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2012 JK Gauges not reading properly

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I'm hoping to get some help at this point with something weird going on with the gauges. I've spent hours and hours scouring all the forums and haven't been able to find anyone with a similar issue. Here is what's going on:

About a week ago the tachometer stopped reading properly, about 500-900 RPM's low at all times. Then, a few days later, the speedometer went haywire. It started pointing straight down when the engine is off, then does move to the left when driving as it measures the speed. It does seem to be working, but the needle isn't matched with the right numbers and just points to the space at lower part of the gauge face. Then, finally, the gas gauge went. it was reading 3/4 of a tank when full, then, when I did an ECU reset with my OBD JScan, it went to showing full at all times. I did do the instrument cluster self test, and all the gauges show to be operative, but the needles for the tach, speedo, and gas are miscalibrated on their sweeps during the check, i.e. they don't sweep from beginning to end of the numbers on the gauges.

Here's an image of what's happening while driving, note the OBD Jscan TrailView to the right for actual road data.

Speedometer Steering part Car Tachometer Gauge
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^^^ This should help.
Thanks for the directive Old Dogger, I'll check it out (y)
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Update. It was the cluster. I know people get alot of heat for "throwing parts" at a problem. But that's what I did with this one. I decided, instead of going down a dozen diagnostic rabbit holes, to just buy another working cluster from Ebay for $80 bucks and see what happens. Problem solved, best 80 bucks I've spent in awhile.

Thanks again to Old Dogger for offering thoughts and support on this one!
If you've still got the cluster..I'd love to have it for a tear down and experimentation!
I had the same plan for it!
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