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Old 01-10-2014, 09:36 AM
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i am trying to fix my 1988 yj dashboard parts. speedometer,heat,fuel meter.
my question is if i couldn't repair them is there any other car other than yjs that i can pick these parts from and will fit in the yj dashboard?

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The gauges are flaky and an be fixed. remove the 6 screws holding the gauge pod in one connector to disconnect and take to the kitchen table. Disassemble and clean the connection for the gauges and the lights using a rubber eraser or something equivalent. reassemble and check it out.

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it is a little bit more complicated than this because there is problem with the circuit of the board.
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hello, i am trying to fix my 1988 yj dashboard parts. speedometer,heat,fuel meter. my question is if i couldn't repair them is there any other car other than yjs that i can pick these parts from and will fit in the yj dashboard?
As far as I know, only from YJs. Most of those systems are not connected so you probably have multiple issues.

Your speedo should be cable driven, they were until 1991. If that isn't working you could have a bad or broken speedo cable. If it is the speedo, I happen to have a replacement that I pulled from my 1990 with 130,000 miles on it. You can change the mileage to match yours. Let me know if your interested.

The heat controls are all mechanical except one door that is operated via vacuum. If it isn't working properly chances are some of your cables are probably frozen or pulled out of their termination points. There is a great sticky here that covers how the heater works. The fuel meter could be a few issues. What exactly is it doing. Since you say the circuit board is bad, I'm guessing it does absolutely nothing? Let me know what it is doing, I can probably talk you through repairing it.

FYI you can buy a new circuit board for your cluster. I think they cost about $80. Can also buy a four gauge cluster complete with dash plastic for under $200.

I opted for a complete autometer gauge set with plastics. Cost me just shy of $800 total, but I love the look of the gauges.

Let me know if I can help.

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When I first purchased my 89 YJ the gauges were all over the place. Some worked, some didn't. The fuel gauge was really wonky.

I did some digging and opted to check the engine grounds. I popped the hood and sure enough, the braided ground was hanging by a single strand! I looked around to purchase one but couldn't find one so I twisted some of my own copper wire, sheathed it and fastened it to the ground screws. (Be sure to disconnect your battery first)

Once I started the engine again the gauges worked! The headlights brighter too! It was amazing!

Hope it helps.

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