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Old 10-05-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Dead Gauges

Back during the hot part of the summer when it was around105* my gauges went dead. All bottomed out for a few seconds and then would come back on and work fine. It was giving me the "bus" message also. I checked all the computer connections and found nothing loose. By the time I got to the shop to check it, it had cooled off and the problem hasnt happened since. It did it for about 3 days when really hot. I was told a short will be made more apparent with hotter weather. Anyone else had this problem. I hear its quite common with Jeeps. Any ideas where the problem might be? Like I said, its never acted up since its gotten out of the 100's here.

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Old 10-05-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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My jeep also does this every month or so. Its prob loose connection behind the gauges. I posted about this a few weeks ago. Last time it happened I smacked the dash(prob not recommended) and they came right back on. no probs since

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Old 10-06-2009, 09:29 AM   #3
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Same thing has happened to me yesterday. It was my oil gauge, at the butt end of a 50 min drive home. When ever I came to a complete stop it would drop to low, and when it hit the bottom my Jeep beeped at me and say Check Gauges. Then when I give any kind of gas it would pop back up to normal. Though it hasn't done it today... yet.

Though I have noticed that my battery might need replacing as when I don't start it in a while the first turn of the starter is very noticeably weaker than it use to be. Guess it is time for a yellow top and Dakota alternator!!
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:26 AM   #4
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I have the same issue with my guages all going dead intermittently. I'm chasing everything I can through the factory wiring diagrams but no smoking gun yet. Unfortunately I usually loose the guages when I'm on the road and they come back to life before I get back to my shop where I can do some proper trouble shooting...if you guys have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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This is a common problem. Mine has been doing this for years. As it turns out the guages are on one solid pannel and each gauge has a set of "pins" that are set into a female counterpart on a "master board" behind it. You could take the dash a part and manually adjust eash set of pins so they fit tighter or just do what I have done for years. Smack your fist on top of the dash above the gauges until they come back to life. Try it... it works.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
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I read in here it was a short of some kind. Mine did it as well. Old post said there was a tsb out on it. Don't know if dealership will fix for free or not. Might contact them about tsb.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:19 PM   #7
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Here is something I found on another forum regarding fixing dead guages...once you get to the thread read the whole thing and check out the photos....obviously folks that have been around Wranglers and these forums for a while, have been down this road years ago and have figured out the problem.

You have to drill down a few layers to get to the "" GUAGES QUIT WORKING"" thread.

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Under this link go down to post #4...then down to Electrical...then down to Guages Quit Working

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