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Jeep Grand Cherokee Electrical Problems

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  • bee007bee007 Posts: 12
    I put a new battery in it and it stayed running, then i disconnected the battery to
    work on other things ( dash, gauges ) reconnected the battery and now when you
    start it , it shuts off after 3 to 4 seconds like it did before. I give up, any suggestions
    to try.
    Brian
  • erkanerkan Posts: 5
    edited December 2010
    Posted awhile ago here about electrical problem similar to yours. 2001 Grand Cherokee with 1686 SKIM no BUS code, gauges come & go. Cranks but dies out after 2-3 seconds. New battery seemed to help, was able to drive vehicle to dealer, had SKIM module replaced, drove home, and same problem returned.

    Should try the Crankshaft position sensor &/or wiring around it: seems to be known problem causing PCM and hence bus problems. It would be a lot cheaper than replacing PCM & or the BCM. --Erkan
  • johnjojohnjo Posts: 11
    98 JGC 4lt auto. All the interior lights have just [I think, only got it last week] started to stay on permanently & obviously drain the battery completely. Don't have the manual yet [ordered] can someone tell me where the relay or fuse is so that I can remove it until I can find the fault, or better still can anyone tell me how to cure it.
    Regards
    John
  • johnjojohnjo Posts: 11
    Anyone needing the

    '1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (RHD & LHD)Interactive Electronic Service Manual'

    click on the link below, you'll need something like 'Winzip' to open it as it's a *.rar file, just Google winzip for a free download.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?1mq5i19ayhwua1t

    Regards John
  • I am having the SAME exact problem, word for word as you explained...please let me know if you were able to resolve this issue so that I can let my mechanic know what to look for. THANK YOU
    Jauiboyd@yahoo.com
    I have an 04 jeep grand cherokee laredo
  • pj43pj43 Posts: 9
    Hi, I have similar problem, had the transfer case replaced went to start it ran lousy did a tune up ,started great ran for about 10 mins, ran great. It dyed on its own, now I have no spark, just cranks. Did you ever solve your problem?
  • My roommate is out of town and I have been using his jeep. After work the other day, I started the jeep but the heat and windshield wipers would not turn on. I started scraping ice off of the windshield when the jeep started sputtering like it was running out of gas and about to die. I ran and slammed my hand on the gas pedal to give it some juice but it still died. As soon as it died, the heat and windshield wipers blasted on and the gauges on the dashboard cranked all of the way up. It hasn't started since. It smelled like something electric was burning but there was no smoke. The jeep is an all-wheel drive, 1999 jeep grand cherokee with a V8 engine and about 148,000 miles. I tried getting a jump start but that did not do anything. When I try and start it, it does not make any noise like it is even trying to start but the lights, heat, and wipers will still come on. I went to wal mart the night before for an oil change. My roommate is convinced that the workers at wal mart messed something up and he's not impressed that I took it there. A lot of people have been telling me that 1999 jeeps are known for having a lot of electric problems. I really want to do what I can before my roommate gets home and was just wondering if anybody had any advice as to what I could or should do. Thank you so much in advance! Tammy
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    first thing i would do is replace the ignition switch that is mounted to the steering column at the bottom( Not where the key goes)
  • mac113mac113 Posts: 1
    HAVE 94 JEEP, NOTICED WHILE DRIVING THAT BATTERY GAGE GOES DOWN TO ALMOST NOTHING. , CHECKED BATTERY WAS OK . THEN A FEW DAYS LATER DEAD. CHARGED BATTERY , STARTED ENGINE, GAGE UP IN NORMAL RANGE, THEN LATER IT WAS BACK TO NOTHING OR JUST ABOVE. DROVE TO PARTS STORE AND HAD ALTERNATOR TESTED ,OK,
    BUT NOTICED POS BAT CABLE LOOSE. BAD END, REPLACED CABLE END AND THOURLY CLEANED POST. DROVE NEXT DAY ALL SEEMED OK, SAT 1 DAY THEN DROVE AGAIN ALL LOOKING GOOD FROM THE START, UNTIL HEADING HOME LATER IN THE DAY NOTICED GAGE BACK TO ALMOST NOTHING, NEXT MORNING BAT DEAD, :confuse:

    BY SOME CHANCE CAN THE ALTERNATOR BE BREAKING DOWN THERMOLY, :sick: GAGE READING NORMAL WHEN COLD AND THEN START TO,. DROP AS IT GETS HOT . ??????

    READ LOT OF INTERESTING ELECT ISSUES BUT NOT LIKE THIS. ANYONE HAVE SIMILAR ISSUE , THANKS FOR RESPONSES
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 791
    edited January 2011
    I have a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that has been in my immediate family since it was new. It originally came with the Infinity Gold AM/FM stereo w/ cassette with graphic equalizer and power antenna. It also has an amp located underneath the bottom cushion of the back seat on the driver's side. When it was about two years old, it the head unit was swapped out with the Infinity Gold AM/FM CD...my mom had worn out all her Anne Murray and ONJ cassettes, I think! =)

    It all worked fine until 2006, when the radio would suddenly go silent for a few minutes once in a while. For a long time it only happened once or twice per month. My dad had inherited at this point (he gets mom's hand-me-downs) and when the problem got worse and started happening for longer periods and more frequently, he bought a new head unit for $50 off Ebay thinking that might fix the problem. It had no effect on the issue and it soon became more common for the radio not to work when you started the engine.

