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Dash board/electrical system

Unread postby Godsdarling » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:36 am

Hey all, my jeep wrangler's gages: speedometer, gas gage, rpms read out, etc will all die on me. If I honk the horn it all comes back online. The jeep keeps running but I lose all displays. Honk the horn and bam every thing is working again. Any ideas?
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Unread postby TallGuy » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:50 am

Sounds like a short somewhere. Easiest if you can find someone that is good with electrical stuff.
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Unread postby Godsdarling » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:53 am

TallGuy wrote:Sounds like a short somewhere. Easiest if you can find someone that is good with electrical stuff.


But cheaper if I do it myself ;) I just need a starting point. :thumb:
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Unread postby TallGuy » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:58 am

Understandable. Look around under the dash for bare wires, or splices that may seem loose.

I have an aftermarket horn on my 72 chevy, and it does weird things sometimes. I imagine yours is the stock horn....?
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Unread postby Godsdarling » Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:09 am

Thank you for the replies guys.

Yes it is stock as far as I know Tall Guy. I bought the jeep used. I'll tear it apart and check it out. I figured the short has to be in the steering/horn area for it to get fixed when pushing on the horn. It is gettting worse. I just wanted confirmation on where to start. What do you think?

TallGuy wrote:Understandable. Look around under the dash for bare wires, or splices that may seem loose.

I have an aftermarket horn on my 72 chevy, and it does weird things sometimes. I imagine yours is the stock horn....?
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Unread postby TallGuy » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:45 am

Yep, good place to start.
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Unread postby scrambler 82 » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:51 pm

Look for a bad ground, either on the horn or the dash electrical. Most horns have power going to them all the time, it just needs a ground to complete the circuit-then it blows-or sounds off-however you prefer it
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