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Author Topic: 2000 Galaxy 2.3 petrol. Speedo, fuel gauge, radio, & other faulty electrics -  (Read 2678 times)

Offline RossT

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We have a 2000 Galaxy 2.3.  The speedo has stopped working completely, along with the trip meter and the mileage meter.  The fuel gauge is totally erratic and bleeps every ten seconds or so if there is less than half a tank of fuel (even if it's not actually anywhere close to empty).  The radio has stopped working.  The yellow engine shaped light on the dashboard stays on constantly.  And the car has started stalling erratically, most usually at slow speed when going down through the gears to approach a junction.  Just cuts out with no warning - otherwise the car is running and firing smoothly.  We understand that this MAY be a cluster fault - but don't want to spend several hundred pounds on a replacement cluster which would cost more than the car is worth.  If it comes to that - then the car will be scrapped.  But we'd rather not scrap it if we can fix it ourselves first, as otherwise it's a fantastic car.  So my partner is hoping for some tips on what if anything he can do himself  to rectify the situation.  He wants to check the earthing points - and he understands there are 4 of these, but he can only find 2 of them.  Can anyone advise/provide a diagram showing where the 4 earthing points are please?  Also, are there any other tips/advice/things we can take a look at and investigate ourselves please?

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Well hello and welcome! I just want to clarify this is a manual car?

The 2.3 is a bit of an anomaly in the Mk2 Galaxy because VW basically make the rest of the car and whereas the TDI and 2.8 are VW engines the 2.3 is a Ford engine so wiring had to be adapted to get it to work. Therefore whilst the issues you have should all be rectifiable without spending a fortune, just be careful when researching them that you don't get led down the wrong path; for example the earth fault seen on the cluster nearly always effects the TDI & V6.

The 2.3 uses a VSS (Vehicle Speed Signal) which it takes direct from the gearbox, the TDI and V6 use the ABS system to provide this signal. Given the faults you describe I would be highly suspicious of the VSS sensor having packed up (or the wiring around it). ALL of the faults you currently have would be consistent with that sensor giving implausible signals.

The attached may be of help as although its for a Ford Scorpio (same engine) it shows, to some degree, the location of the VSS Sensor.
03 Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDI 115 Ghia in Spruce Green Metallic
With cream leather interior, Full Bodykit, Remapped at 145bhp, Lowered on 18's
08 Ford Transit 2.2 TDI 115 in Frozen White
With retrofitted everything except another slidey door! :)

VCDS HEX/CAN - Scans/Coding done in Wiltshire in exchange for winegums! :)

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Thanks Mirez.  I'll get my other half to take a look at this tonight.  It's a manual car by the way. :)


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