working as well as the mini clock and temp/fuel...

    Started by 781rabbid83, 03-21-2016 11:32 AM
    bunny, clock, electrical, forum, forums, fuel, gauge, headlight, ideas, mini, mk1, ops, quirk, rabbit, replaced, stops, switch, tachometer, temp, turning, ver, vert, volkswagen, vw rabbit, working
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 555
    03-28-2016 06:18 PM Go to last post
  16. Moved: Carb conversation on my rabbit pickup

    Started by Kc314, 03-13-2016 11:55 AM
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    03-13-2016 11:55 AM Go to last post
  17. Radio Mounting Tips?? 81 Convertible

    I have a cheap aftermarket head unit that was just supposed to be in until after repairs were done so now I'm upgrading to a better HU. It's a...

    Started by Paintball96, 10-24-2015 09:17 PM
    aftermarket, cheap, convertible, current, firewall, head, head unit, insert, install, issue, kenwood, kit, mounting, passenger, radio, ser, sort, stall, supposed, thing, type, uni, unit, upgrading, volkswagen
    • Replies: 3
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    10-25-2015 03:26 PM Go to last post
  18. Lights Not Working After cleaning fuse box connections. Need Help ASAP

    After removing the fuse box to clean the connections on the back and some fuse contact surfaces, I reconnected it and no longer had my dash lights...

    Started by Paintball96, 10-10-2015 09:43 PM
    act, box, brake, clean, cleaning, cooling, dash, don, fan, fuse box, gauge, interior, lights, radio, rear, reco, red, removing, running, signals, switch, turn, turn signals, video, watch
    • Replies: 5
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    10-11-2015 02:17 PM Go to last post
  19. How to plump your Cluster connector for better contact at the pins.

    Remove your Instrument cluster: On the back of your cluster, remove the Shroud off the main connector...

    Started by briano1234, 08-25-2015 05:29 AM
    abs, act, add, additional, clean, console, end, files, finger, frame, good, ground, holder, hole, info, lock, number, photobucket, pin, plastic, reading, remove, small, steel, sticking
    • Replies: 0
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    08-25-2015 05:29 AM Go to last post
  20. 81 Caddy starter won't bolt on.

    The starter itself gets inserted just fine, the bolts will go through almost to then end but then they just spin. They aren't stripped. I've looked...

    Started by 81caddydiesel, 07-15-2015 03:42 PM
    81, bolt, bolts, caddy, comparing, end, engine, fine, front, hey, housing, jack, longer, lower, mount, needed, ripped, ser, spin, star, starter, stripped, top, won, won't
    • Replies: 6
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    07-27-2015 10:19 AM Go to last post
  21. 82 Rabbit 1.7L Gas Alternator Wiring

    Hey all, Picked up a 82 Rabbit Convertible to serve as my oldest boy's first car. We recently started work on it and have noticed the wiring to...

    Started by hensonlf, 07-25-2015 02:50 PM
    battery, blue, bra, brand, car, convertible, door, fluid, forum, gas, gear, green, hey, make, options, pics, plug, power, rabbit, red, running, volkswagen, vw rabbit, wiring, work
    • Replies: 4
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    07-25-2015 03:40 PM Go to last post
  22. Question '82 Diesel Headlights and blower motor affecting idle

    So I'm new to Diesel rabbits.... I'm sure that they have thier own "NORMAL" :D: Before I start trouble shooting..... If I turn on my head lights...

    Started by russman, 07-21-2015 07:27 PM
    advance, alternator, art, battery, blower, blower motor, diesel, digging, fan, gasser, head, headlights, hey, idle, lights, motor, normal, rabbits, rough, star, start, thier, trouble, turn, volkswagen
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 561
    07-21-2015 08:11 PM Go to last post
  23. Turn signals on 1981 diesel do not work, but all other lights work.

    Helping friend install replacement wiring harness on 1981 diesel pickup. Well, here is the current status of my turn signal situation on 1981 diesel...

    Started by ktzdsl, 07-02-2015 06:21 PM
    1981, 1982, accident, black, diesel, forum, harness, install, jetta, key, lights, pickup, rabbit, red, relay, replacement, service, signals, tail lights, test, turn signals, volkswagen, vw rabbit, white, wiring
    • Replies: 5
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    07-05-2015 06:36 PM Go to last post
  24. Load reduction relay common source for failure X circuit

    This may have been answered somewhere and might need to be moved but: 83 rabbit vert. No blower, no wipers, no washer. Jump from known power...

    Started by gcloys, 06-24-2015 08:16 PM
    blk, blue, box, dead, end, forum, forums, fuse, fuse box, good, hey, power, problems, rabbit, rear, relay, short, steering, switch, things, volkswagen, vw rabbit, washer, white, wipers
    • Replies: 3
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    06-29-2015 06:11 AM Go to last post
  25. Brake Light Switch

    Can anyone tell me where exactly the brake light switch is on a 1984 Rabbit Conv. Base? I understand they may have changed half way thru the year...

