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Unread 10-28-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Speedometer/Odometer Not working

I have a 1998 Cherokee Sport with the 4.0 I6, and the speedometer and odometer don't work, but the other gauges do. A mechanic said I need the complete gauge cluster replaced, but I'm wondering if it could be just a cable. Can anyone give me some insight?

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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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Check the ground wires on the passenger side of the engine block before you go and replace the gauges. There should be a stud with a nut on it right behind the distributor. Take the wires off, clean the contacts with some sand paper and brake cleaner. It's worth a shot.

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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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Also check the connections behind the gauge cluster, possibly it got disconnected
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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:10 PM   #4
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I suppose I should've put this in the description but often forget. The speedometer works 1 out of a 100 times, and its always when I'm coming to a stop from faster than 25 mph.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #5
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I would definitely check those grounds. Just fixed mine yesterday. Speedometer, odometer, and fuel gauge wouldn't work. They also caused some other problems.

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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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I fixed mine the other day by cleaning the grounds as well, but when I jumped in it the following day it didn't work again
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Unread 12-15-2009, 11:44 AM   #7
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Could it also be a gauge cluster issue?
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Unread 12-15-2009, 12:06 PM   #8
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Could it also be a gauge cluster issue?
Yes, My temp gauge quit working cause the plastic cracked around the mounting screws which was the connection between the cluster circuit and the gauge
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I fixed mine the other day by cleaning the grounds as well, but when I jumped in it the following day it didn't work again
Mine still isn't fixed. I replaced the gauge cluster, because I found a cheap one on ebay, but that didn't do anything. I took the ground off again and cleaned it all up, but still no luck. It has to be my VSS, or at least I'm hoping. I need to buy a replacement. Mine just doesn't look right the way all of that is going into the transfer case. Can someone snap a few pics of yours for me to compare?
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Unread 12-15-2009, 01:38 PM   #10
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Well my brothers 99 XJ so far:

I've replace the cluster, cleaned and inspected all the connections, cleaned the ground wire and added a second ground wire to be sure.

I'm at a lose.

Speedo and trip meter don't work and the Gas gauge reads full or empty randomly as you drive own the street.
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Chrysler has never been known for their superb wiring
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I also had the same issues. my speedo and fuel gauge was not working.. i checked the wires going to the block and one was broken off. i replaced all wire at the end and put new ends on them and bam i turn my key over and my gas gauge went from over 100% back down to reading 1/4 tank where i should be around.. so thanks guys fixed my problem. and by the way the wires they use are very ****ty indead. 91 HO cheerokee 4dr
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I have a 1998 Cherokee Sport with the 4.0 I6, and the speedometer and odometer don't work, but the other gauges do. A mechanic said I need the complete gauge cluster replaced, but I'm wondering if it could be just a cable. Can anyone give me some insight?
Try the speed sensor in/attached to your transmission.
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