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  1. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    The new relay worked!!! Well for most of the problems. Swapped out the relay and wired it up as I outlined in a previous post. Alternator wire gets power, alternator charges the battery, CHG light works, and the brake warning light is now only on if the e-brake is on and goes off once the e-brake is off. The only thing that still doesn't work is the tachometer which I will save for a different day. Thanks for your help NewZed!
  2. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    The bulb being checked is the brake light on the speedo that is currently constantly lit. I am really hoping this relay is the whole problem, but I at least think it will fix the light in the dash. When it's not energized the light is not grounded out and it stays on. Its also tied to the e-brake handle which when depressed completes the connection to the relay to ground it out. When you pull the e-brake up, the connection is broken and the light comes on. Gonna try wiring in the new relay in the morning and if all goes well drive around without the passenger seat for a bit to make sure it doesn't catch on fire which looks like what happened to the old one.
  3. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    Man some things I just have the hardest time grasping. Math and electrical systems are my top 2. I tried to do my own research on relays so I can figure out how to wire in a new one but I have no confidence in my understanding. Sorry for the simple questions. The way I understand a relay works is the coil is energized by a triggered power source on one end and ground on the other. Why then does the wiring diagram look like this? It looks to me as though the coil is not directly grounded. The green wire (G) comes from the fuse panel so that's triggered power in by the ignition as the switch. The blue wire (L) is the one that goes to the alternator...the wire that isn't getting power. Does it ground through the alternator? The green/yellow wire (GY) runs through the e-brake switch, the light on the dash, and the fluid level switch. The black (B) goes to ground. Am I understanding this correctly? So when the ignition turns on power is sent through the coil to the alternator where it eventually grounds out activating the coil in the relay. The coil in the relay is used to trigger grounding out the GY wire. So, if the coil is fried in the relay power isn't going through to the alternator and it isn't being grounded so there's no triggering the relay. That doesn't ground out the GY circuit and the light on the dash stays on. Bob's your uncle that's my problem!? Or am I way off? haha. If I am correct then I could wire in a standard relay as follows... 86 - G 85 - L 30 - GY 87 - B I just want to run it by you all before I catch something on fire.
  4. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    Broke open the Brake Warning Check Lamp Relay under the passenger seat. I don't think it's supposed to look like this! Fingers crossed a new relay solves at least the charging issue. It's gotta fix something!
  5. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    I'll be the first to admit that! Understood. I just get a little confused on the path after it starts splitting up and going through the gauges and relays. I am likely just overthinking it and second guessing myself. Alternator ground is good. Thanks for all your help by the way! I appreciate your patience.
  6. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    I did check voltage into and out of that fuse and they are both good. Ignition relay is also good. Everything worked fine before I stripped out the entire interior, wiring harness and all, to clean and rebuild it and the problems started immediately after it was put back together so it has to be something I messed up. Something missing a ground or hooked up wrong, or maybe I dropped a relay and broke it or something I am not sure but I feel it would be too much of a coincidence for something to just go bad naturally while the work was being done. That's why I removed the dash because one of the changes I made from factory was swapping all the bulbs to LED, including the CHG light. So I was hoping that was the issue. Plus pulling the dash isn't that hard and I wanted to put an eyeball on everything back there for peace of mind. Changed the CHG bulb back to stock, verified it had good contact. Wiring all looked great, everything appeared to be hooked up properly, no loose connections, etc. I don't think it was anything in the engine bay as none of that was touched and I am more confused by the wiring diagrams than anything else so I am attacking components first. I am REALLY hoping its the Brake Warning Lamp Relay that's under the passenger seat. That was removed and re-installed during the interior job. I don't know if it makes much sense as I am not proficient in reading wiring diagrams but I know that I can at least trace the wires from this relay to each thing that isn't working properly.
  7. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    So I finally got back around to trying to tackle this issue again and unfortunately, no luck. I took the entire dash out, took out the LED bulb I had swapped into the CHG light. Replaced it with a standard bulb. Ensure the wiring had good contact to/from the bulb and un-loomed and inspected the entire dash wiring harness. Everything on the dash end looks fine visually. Car still isn't charging, the CHG light still doesn't come on, the tach still doesn't work, and the e-brake light is still permanently lit. So if we can eliminate any issues before the fuse panel and eliminate any issues behind the dash...what's next? Next on my hit list I think is the Brake Warning Check Relay. Anyone know where on the car that is located? Is that the relay under the passenger seat?
  8. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    Yeah it's a starting point at least! Side note. Replaced both of the fuses and as expected no change. They were good to begin with. The rest will have to wait a week until I get home and have some time to take the dash out and get to that volt gauge.
  9. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    Hmm, I have been using a diagram for the whole car which shows things slightly different than that one. Question about the Bulb Check Relay...if that wasn't getting power from the fuse block, would that trigger the brake warning light on the speedometer? If so then the fuse makes the most sense as the cause of the problem, however visually the fuse looks fine. Going to try and change it anyway just to rule it out. That's a likely culprit too as I had that gauge removed to change the main light to LED. I don't remember if I switched the charge light to LED or if it was a different size bulb. Unfortunately I don't think I will have time to remove the dash to get to it before I leave town for a week so that will have to wait if the fuse thing doesn't work which I kind of don't think it will based on the info below. SIDE NOTE: The whole car wiring diagram I have been staring at for hours shows the charging system wired a little differently than the diagram posted in this thread. The broken down diagram shows the whole circuit running off of one fuse while the whole car diagram shows it running off of two fuses (3rd + 4th from top on the Left). It shows the "G" wire coming off of the 3rd fuse down whereas the broken down diagram shows it coming off of the 4th. The whole car also shows the many other things that are powered by those two fuses, most of which work which kind of debunks the fuse theory. BUT the interesting thing is that all of my current problem areas with the car, all problems that started at the same time, can be traced back to those two fuses: Alternator not charging, e-brake warning light on speedo constantly lit, tach not reading RPMs, charge light on volt gauge doesn't work.
  10. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Charging Issues

