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Unread 02-07-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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98 Gauges Died/Come back on

I just bought a 98 TJ. Driving it home, hit a big bump, airbag light came on, went off again. Second time driving on highway, hit a big bump again, all gauges died, airbag light is on. The odometer is ON, but doesn't move. Turned Jeep off, back on, it worked again. Left my friends, worked for a couple miles, airbag on/gauges went off, then came back on 20 minutes later. No bumps involved this time. All gauges, gas, tach, speedo, etc. all off. Lights, stereo, other electrical seem fine (thank god) when this happens.

I just got this a week ago, maxed out my bank account, but gauges are kinda useful. And I'm a girl, so someone help me figure out where to look. I'd like to drive it instead of having it look good in my driveway.

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Unread 02-07-2011, 10:02 AM   #2
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Here is the usual fix for that problem. http://www.billhughes.com/mirror/gauges.htm No guarantees but I did essentially what is in that link to my '97 when it was still fairly new and developed that problem and it fixed it permanently.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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Didnt read Jerry's link but Im sure its good advice,

Its most likely the connection on the back of the gauge cluster needing to be cleaned and lathered in dielctric grease. You can pull the dash apart in 15 minutes and the whol guage cluster unplugs easily. Clean the contact terminals and dab a little dielectric grease on there and I highly doubt you will have an issue again. There should be write ups for this out there.

If you cant figure out how to get the cluster out, post back up Ill take some pictures.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #4
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Here is the usual fix for that problem. http://www.billhughes.com/mirror/gauges.htm No guarantees but I did essentially what is in that link to my '97 when it was still fairly new and developed that problem and it fixed it permanently.
X 2.It worked on my 98'.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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my gauges died on the way to work one day. turns out it was a blown fuse under the hood. one of the smaller ones. sorry i cant remember which one.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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I spent two years slapping my dashboard to get them to come back on until one day I finally popped the console, added dielectric grease and re-installed. Three years later, it has never happened again.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 02:17 PM   #7
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I used Plastic Safe spray contact cleaner and the small tube of Dielectric Grease from Autozone. No more problems so far. I didn't bend the contacts, but if it happens again, it would be quick and easy to re-do.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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Dont complain about this problem. It is a good problem. It keeps the mileage down on your odometer and keeps the re-sale value good. Whenever you think you need to know your fuel level just slap dash above the gauges and they will come back on.

I am just kidding. My story is very similar to this. I was very disappointed when I bought my Jeep and before I got it home the gauges werent working. I think it is why I am a member on this forum. Trying to figure out how to get my gauges working again was my first thing in a long list of issues I have had with my Jeep. Just slap the dash.
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Unread 02-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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Ive slapped my dash for a while...I dont need to slap it anymore because it stopped happening...guess it just worked itself out lol
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Unread 02-12-2011, 06:28 PM   #10
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Well, i took it apart today and I will see what happens. It only happens on the freeway, for some reason it worked fine in town. Thanks for the help!
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