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Unread 06-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Recently aquired tj, a bittersweet moment.

Hello all, I'll try to keep this upbeat as possible, but I'm still hurting here so bear wih me. I recently buried one of my best freinds this weekend. He was on his way to my home when he had an accident on the highway, and rolled his rubicon several times, resulting in a terrible loss. His brother, knew how close we was, and decided to sell me his other jeep, I got it home, and as much as my friend knew how happy I would be to have a good tj in my garage for free (I paid 1$ for it) I would see it crushed and melted for just one more day with him. It's too soon. Ok, thats enough of that. I've got to wait awhile before it's legal in my name so I want to change the fluids, clean her up a bit, get her road ready so my wife can have it. His fuel gauge never has worked right, from all the searching I've done on this wonderfull forum, it seems most people's gauge problems can be fixed by cleaning the terminal on the gauge cluster, I'm fine with doing this, but I need to know if its worth dropping the tank, replacing the sending unit also. If this 99 tj does not have a sending unit in the tank, don't flame me, I'm a CJ guy. Any help or kind words are greatly appreciated. thanks.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your friend.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Truly sorry for your loss, things like that just plain suck..

The fuel gauge might just be loose/corroded terminal connections for the cluster. If it were me I would try pulling out the cluster first and put a slight twist on all I think 15 pins in the back of it to make them get a better connection to the harness. You can get to it by popping out the defroster vent thing in top middle of dash (by windshield), removing the few screws on top of instrument cluster under them, taking out the knee panel and the few screws up there as well. Then the gauge cluster screws itself if memory serves. You'll see the harness I'm talking about once you get it apart, just put a degree or so twist on each one of those blades and maybe spray with wd-40 and shove it back together. It's probably a 30 min job if you take your time and would be tons easier than pulling the tank to get to the sender itself.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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sorry for your loss man, and good luck with the new toy.
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