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Old 12-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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Check gauges on! now what?

Hey guys! So I bought a 98 4.0 2 weeks ago... Drove it home direct to the garage... The Jeep was there for two weeks parked until today.. Good thing is it started right away! No hesitation whatsoever .. But, I noticed the check gauges light came on, then I saw the yellow fuel light on, then the fuel light was off but check gauges remained on, I shut the engine and restart, the gauges light was off... Drove it for a mile to the super market and back and as soon I parked home the gauges light came on again...

I have a few questions cause Im kinda paranoic..

Was the check gauges light on cause the fuel light was on?

I noticed a little "friction" noise in the wheels when turning so I checked the power steering and when I opened it, it sounded like a pop, like if there was air that was release when i open it. Do you think thr check gauges light is related to it?

And last, I feel the car is "braked", I mean, it put it in neutral and tried pushing it and I feel it is not free, it feels like if the brakes pads were kinda closed.... It's dark and cant see a thing...

Any thoughts?

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check the adjustment on the parking brake cable,maybe its too tight

as far as the check engine light.Go to autozone and tell them that the light comes on and off and they will scan it for free.they may or may not find a code.

try this:
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hold the odo rest button in and turn the key to the on(do not start) position,hold the reset button until you hear a chime.the Jeep computer will run a self check and if there is a code(something wrong) the odo lcd display should display a code.


when my fuel light comes on my check engine light does not come on,I have a 98 sport

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check the adjustment on the parking brake cable,maybe its too tight

as far as the check engine light.Go to autozone and tell them that the light comes on and off and they will scan it for free.they may or may not find a code.

try this:
with your key in the off position
hold the odo rest button in and turn the key to the on(do not start) position,hold the reset button until you hear a chime.the Jeep computer will run a self check and if there is a code(something wrong) the odo lcd display should display a code.

when my fuel light comes on my check engine light does not come on,I have a 98 sport
Will check the parking brake cable... About the fuel, its not the check engine light that was on but the "check gauges" one.. I know its weird.
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Could be oil pressure, battery voltage, or engine temp. Mine comes on when my oil pressure gauge drops.
Doesn't anymore though
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check the adjustment on the parking brake cable,maybe its too tight

as far as the check engine light.Go to autozone and tell them that the light comes on and off and they will scan it for free.they may or may not find a code.

try this:
with your key in the off position
hold the odo rest button in and turn the key to the on(do not start) position,hold the reset button until you hear a chime.the Jeep computer will run a self check and if there is a code(something wrong) the odo lcd display should display a code.


when my fuel light comes on my check engine light does not come on,I have a 98 sport
Check engine light is completely different than the check gauges light.

OP, stupid question, but did you check the gauges? when that light comes on typically you either have low oil pressure, low or high amps, or overheating. The low fuel will not trigger the check gauges light. Start the Jeep, watch the guages and see where the temp, oil pressure, and amps are. Amps should be 14 +/- a very small amount. Temp should be at 210 when warmed up all the way, +/- a degree or 2. Oil pressure varies by engine, mileage, wear and tear, but should not be sitting on 0. My jeep when warmed up and driven for an extended period has low oil pressure, but not enough to trigger the check gauges light.

Remember, if it does have any of these problems, it may not be anything bad so dont panic at first, just kill it once you have the info needed. Check the gauges when the light comes on again and tell us whats not right. If nothing else, wait till the light comes back on a snap a pic of the instrument panel and post up for us to see.
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Thanks for the info...!!!

I started it today and drove like 2 miles, all good .. No lights on.. Im thinking if maybe as the jeep was parked for 2 weeks the light came on cause the battery lost a few charge in those 2 weeks and then as the car was running again re charged??

I took the car to a brakes shop, the hand brake cable is damaged so it wont disengage, thats why i was feeling it rough... They also saw that rear brakes needs to be replaced. Not sure if i can find those parts oem here in Costa Rica so i will look in the Internet too,... In case someone knows where to look

I will drive the car today and i will be checking the gauges, i just have to remember to not use the hand brake hehe
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The check guages light will come on when the fuel guage is low enough, letting you know you need fuel.
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The check guages light will come on when the fuel guage is low enough, letting you know you need fuel.

