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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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Could this be a clock spring issue?

I'm not sure.

Do all of the gauges ground to the same spot?

I know on older 4.0 Jeeps (Cherokees specifically) there was a ground strap attached to the back side of the engine that would break and cause inoperative gauges.

I'm sure someone around here has had a problme like yours. Did you do a good search?
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.
A clockspring or clock spring is a special rotary electrical connector which allows a vehicle's steering wheel to turn while still making an electrical connection between the steering wheel airbag and/or the vehicle's horn and other devices and the vehicle's electrical systems. The clockspring is located between the steering wheel and the steering column.

They tend to fail on TJs that get rained into a lot due to the top being left off.

The only reason I even brought it up is because you mentioned the air bag light.
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