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1998 jeep wrangler dashboard

Instrument cluster does not work but you can hit the top of the dashboard and everything will start to work

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    you pound it really really hard and it wont happen again

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    nothing on dash works when i start the car, after driving for 10 minutes everything just starts working

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Chrysler tsb 08-015-99 pertains to this problem. there is a wiring connector on the cluster that needs replaced.part number is 5016261aa for the connector and 4778570 for te heat shrink

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Just fixed my 98 tj too. Took pulled the guuge cluster (don't be afraid, it is pretty simple). Cleaned all the contacts with color TV tuner cleaner. Then wedged a very small peice of wood under the bottom of each connecter. Put everthing back together. Works great. I have ordered the new connector assembly, but won't put it in until I have the problem again. I think the key is the wedge.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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My98 tj did the same thing pull the dash out it is one big assembly there are 2 connectors that sit into a metal bracket. bend the bracket toward the steering wheel slightly then put it back together problem should stop.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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You will need to pull the cluster ou of th4e dash and check all the connectors to the cluster from the wiring harness, if you don't see any damaged connections then you will need to send the cluster out for a rebuild/repair by an authorized Mopar service shop, your dealer cna provide a name or do a web search.

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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