The low fuel light comes on, not the check gauges light. 2 different lights.
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Thanks for the info...!!!

I started it today and drove like 2 miles, all good .. No lights on.. Im thinking if maybe as the jeep was parked for 2 weeks the light came on cause the battery lost a few charge in those 2 weeks and then as the car was running again re charged??

I took the car to a brakes shop, the hand brake cable is damaged so it wont disengage, thats why i was feeling it rough... They also saw that rear brakes needs to be replaced. Not sure if i can find those parts oem here in Costa Rica so i will look in the Internet too,... In case someone knows where to look

I will drive the car today and i will be checking the gauges, i just have to remember to not use the hand brake hehe

Thats real possible. As far as the brakes, if your wanting to stay stock and need to order them from USA, check Rock Auto online. I have ordered quite a bit from them and they have some of the best prices. I'm not sure about the shipping to costa Rica though. I would figure there was a lot of Jeeps in an area like that, if so, you can bet a local parts store stocks them.
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Update... check gauges light came on, Oil pressure was marking close to 0... it happened after I drove the car for several minutes but when the car had no movement.. like when stuck in a traffic jam or a light...

but when it started moving again, it will read 20-40 approx... and the light will go off... it happened like 4 times in a 50 miles ride... I did not notice lack of power or anything like that...

should I worry?

thanks for the follow up here
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:06 AM   #11
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Replace the oil pressure gauge sending unit. They are known to go bad fairly often.
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Replace the oil pressure gauge sending unit. They are known to go bad fairly often.
Do this 1st. Try not to drive it just in case. Does the engine have (more than normal) knocks or rattles in it? I'm betting it will be your oil pressure sending unit. Get a new one, it cost more but OEM from a dealer or online will be better quality than a chain store. Oil pressure is the life of your engine, dont kill it trying to save a few bucks on a cheap part. Get that replaced and see if it is still doing it.
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Do this 1st. Try not to drive it just in case. Does the engine have (more than normal) knocks or rattles in it? I'm betting it will be your oil pressure sending unit. Get a new one, it cost more but OEM from a dealer or online will be better quality than a chain store. Oil pressure is the life of your engine, dont kill it trying to save a few bucks on a cheap part. Get that replaced and see if it is still doing it.
Will try that! I will be in the States this week so I will try to look for the part!

Last night ordered the ebrake cables and rear brake shoe but i did not see the sending unit recommendation on time hopefully i can find a dealer around !

Assuming the worst that the new part keep reading a low pressure, what would it mean? Something bad/expensive?

What happens if i xontinue driving the car?

Thanks a lot for the help again!!
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if it's not the sending unit, it could be the oil pump wearing out.
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Update... check gauges light came on, Oil pressure was marking close to 0... it happened after I drove the car for several minutes but when the car had no movement.. like when stuck in a traffic jam or a light...

but when it started moving again, it will read 20-40 approx... and the light will go off... it happened like 4 times in a 50 miles ride... I did not notice lack of power or anything like that...

should I worry?

thanks for the follow up here

My 97 just started doing this as well. From a fresh start the check gauges light comes on and the oil pressure gauge is at 0. It is like it is stuck because as soon as you give it a little gas it moves and the light goes off. I can then start it again and it won't do it. It actually doesn't do it all the time nor at stop lights. I had it happen about 3 times over the last couple of days. Some days it will not do it at all. Not sure but I am guessing the oil pressure sensor is bad or faulty. It certainly drives absolutely perfect so most likely one of those....keep my eyes on it things. May just replace the sensor since that probably wouldn't hurt. My oil pressure gauge seems kind a f'd up to me because it seems to go anywhere from 20-60 or so, it fluctuates which I read is normal but it sure bothers me.
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Will try that! I will be in the States this week so I will try to look for the part!

Last night ordered the ebrake cables and rear brake shoe but i did not see the sending unit recommendation on time hopefully i can find a dealer around !

Assuming the worst that the new part keep reading a low pressure, what would it mean? Something bad/expensive?

What happens if i xontinue driving the car?

Thanks a lot for the help again!!

