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View Poll Results: Do you trust the in-dash warning lights?
I do not trust them at all. I run all gauges. 18 66.67%
I run a gauge in place of two of the lights. 4 14.81%
I run a gauge in place of just one of the lights. 3 11.11%
I trust the lights completely. 2 7.41%
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Old 31st-July-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Warning lights! Do you trust them?

Do you guys trust these lights? If one went off would you have enough time to diagnose a problem before serious engine damage occurred?

-Tom
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Old 31st-July-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Yes if u catch them in time. Which light are you referring to?
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Old 31st-July-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Particularly the oil and temp lights. The gen light though important would not cause engine damage.

I run a gauge just for oil pressure only but I nearly left it stock..

I'm just curious what everyone is doing. I've heard they were bogus before and I've heard others say they were good enough protection. I was debating whether to add a temp gauge.

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Old 31st-July-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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Nothing but gauges for me .
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Old 31st-July-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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I've always called them "idiot lights", because when it comes on, all it means is, "You just blew up your engine, you idiot."
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Old 31st-July-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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Had those lights in my '65 4 door, but bought a complete dash assembly from John Piccola,('65 SS) and now have all gauges. I still have my light setup if I go back to original. Gauges are the only way to go.
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Old 31st-July-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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I had them in my chevelle 300 deluxe. I was really in tune with everything about that car though. I had turned pretty much every nut and bolt on the engine and replaced the sensors with new. I also checked all my fluids regularly before I drove it. It got warm once going over the mountains on the way back from LA. The temp light came on, i pulled over and let it cool down. Got back on the road and made it home. Ended up replacing the radiator with a 3 core. The original was just shot. I guess I never had a problem with them.

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Old 31st-July-2012, 08:58 PM   #8
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Do you guys trust these lights? If one went off would you have enough time to diagnose a problem before serious engine damage occurred?-Tom
Tom, I TRUST THEM A LOT not to work...Jack
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Old 31st-July-2012, 11:47 PM   #9
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I run lights and gauges.
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Old 1st-August-2012, 12:23 AM   #10
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If you are not watching the gauge it does no good. Having both is ideal as a light coming on will get your attention.
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Old 1st-August-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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On a stock to mild engine I have used then with zero worries. The senders are cheap so put new ones in to be safe. Its pretty simple system and all the lights should come on at key on engine off so if a light is out you will know.

I dont like gauges in my drivers unless they are in the dash but even then I prefer the simple look of the stock cluster.

Street strip car has gauges though...
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Old 1st-August-2012, 12:53 AM   #12
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I've always called them "idiot lights", because when it comes on, all it means is, "You just blew up your engine, you idiot."
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Old 1st-August-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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Gauge for oil pressure and temp......other than that dont care....lol.
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Old 2nd-August-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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There is nothing worse than a late email. I run gauges for just about everything. I have oil, gas, temperature, volts, vacuum, rpm and I will be installing soon a tranny temp gauge. It is very important to know just how she is doing. It also looks good.
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Old 2nd-August-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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I guess the general consensus is that gauges are important! I will put a T and run both gauges and lights for the oil. I replaced the temp sender so hopefully I can trust that warning light.

-Tom
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