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Old 05-30-2014, 11:57 PM   #1
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a few questions all wrapped into one thread!

Hey guys,

I've been meaning to post a few different threads so I figured I'd get it all done in one.


1) would there be a way to set up a "battery indicator" to simple tell me when my battery gets low when I have the radio on? Just so I know when to start it and what not. Just one of those "wouldn't it be cool..." Thoughts so let me know what you think!

2) vents.... Sometime when im driving around with either the AC or just regular vents, it will switch to the dash vents regardless of what setting its on, and there's absolutely nothing I can do to change it back ( that I have found at least.
.) and then it will randomly switch back yo the right vent, and there doesn't seem to be anything in common with timing or anything like that. My friend said he thinks its a ford thing and that when the engine gets warmer it'll divert vents to the engine... Which would make sense if the dashboard vents were connected to the engine... (Am I mistaken on that?)

3) I finally replaced the old HU in the mach system, and now I've run into the problem that the new deck pumps a significantly higher amount of voltage per signal so now my factory speakers can't withstand the level and sounds like ****. I have the mach 1000 system in it right now with a pioneer avh-x2500bt. I have two 10" punch II subs with two pioneer and two Polk 5/7-6/9 speakers and phoenixgold 2200 and 4800 amps that I had in my old car... Would it be worth it to just switch them out? Or should I buy new ones? And what about the tweeters?

I know I have more, so I'll just add them as I remember. Thanks guys!!
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:23 AM   #2
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Not sure about Q 2 and 3, but I installed one of these. Progbrains on my bike. I can leave my (1000) leds on until the battery voltage drops to 11.5v then the relay trips and shuts everything off so I can start the bike and drive home...avoiding looking too much like a tool! Works great.
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1 - Pointless. A good battery will last several years. If you REALLY want to know then get an aftermarket voltage gauge and you'll know when your volts are getting low for whatever reason.

2 - You have a vacuum leak somewhere. One of the vac hoses going to the HVAC controls or somewhere else is loose or has a small leak.

3 - Completely bypass the garbage mach system. Run a good set of speaker wires if yo have to. This is why I make it a point to buy non-mach cars all other things being equal.
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By bypass do you mean to go ahead and do the swap with the system I already have?
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By bypass I mean rip all the garbage Mach crap out and put in your own stuff.
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1) Buy a Scangauge II or Ultra Gauge.

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Old 06-02-2014, 07:14 PM   #7
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Can anyone tell me where I can find the HVAC control and/or the hoses I need to be checking?
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The HVAC control is your climate knobs. Pull the radio bezel and its held on by 4 bolts and a bunch of vac hoses and wires attach to it. Could also be something in the engine bay leaking. Vacuum leaks suck...
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How should I go about checking for leaks? Other than sight
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Okay. So I got the HVAC off the behind the knob is 5 vac hoses red, blue, black, yellow and white. But there is one socket that doesn't have a hose... I can't find an extra hose anywhere... Is that it? Or is that normal?
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They should all have hoses on them. Check back in the dash, it could have fallen down in there. At any rate any open port is going to kill your vacuum so that's likely your problem.
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How far could it Go? Any idea what color it is?
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Update: after searching and searching I have found no wire, and no evidence of a wire... Evidence meaning all the wires are taped together and don't appear to be missing any... But the port is obviously missing a wire....
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