: 1969 DeVille - Telltale, instrument panel, gauge lights



69Chateau
04-15-11, 12:36 PM
All,

I could use your help on this one. The only little telltale light that I have "light up" when I turn the key to "On" - right before starting the car - is the "GEN" light. All the other little telltale lights for "Oil", "Water Temp", "Brakes", etc don't light up at all.

I would've expected all the various telltale lights to "light up" when the key is in the "On" position or right after the car starts so that I can be assured that the actual telltale light bulb isn't burned out.

Perhaps all these are burned out? What is supposed to happen on a 1969 DeVille? According to the owner's manual I just purchased for it, I think some of them are supposed to light up in the "On" position or right after the car starts.

Can someone walk me through the start-up process for a 1969 and describe what I should experience in the instrument panel?

Thanks!

CADforce69
04-15-11, 12:58 PM
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csbuckn
04-15-11, 01:29 PM
I need that steering wheel!!

So two lights need to light?

CADforce69
04-15-11, 02:38 PM
First, when you turn the key to ignition position, only "oil" is on. When you pull the key to crank the starter "brakes" and "engine temp" are on too, until engine starts. As this is not my car (53 miles away from home) IŽll check mine to be completely sure next sunday. This one have no "gen" light on:hmm:

intragration
04-16-11, 05:33 AM
Also, I believe if you have the key in the ignition and you open the driver's door, the buzzer of course should sound, and the engine temp (metal temp) light should come on.

CADforce69
04-16-11, 06:50 AM
Had 69 models open door buzzer ??:hmm: Mine have not but its electrical system was tampered by someone that had no idea and now IŽm not sure what is right or wrong; I have someone who is fixing some things that does not work

CADforce69
04-18-11, 02:42 PM
First, when you turn the key to ignition position, only "oil" is on. When you pull the key to crank the starter "brakes" and "engine temp" are on too, until engine starts. As this is not my car (53 miles away from home) IŽll check mine to be completely sure next sunday. This one have no "gen" light on:hmm:

Yesterday I could check it on my '69: When key is in ignition position "oil" and "gen" are on. When you pull the key to start "brakes" and "engine temp" also turns on. (so the "gen" bulb in the car in the pics doesnŽt work)

When the engine is running no light is on unless there is a problem you should check in the manual.

77CDV
04-18-11, 10:50 PM
1969 is the first year for the key-in-the-ignition reminder buzzer. Sometimes the ignition cylinder is really worn and loose, and the key doesn't consistently make contact with the switch to trip the buzzer. With the door open and the car not running, push the ignition key into the ignition lock cylinder as far as you can and maybe jiggle it a bit. Unless the buzzer element is burned out, you should get a buzzing noise.

CADforce69
04-19-11, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the info. I can't hear any buzzer in my '69. Sometimes, the upper engine temp. red light is on when the key is in and ignition off. IŽll try to push the ignition key but probably the buzzer is burned out or disconnected (like some other elements in my car).:suspect:

outsider
04-19-11, 02:56 PM
funny thing (kinda annoying thing really...) is that sometimes when I take my key out the temp light comes on and the buzzing noise happens. very annoying. I have to jiggle the ignition cylinder until it stops. haha.

intragration
04-19-11, 03:20 PM
Sounds like the switch is stuck. Some Lock-Ease might help.