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Old 11-20-2011, 12:01 AM   #61
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I have heard you bend, or tweak the lil silver pins so they connect tight, kinda like you would with a plug and an outlet in the house when the cord gets loose, just bend alittle to ensure good contact when plugged in.

Or do what I do, two swift slaps to the top of the dash, and bingo...they come to life...occasional I say "bad Jeep" to let it know i am not happy also

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I have heard you bend, or tweak the lil silver pins so they connect tight, kinda like you would with a plug and an outlet in the house when the cord gets loose, just bend alittle to ensure good contact when plugged in.

Or do what I do, two swift slaps to the top of the dash, and bingo...they come to life...occasional I say "bad Jeep" to let it know i am not happy also
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:43 AM   #63
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I have heard you bend, or tweak the lil silver pins so they connect tight, kinda like you would with a plug and an outlet in the house when the cord gets loose, just bend alittle to ensure good contact when plugged in.

Or do what I do, two swift slaps to the top of the dash, and bingo...they come to life...occasional I say "bad Jeep" to let it know i am not happy also
What silver pins?
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:13 AM   #64
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one side is a female plug, the other side is male, err, pins. where you disconnected them and did the grease. thats where you are losing the connection. those pints/connectors get loose over time, a slight bend helps the pins stay pressed against the connector
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one side is a female plug, the other side is male, err, pins. where you disconnected them and did the grease. thats where you are losing the connection. those pints/connectors get loose over time, a slight bend helps the pins stay pressed against the connector
i would think just giving the gauges a love tap every now and then would be a better option, altho if they are coming back on when you hit them i agree your losing your connection there more than likely, if you bend the pins even just a little bit to much they could break off and you will have to pull it all out and repin it, or if you dont break it the gauges just wont go back in and work, either way id leave that one alone myself, altho if done right it could work
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How would I bend them?? I feel like that's a bad idea... Would lightly sanding the tips work?

Just an update: drove today and the gauges dropped again but a lot shorter and happened less than usual. Moving the trip nob didnt help today tho

Im minda OCD so i just want this to work all the time.

Also scgeek, for te LED replacement mod, would blue, amber, and green all be bright enough or would one of those be too dull?
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How would I bend them?? I feel like that's a bad idea... Would lightly sanding the tips work?
I am not suggesting you tweak these things hardcore. You'd be amazed what a millimeter will do. As things wiggle and vibrate they wear. All you are doing is taking up the wear for a snug fit. The other option is finding a new plug, which would probably involve cutting and splicing.

Try this... Take the cluster loose from the dash. With the jeep running and the guages still plugged in, wiggle the plug as you watch the guages, if a small amount of play kills the guages, it's worn, most likely on the plug side (female), if this is the problem the only options I see are 1) new plug spliced in, 2) use a small eyeglass flat screwdriver and try to tweak the female ends so they are closed up a bit 3) use needle nose plyers and tweak the male pins on the guages so they contact the female plug better...or 4) do like I do and slap it like you own it!

There is a thread on here about dead guages that explains the pin tweak a bit better.
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Could you link me that thread please?
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TJ Jeep Problem with Instrument Guages.

search gauge here on WF and you get about 4 or 5 threads talking about it.

I just took a small pointed screwdriver and gave each one a lil push to the left...nothing drastic, just a push to help them connect when plugged back in
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TJ Jeep Problem with Instrument Guages.

search gauge here on WF and you get about 4 or 5 threads talking about it.

I just took a small pointed screwdriver and gave each one a lil push to the left...nothing drastic, just a push to help them connect when plugged back in
Thank you.. I'll try that soon.. sorry for not posting ive been a little busy but you all have been a great help!

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