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Old 07-24-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Dash Gauges

Okay I did some work on my jeep today, put in a new battery, spark plug wires, distributor cap, spark plugs, added a cold air intake, replaced the brake fuse and a oil pvc intake. Drove the jeep around and everything was working fine. Looked down on my way into the drive way and all my gauges stopped working and my gas gauge pegged out at full. Nothing work gauge wise and I am stuck on full. The gas is extremely low right now. I checked all the fuses and connection ribbon on the back of the dash. I can't figure it out. Any one else had this problem?

P.S. Try to show it some love and do some work on my jeep and something else brakes. Life of a jeep owner.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like a body ground problem to me. When you were working on the distributor and wires, there is a body ground strap in that general area that goes from the motor to the firewall. That is where i would start my check. It might be loose or maybe you just bumped it and caused it to have a bad connection.

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Sounds like a body ground problem to me. When you were working on the distributor and wires, there is a body ground strap in that general area that goes from the motor to the firewall. That is where i would start my check. It might be loose or maybe you just bumped it and caused it to have a bad connection.
I checked ti there are a couple and they looked good.
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do the lights for the gauges work?....sounds like a power supply problem
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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if your gas gauge is at full deflection, something is grounding that should not be. that is how you test the gauge, ground it and it reads full means the gauge is good. find the short to ground and everything should come back. you might check for a blown fuse or two with a short to ground
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You could always bring a new ignition power wire and ground into the gauge circuit paper connector and cut out the bad circuit as a last resort. I just cant bring myself to say circuit board. Jeep and VDO engineers/bean counters need their arses kicked on that spiffy idea. You can also hardwire your gauges and lighting if needed but until you find the problem, unless it is the problem, that isnt a fix. With all gauges going south at the same time, theres a short to ground somewhere.
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Oh is your clock still working? It has battery power but the ground is the same. I would say if the clock is working it isnt a ground but if it isnt, thats where to start. That is on the supposition it was working before hand of course.
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do the lights for the gauges work?....sounds like a power supply problem
Lights are working fine.
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if your gas gauge is at full deflection, something is grounding that should not be. that is how you test the gauge, ground it and it reads full means the gauge is good. find the short to ground and everything should come back. you might check for a blown fuse or two with a short to ground
Checked every fuse no blown fuses.
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You could always bring a new ignition power wire and ground into the gauge circuit paper connector and cut out the bad circuit as a last resort. I just cant bring myself to say circuit board. Jeep and VDO engineers/bean counters need their arses kicked on that spiffy idea. You can also hardwire your gauges and lighting if needed but until you find the problem, unless it is the problem, that isnt a fix. With all gauges going south at the same time, theres a short to ground somewhere.
I'm not sure if I can do that kind of electrical work.
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Oh is your clock still working? It has battery power but the ground is the same. I would say if the clock is working it isnt a ground but if it isnt, thats where to start. That is on the supposition it was working before hand of course.
I don't have a clock.
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I noticed that my brake light on the dash; isn't on either tonight driving home from work. That light has been own every since I bought the jeep. Sounds like the ground to me from what y'all have been saying. I don't have a clue of how to go about finding the short or what not. I have one of those electrical gauges that my father-in-law gave me a while back so I guess I'll brake it out and do some testing. Any suggestions on how to go about finding the short, tips, techniques ect.?

Thanks for all the responses they are very helpful. I didn't have a clue what was going on. Its nice to know there are a group of guys out there I can turn to when the Jeep is having trouble to get it turned around.
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i would loosen the cluster and pull it out and turn the key to on and see if the gauges work then. that would tell you the issue is somewhere in the wires you moved to pull hte cluster out. if nothing changes, have some one watch the gauges while you wiggle wires until you hit the one that makes the gauges move. then you can just follow that wire/wires until you find the short.
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i would loosen the cluster and pull it out and turn the key to on and see if the gauges work then. that would tell you the issue is somewhere in the wires you moved to pull hte cluster out. if nothing changes, have some one watch the gauges while you wiggle wires until you hit the one that makes the gauges move. then you can just follow that wire/wires until you find the short.
Thank you. I will give that a try in the morning. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
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