Some TJ owners report the dash cluster connection working loose ...... I haven't had it happen yet (99 TJ). You lose everything speedo included..........hit the dash when it happens ......it'll probably come back.
It is a common problem in the 98. Just pull the dash cluster out and bend the prongs ever so slightly and then reconnect. It is know to come back, and you may be able to get the dealer to replace the cluster. The new clusters don't have the problem.
Is the Jeep still under warranty? There is a TSB that has an up-dated connector for the cluster in TJs and XJs with this problem. I wouldn't recomend bending the pins in the cluster connectors, as new clusters are around 600$! The problem is caused by a film of corrosion on the blades in the connector causing no communication between the computer in the cluster and the PCM. Funny, but I don't seem to have this problem with my '43! Good luck.
I have had the exact same problems with my 98TJ Sport. It's gotten a lot worse in the last couple of weeks. Banging on the dashboard has become a frequent, but short lasting fix for problem. Being that its still under warranty, i plan on getting it fixed for free./wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could
be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Off Roading Forums
A forum community dedicated to all off road vehicle owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about performance, engine swaps, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, maintenance, and more!