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post #1 of 4 Old 12-16-2013, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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1981 CJ-5 gauge problems, need Help.

Hello All. I am new to the Forum and hope to get some help. I own a 1981 Jeep CJ 5, 258 engine. I purchased the Jeep about a year and a half ago and have drove it once. All the gauges worked and the fuel gauge needle had the typical boundce for the Jeep's age. The jeep needs some work in certain areas and I have been doing a number of things to it in my spare time which I have little of. I put a new battery in it yesterday and noticed when I turned the ignition to the ON position, (did not start the engine) the Temp Gauge went beyong the H (hot) and the Fuel Gauge showed totally full. I know the fuel tank is only half full. I did start the jeep as I had just installed power steering and was looking for leaks and toping off the reservior. The temp and fuel gauge remained pegged. They do drop when the ingintion is off. I did note, with the engine running, that all lights worked, oil gauge working fine and amp meter fine. Any ideas what the problem might be with the temp and fuel gauges? I did not have time to check into the problem, but was wondering if a loss of 12v power to the fuel gauge could be the problem? Or could it be a regulator problem? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-05-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Problem solved.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-11-2014, 10:10 AM
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Problem solved.
What was the problem? How did you fix it?

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-24-2014, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. As for the problem, I found I did not have any electrical current to the gauges in question. I then checked the fuse. The fuse was good, but found no 12 volt power at the fuse. I found a bad contact where the fuse pulgs into the fuse box. Once the contact was repaired, problem solved.
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