    Started by rclousing, 06-23-2015 04:06 PM
    1984, 1984 rabbit conv, 84, 84 rabbit, base, brake, brake light, building, ca, cha, changed, conv, crazy, driving, forum, forums, half, hey, light, rabbit, switch, understand, volkswagen, vw rabbit, year
    • Replies: 2
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    06-26-2015 03:45 AM Go to last post
  26. Moved: strange short, looking for advice

    Started by dock_root, 05-16-2015 07:05 PM
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    06-18-2015 06:27 PM Go to last post
  27. Is it your Fuel Gauge or the Sending unit that is bad?

    Is it your Gauge or your Sending unit.... Well it is an easy test. Remove the rear seat. Remove the inspection cover. Pull the Plug off the...

    Started by briano1234, 06-04-2015 02:39 PM
    bad, black, clean, cover, ding, don, effect, fuel, fuel pump, gauge, good, ground, issue, key, makes, pin, plug, race, rear, seat, spec, test, uni, unit, water
    • Replies: 0
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    06-04-2015 02:39 PM Go to last post
  28. Repairing your Fuel Sending Unit

    Repairing your Fuel Sending Unit Repairing your Fuel Tank Sending unit. Follow the Steps in How to Change your in-tank fuel pump...

    Started by briano1234, 05-31-2015 01:45 PM
    abs, act, black, broken, change, cover, cracked, drop, forum, fuel, fuel pump, gas, keys, make, mk1, open, plug, replace, smoking, spec, test, unit, volkswagen, water, white
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,702
    06-03-2015 12:35 PM Go to last post
  29. Basic Tools for Electrical Diagnosis and Repair.

    Here are a few of the tools that I use Regularly when diagnosing Automotive Electrical issues. 1- 45 year old SuperChamps 2- Open...

    Started by briano1234, 06-01-2015 12:04 PM
    12v, automatic, automotive, closed, conti, cut, diagnosis, form, forum, forums, light, mk1, open, photobucket, pick, repair, small, spark, standard, tach, tools, user, volkswagen, wire, year
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 604
    06-01-2015 12:04 PM Go to last post
  30. Cool Where to find a fuse panel

    I have a 1984 diesel Rabbit. Shortly after I bought it a year ago, it turned off while I was driving it, and I couldn't get it started again. Took...

    Started by bunyowner, 05-24-2015 06:34 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    05-26-2015 09:26 PM Go to last post
  31. Typical Series/Parallel/Relayed Circuits

    Here are a few quick diagrams of the typical series, parallel, and Relayed Circuits. Some folks don't know the difference between them or what...

    Started by briano1234, 05-22-2015 01:14 PM
    albums, briano, details, diagrams, difference, don, electrical, folks, ion, media, photobucket, primer, quick, sec, section, series, shorts, typical, user
    • Replies: 0
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    05-22-2015 01:14 PM Go to last post
  32. Glow plug circuit problem

    Hey all, recently I did a service round on my glow plug wiring after finding some rubbed off insulation on a wire and now I'm having issue with the...

    Started by frankenbeetle, 04-23-2015 12:00 AM
    bunny, charge, chase, diesel, glass, good, ground, harness, head, heat, hey, key, light, numbers, option, plug, power, problem, relay, service, start, tire, upgrade, volkswagen, wiring
    • Replies: 5
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    05-04-2015 01:30 PM Go to last post
  33. 1984 VW GTI Wire heating issue

    hey guys, happy to be a part of the rabbit crew :) So i just barely got this car and its been running like a champ. But just yesterday, for some...

    Started by Johnnyquaker, 04-18-2015 01:02 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    04-19-2015 07:42 AM Go to last post
  34. Replacing the Ignition switch 90ish Cabriolet.

    Disconnect the Battery Disconnect the Air bag connector on the Fuse panel You have to remove the Knee Bar or lower it to get to the 2 screws that...

    Started by briano1234, 07-11-2014 09:26 AM
    air, box, brake, cabriolet, center, center console, console, dash, drop, floor, heater, ignition, lower, makes, number, order, passenger, photobucket, pic, picture, remove, replace, shifter, steering, washer
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,262
    04-06-2015 01:35 PM Go to last post
  35. fan wont come on when a/c is on

    on my 81 caddy diesel i'm trying to get the a/c working...but the radiator fan doesnt come on when i turn the a/c on....anyone have any ideas?

    Started by auag, 04-01-2015 09:03 PM
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 2,684
    04-04-2015 03:41 PM Go to last post

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