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Old 06-12-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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1997 Dash Panel Problems

We have recently purchased a 1997 4cyl jeep wrangler. It is a standard tranny and is in above average condition. The only problem is that the dash panel does not work. I am planning on buying the shop manuals for this vehicle but have yet to pick it up. I have two questions if some of the more experienced folks can help:

1-What is the best service manual to go with? I have seen reviews for Hayne's as well as the Jeep/Chrysler manual and both seem sufficient. Any suggestions?

2-Does anyone have a part number or good website to possibly find this part?

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Old 06-12-2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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Definitely go with the factory service manual. Much better than Haynes or Chilton. Check ebay. They publish them every year and you should find a '97 no problen. Have fun with your jeep

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Old 06-12-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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X2 on going only for the Factory Service Manual from Mopar, Chilton's and Haynes are both nearly worthless beyond changing spark plugs or the brakes.

Odds are your instrument cluster only has a flakey connector behind it. It has two large multipin connectors that especially on earlier TJs, are well known for knocking out the instrument cluster.

Here's a link for how to make sure the connectors are making good solid electrical contact. Basically, it only involves removing the cluster (easy!) and tweaking the male connector pins slightly to help them make a better contact with their female connectors.

TJ Jeep Problem with Instrument Guages.

My only suggestion is that instead of "twisting" the connector pins in the writeup, I would just give each one a gentle (!) squeeze to make them just a tad/tiny bit flatter which will help them make better contact. I did this to my '97 TJ 12-13 years ago and it permantently fixed its instrument cluster that would intermittently go dead.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
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Are there any ohter symptoms when you lose you dash, Mine is beeping when i press my brakes
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:59 PM   #5
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No Bus Error

I recently bought a 4.0 sport here in the Cayman Islands. It's the perfect jeep for cruising around an island. The only issue is that my entire dash board goes dead and reads no bus where in odometer is.

My temp fix is to pull the turn signal switch backwards, which turns on the high beams. This seems to reset the gauges and fixes the issue - while for a few minutes.

Anybody ever seen this one or know where to start?

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I recently bought a 4.0 sport here in the Cayman Islands. It's the perfect jeep for cruising around an island. The only issue is that my entire dash board goes dead and reads no bus where in odometer is.

My temp fix is to pull the turn signal switch backwards, which turns on the high beams. This seems to reset the gauges and fixes the issue - while for a few minutes.

Anybody ever seen this one or know where to start?
A few posts above your question, post #3, contains a link on how to fix this somewhat common issue.

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