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Why would a 98 Jeep Cherokee sport have an intermittent loss of the entire instrument panel and the airbag light comes on while driving?

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2011-09-13 17:15:23
2011-09-13 17:15:23

There is a connection behind the dash/instrument panel that is loose or corroded. If you pull the dash off and the instrument panel out the wire connecting will unplug easily. Use some contact clean on it and snap it all back together. Whole thing takes maybe 20-30 minutes.

Mine has done the same for the last three or four years. Never had the radio kick out but mine is an aftermarket I installed myself. The fix I use is to press the trip odometer reset button. Sometimes it takes a few tries but it gets everything back into place eventually.

Another AnswerYeah, mine's been doing that for years too. Lately it's gotten worse, and now the radio kicks out too. I'll hit the dashboard Fonzie-style and it comes on, or what the other guy said about the turn signal. However I wonder if it is just a switch or whether it is going to ground somehow? My battery is draining anymore and even on a newly charged battery I can't start it. I might have a different problem but I can't help but think they're not related. Glad to know others are having the same problem!!

I feel you guy's pain, I have a 98 Cherokee sport as well and mine started doing it just yesterday and when I noticed it, the first thing that came to mind was unbuckling the seat belt and buckling it back and they all started working again! But I will definitely try the right turn signal thing, as well as the Fonsie quality tap, lol! But don't you guys find it strange that in all of our cases that the only thing on the panel that works is the airbag light?! It has to be a defect!!

AnswerYou're not the only one--mines been doing it for years! Now it comes back on when I turn my right turn signals on. The dealer tells me its a faulty switch (or loose connection to it) located just behind the dashboard. Because of the difficulty in accessing this spot, I haven't had anything done about it.

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The real deal from the dealer is: "PIGTAIL" as it's called it links your computer to your instrument dashboard cluster panel. It's a $35.00 part that costs $1200.00 to put in on account of disassembling the entire dash.

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