one day when i went to start up my 82, i noticed my tach meter, engine temp, and fuel gauge didnt work. i searched around under the dash for loose connectins and didnt find anything that screamed at me, but when i tried it again they worked. a few days later they bugged out on me again. i took it to a friend to look it over and he noticed something. the aftermarket cruise controll wire was cooked, crispy, fried. this added with the new spark wires, distributor wires, and air intake all led to one thing, an engine fire. so he strongly suggested redoing the shady wiring job before i get a new sterio (like briano1234)
so my question for you people is how to go about replacing said wiring. is it something i (with no electrical knowhow) can do, or should i take it in to a mechanic? and if i take it in, how much are we looking at? any advice is greatly apprieciated as i am in the dark on this problem!
Well, redoing the wiring is a daunting but not insurmountable task. You will need various gauges of wire, connectors a soldering gun and a way to mark each wire. You will need to read up on the schematics, but it is doable with little or scant knowledge.
Taking it to a shop is going to exceed the cost of the car easily.
Searching thesamba.com vwvortex, and other forums may find you a used harness.
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