Perkins volt meter died

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  1. steelguy

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    The volt meter I have on my 1980 Sisu is no longer working and I think I need to replace it, unless someone can tell me it can be fixed somehow. If it matters, the engine is a Perkins 354L 115hp. Is this a job of simply disconnecting and reconnecting wires? I don't have a clue of what it is I need, I am electrically brain dead! Any help would be greatly appreciated. The volt meter is on the upper left in the photo. Thanks!
     

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    check the wiring first to make sure it is all intact. They are pretty robust, don't usually fail. Next step, check the with a multimeter to if it matches what the gauge displays or if it shows voltage. That way you will know if the gauge is working or not. The voltmeter shows electrical potential across two points, so two wires then maybe a lamp to illuminate it.

    You also have a voltmeter to the right on your electrical distribution panel. This should also show you the same information if you have it switched to the whatever battery the engine is hooked up to.
     
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    I agree with Genius.........but other than that..........just two wires for the gauge. The gauge is even marked + and - for you.
    It's so easy a caveman can do it. Ha ha. Haven't heard that one in a while. ;)
     
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    I love my digital voltmeter that I bought 4 years ago on ebay for $14.....
     
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    thanks to everyone! looks like the Stewart Warner is almost an exact match. I will first look at the wires and connections, then check with my multimeter and if needed, simply replace it. Thanks!
     
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    $13.98 and free shipping, how can you beat that ?? I have one on my boat and it really is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
     
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    LOL, I'd pay $13.98 to see a Monkey piss. :eek: :)

    Just saying.
     

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