Question about 1998 Jeep Cherokee
On and off problem at first,now dash is dead.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Will it try to start if you spray some carb cleaner in the throttle body? If so you need to check fuel pressure and if low, power to the fuel pump while cranking, the gauge not working could be a seperate issue. Could it be that the car is out of gas since the gauge doesn't work? Just asking. If so you may just need a sending unit. If you end up needing a fuel pump, you'll get a sender with it. I've never seen a sender and a pump go out at the exact same time, the use two different circuit's. The ECM really doesn't have any thing to do with the fuel gauge on this car.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
Others have had this problem too. Most times it's a loose connection behind the gauge cluster.:
When you take the dash apart to get at the back of the guage you'll see that the connectors for the panel are attached to a molded piece of black plastic and the panel sits on top of them. The solution I used was to actually cut the plastic back (you can break it back too...) and insert the plugs tightly, then put a dab of hot glue on top and bottom to keep them from backing out. It keeps them nice and snug and you can remove them in one minute with a razor knife if you need to. After about a year I haven't had the problem since.
BTW - your mileage is not accurate if you have this problem. I noticed that when the gauges are off, it does not count mileage...went about 5000k miles without an oil change once...Just some addt'l info.
I know it's not a factory fix, but it costs about $1 for a glue stick and it only takes about 30min.
Hope it helps you.
Posted on Nov 08, 2008
this is a fuse I honestly believe check them with ohm meter. Lots of cars if you have a tail light out the dash light will not function also. I hope this helps
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
SOURCE: 98 Jeep Cherokee Fog lights
It's definitely the switch...I bought two of 'em so far...known bug. I don't use the fog lights as much anymore , but the "Airtex" oem equivalent switch from Rockauto seems to be holding up well. If you dissamble your broke switch you'll probably see evidence that it is beginning to melt and theres alot, maybe too much, grease, which may or may not have been the cause of the bad, heating contacts inside switch.
If I remember right, even though the foglights have a relay there is still full amperage going through the switch or something....don't qoute me on that last statement.
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Hello and welcome to FixYa . Locate the dial that controls the brightness of the dashboardlights. If the control is not immediately evident. Make sure the brightness control is turned on. If it is and the lights aren't working, the problem may be a bad fuse. Check the fuse that controls the dashboard lights Replace the fuse if necessary. If just one part of the instrument panel is not lighting up, then you have either a burned-out bulb or a wiring problem.
Passenger side kick panel fuse breakdown for a 1996 jeep Cherokee Country
01 - 25A Rear Wiper/Washer
02 - 15A Radio, Cigar Lighter
03 - Empty
04 - 15A Passing Light
05 - 30A Blower Motor
06 - 30A (Circuit Breaker) Power Windows
07 - 02A ABS
08 - 20A Turn Signal Flasher
09 - 10A Radio/Clock Memory, Courtesy Lights, Glove Box, Cargo, Dome Lights, Telltales
10 - Empty
11 - 25A Headlamp Delay Module, Horn
12 - Empty
13 - 20A Power Door Locks
14 - Empty
15 - 15A Instrument Panel Lamps, Clock/Radio and Memory, Headlamp Switch, Parking Lamps
16 - 30A (Circuit Breaker) Power Seats, Trailer Tow
17 - 7.5A Instrument Cluster Gauges, Headlamp Delay Module, Chime Module, Overhead Console
18 - 25A Rear Defrost
19 - 05A Instrument Panel Lamps, Radio Illumination
20 - 5.5A (Circuit Breaker) Windshield Wipers and Washers
This should get you going. And you can always Ask Me.
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
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