    Thanks for the quick reply! Fusible links and starter connection are in-tact and good. The White/Red wire to the T-Plug shows 12V BUT the Light Blue wire on the T-Plug shows nothing so maybe that's the problem? The contact is great and I even put a new terminal end on it to make sure there was zero corrosion at the connection point to the alternator. From the wiring diagram I can see that Light Blue wire is also connected to the following... Fuel Pump Control Relay - Fuel pump and fuel delivery have no issues. Voltage Gauge - Seems to be working fine although I am not sure the charge light works as it never came on as the battery drained. Brake Warning Lamp Check Relay - If this is the light on the speedo that lets you know the e-brake is up, that is permanently on even when the e-brake is down. The brake warning lamp connection may make some sense and leads me to believe I should probably list other issues with the car as maybe there's a connection there that makes sense to someone more educated than I. So I just did a big interior overhaul (carpet, seats, etc.). One of those items I did was change the bulbs in the gauges to LED. They all work but a few new problems, including this one, have arisen since the interior overhaul. Aside from the charging issue and the e-brake warning lamp constantly staying lit the tachometer also doesn't read RPM. The turn signal lamps and such work on the tach, it's just not getting a signal for RPM. I haven't dove into this issue yet aside from double checking my connections at the tach which are good. So what is the purpose of the Light Blue wire coming from the alternator? Does it make sense that there is no power at the alternator but there is power getting to the e-brake warning light and the fuel pump control relay?
  11. I'm having some charging issues with my '78 280Z and there's so much information on the internet it's kind of overwhelming so I am hoping being able to actually talk with you guys can help! Was letting the car warm up the other day and then it started running rough and I noticed the volt meter needle was down around 8v. Assumed it was the old alternator that has been on there for who knows how long. Bought and installed new alternator, re-charged battery, and just went to test it again and same thing. The voltage slowly drops as the car is running and doesn't recover on its own. So here's some bullet points. - Car wont hold charge. - Same problem with old and new alternators - Battery will take a charge, but it's older too. - Wire connections at alternator appear to be okay. - Belt seems newer, good tension, no visible issues. EDIT: FIXED!!! The culprit, a bad Brake Warning Lamp Relay, located under the passenger seat. Replaced with a standard 4-pin relay and wired it up as follows... 86 - Green 85 - Light Blue 30 - Green w/Yellow Stripe 87 - Black The alternator now charges the battery, the CHG light works again, and the brake warning light now works properly. The tachometer still does not work but that is a separate and unrelated problem. Hope this can help someone in the future!
  12. TheWeekendWagon

    Heater Hose Firewall Grommet '75 - '78

    Oh man, those look identical. Unfortunately I ended up grossly over-paying for a new one from JDM-Car-Parts.com. Awesome that they have new ones but yeah I am sure I could have snagged a much cheaper junkyard pull from one of those. Great info though!
  13. TheWeekendWagon

    Speedo/Tach Lenses

    wal280z - Thanks man! I did end up getting some lenses from another member though so feel free to give them up to whomever needs them.
  14. TheWeekendWagon

    '78 280Z Fast Idle Actuator

    It is vacuum operated and triggered when the A/C compressor is turned on. I am not sure how the Vintage Air system works but I would assume it's all electric? I suppose you could get an electric vacuum pump that is triggered by the power wire for the compressor if that's the case.
  15. TheWeekendWagon

    Heater Hose Firewall Grommet '75 - '78

    Looking for the rubber grommet that goes around the heater hoses on the firewall. Anything from a '75-'78 Z should fit. I don't need the metal cover just the rubber piece as mine crumbled into pieces when I took it off.
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