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'99xjlimited 11-19-2007 01:21 PM

gauge cluster
 
On my '95 YJ, my Gauge Cluster keeps blowing a fuse, like 1 a day. :brickwall I'm getting sick and tired of replacing this damn fuse. any ideas on what might be causing this?

rustywrangler 11-19-2007 01:26 PM

Disco the batt, and remove the cluster and check the stamped circuit board. You have a short somewhere.

'99xjlimited 11-20-2007 06:51 AM

I'll give that a shot, thanks

rustywrangler 11-20-2007 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by '99xjlimited
I'll give that a shot, thanks


Just to note, the reason you disco the batt, is you take a chance at touching that stamped board to the bare metal while removing it. TRUST ME, it is a light show.

-Rusty :tea:

98formulaLS1 11-20-2007 07:18 AM

yeah, watch the printed circuit near the clock. I remember touching it to the metal near the clock.

'99xjlimited 11-20-2007 01:15 PM

I was wondering about that, thanks. I'll take a look at it this weekend. If that is it, what can I do to fix it?

rustywrangler 11-20-2007 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by '99xjlimited
I was wondering about that, thanks. I'll take a look at it this weekend. If that is it, what can I do to fix it?


Some have soldered where the circuit board is bad, most disable the gauge that is getting the short. If it's the whole thing, your looking at replacing the entire gauge cluster. That is gonna be fun unless you can find one used. The dealership wants over $70 just for the stamped circuit.

If your looking at a whole replacement, look into autometer gauges.

BUT, check the small stuff first, sorry for the tangent.

'99xjlimited 11-20-2007 01:21 PM

Rusty, thanks for your help, I'll let you know what I find

mp3coupe 11-20-2007 02:19 PM

It could be a few things. Are you blowing fuse 9? If so Buzzer, gauges, warning lights, relays and backup lights are on that circuit. When you pull the cluster and don't see anything obvious you can add a few inline fuses on those items listed above - light blue wire. When something shorts to ground the blown fuse in line should point you in the correct direction for the problem.

Let me ask, are the guages going out or just the lights for them? If just the lights check the illumination wire for the radio.

AR-Guy 11-20-2007 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rustywrangler
Just to note, the reason you disco the batt, is you take a chance at touching that stamped board to the bare metal while removing it. TRUST ME, it is a light show.

-Rusty :tea:

Ahh the ol' adage: Experience is something you do not get until JUST after the moment you needed it!! :cheers2:

'99xjlimited 11-21-2007 05:57 AM

well I pulled the dash off last night and the gauge cluster looks good, what's my next step??

'99xjlimited 11-21-2007 05:58 AM

mp3, the gauges are going out... all of them. I have lights on the gauges but no reading


Yes, it is Fuse #9, Blue, 15

rustywrangler 11-21-2007 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by '99xjlimited
mp3, the gauges are going out... all of them. I have lights on the gauges but no reading


Yes, it is Fuse #9, Blue, 15


Following on what Mp3 said, check the bulbs for your backup lights and also see if any of your other tail lights are out.

Your next step would be to check each of those circuits that mp3 stated. I have never had this problem exactly so I cannot say what else to check.

'99xjlimited 11-23-2007 04:40 AM

Rusty,
My backup lights are out...

rustywrangler 11-23-2007 05:12 AM

Even with the fuse fixed??? Check the backup bulbs and check for rust inside the tail light housings. If the backup lights are good and ground is good, the next step is to start tracing what else is on that circuit.


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