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post #1 of 14 Old 05-15-2007, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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gauges going crazy and won't start

Hi all I am new to your forum and thank you for your love of Jeeps.

This is my second Jeep, first was a 84 G-Wagoneer when I was too young to 'use' it right (lol).

I now have a 00 G-Cherokee Lim. I love it and know I will be doing a lot of the good stuff to it

Now for my problem, on sunday I tried to start it and ALL that happened all of the gauges went nuts (jumping all over the place) with a clicking from behind the cluster. It did this even after I took the key out. The int. lights were dim and flickered with the clickin, if I hit the brake pedal it all stoped untill I let go of it. After a few presses it stoped and I could start the truck.

Today my wife had the Jeep and the same thing happened to her, just the brake thing didn't work so I drove out to her and pulled most of the main fuses and it started, but the Tac. and speedo were pined all the way around. I fixed that by pulling the cluster fuse.

Anybody have any idears? Can the gauge cluster keep it from starting? Could the CPS mess with the cluster??

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-15-2007, 02:08 PM
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Get your battery checked...
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-15-2007, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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That was my first thought but it has always started strong and quick so I moved it down the list of possibles, still worth checking. Thanks
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-15-2007, 02:25 PM
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Well I've read the same symptoms here or on JU and it was a bad battery, and it's easy to check so move it UP the list...
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-15-2007, 02:28 PM
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definitely sounds like bad battery. It might have been destroyed while driving, for example on the bump. It happens sometimes. Check it first, before you disassemble half of the rig


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post #6 of 14 Old 05-16-2007, 01:49 AM
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Similar thing happened to our '00 GC Laredo. It started but all the gauges pegged out to the max. Took it to the shop, found one of the lead plates in the battery had broken and was causing a short. New battery, gauges/starting fine.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-16-2007, 04:43 AM
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I just had this problem recently. I replaced the battery and cleaned/checked both terminal clamps and chassis ground. Haven't had any problems since.


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I had the same problem as yours, turn out I had to replace the battery. Once I replaced it problem solved. If you can take your battery to an autozone and they will check it for free. If it's good just make sure the terminals are on tight cause if there not it will make your gauges o crazy.

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i could be totally wrong but the theme i see starting to occur is that the battery is dead......yes, no???

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i could be totally wrong but the theme i see starting to occur is that the battery is dead......yes, no???

What was your methodology of reasoning to come to this conclusion? Are you sure that your conclusion is accurate?

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I just went through the same.Battery worked great,next morning keyless opened the locks but nothing but gauges freaking out.I started to trouble shoot by 1st jumping it,which worked till I shut it off at work and it was completly dead again.Jumped it again and the checked the alternator......tested good.Shut it down and tested the battery and found it was shorted.Solution:got a new RED top optima and starts and works great and not a problem since.


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post #13 of 14 Old 05-17-2007, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I had the bat checked and it was ok, the Jeep will start after the all the gauges settle down,(pulling all main fuses and relays) and starts first shot, strong and quick. It has started no less then 20 times form the last time it acted up with no prob. The terminals are tight and clean. I'm hoping that it was just a glitch but will throw a new bat in just in case.
Thanks for the help
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My jeep started just fine at 10:00 I left work wen't to walmart got a few items came out. Started my jeep and it died, I quickly started it again, it started, gave a little shake. Then i heard a pop under the drivers side dash and my check engine light went off. I was kinda happy about that, then i figured it was just a fuse. I had to make two more stops. I did not turn off the jeep when I got home I turned it off and tried to turn it back on. I have interior lights but nothing else. The gauges go crazy and my doors are locked and my remote doesn't work. HELP PLEASE
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