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Old 11-05-2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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Guages Work on Occasion

My 98 TJ has a problem with the gauges. They work sometimes and other times they don't. This even effects the odometer. Sometimes they will not work for days and then you can be driving along and all of a sudden, they work.

Any ideas on what is up?

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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Common problem. You have a loose connection between your gauge cluster and the dash. Pull the cluster off and clean and twist the pins and reinstall. Push in the cluster will sometimes help temporarily.

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Old 11-05-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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quick fix: Hit the dash. fixes mine for awhile!
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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I had a 98 Wrangler before a guy ran into it and totaled it and I had the same problem, long time ago I had found a post that went into detail of what BLK00TJ posted explaining what screws covers to remove; but if you remove some of the panels and are able to get to your instrument cluster pull it out (comes as one piece) on the back is the male side of a P/J and they a little smaller than the female side so by twisting the male side just a little you resolve the contact problem, it really didn't need much twisting because if yours is as mine was you could hit the dash and it would come back on, it's not as detailed as the information I had received but I hope it helps.
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:17 AM   #6
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Also if as TJspeed does you hit the dash and they come back on or your able to cause them to flicker it may point more toward the connection behind the dash gauge assembly and this is for only your gauges and lights, dome light head lights radio it's something else
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:50 AM   #7
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Ummm....it's a JEEP thing??? I'm sure you understand.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:04 AM   #8
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I pulled a connection last night and as of now they work. We will see I guess.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:40 AM   #9
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Found my service manual hope this helps even more ...

Here's some of the illustrations of the covers to be removed to get to the "Cluster Bezel"
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One more

the self-docking wire-harness connectors are where the instrument cluster plugs into so the twisting needs to be very slight so the connectors mate up again, the repair goes pretty quick just a lot of disassemble and reassemble
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98 Wrangler Instrument Cluster

Eskimo,
Thank you for the diagrams for disassembling the instrument cluster.
I found a mud wasp nest that may have been expanding enough when it got hot to make the connection poor. I twisted the Cluster Bezel as suggested also. Problem solved for now!

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