More than likely if it's not the sending unit, the oil pump is worn out. Not the end of the world though. Just get a new one and put it in, or pay someone if your not capable. If it has little to no oil pressure you will be wearing the bearings out quick. if it has 0 pressure, it will run for little bit, then rattle, then knock, then blow. If it blows, its a new engine.

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My 97 just started doing this as well. From a fresh start the check gauges light comes on and the oil pressure gauge is at 0. It is like it is stuck because as soon as you give it a little gas it moves and the light goes off. I can then start it again and it won't do it. It actually doesn't do it all the time nor at stop lights. I had it happen about 3 times over the last couple of days. Some days it will not do it at all. Not sure but I am guessing the oil pressure sensor is bad or faulty. It certainly drives absolutely perfect so most likely one of those....keep my eyes on it things. May just replace the sensor since that probably wouldn't hurt. My oil pressure gauge seems kind a f'd up to me because it seems to go anywhere from 20-60 or so, it fluctuates which I read is normal but it sure bothers me.

Replace the sensor, thats more than likely the problem. You want to go ahead and do it just to make sure it's not the pump. If it really is the pump, your wearing your bearings out fast.
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More than likely if it's not the sending unit, the oil pump is worn out. Not the end of the world though. Just get a new one and put it in, or pay someone if your not capable. If it has little to no oil pressure you will be wearing the bearings out quick. if it has 0 pressure, it will run for little bit, then rattle, then knock, then blow. If it blows, its a new engine.

Replace the sensor, thats more than likely the problem. You want to go ahead and do it just to make sure it's not the pump. If it really is the pump, your wearing your bearings out fast.
Roger that!

Thanks for the info! I will know next week if I get the part..

Dooly, u have described my problem, will try with the sending unit ..

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Roger that!

Thanks for the info! I will know next week if I get the part..

Dooly, u have described my problem, will try with the sending unit ..

Happy Holidays!
Please post your results as I may replace my sending unit if your results are good. I really think it's the sending unit as most of my sensors have needed replacement.
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Please post your results as I may replace my sending unit if your results are good. I really think it's the sending unit as most of my sensors have needed replacement.
Will do! Found the part in a near place but they are asking if I need the 1 or 2 pins part
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trace the wires to the unit, look for one wire or two...
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If I was still living in Alajuela, this is what I would be sporting, but in the SUV version to fit the kids. 4.2l turbo diesel factory snorkel 5-speed. Can't get the real cool rigs here it seems. And yep it's a 2011.
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If I was still living in Alajuela, this is what I would be sporting, but in the SUV version to fit the kids. 4.2l turbo diesel factory snorkel 5-speed. Can't get the real cool rigs here it seems. And yep it's a 2011.
A lot of those in Nicaragua u have no idea!
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I thought you were in costa rica?
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I thought you were in costa rica?
I am! But I was assigned to Nicaragua so I ve been there for 6 months and Id probably be more time.. I m planning to take the Jeep the first week of Jan thats why I want it to be working as it should... Dont have a good experience with car shops in Nicaragua.
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Ahhh that makes sense.
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Just a thought. My check guage light did the same thing after my jeep sat for a week. I checked everything and put it on a tester also. Nothing showed up but I noticed my positive battery cable was slightly loose. I cleaned and tightened it up and everythings fine now. I't been several weeks of constant driving and hasn't came back on.
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Just a thought. My check guage light did the same thing after my jeep sat for a week. I checked everything and put it on a tester also. Nothing showed up but I noticed my positive battery cable was slightly loose. I cleaned and tightened it up and everythings fine now. I't been several weeks of constant driving and hasn't came back on.
Did yours show the oil pressure in zero? Mine did it in several occasions. I have the part already! Will replace it the fisrt week of Jan
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Update and venting out

I bought some brakes parts from quadratec last week on dec 22. Paid the 3 days shipping so I could have it delivered before Dec 27 that is my last day in this address well the tracking shows est delivery dec 28!!

Just hope i can call tomorrow so they can reach the shipping company and have my package delivered before dec 29 in san francisco if not i'm in trouble!
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Update

Placed the new part today. I was all day driving from here to there etc and it never reached to zero.. This is the lower it got to:



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Thats enough, glad it fixed it!

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