Dash Wiring problems of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee

17 problems related to dash wiring have been reported for the 1998 Jeep Cherokee. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Dash Wiring problem 1
Failure Date: 02/05/2005

I purchased a used 1998 Jeep Cherokee an the turn signals don't cut off after going around corners because the multifunction switch and clock spring are bad and the dealer said that I need to fix this because they have been known to short out and deploy the airbag while driving.

car   Dash Wiring problem 2
Failure Date: 11/03/2003

While driving at any speed most of the dashboard lights stop functioning. Also, air bag light comes on and stays on. After a few minutes everything will return to normal and work again. Dealer informed consumer that the wiring harness under dash needed to be replaced.

car   Dash Wiring problem 3
Failure Date: 08/22/2003

Instrument panel does not work properly like the speedometer. Also, gasoline/oil pressure gauge are not working, and air bag light is on. Dealer notified.

car   Dash Wiring problem 4
Failure Date: 07/19/2003

On going problem with several people I know including my son. Their 1998. 1999 Jeep Cherokee's while lose all instrument operation. At the same time the air bag light comes on. Failure may continue for a couple of minutes or several hours. The dealer says there is no reports of the problem and have found nothing wrong. My brother in law called this morning and gave me the same symptoms he is having with his Jeep. It seams to be a large scale problem. It may be temperature related but all that I know of are in Cherokees. My brother's is a 97, son's is a 98, one of his friends is a19 99 and my brother in law's is also a 99. Son's friends is also a 1998.

car   Dash Wiring problem 5
Failure Date: 06/01/2002

Instrument cluster intermittent failure,allowed vehicle to overheat without warning cracking the engine block and cylinder head, air bag possibly affected.

car   Dash Wiring problem 6
Failure Date: 04/01/2002

When turning on headlights, consumer has to wiggle switch to get headlights to come on. Sometimes it takes a few minutes before headlights come on, vehicle has not been examined by dealer. Consumer states at times,the instrument panel cluster fails to activate upon starting the engine.

car   Dash Wiring problem 7
Failure Date: 02/28/2001

I have had soooooo many factory repairs on this Jeep cherokke!!!! now that the warranty has run out (within 10 days) the electric window won't work. . . . It's all one unit and so the motor and all the controlling devices have to be replaced. They have a plastic componment around the whole unit. . And it breaks and so the whole unit must be replaced. Why put a piece of plastic over it, unless you hoped/planned it would break??????.

car   Dash Wiring problem 8
Failure Date: 01/18/2001

Front defrost has broken 4 times, dealer fix each time, cannot discover root of problem. Electrical system required 3 visits to dealer.

car   Dash Wiring problem 9
Failure Date: 07/12/2000

While driving home the instrument panel quit working on our Jeep. As soon as this happened I contacted the dealer from my cell phone. On the way home it started to work again. Dealer said in order for them to look at it the panel could not be working call if it happened again. Second time the gas gauge quit and then started working again. The brakes make a funny noise and they have been replaced one time already. We have only had this Jeep for about 6 weeks the first two weeks it was in the shop.

car   Dash Wiring problem 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2000

Intermittently vehicle would lose its power to instruments panel, causing failure to all gauges and loss of air bag. Manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under a recall or considered a safety concern. Please feel free to provide any further details.

car   Dash Wiring problem 11
Failure Date: 06/01/2000

All gauges and lights, including speedometer, on instrument panel quit working. Airbag light comes on. Intermittent failures.

car   Dash Wiring problem 12
Failure Date: 04/24/2000

All gauges stop working and airbag light comes on, dealer claims it's a dust issue with connectors.

car   Dash Wiring problem 13
Failure Date: 01/19/2000

Speedometer/odometer and tachometer went out, and airbag light came on while driving. Consumer feels this is because of a faulty switch behind the dashboard.

car   Dash Wiring problem 14
Failure Date: 05/01/1999

Vehicle caught fire behind the dash panel underneath the engine compartment. Problems with a/c units etc.

car   Dash Wiring problem 15
Failure Date: 04/22/1999

At 13,395 miles cluster gauge on dash went out. No way to tell how fast vehicle was going because instruments on dash stopped working. Consumer took vehicle to dealer. Dealer cleaned connectors/ added electro lights, and reconnected plugs. However, same problem reoccurred. Consumer felt there was problem with connector. TSB 08298 deals with problems consumer is experiencing, however on the second failure, consumer was charged for repairs. Both inner front axle seals were replaced because they were leaking.

car   Dash Wiring problem 16
Failure Date: 04/18/1998

Instrument cluster module failed.

car   Dash Wiring problem 17

Recall for '97 xj's regarding gas gauge. '98 now having same problem. Dt.

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