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I change the battery cables and when I start the car the dashboard is not working.

The only thing that is working are the signal lights and the warning light when the gas tank get empty. I check all related the fuses and they looks ok.

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Piggybacked 99 XJ from 2014 DEC. ok. no biggie.
but what car, same? XJ up to 2001?
op my guess he blew fuse 9 or 16
i bet the self test failed with the OP's car.
but lets talk your car, is it a 99 XJ?
the FSM covers this.
here is the full answer here. see instrument pages, read.

the used head will not work it has the wrong VIN stored inside it

other tricks are here, including ASD stalls. and free books.

1999 XJ? facts on head,
pdc fuse 16 blown?
cab fuse 9 blown?
self test fails.?
now the hard wired warn LAMPS just this one year 99
seat belts
and low washer fluid
ABS fail.
brake warn. or hand brake engaged
chime inputs. hard wired.
tURNS (L/r) active and high beam.
illumination (back ground glows) works, hard wired TOO.
all else will be dead if COMMs are lost or fuses out. depends on which fuse is dead, if both blown all warns dead and gauges.
meters all dead. with loss of comm and some warns below.
cel dead.
upshift dead
low fuel dead or stuck (stuck on or off is still dead)

the photo below shows why meters die
when comm LINK dies. or 12v power to head.I change the battery cables and when I start the c - 81832fe4-fe00-4573-bbf8-fca615306ad8.jpg

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    the cluster has its own processor on board.
    and need data from the twisted pair buss
    the display no longer has fresh data to display, it can freeze at last time it worked. or be dead. no matter, no data, is no data....
    need to know year, to get details like this.
    ask. glad to share this data.


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Just change my speedometer instrument panel my gas gauge works now my tacher speedometer does not work what is wrong

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You could have lost your dash light dimmer switch. Look in your hand book to locate your dash board dimmer switch. There could be a fuse in the dimmer switch.

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Please can you give more information about dashboard working , dashboard lights are not working or dashboards speedometer and the others are working , because dashboards lights and dahsboards instrumentes working are different ways and thats problems different each others ,if you have dashboards lights check the please headl?ghts buton it can be broken,if you have dashboards instruments thats problems are different from

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  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2015

    there are 2 fuses. for the cluster,.
    and the cluster self test
    do that yet?>
    try to be clear on what work and not
    above none DO!

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2015

    the cluster will go dead
    if the Cluster brain can not talk to the PCM brain, on all

    sure,seen here.

    read the hack page
    if you read that, you learn how it really works
    if no comms (dead ccd buss comms) the cluster will be dead.
    or if VIN wrong, (wrong head in car)
    or the self test fails, the fuses are blown
    hard fail
    if one feature only fail ,do say?

    fuses first.
    then self test
    then any scan tool at obd2 port and see if there are CCD errors.
    all these steps are easy,
    fixing it another matter.
    try to post all symptoms next time.
    like this.,
    car runs perfectly and all accessories, etc.
    lights on car work head, etc. dome light,
    now what is dead.
    meters and most warnings (some are hand wired) so if most are dead that is a dead cluster brain or lack of communication to t he PCM.

    list all that work and not in the head
    and answer get 10x better.
    and not posted year, you will get wrong answers. (cept OP's 1999)
    old post full of piggybacks. so answered


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