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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Guage panel issues...

1999 XJ 220,xxx miles.

So, for a while now i have been having issues with my guages. sometimes when i fire her up none of my guages work, or sped/tach wont work. other times all work fine, and during some drives the guages will work intermittenly... its not the end of the world but when i pass a cop and i cant check my speed it can get a bit nervy.

all fuses are fine, possibly ground issue?

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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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My 1989 did the same thing. It ended up being the ignition switch. I do not know how different the newer style cherokees are but its a place to start.
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Unread 02-22-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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Instrument panel connectors on 97+ are known to become intermittent. take the cluster out and clean the contacts with aerosol contact cleaner. Apply small amount of silicone grease to contacts and reinstall.
I don't own an XJ any longer, but I still think they are the best of all the Jeep products ever made. My XJ was my favorite vehicle in my 50+ years of driving.
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Unread 02-22-2011, 02:21 PM   #4
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^^ I fixed my temp guage by just pulling the cluster out and plugging it back in. It has two big plugs on the back of the cluster that go into the dash behind it. Once you figure out the little button to pull the headlight switch out, it's super easy to get in there and yank the cluster.

You might get away with just pushing the whole cluster in, before you tear everything apart. The plugs are in the upper middle part, just put your hands on the plastic of the guage cluster, and push hard in towards the firewall. Maybe you'll get lucky.
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electrical issue , guages , wiring

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