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Old 12-08-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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n00b with a gauge issue

Hey everyone! Yes, it's my first post, and I come to you with a problem. I have a '99 Wrangler 4cyl, that I've owned since February of this year. Until yesterday, I've had no major problems, and this Jeep has been an absolute dream.
As I was out running some errands yesterday, I'm sitting at a stoplight and notice that the "airbag" warning is lit on the dash. Hmmm....never noticed that before. I take off at the light, and notice that my speedometer and tach are not working either, but all other gauges are working fine. I keep an eye on everything, and a few miles down the road, as I suspected (since the speedo is out) the digital odometer is stuck too.
I finish one of my errands, and come back out and start up, and see that NONE of my gauges are working - fuel, battery, temp, and oil are all out too.
I stopped by an auto parts store, and check fuses (the only thing I could think of) and I couldn't find anything wrong.
Any clue of what could've happened??

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 12-08-2007, 08:39 PM   #2
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see if the gear that screws into your T-case is loose. I had that happen on my 92 and the gauges stopped working. A couple turns later though everything went back to normal.

I don't have any idea about the airbag light thou..... wait, it might have just come to me, see if that fixes it. The airbag may be based on speed of the vehicle. In that case, wouldn't a speed sensor disconnect cause an airbag fault? Help me out on this one guys.

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Old 12-08-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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This hapened to someone else on here recently, theres a connector behind the gauge cluster that might have come loose. Easy fix if thats what it is, give it a look yourself or if your not confident someone who is shouldnt take that long over it.
Hopefully its that, that'll be cheap/free.
Its worth noting of course that I dont even own a Jeep yet so my advice is...well..yaknow
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:45 PM   #4
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I don't have any idea about the airbag light thou..... wait, it might have just come to me, see if that fixes it. The airbag may be based on speed of the vehicle. In that case, wouldn't a speed sensor disconnect cause an airbag fault? Help me out on this one guys.
The airbag light is stuck on no matter if I'm sitting still or at highway speed. It came on right about the time that the speedo and tach went out.
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:51 PM   #5
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You have two self docking plugs on the back of the instrument cluster, remove the trim pieces and remove the cluster, it pulls straight out, clean the pins and the sockets with a good electronics spray cleaner, CRC makes one and AA sells it. Put the cluster back together and you should be good. Will take you about an hour sitting in the drivers seat, one thing, disconnect the battery. I know that the chances of triggering the air bags are a 1000:1 but it's still a 1000-1.
When you put the cluster back in be gentle, it will self dock, don't force it or you will bend the pins. You can also put a dab of 'tune up' or 'dielectric' grease on the pins to keep future issues at bay.
No, you don't have to remove the steering wheel, just the trim, start with the center bezel, pop that big vent that goes across the front of the dash from side to side, it pops out, remove the two screws and pull the bezel out, from then on start removing screws. It's been about 8 years since I have had to do this so I'm citing from memory, you may have to remove the kick panel under the steering wheel, that is two parts, the plastic cover you seen and a steel plate behind it, 2 screws for the cover and two for the steel one. It's been too long since I did it to remember for sure.
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Old 12-08-2007, 09:07 PM   #6
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That sounds like a lot more than what I'm prepared to handle by myself. I could probably get my dad to help me out on this, but since he's 3 hours away, it will have to wait a bit. Luckily I have a backup vehicle that I will soon be able to drive until this is fixed.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:11 PM   #7
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That sounds like a lot more than what I'm prepared to handle by myself. I could probably get my dad to help me out on this, but since he's 3 hours away, it will have to wait a bit. Luckily I have a backup vehicle that I will soon be able to drive until this is fixed.
Smack the dashboard over the cluster a couple of times, on the trim piece, that usually fixes it till you hit the next bump or pothole at just the right angle . It's easy, all you need is a phillips head and one quarter inch drive socket. It's kind of like a puzzle the way it comes apart.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:25 PM   #8
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its real easy ...all you need is those 2 tools mentioned above
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That sounds like a lot more than what I'm prepared to handle by myself. I could probably get my dad to help me out on this, but since he's 3 hours away, it will have to wait a bit. Luckily I have a backup vehicle that I will soon be able to drive until this is fixed.
Nah, you don't give yourself enough credit, like stated above, it should be pretty simple, besides, you've gotta start somewhere, right?
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You have two self docking plugs on the back of the instrument cluster, remove the trim pieces and remove the cluster, it pulls straight out, clean the pins and the sockets with a good electronics spray cleaner, CRC makes one and AA sells it. Put the cluster back together and you should be good. Will take you about an hour sitting in the drivers seat, one thing, disconnect the battery. I know that the chances of triggering the air bags are a 1000:1 but it's still a 1000-1.
When you put the cluster back in be gentle, it will self dock, don't force it or you will bend the pins. You can also put a dab of 'tune up' or 'dielectric' grease on the pins to keep future issues at bay.
No, you don't have to remove the steering wheel, just the trim, start with the center bezel, pop that big vent that goes across the front of the dash from side to side, it pops out, remove the two screws and pull the bezel out, from then on start removing screws. It's been about 8 years since I have had to do this so I'm citing from memory, you may have to remove the kick panel under the steering wheel, that is two parts, the plastic cover you seen and a steel plate behind it, 2 screws for the cover and two for the steel one. It's been too long since I did it to remember for sure.

I have a 99 also and it happens to me. The above is the fix and no, it's not that hard at all. It might take 30 minutes to do.
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I have had that happen to me twice in the last year. All I do is stick the key in the airbag lock (on the floor) turn it from on to off, or off to on whichever applies and all is good again. Scooby
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That is a very common TJ problem, my 2000 did that too. While you are knee deep in the dash take a min. with some canned air and a rag to clean out all the dust and mud from years past. Look at it as some QT with your new Jeep. Enjoy

Or you can just push against the radio side of the cluster and it will fix it for an hour or so at a time, but a band-aid in lieu of needed surgery is just a temp fix.
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My cluster stopped working also, I took it off and did the connecter pin twist thing and everything works, well except the airbag light is still on.

Anybody have experience with the clockspring? My horn works but airbag light is still on. Thanks

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