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REFERENCE LIBRARY

1985-88 BASE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

Revised June 22, 2016

1985-88 Cougar Base Instrument Cluster

 

Functions



GAUGE / LIGHT DESCRIPTION
OIL LAMP Lights when you have low oil pressure. Comes on with approx. 2 quarts of oil left.
AMP LAMP Lights when there is a voltage drop in the car's electrical system (approx. 12.5 v).
TEMP GAUGE Indicates operating temperature of the engine. C is approx. 160 degrees; H is approx. 240 degrees.
FUEL GUAGE Indicates amount of fuel left. Most gauges will sweep past F when full. On E, approx. 2-4 gallons are left.
SPEEDOMETER Indicates speed of car. Numerals change 6 times a second. Max speed indicator is 85 mph/ 199 kph.
ODOMETER Indicates total miles/kilometers traveled. When mileage surpasses 199,999, will read 100,000.
TRIP ODOMETER Indicates mileage since trip odometer was reset to 000.
SPEED Lights up when SPEED button is pressed (see below).
S Lights up when original speedometer has been replaced. Pre-programmed in replacement module. See here to remove "S".
SERVICE Lights up every 5,000-7,000 miles as a reminder for the regular service interval. To get rid of the reminder, press the TRIP and TRIP RESET buttons simultaneously; you will hear 3 beeps and the light will go out.
ERROR Indicates that the display cannot verify the odometer memory. This means the speedometer needs replaced.
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR Displays when the high beam headlamps are turned on.
TURN SIGNAL INDICATORS Display when the turn signal is activated; both light simultaneously with the emergency flasher. Left signal is hidden in the oil lamp area; right signal is hidden in the amp lamp area.
SEAT BELT INDICATOR Displays upon ignition to remind driver to use seat belt.
BRAKE LAMP Displays upon ignition, when the parking brake is engaged, and when there is a problem with the dual braking system.
CHECK TURBO Indicates turbo unit problems (2.3L 4-cylinder turbo only).
CHECK ENGINE Indicates a problem with the emissions system; have EEC computer checked.
GEAR INDICATOR Displays transmission gear (for cars with column shifter only).

 



OPTIONAL SYSTEM SENTRY DISPLAY



LIGHT DESCRIPTION
LOW BEAM OUT Indicates one of the low beam headlamps has burned out. Replace with halogen bulb only.
LAMP OUT Indicates a taillamp or side marker lamp is out.
DOOR AJAR Indicates that one or both doors have not been fully closed.
CHECK OIL Indicates a low oil level via a sensor in the oil pan.
LOW WASHER FLUID Indicates that the washer fluid reservoir is nearly empty.
LOW FUEL Indicates that the fuel level is low. Will light up with approx. 4 gallons left.

 



BUTTONS


(Note: All buttons emit a beep when pressed)

BUTTON DESCRIPTION
E/M Switches display between English (mph, miles traveled) and metric (kph, kilometers traveled).
RESET TRIP Resets the trip odometer. Works only when the trip odometer is visible.
TRIP Displays the trip odometer.
SPEED Sets a speed from which the driver has up to 4 mph over. Once the driver goes 5 mph or over the preset speed, the SPEED lamp flashes and the unit beeps. Once the driver goes back under that barrier, the light and sounds stop. This is a sort of speed control device. The same procedure works in metric mode.

 



Wiring



PLUG A (Grey)

Position

Function

Circuit No.

Color

1

Oil pressure lamp

31

White/red

2

Brake lamp

977

Purple/white

3

Low beam out lamp

130

Red/light green

4

Lamp out lamp

135 & 132

Yellow/red

5

Door ajar lamp

627

Black/orange

6

Warning lamp feed

640

Red/yellow

7

Check Engine lamp

464

Black/pink

8

Temperature lamp

42

Red/white

9

Check turbo lamp

603

Dark green

10

Alternator lamp

904

Light green/red

11

Alt feed from ignition

687

Grey/yellow

12

Ignition to IVR

295

Light blue/pink

13

Fuel level

29

Yellow/white

14

5V out from gauges

367

Dark green/white

15

Temp sender

39

Red/white

16

RH turn signal lamp

2

White/light blue

17

LH turn signal lamp

3

Light green/white

18

LCD illumination (2)

294

White/light blue

PLUG B (Brown)

Position

Function

Circuit No.

Color

1

English/metric out

506

Red

2

Tone enable

183

Tan/yellow

3

Speed signal in

150

Dark green/white

4

-

-

OPEN

5

-

-

OPEN

6

-

-

OPEN

7

-

-

OPEN

8

Cluster illumination lamps (4)

19

Light blue/red

9

-

-

OPEN

10

High beam indicator

12

Light green/black

11

Low washer fluid lamp

82

Pink/yellow

12

Low fuel lamp

215

Yellow/black

13

Seat belt lamp

450

Dark green/light green

14

Warning lamp ground

57

Black

15

Low oil lamp

208

Gray/light blue

41

Black/light blue

16

Accessory (run only)

295

Light blue/pink

17

Battery

54

Light green/yellow

18

Ground

359

Black/white

 


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