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Unread 11-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Gauge Cluster and Speakers not working

Both my instrument gauge cluster and speakers stop working at the same time, intermittently. Although my radio works all the time (it behaves normally, just no sound comes from my speakers when gauge cluster stops working). It appears to be a loose connection, perhaps a bad ground, which affects both the speakers and gauge cluster at the same time. How would the speakers and the gauge cluster be connected?

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Unread 11-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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That's definitely a interesting problem. I would check into your fuses.look for loose fuse housings and faulty wiring . Look into some wiring diagrams on your model jeep to see if any power wires or grounds are tied into your gauge cluster and radio. Also pull your radio and gauge cluster check your wire connections, check for and nicks,or any type of wear and tear on the wiring
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Unread 11-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #3
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I only have access to this site threw my phone, so I can't view profile details. What year/ model do you have?
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Unread 11-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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Have you had issues with your dimmer switch for your dash lights? Is it blowing fuses? Make and model would definitely help (on my phone app as well) is it stock or aftermarket radio?
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Unread 11-03-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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Have you had issues with your dimmer switch for your dash lights? Is it blowing fuses? Make and model would definitely help (on my phone app as well) is it stock or aftermarket radio?
The illumination light for my head light and dimmer switches goes on and off ,my fuel gauge light does it too. When I have my subwoofers turned up it tends to turn on and off more frequently. Could that be a faulty connection or a bad bulb housing?
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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:06 PM   #6
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The illumination light for my head light and dimmer switches goes on and off ,my fuel gauge light does it too. When I have my subwoofers turned up it tends to turn on and off more frequently. Could that be a faulty connection or a bad bulb housing?
My dimmer switch in my zj went on and off intermittently. When when driving at night it would go from full illumination to dim. Especially if I hit a bump or the base hit hard. It blew the fuse to the cluster panel. Replaced the switch (105 greenbacks at O'reillys here) new fuse. And my cluster panel has been golden since.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:18 PM   #7
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Mine just goes on and off then flickers sometimes. Which fuse cost that much? Was it in the PDC under the hood?
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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #8
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Mine just goes on and off then flickers sometimes. Which fuse cost that much? Was it in the PDC under the hood?
It wasnt the fuse. It was the switch. The switch that turns on the headlights and dims the dash lights. I replaced that switch because it shorting out which is what was causing the dash lights to flicker and eventually blow the fuse to my cluster panel. The fuse should be a normal 10 amp mini fuse
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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:53 PM   #9
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If I remember correctly. The radio ampilifer and the guage cluster use the same fuse in the kickpanel under passenger dashboard.
Its one of the fuses on the right. Like third row second to last fuse. Number 17 or 20? I havent looked at the fuse diagram in a while so my memory is a little off.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 12:33 AM   #10
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I have a Grand Jeep Cherokee ZJ 98 with 5.2L engine. I have a stock radio. The vehicle has had a collision history with past owner doing moderate wiring modifications. I have extensively checked all the fuses, and all are good. When my cluster panel and speakers do work, I have no other electrical issues. My radio system always works. My question being; how or where would the cluster panel and speakers be connected? What do they have in common, for this is the source of the problem.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 03:34 AM   #11
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If I remember correctly. The radio ampilifer and the guage cluster use the same fuse in the kickpanel under passenger dashboard.
Its one of the fuses on the right. Like third row second to last fuse. Number 17 or 20? I havent looked at the fuse diagram in a while so my memory is a little off.
It's #20 15A. Its one of the small micro fuses
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Unread 11-04-2013, 03:55 AM   #12
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It's #20 15A. Its one of the small micro fuses
Ah! I had it right then. Yeah. Definitely try that. Just replace that fuse. Sometimes one fuse can cause other fuses to not function.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 04:53 AM   #13
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Yes they will my cigar lighter quit working when I checked my fuse it was good. I was just now looking over my fuse panel and I noticed it has cigar twice on the info panel #2 says cigar, and #14 also says it.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 04:53 AM   #14
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Anybody know which fuse the sunroof is powered by?
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Unread 11-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #15
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First page of fuse

Second

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