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    Please help!!! Lightning problems!!

    So last night lightning struck my house. Shorted out a bunch of stuff and fried electrical lines. My car was in the garage when this happened and now on the way to work my entire instrument cluster stopped working. Has this ever happened to anyone and how do I fix this?

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    Lightning would affect the car inside the garage?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Lightning would affect the car inside the garage?
    I was thinking the same, but it seems to be happening. I'm going to unplug the battery and plug it back in when I get home from work to see if that helps.

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    Seems odd, maybe just a fuse?
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    It wasn't lightning, it was an EMP attack.

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    Don't hit 88 mph or you'll end up somewhere in the past or future. LOL

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jzeee037 Click here to enlarge
    Don't hit 88 mph or you'll end up somewhere in the past or future. LOL
    Hah. I smirked.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Hah. I smirked.
    Good that's what I was after.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jzeee037 Click here to enlarge
    Good that's what I was after.
    It's a wise goal to have around here.
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    The car is insulated by the tires, so it's not like the current from the strike flowed through your car, but it could have certainly had an EMI (electromagnetic) impact. I'd file it as part of your home insurance claim.

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    I've come to the conclusion that it's probably an emp effect. I'm going to try to unhook the battery when I get home and try to plug it back up after 20min. I'll let u guys know how that goes.

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    Sorry about your house man.

    If it truly was an EMP I would expect the car to have issues from the moment you tried to start it, not something that pops up after driving for a bit. Hopefully the lightning is just a red herring and the error occurred randomly.

    Do you have a BT cable? You could try resetting your KOMBI module through that. Or reset your cluster through the JB4 interface (if you use one)--temporarily set FUD to 1 then send 1/5.

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    Static malfunctions can pop up after any time.
    Praise yourself lucky this one occurred so shortly after the event so it is easily linked to the lighting event.
    Bring it to the dealer for diagnosis and let the insurance take care of it.
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    Good news guy. I pulled the terminals off the battery for 30 min and then put it back on. Everything works flawlessly again. ��

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by EvanL Click here to enlarge
    Sorry about your house man.

    If it truly was an EMP I would expect the car to have issues from the moment you tried to start it, not something that pops up after driving for a bit. Hopefully the lightning is just a red herring and the error occurred randomly.

    Do you have a BT cable? You could try resetting your KOMBI module through that. Or reset your cluster through the JB4 interface (if you use one)--temporarily set FUD to 1 then send 1/5.
    Weird things were happening as soon as I turned it on. Like my ac wouldn't kick on until a good 3 min of driving. The dash lights and radio lights were flickering when I turned the car on. I googled it and a few people say if the car didn't have direct contact with lightning then there is a chance that u just need to pull the battery for 30 min to get everything to reset and that did the trick Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by EvanL Click here to enlarge
    If it truly was an EMP I would expect the car to have issues from the moment you tried to start it, not something that pops up after driving for a bit. Hopefully the lightning is just a red herring and the error occurred randomly.
    This makes more sense to me as it seems to be more of a coincidence. Who knows, stranger things have happened.
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    Just becareful the car doesn't start to show signs of a Christine, if it does then your going to have a serious problem to deal with.

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    If you start to suspect Gremlin activity, I still would strongly suggest going to the dealer and get this checked out.
    A lightning strike comes with very high field Voltages that can turn a wire of any length into an antenna that can pick up crazy voltages.
    Static damage is something that will (most of the time) NOT show up immediately.
    If you will not have this checked out within a certain time frame (check insurance policy) you will have a very hard time getting any possible damage reclaimed.
    As long as it can be made plausible that the glitch was caused by the lightning you stand a chance of getting any refund from the insurance company...
    Wait 2 weeks and you'll probably be on your own.
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