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Unread 06-14-2008, 02:30 AM   #1
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99 Cherokee Sport 4.0L - All gauges failure

Coming from my first thread posted here:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...45#post5309245

We have purchased our first Jeep and we love it. I found a WONDERFUL deal for $4k at 90k miles and its in great internal/external shape aside from 1 lil problem. It is a beautiful Amethyst blue/purple color and was a 1 owner vehicle. It is almost in too good a shape to use for what we bought it for (muddin), but thats what its for.... to go walk the dog somewhere he can run. The dog should be feeling very special right about now cause that was the sole reason behind getting it, not to mention not wanting to have to clean the other car all the time.

Now for the problem:
From time to time all the gauges on the instrument panel cease to function. This usually seems to happen at idle/park or traveling at low speeds in a neighborhood. I've read up a lil bit and some people think this could be related to humidity/rain too.

In any case the intermittent gauges failing is always accompanied by:
Check Engine light comes on
Air Bag light comes on
"No Bus" or "No bu5" shows on the odometer

Vehicle mechanical functions do not seem affected. IE: The engine still runs and so does everything else. A restart of the Jeep usually gets rid of it, but it does pop up again from time to time.

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Unread 06-14-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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Read This: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showp...64&postcount=3

And I'll add to check (clean & tighten) the grounding strap located on the firewall (under the hood) directly below the driver's side wiper arm.

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Coming from my first thread posted here:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...45#post5309245

We have purchased our first Jeep and we love it. I found a WONDERFUL deal for $4k at 90k miles and its in great internal/external shape aside from 1 lil problem. It is a beautiful Amethyst blue/purple color and was a 1 owner vehicle. It is almost in too good a shape to use for what we bought it for (muddin), but thats what its for.... to go walk the dog somewhere he can run. The dog should be feeling very special right about now cause that was the sole reason behind getting it, not to mention not wanting to have to clean the other car all the time.

Now for the problem:
From time to time all the gauges on the instrument panel cease to function. This usually seems to happen at idle/park or traveling at low speeds in a neighborhood. I've read up a lil bit and some people think this could be related to humidity/rain too.

In any case the intermittent gauges failing is always accompanied by:
Check Engine light comes on
Air Bag light comes on
"No Bus" or "No bu5" shows on the odometer

Vehicle mechanical functions do not seem affected. IE: The engine still runs and so does everything else. A restart of the Jeep usually gets rid of it, but it does pop up again from time to time.
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Unread 06-14-2008, 01:25 PM   #3
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Check this link for some No Bus repair info. The Cherokee is very similar. -http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1339049 -
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Unread 06-18-2008, 10:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the great information.

Where is the procedure for removing the dash etc...? Is it that easy? Where are the screws/bolts etc...?
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99 XJ with nobus here. its intermittent so I am not taking that thing apart but if somebody could link us to the dash procedure it would be good to bookmark it!
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A friend of mine told me about the ground wires under the center console, I removed and cleaned them today. No problems yet, everything else I tried failed within minutes, except this. Give it a try. Update: still having the gauge issue after sitting overnight.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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A friend of mine told me about the ground wires under the center console, I removed and cleaned them today. No problems yet, everything else I tried failed within minutes, except this. Give it a try. Update: still having the gauge issue after sitting overnight.
So I got a used pcm from the boneyard, had a dealer program it ($65.00) and so far no problems, I'll update in a few days.
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