Removed aftermarket radio from 1999 Wrangler, no gauges work now
I bought my 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport about two months ago and noticed from the beginning that the sound system should be re-wired.
So I started by removing the front speakers and then the aftermarket Kenwood deck, after removing the deck I pushed the wires back into the hole from where they came from. One of them sparked and now the gauge cluster does not work, all the lights work but the gauges do not. I have pulled the dash apart trying to see if it was anything obvious but no luck. It will stay parked until I can get it fixed, even though it is my primary vehicle.
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bought a used 97 jeep that apparently had the same problem and had a low temp thermostat installed in attempt to cure the problem. I noticed when draining the radiator that only 1/2 of fluid came out. I jumped up/down on bumper and dislodged sludge and other half of fluid. Flushed system twice and then noticed temp gauge was now registering low, out of specs. Placed in correct thermostat and all problems solved.
If the radio works, but the display doesn't the bulb is burned out, I think removing the radio is necessary to replace it. I would see it as an excellent opportunity to upgrade sound systems and go with an aftermarket unit that will interface with your Ipod.
Some of the factory and aftermarket radios have a fuse in the rear of the unit. You will need to remove the radio from the dash to check it. It will have a spade type fuse in it. If it is bad the radio will not work.
You have to measure the resistance across the key and get a resistor of the same value at radio shack and jump it across the wires at the security box, this way the security system thinks the key is always inserted. We did this with 1989 firebird some years ago and it worked great.
i had some similar problems after i installed my aftermarket radio and i had to go back and rewire it and now the dash works fine. you might want to double check your wireing. i know wiring a stareo is simple but after rewiring i didnt have any more problems with dash lights
There's a defect with them. I have a 1999 and the gauges and dash lights will go off and a "no bus" message will appear where the Odometer displays. If I push on both sides of the Dash they will come back. It seems to be a Ground Problem. I don't know how to fix it yet, however I was told for about $400.00 the Dash can be removed and the problem repaired by the Dealer.