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1996 jeep Cherokee sport all instrument gauge cluster kicks on and off.when it stops working the fuel gauge goes to full with the low fuel light on,rpm,speedometer and mileage stop working.some times I'll start engine and the gauges will kick on till I rev the engine or hit a bump on the road they stop working.I removed Inst.cluster to check for loose connections did not find any can you help please? Sounds the same W/ my 98, JGC 5.9L. All gauges, P.W., radio, everything elec., will come on then shut off, while driving or parked, at all speeds. My A/C stopped working around the same time. I have since found and replaced an exploded A/C line leading to the reservoir. Looks like the metal end of the hose contacted the + side of the P.D.B. (power distribution box) and blew open. No visible damage to the P.D.B. (outside or in). I've checked all the relays and fusses, under hood and in cab without any faults and am unable to use on board diagnostics because it wont stay on long enough. The engine is badly miss-tuned due to this same problem, no dought.

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  • kc43 Jan 28, 2009

    i HAVE A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE, I WAS DRIVING DOWN TO WORK THIS MORNING AND THE RADIO STARTED GOING ON AND OFF AND THE SPEEDOMETER QUIT WORKING, THE JEEP WAS ALSO MISSING OUT WHEN I TURNED IT OFF AND TRIED TO START IT BACK UP IT WOULDN'T CRANK

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If the a/c line exploded and it the juction box and it arced chances are you got a voltage spike to the ecm and fried it that would explain the the rough running and the cluster going nuts. you can get a replacement ecm at a salvage place for around 200 bucks maybe less. for get the dealership your going to pay alot more. if you check the ecm i'm sure you will find the main plug probably burnt too. please rate this thanks and good luck.

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