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Old 05-12-2010, 08:14 PM   #1
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Odometer reading 888888

My ODO reads 888888. My trip milage works fine as does all other gauges and display's. Now I have been researching this problem for a week. I have found a number of posts that have stated that this problem is caused by a bad cluster. But none of the people that had this problem ever followed up with the way they corrected this problem. The other question I have is if it is a bad cluster will diffrent years of TJ's fit or only 2003? Thank you..KC

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My ODO reads 888888. My trip milage works fine as does all other gauges and display's. Now I have been researching this problem for a week. I have found a number of posts that have stated that this problem is caused by a bad cluster. But none of the people that had this problem ever followed up with the way they corrected this problem. The other question I have is if it is a bad cluster will diffrent years of TJ's fit or only 2003? Thank you..KC
Was the odo at 888,887 before this happened?

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Old 05-13-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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I believe the only gauge clusters that will work (and whats listed by Car-part.com) are 2003-2006. Maybe it's the plug in the back I don't know.

The only problem is that you'll now have an odometer that is going to have a different mileage then your car. Sometimes when you do buy a cluster, they'll reset it for you - but when I bought my Cougar, I spent $30 on a cluster with 53k miles. I could just as easily swapped in the cluster and said my car was only 53k miles strong.

Odometer rollback apparently is a real crime, but I think there are ways to document what you're doing so you don't get in trouble. Or you could just go with it and do it. Run a carfax beforehand to see what's been reported and use that as a mileage base. What?

That said, I BET you with it displaying 88888 that a plug is loose in the back. Take apart the cluster and just spray it down with some electrical contact cleaner wait it out overnight and put it back in the next day to see if it fixed your problem.

Cluster Removal from memory so bear with me

1. Take a flathead screwdriver and pry off the plastic bezel running along top of your dash (the long piece that runs from window to window and has a cutout for the Vin #)

2. Remove two phillips screws on the knee panel that is underneath the steering wheel. Then remove the three screws that holds that metal knee blocker in place.

3. Remove the three phillips head screws on top of the speedo cluster, as well as the two on each side of the steering wheel.

4. At this point the cluster should come out... or there are a few screws I missed. It should just pull right out from the plugs behind it.
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BURTON, Thank you for the help. I will try this on my next day off. KC
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:00 PM   #5
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I don't know the laws on changing out the instrument cluster...but if it indeed does need to be replaced, you may want to contact your state's BMV/DMV and see if they know the proper procedure for replacing it. You may not be able to get it reset...might just need to have the title marked that the mileage listed on it is NOT the actual mileage or something (there's a place on there to sign stating the mileage listed is the actual mileage so it may involve that section).

Odometer rollback is a pretty serious crime when selling a vehicle...so you'll definitely want to know the proper way to handle things if you decide to sell your Jeep down the road.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:34 PM   #6
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Hey any fixes?? Mine does the same thing and all because I took out the fuse to kill the interior lights when the doors were off. Please let me know if u found anything out
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You can have the cluster set to the correct mileage by the dealer. IIRC the PCM/ECM keeps track of the mileage as well.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:13 AM   #8
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mine did the same thing when i took out the fuse to kill the interior lights when i took the doors off. Has anyone found a solution other than replacing the cluster?
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You could check with your dealer on this, 99.99% of the time if it's a cluster problem you are looking at least at sending the cluster in for repair and/or replacing it.

And as for mileage being correct, on the later models as stated, the PCM stores that info. I know for a fact on GM products it is stored in the PCM and BCM. Swap a cluster from another vehicle and the odometer will change to the original reading.
More odometer tampering defeats in action.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:11 AM   #10
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BURTON, Thank you for the help. I will try this on my next day off. KC
No need to wait till a day off. With a phillips screwdriver and needlenose pliers (to tweak the connection pins slightly after spraying with contact cleaner), this mod could be done in 10 mins max during a lunch break. I did it in that time and had never taken out my cluster before. It may be one of the easiest things to work on in a Jeep.
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Has anyone who is having the issues tried any of these suggestions yet?
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Has anyone who is having the issues tried any of these suggestions yet?
Uh yes, that's why I said I did it in around 10 mins and was suggesting it could be done while on break at work. I have work on many vehicles over the years, taking the gauge cluster out of a Jeep, cleaning and tweaking the connections may be the easiest fix ever. I have NEVER done it before and was able to do it in under 15mins. Try it, there's really no way to screw it up (just slightly tweak the edges of the connection pins, don't bend or break them).
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Have the same problem. ^^^^^^^^ Did this work?

Anyone else have a solution for this? I have searched and researched and have found nothing
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bump. ditto on looking for a solution.
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:28 AM   #15
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Solution is to replace the gauge cluster.

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