Question about 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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It will show a trouble tree for your ckuster problem
Posted on May 02, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: gauge cluster lights
You should have a dimmer switch that increases or decreases the amount of light that the dash produces. This should be located to the right of the steering wheel. It is a wheel that goes up or down. I believe on your model you can slide the switch all the way up, and you will feel a click, and that should be the brightest setting.
Let me know what you find out!
Posted on Jul 14, 2008
check from whire cute or shorted in the wire harness and in the main wire conecter behind the strut muont or for any ground loss , if everything is fine just change the cluster
Posted on Mar 14, 2009
SOURCE: the gauges don't work
The instrument cluster operates independantly of the lighting for them. You could possibly have a fuse somewhere that has blown causing all gauges to stop, or it could potentially be that the cluster itself is bad and needs replaced or this could be a sign of a wireing harness failure of the instrument cluster. I'm afraid your best bet is to take it in and have it looked at by someone trained in dealing with those parts of the system.
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
SOURCE: dash gauges not working
Check the large multi-pin connector in the electronics bay in the engine compartment. The bay is a fairly large black plastic box on the driver's side. Open it and disconnect the largest connector inside (one screw). Spray electrical contact cleaner on the pins and re-mate the connector. This worked on my '99 with the exact same problem. You can find other examples of this with a Google search. It may not solve your problem (could also be a wiring harness problem), but it is incredibly simple and worth a shot.
Posted on May 18, 2009
There has been issues with the solder joints on the PIN connection to the gauge cluster. The issue being that over time thru vibration and such one of these solder joints will fail (happened on or 1999) you can repair this though. You will have to remove all of the trim from around the driver's side dash board, this will include the trim towards the center of the dash. Once these pieces are remove you'll need to remove the gauge panel (I believe (4) allen head screws) carefully bring the panel and release the wire clip from it. Looking at the back of the panel, where the plug was, carefully with plenty of light look for one of the pins to have a failed solder joint. It will be very faint however the failed joint will be a fine dark line around the pin. To correct use a small soldering iron and reheat this solder until it wants to flow, let it cool and reassemble.
As I fore mentioned I had the exact same issue as you are describing, our is a 99. The most tricky part is the dash, take your time with it.
I hope this may have assited you,
Posted on Oct 18, 2009
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