[T3] Fuel Gauge Grounding Solution

Bryan Peters bavapeters at comcast.net
Thu Jan 26 13:04:06 PST 2023

Can we see a picture of the connection you make?

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> On Jan 26, 2023, at 9:20 AM, Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:
> Over the years, many people, including myself, have noticed problems with 
> odd behavior of the gas gauge, especially with the key off and the E-flashers 
> working. It was pretty clear to me that this was a grounding problem, but I'd 
> never managed to figure out a solution.
> The problem is that the fuel gauge cluster depends on it's spring retaining 
> clips to make a good ground to the backside of the dash. Over time, as the 
> plastic dash pad shrinks, this connection becomes poor or nonexistant. VW 
> should have fixed this in '69, when they added grounds to everything else, 
> but they didn't.
> I finally got around to looking at this situation and I see that I can add a 
> ground wire to the bulb socket that snaps onto the back of the fuel gauge. 
> Connecting the other end of that wire to a good ground will solve this 
> problem.
> This is an easy solution for '69-on Type 3s, where there are good ground 
> connections readily available under the dash. It, or something similar, should 
> work for earlier cars, but might require some modifying/innovation.
> If you have good soldering skills, I can send you the wire and connector that 
> you can solder in yourself, for $5.
> If you prefer to mail me your bulb holder, I can add the wire and do the 
> soldering for $10.
> Postage increases those prices to $10 and $15, respectively, so the best 
> thing to do, as always, would be to combine these purchases with something 
> else you need me to do, so they can all ship together.
> -- 
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> Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
> Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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