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Old 03-16-2006, 03:15 AM   #1
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Weird Meter Readings

Hi guys and girls,

A new interesting thing happened yesterday.... while driving down the highway, suddenly my batterymeter went all the way past the red zone on the right...my first guess was that, since it had been really cold, and a few days earlier a friend forgot to turn the ignition completly off, so the contact was on for a whole night, and I had expierienced a little difficulty in starting the next morning, that the battery was doing some serious charging...
After a couple of minutes, the meter hadn't changed position, so I started to get a little worried. I tapped the meter a few times, and found the needle moving back to the center position, then moving nervously from left to right but never crossing the centre, and finally flipping back to the most extreme right...so I started thinking it could just be the meter. Later on I tapped it again, same scenario. When I was a couple of kilometers further on my journey, suddenly I noticed that the oilpressure-meter was pointing in the same direction as the batterymeter, and normally it gives a reading of anything between 3.5 to about max 5.0 psi. Tapping it had no effect at all. When I came home, and turned of the ignition, the oil meter went down, so I turned it back on without starting the car, and the meter went back to the most right position, time after time. I also noticed that the needle of the meter wasn't exactly straight anymore, but was slightly bent, as if it was a bit melted at some point(I know this sounds really crazy,but...)
So, If any of you guys have expierienced the same, please let me know, and please tell me this is somehow normal for a wrangler yj '88.
Thanx in advance,

Zorlac, the Belgian problem-child...

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Old 03-16-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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Sounds like you had a power surge that could have fried the gauges, although I'm not sure how it would manage that without blowing the fuses.
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