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Old 07-27-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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My gauges will drop to zero at random times and the air bag light comes on and then when i go around a corner they will come back. Any idea's?

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Old 07-27-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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That is probably caused by a rather common problem in early TJs, a bad connection behind the instrument cluster. I had the same problem with my '97 TJ. The fix is not difficult nor does it take a lot of time or technical expertise. You simply remove the instrument cluster (a half-dozen screws or so) and then lift the instrument panel out where you'll find its two big connectors. Unplug the connectors and then very gently, give each of the male pins a slight pinch with needle nose pliers to make them just a tad wider so they can make a better electrical connection with the female side. Then put it back together, making sure the connectors are snapped into place with each other, and you're done after reinstalling it. I did that fix to mine and it never gave any more problems afterwards.

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Old 07-27-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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Thanks, i took the connectors out the other day that went into the computer and there was some green corrosion. I cleaned it with some contact spray. Im gonna give it a few days to see if it does the same thing. If it does i will look at the instrument cluster. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:22 AM   #4
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I just got my jeep a week ago same problem

I will be ripping my dash out tomorrow and fixing it that way. It makes complete sense to me. I noticed it going over bumps and I would wiggle the speedometer a bit and it would come back on. Funny part is mine is a 99 I had a 99 neon that had the same problem when I sold it i wedged plastic toothpicks all the way around the plug to tighten everything together wish I would have thought of this back then. Good luck to you.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:46 PM   #5
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yea sometimes you can bend those wire terminals out a little bit for better connections, or replace the connector if its cracked. if your terminals are green, clean them real good cause that green stuff is real bad, it will travel up the harness, put some dialectric grease in the connector
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