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post #1 of 14 Old 04-09-2011, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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97 wrangler sport gauges are flat lined...

I am new to jeep forum; i am having a problem with all my guages. The lights work behind the gauges but the gauges do not. Also my wind shield wipers are not working as well as my radio. I think that all of these problems are related but not sure........Please help. Thanks jhockaday.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-09-2011, 07:27 PM
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Start with a bad ground. Has something been changed, worked on, modified recently?

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no nothing has changed, where are the grounds located?
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Start with easy things. Check your fuses behind the glove box. Use a test light to check for continuity (Power and ground) Check the battery connections. Remove and clean the connection. Check where its grounded to the frame. loosen and tighten the bolt if its corroded. There are a few grounds under the dash. Look for wires connected to the firewall by your feet. Hopefully someone will speak up with very specific paces to look.
It is unlikely all these electrical things suffered spontaneous coordinated failure. The ground is the common connection.

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post #5 of 14 Old 04-09-2011, 08:23 PM
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Sounds to me like your instrument panel connections are not making contact. Mine did that today and I tapped the plastic and they came back. I had to do that to my Jeep as well. with it I pulled it out and made a slight bend on the pins and re inserted them. There's alot of threads on this. Pretty common problem. I never noticed it affecting the radio or wipers though. Can't remember.
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ok thanks im going to try all of that... i appreciate the help ill let yall know how it turns out.
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-13-2011, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Well i checked the grounds,fuses and the connecter pins (for the gauges displays) --everything looked to be in order. Still no luck though.
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We had the same symptom (gauges fall flat, but car drives along happily). Slapping the top of the dash was enough to bring it right back, so I was certain it was a loose connection. Turns out, there was a TSB for the wiring harness to the back of the gauge cluster. The dealer soldered on a replacement connector (it was under warranty).

A little gentle adjusting of the pins with some needle-nose pliers might be enough to make sure they're all seated well.
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bending the pins didnt work either....i dont know what the problem is, i tried hitting the plastic and the guages still would not come on not even for a brief second??????
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Gauge fault may be fuse 17 under the hood. When the radio and wipers don't work are the turn signals functioning? If turn signals don't work too it's the ignition switch.
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The turn signals work though; ill check that fuse '17' under the hood.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-19-2011, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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It worked, i really apprieciate. I was thinking it was something major for some reason; seems to always be my luck. Kinda foolish of me to not check it but im still learning. Thanks again, Josh Hockaday
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LOL Seven years later and my dilema: Radio won't work. I check the fuse. Its okay. THEN I notice I am out of gas! I run down the street and gas up the rig, but the gauge is still on E. Oh! ALL the gauges are to the left and not working. I check Instrument fuse and it is okay. Go online and find this thread. Fuse 17! That was it. All is well. Thanks.
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LOL Seven years later and my dilema: Radio won't work. I check the fuse. Its okay. THEN I notice I am out of gas! I run down the street and gas up the rig, but the gauge is still on E. Oh! ALL the gauges are to the left and not working. I check Instrument fuse and it is okay. Go online and find this thread. Fuse 17! That was it. All is well. Thanks.
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