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TJ Gauges Won't Move

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Hi! I'm having trouble with my '98 Wrangler.
It's 4cyl, 2.5L, manual engine.
A couple of weeks ago, the tachometer and speedometer would randomly drop (when the car was running) and come back on once the car came to a full stop, was put into neutral, or in some cases, when the car was turned off and turned back on. It continued for a few days then went away on its own. Sometimes, the airbag light would stay on.
Today, I turned my car on (after it running fine earlier) and the temperature gauge, oil gauge, gas gauge, and battery gauge did not move at all, but the tachometer and speedometer worked fine.
Any solutions? I've read some posts where cleaning/replacing the F10 and F17 fuses fix the problem, others where wiring was the issue.
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I don't think it's a clock spring issue, it must be electrical.
The oil gauge moves up a little.
After banging on the dashboard some, the gauges finally began operating and the airbag light turned off.
The horn used to go off in cold weather, but we got a button for it.
The car interior has never been exposed to rain, for sure.
We've checked the fuses, not the problem.
So the only theories left are clockspring and wiring. Any other ideas?
No, it's actually cold today and a little on the dry side.
was it raining or really humid when you were having issues??

pull your gauge cluster and look at the connectors on the back of it....they are known for bad connections and randomly loosing the cluster.
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Not sure if the banging on the dashboard fixed it, but it seems to work now. We put some dielectric grease on the clusters!
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