26th Oct 2005, 22:40

I also have a 97 wrangler and it is sputtering on me when I hit bumps and when I drive over 85mph I put a new coil, plugs, rotor, wires and cap on and nothing helps. I think I will have to take it in to the shop to find out why it is going bad. if you have any ideas call me on my cell at 616-405-3593


15th Nov 2005, 09:31

I think it is your crank sensor most the time at higher revs this problem will happen when they start to go bad.

21st Jan 2006, 14:54

OK, I will start by saying I have owned five generations of Jeeps. I just purchased my 5th as a matter of fact. It's a 1997 TJ Sport. My turn signals had the problems everyone her was describing. You can fix the problem yourself. I will explain step by step.

1. take the three screws out that hold the steering column trim together.

2. There are three t-25 screws that has to be taken out of the metal holding clamp.

3. unplug the wiring harness that goes into the back of the multi function switch (brights, turn signal and flasher)

4. pull it out and take the 4 screws out of the housing.

5. being very careful to take it apart as some pieces might fall out.

6. clean all the lithium grease off of the brass terminal and sand down all the contact points.

7. put it back together and test it out.

The problem is that the lithium grease Chrysler uses get very dirty and conducts electricity to more than one point inside and cause all kinds of crazy problems with the turn signals. The same problem with the connectors on the back of the Gauge cluster. They use lithium grease and when the moisture cause its to corrode and connections get messed up. I have figured out everything, but the horn. I can't get it to work. I have replaced the relay and everything else. Still no horn. Hopefully this helped you guys and good luck!

1st Feb 2006, 21:03

Interestingly enough, I’ve experienced many of these same electrical problems with my 1997 Jeep Wrangler. I purchased it new in 1997, and still own it today (garage kept at all times). I’ve gotten used to the intermittent gauge outages, no one seems to know how to correct the problem. The suggestion to clean the cluster connector pins and giving a slight bend to them seems to make sense…I’ll try it. I have however lost power to the radio (factory). Fuses appear good…any chance this could be related to these electrical glitches?

22nd Feb 2006, 17:53

It's 7:00 PM cold and raining. I just went out to my 99 wrangler and experienced the same problems listed above. No power to interior cabin, instrument cluster, etc and won't start. Nothing works. I had tried turning the interior lights on and I guess I left the knob in the on position. As I was sitting contemplating what to do next the inside lights ever so slowly started to come on then faded back out. It still won't start. I like the suggestion above, cleaning the grease out and will try it, if I ever get home.

20th Mar 2006, 12:20

Yes I too have electrical issues with my 2001 jeep wrangler. The factory fog lights are on the turn indicator switch. First the lights would not shut off then they stopped working all together. Replaced the relay with no effect. All this happened when still under warranty didn't get around to taking it in to dealer as it a pain in the asset. Any ideas?

24th Apr 2006, 11:42

I have also experienced similar issues, My TJ is a 1997, When I hit the Brakes my left signal light stays on, and sometimes when I signal the right or left signals go very quickly as if a bulb is out (which is not the case). This morning on my drive to work my windshield wipers came on, and now will not shut off. I am trying to find a solution to this issue, as it seems many are. If you could help at all, I would appreciate an email. Also, my TJ doesn't want to idle too well, this following a tune-up. I am wondering if all of these things are related.

12th Mar 2007, 05:18

I just bought a 97 TJ and it's my baby. I LOVE it. I don't know much about Jeeps, but I want to learn. Last night I was driving home and all the lights on the dash started to fade in and out. The CHECK GAUGES light came on. I got her home and parked her in the driveway. I tried to start her up again a couple of minutes later and...nothing. I pulled out my battery booster and she turned over a bunch of times and the starter made that clicking noise - but no sir, she wouldn't start. I don't have any mechanic friends. I'm guessing it's a battery problem of some sort? Should I just go buy a new battery? Any help would be great.

16th May 2007, 19:04

Hello. I have a 1994 YJ Wrangler. I have been experiencing numerous lighting and speedometer problems. When lights are on, the speedometer light does not illuminate. When emergency flasher is depressed, the high beam indicator light flashes. Also, the speedometer does not work at all. (I changed the speed sensor attached to transfer case). Anyone have any suggestions? If so, please e-mail at rchilton@hotmail.com.


10th Jul 2007, 00:07

July 9,2007

Two days ago my Jeep would not start, original battery (I think) anyway, purchased new battery. Installed and all is well. NOT! Today, I pull into my garage turn off ignition and headlights, but headlights stay ON, had to disconnect battery cables to get lights off. Checked all obvious sources, i.e., fuses, relays etc. nothing visible. Any HELP?


1st Sep 2007, 18:57

I have owned a 99 Sahara for number of years. Have same problems as mentioned above. Sometime few gauges don't work, other times none of them work. I can hit the cluster, that makes them come back on.

5th Oct 2007, 20:30

I have a 97 wrangler sport. One night, jeep just wouldn't start. No turn, no crank, no nothing. There was a slight clicking coming from the battery/fuse area. Replaced battery, NOTHING. Replaced starter, NOTHING. replaced clutch safety switch, NOTHING. replaced starter relay, NOTHING. No sound, no power. What is wrong?! I managed to have a few friends push the jeep, and I dropped it into second gear and it started by bypassing the starting process. It runs fine, just won't turn over.. Any suggestions, Email at viperkid18@yahoo.com, or Instant Message me at Mattssparkfire. Thanks-

22nd Oct 2007, 14:30

Need help, I have a 97 Wangler sport, 6cyl. for over 5 years now no problem at all, Then I came out one morning and she cranks, but won't start, and all gages have stopped working, and I tried to connect my diagnostic computer and it tells me that its not connected, radio and electronic mileage still work, all lights signals, horn work. check engine light comes on and goes off, I've checked all fuses and circuit breakers, and now I'm at a wall. anyone with any ideas please email me at billsauto73@yahoo.com Thanks very much.

29th Oct 2007, 15:29

Hey Jeep Wrangler people.

I came across a site, Consumer Guide, and it had a bunch of buyer alerts and recalls and stuff about the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler. Two of them being dash related and exhaust related.


I.e. Instrument-panel ground-attachment screws could loosen over time, possibly affecting gauges and/or defroster.