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.