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Unread 01-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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Need help fast. Gauges dead.

I have a 99 TJ and have always had the problem with the gauges dropping in and out while driving, and i got around to cleaning the clusters about 3 weeks ago. seemed to have fixed the problem until yesterday i Went out to drive it and the gauges are all dead. None of them work. the Mph, RPM, Fuel, Oil, Battery, Temp, and Tach all are flatlined and won't work. All the lights behind the gauges work and the seatbelt light is on but none of the gauges work.

Things i have tried to fix it
Removed the cluster and clean it
check a few random grounds
checked every fuse, none of them were blown. (If there are specific ones i should recheck let me know i could have missed one.)

Please help, need it fixed by today or early tomorrow, have to drive it fort a few hours and with the MPG i don't want to run out of gas. Thank you!


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Unread 01-11-2014, 02:18 PM   #2
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I had the same problem, it was a bad wire somewhere in the dash, causing it to short out. ( I did the same, cleaned the conenctors, jiggled the wires, checked as much of the wiring as i could and couldn't find the problem) None of the gauges worked, speed, fuel, oil pressure, nothing except the odometer. I Had to bring it to a shop.

Carry a full jerry can with you untill you can get it to a shop that specializes in electronics
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Unread 01-11-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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I had the same problem, it was a bad wire somewhere in the dash, causing it to short out. ( I did the same, cleaned the conenctors, jiggled the wires, checked as much of the wiring as i could and couldn't find the problem) None of the gauges worked, speed, fuel, oil pressure, nothing except the odometer. I Had to bring it to a shop.

Carry a full jerry can with you untill you can get it to a shop that specializes in electronics
Thank you for the speedy response, that is looking more and more like what i am going to have to do.. Hopefully someone out there has a quick fix
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Unread 01-11-2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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Same thing happens to me. I just slap the dash twice and it comes back on. There is a connector as you know in the bottom right part of the dash, give that a push. Try putting dielectric grease on the connections. But finding the bugs in electrical is gonna be a PITA
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Unread 01-11-2014, 09:45 PM   #5
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Same thing happens to me. I just slap the dash twice and it comes back on. There is a connector as you know in the bottom right part of the dash, give that a push. Try putting dielectric grease on the connections. But finding the bugs in electrical is gonna be a PITA
Yeah i mean its always had the problem where they all drop out while driving and i just slap it a few times and they come back alive but now they won't come alive at all. Thanks for the advice
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Unread 01-12-2014, 12:52 AM   #6
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There is a technical bulletin on this issue. My local dealer took care of this for me. Think it involves cutting and splicing together a new connection. But dealer fixed this technical bulletin for me on it and never had problem since. At my cost of course.
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Unread 01-12-2014, 02:16 PM   #7
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There is a technical bulletin on this issue. My local dealer took care of this for me. Think it involves cutting and splicing together a new connection. But dealer fixed this technical bulletin for me on it and never had problem since. At my cost of course.
Where would this connection be that you'd have to reconnect?
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Unread 01-12-2014, 07:19 PM   #8
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Sorry. There is a technical service bulletin but I don't have specifics on it. My dealer knew about it and corrected it, that's all I know. Has something to do with the connectors on the back of the gauges. More would periodically go out while I was driving into it was fixed. Sorry I don't have specifics, maybe someone on here knows more?
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Unread 01-13-2014, 12:17 AM   #9
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Sorry. There is a technical service bulletin but I don't have specifics on it. My dealer knew about it and corrected it, that's all I know. Has something to do with the connectors on the back of the gauges. More would periodically go out while I was driving into it was fixed. Sorry I don't have specifics, maybe someone on here knows more?
Hopefully! at the moment I'm driving with a speedometer on my phone and filling up like every other day!
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Unread 01-13-2014, 07:28 PM   #10
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Even if you don't have gauges going your odometer should still work (unlike mine when the cluster goes out). Just set it on trip mode and watch it. I can get like 4-5 days on a tank depending on how much I drive. But even so, the chime for low gas should ring when the cluster is out
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Unread 01-13-2014, 08:01 PM   #11
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My '99 doesn't chime. A smartphone GPS is a good substitute for a dash odometer, then get an OBDII reader, and you almost don't need gauges.
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Unread 01-14-2014, 04:35 AM   #12
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Mine went out and it ended up being the "iod" fuse under the hood. Maybe check that for a good connection.
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Unread 01-14-2014, 07:11 PM   #13
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Even if you don't have gauges going your odometer should still work (unlike mine when the cluster goes out). Just set it on trip mode and watch it. I can get like 4-5 days on a tank depending on how much I drive. But even so, the chime for low gas should ring when the cluster is out
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My '99 doesn't chime. A smartphone GPS is a good substitute for a dash odometer, then get an OBDII reader, and you almost don't need gauges.
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Mine went out and it ended up being the "iod" fuse under the hood. Maybe check that for a good connection.
My odometer doesn't work on trip or just regularly, so that's doesn't work.

My 99 does chime when it runs out of gas though.

And do you know what fuse # it is?
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Unread 01-14-2014, 07:20 PM   #14
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Its labeled iod just a small 10 amp fuse I believe. I can check when I'm home.
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Unread 01-16-2014, 08:35 PM   #15
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Its labeled iod just a small 10 amp fuse I believe. I can check when I'm home.
Alright, thank you!
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