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Old 05-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Hello, I have finally gotten the chance to move over to this forum (tailered to us the wrangler owner!). However I do not come with good tidings. My wrangler is having issues. I believe it all started with the gauges. My RPM and speedometer would drop to zero and the other gauges would freeze. A quick "rap" on the dashboard "hood" would knock something and gauges would return. Lately however, things have been becoming slightly more problematic.
Now: Previous gauges issue continues (daily).
Sirius Satellite not registering on my Sony Receiver (this is intermittent, for no reason, I cannot figure out any variables related to solving that one).
New gauges issue, all gauges will drop to zero (far left) and the Check Gauges light comes on.
"Check Engine" light is on all the time. (while jeep is powered).
This morning: my horn starts going off, constant (non-pausing) uninterrupted horn. I disconnected the battery, unplugged the horn, then reconnected the battery. Jeep still fires up, runs and sounds "normal" for what its worth.

Jeep info, I have filled out my profile for everyone to see the mods and make/model/year. (note: pretty sure my jeep is a '97 but purchased in '96)

Thanks again for welcoming me into your community, have a wonderful week/weekend. A glorious Memorial Day to all!
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Well if it's a round eye and not a square eye, you have a TJ! There was no 96 model, so more then likely you have a TJ.

Cluster problem is a known one. It's the plug in the back of the cluster being loose.
Pull the cluster, bend the tabs on the contacts, both cluster and plug. Reinstall plug making sure it's plugged in tight and your problem there should go away.

Horn, good chance its the airbag or SIR coil gone on you. Horn button is built into the air bag. Wiring runs through the SIR coil. I'd lean towards the SIR coil as it too has some known problems, and setting the check engine lamp is one of em.

Aftermarket radio? Got me on that one, but from the sounds of it, loose connection somewhere. Maybe related to your cluster problem?

Lastly, loose the CA intake and spacer, they are not doing you a bit of good. LOL!
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God I miss that Jeep. Forgot the kinda Jeep, 80 SX4.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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X2 on cluster problem. As far as the radio, probably a bad installation job and wires are coming loose. Its 5 screws to remove the radio, and is a very straitfoward job. I can post with pictures if you want any help removing the radio. Best of luck!
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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Use this for the cluster problem. Works like a charm and takes 10-15 mins tops with a screwdriver, needlenose pliers and a can of contact cleaner.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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Update: With the power to the horn disconnected I no longer have an issue with my Check Engine light (not on, WOOT!). Maybe a related thing, but my tach and speedometer haven't acted up at all (but it's only Wednesday...). As for the radio, I took a peek in there and some of the wires are a little tighter than they should be (in my personal opinion, looks like the root of that problem). As for the cluster issue, I'm going to leave that little job till this weekend. Even if it isn't acting up anymore, I still feel a connector may be loose (thanks for the recommendations on that one!).

Side note: I feel that my I6 4.0L really does benefit from the CA intake and TB spacer. I do see an increase in fuel milage (when I'm not thoroughly enjoying to new sound of my engine). Power at 30-45% throttle has increase tremendously!
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