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Unread 07-24-2005, 05:37 PM   #1
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Fix your TJ's dead gauges (write-up)

Fix your TJ's dead gauges



Here is a quick write-up on how to fix your dead gauges. I had a problem with them dying, and later found out that it was a common problem. The connection's to the gauges can go bad for many reasons.



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First thing you have to do is remove this piece of plastic on the top of your dash. There are not any screws just pull up on it, and it should pop right off.





Next remove the screws on each side of the steering wheel as shown in the pictures below.









Then pull off that piece of plastic from under the steering wheel as shown in the picture below.



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Unread 07-24-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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Then you have to remove the piece of plastic that covers the gauge cluster. There are two screws on the bottom and three along the top.










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Unread 07-24-2005, 05:40 PM   #3
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Next you have to remove the gauge cluster. There will be two screws on the top and two screws on the bottom. Once you take the screws off, gently pull the cluster toward you. It will pop off the connectors.













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Unread 07-24-2005, 05:41 PM   #4
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Last you want to clean the connectors on the back of the cluster and on the connectors in the dash. I cleaned mine with rubbing alcohol and q-tips. You can also bend the wires on the cluster with needle nose pliers. After that put the cluster back on and test it out. If it works put everything back together. If it does not work then try cleaing again. If you still dont have any luck post in my forum or jeepforum.com and someone will help you.




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Unread 07-24-2005, 06:03 PM   #5
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Great Guide, good to see what the back of the cluster looks like. Only cluster I've seen is the back to a '65 mustang.
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Unread 07-24-2005, 09:17 PM   #6
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when you put it back togethor - smear the connectors with dielectric grease. That helps with the water prooffing.

Another tip - since you have the fascia that covers around the guages off, it's a good time to hit it with a couple coats of Fusion paint.

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Unread 07-25-2005, 07:13 AM   #7
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Great write up, thanks for taking the extra time.
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Unread 07-25-2005, 03:06 PM   #8
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Great write up, thanks for taking the extra time.

No problem, next time i have something wrong with my jeep, i will make another writeup
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Unread 07-30-2005, 09:33 PM   #9
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Definately keep them coming
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what wires do you twist?
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Unread 08-01-2005, 01:43 PM   #11
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what wires do you twist?
you don't twist the wires...

you can slightly twist/tweak the pins on the guage side of the connector, so they'll make better contact with the connectors on the firewall side...

...and ditto the dielectric grease suggestion...

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ok, I got it. I will try that, thanks.
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Could you make this sticky?
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Could you make this sticky?

No, but I did add it to the TJ FAQ sticky at the top...we currenty have a "dead link" posted there, but I'm going to add this topic below it...

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