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I have a 1997 wrangler TJ. The other day I was changing the small light bulb located near the drivers side foot area when all of a sudden the instrument panel, the radio, and the dome light on the roll bar all went dead. I looked for dead fuses but did not immediately see any. Can anyone help me here? All other systems work. The instrument cluster lights up and the indicator lights all work. Even when you turn the ignition on before you start the car, all dash indicators light up. Some people told me it probably needs a whole new cluster, but whay would this affect the dome light and radio? Not much help in the owners manual. Car drives fine otherwise. Thanx for the help.
 

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Check the fuse panel under the hood by the battery. I had the exact same thing happen to me and it was one of those fuses that blew. I can't remember which one it was exactly though.
 

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1998 Tj

I have the exact same problem. Checked the fuse panel but OK. All these items are are the same circuit per my service manual but I can't locate the problem. Instruments would come back on intermittently but now just dead. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Check the ground location for that circuit... Sounds like that could be the problem.
 

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If you ended up fixing that cluster problem, let me know how you did, for I am suffering the same problem: gauges out and radio out at the same time. So if you fixed it, clue me in:)
 

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'97 cluster...

I'll check the ground, but I am suspecting it is something else. The cluster and radio went out just as I pulled out of the car wash, so I am thinking it has something to do with the electrical behind the dash, like a shortage from getting wet, though I have never noticed any water getting to the dash. They both went out and stayed out, and I am left very frustrated. Obviously I would rather fix it myself then pay someone else to do it, especially if it's the ground.
 

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Anyone ever resolve this problem? I just started having this same problem in my 06 TJ. Checked all fuses, they're all good. Any suggestions?
 

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Hello

I have a 1997 wrangler TJ. The other day I was changing the small light bulb located near the drivers side foot area when all of a sudden the instrument panel, the radio, and the dome light on the roll bar all went dead. I looked for dead fuses but did not immediately see any. Can anyone help me here? All other systems work. The instrument cluster lights up and the indicator lights all work. Even when you turn the ignition on before you start the car, all dash indicators light up. Some people told me it probably needs a whole new cluster, but whay would this affect the dome light and radio? Not much help in the owners manual. Car drives fine otherwise. Thanx for the help.
So the instrument panel issue seems non-related and seems to be isolated to the courtesy lights...correct?

OK, more specifically, did you check fuse #4 behind the glove box?
 

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Pulled that fuse long ago. Don't even have the doors on right now. My problem wasn't the dome lights it was the cluster lights. I still got all the check lights coming on, abs airbag, check engine. But no light behind any of the gauges. Checked all fuses multiple times, replaced the one tied to the instrument panel. I got the same radio problem too. It's got power, but wont display or play at all. Thanks for the help.
 

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I Just Left The Jeep Dealer And The Service Manager Told Me That Is Somewhat A Common Problem. He Said That The Connector On The Instrument Cluster Has A Bad Connection. Seperate The Connector And Spread The Male Pins Out A Little (use A Utility Knife Blade Or Something Similar To Open Up The Slits In The Male Pins) This Should Do The Trick. Hope This Helps. If You Get Down To Central Ga. Come See Us At River Rock Orv Park. Jb
 

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Check the fuse panel under the hood by the battery. I had the exact same thing happen to me and it was one of those fuses that blew. I can't remember which one it was exactly though.
F17 (10 amp) is that fuse number, and I agree, a very likely suspect! ;)
 

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I Just Left The Jeep Dealer And The Service Manager Told Me That Is Somewhat A Common Problem. He Said That The Connector On The Instrument Cluster Has A Bad Connection. Seperate The Connector And Spread The Male Pins Out A Little (use A Utility Knife Blade Or Something Similar To Open Up The Slits In The Male Pins) This Should Do The Trick. Hope This Helps. If You Get Down To Central Ga. Come See Us At River Rock Orv Park. Jb
that worked for me,just be real carefull,also clean the pins with alcohol and q-tip.after i did mine i also put on some dielectric grease and the problem never came back
 

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I see I am not alone here. It was that rainy month of june after running through a puddle and my gauges freaked out. I went through another one, and they went down again, and stayed down. Like finest my blikers work, and everything lights up ( air bag check engine etc) but then goes black. Mo gauges ( fuel battery ) etc. the back ight works but that's it.
I checked the fuses behind the glove box and under the hood. Everything "seems" to be ok so i figured it may be something more. I removed the instrument cluster and sprayed with eleectical spray, but that didn't work either. HMMMM
I may also mention here coincidence or not but my radio went out as well. It is an after market radio so the previous installer may have put it on the same "line"
Anyway what else should I check for? Is it posible it could be some type of relay? or is it posibly the cluster itself? I didn/t actually seperate the pins yet, although I will definately attempt this as well. PLEASE HELP, My dash is currently in the garage lol
 

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I have a 97 wrangler sport automatic
I do not have the owners manual so under the hood where it says "refer to the manual" I do not know what the fuses are for. What are those big 30 and 40 amp fuses for?
Jake
 

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I have a 97 wrangler sport automatic
I do not have the owners manual so under the hood where it says "refer to the manual" I do not know what the fuses are for. What are those big 30 and 40 amp fuses for?
Jake
Heya, Which 30 and40 amp fuses do you mean? I assume you mean in the box under the hood as I don't see any that strong in the glove box area. Anyway, there are a couple of 30 and 40 amp fuses in the engine area fuse block. I have the owners manual in front of me here and will try to get a picture of it posted for you. Just need to snap one real quick and put it up.. Check in about 10 minutes (I'm slow hehe)
 

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yah i just had the lights in my dash go out also, everything else still works, radio and all just the lights out im checkin the fuses now
 

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Here you go - These are shots of th engine block fusebox pages:






Good luck! let me know if you want me to post the ones for the glove box.
 

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i don't know if anyone said it above and i missed it, but if you do resolve the issue with the cluster, then i would recommend using dielectric grease and running it over nearly all the electrical plugs you can get your hands on. i.e. cluster connections, battery terminals, fuse boxes etc. prevents corrosion and also allows electrical current to pass though it.
 

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"DEAD GAUGES" solved
well after eliminating the fuses, I figured it was either under or beind the dash, or under the hood ( somewhere somehow) I opened up the complete dash. Before I begin let me say my headlights went out too, but well after the dash went down. So I wound up replacing the light switch ( if you look at te schematics it is part of the equation ) I believe this may have to be connected for the dash as well as the headlights. As I mentioned earlier my radio went down too, but narroed it down to some "cheesy: wiring job, and the ground strap. After I figured out that the ground
"needed" to be established fo the radio to work, I thought maybe this was true for the dead gauges. So I took some sand paper, and a wire brush and scrubbed all the rust behind the dash, and sprayed the electrical spray. I put the cluster back onto the dash, and "BINGO" the FUEL TEMP OIL ETC showedsigns of life. Now I do not know if this was the answer but this did solve my "DEAD GAUGES" issue. I hope this helps
 
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