    The CD player doesn't work but it always shows PLAY or PAUSE and I hear static/hissing from the speakers. Hitting the EJECT button will get rid of the PLAY/PAUSE indicator and sometimes the radio will work after doing this. If it doesn't start working, turning the headlights on/off, using a turn signal or switching the radio on and off will do the trick???

    I have no idea where to begin looking for the source of the problem, but I really would .like to fix it. I use the Jeep as a second vehicle and drive it mostly on weekends, but I hate driving without a radio...not that I don't love hearing all the ruckus that the good ol' 4.0L makes, but no stereo could totally drown it out! =)

    Any suggestions where to start troubleshooting or what the problem could be? Could it be related to the amp or ??? Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated! =)
  • pj43pj43 Posts: 9
    your post on the 6th; in the morning before you try to start the jeep, see if your alternator is hot, if it is sucking the juice from your battery.
  • Hello and apologies for taking so long to reply. I have looked through my papers and have many to be sure but I cant find one with the harness part numbers. I think the dealer may still have it but as i recall it was the main harness in front of the firewall and the main ignition harness behind the firewall. I believe these harnesses are the only ones that directly relate to the ignition and instrument cluster. if i find anything further i will post a message.

    Regards,

    Keith

    PS, as I recall the dealership had finally covered the cost of this repair as I had spent over $2100 on a series of "modules" and switches. I was so happy that it was finally fixed that when I picked up the Jeep I dont think I did what I should have done and asked for all copies of paperwork.

    *******
  • joe3djoe3d Posts: 17
    Hello, One of the vent knobs stopped illuminating. I have a 2005 Jeep GC and just below the radio are 3 knobs for Fan, Temperature and Vent direction. The first two still have a light around them but the third doesn't anymore. Is this something, as a novice, can fix myself or should I have the mechanic look at it? What is entailed? Thank You for your help, Joe D
  • I had a similar issue. The knobs that control the air and heater went dim. The dealership replaced that entire console. It was expensive. I know this is something I could not have handled on my own.
  • bee007bee007 Posts: 12
    I have a 2000 GCL that starts then stalls in 3 to 4 seconds. Changed battery, changed ignition switch, cleaned terminals at all plugs, added a extra ground from chassis to head.
    What else should i try ? crank positioning sensor or disconnect alarm sys.?
    Thanks Brian
  • I jnow it's been a couple years but did you resolve the electrical problem with your jeep where the controls on the drivers door for the windows, locks and side mirrors weren't working?
  • I was able to figure out the problem. There was a wire in the driver side door harness behind the fire wall as well (??) that had broke, due to wear and tear (says the Dealership). The manufactuer didn't help pay to fix it. I don't see how it was wear and tear, but it cost me about $300 to fix it, nothing major, but a pain in the you know what.
    The shop had to sauder (spelling) the wire back together, instead of replacing the entire wire harness (which would have cost about $2K). Hopefully no more issues with it!
  • I own a WJ 2001 grand jeep cherokee,4.7L The problum that i got is the heater, and the heating seats, will not turn off when the key is in the off position and removed, you can turn them off manually, and after a few days the battery is dead, i have done some research on this from other Forums, they say that the Ignition Switch is at falt, and to cheak the blower motor, resistor,and wires. At the present time i am using the vehicle storeage information.Disconnect the IOD connector you open your hood and pull fuse at slot-15 and put in slot-11, until you find out where the problum is. When you fix the problum put this fuse back in slot-15. It turns off some of the power inside the vehicle, 1-radio 2-heater 3-heating seats,and other things. vehicle is ok to drive in the right weather, check all lights before moving. Do anybody have a problum like this.
  • Yes. The problem was a broken wire on the drivers side door. You need to open the conduit and check all the wires within this harness. Once you see where the harness is located, it will be easy to find. Look for a break, crack or kink.
  • Thank you Dougs63, I will try that. But i will have to wait,were in the middle of a big snowstorm. :)
  • Ya your right, it was the starter. i have a new problem now, heater and heated seats will not turn off, when the key is in the off position, i removed fuse in slot# 15 turns off some power to the inside of the truck, everyelse works fine, we will replace the fuse when i fine the problem. Big Thanks.
  • Help! After getting me safely through last week's snow storm, I've had to take my 06 JGC to the dealer. During the storm I got stuck in traffic and kept turning the ignition on and off to save gas. The snow feel so fast and thick that my driver's side wiper broke down. I had to keep opening the window to clear the glass so I could see where I was going. 2 days later, the car wouldn't start (it wouldn't unlock remotely). I got jumped by my neighbor, thinking it was the battery, and the truck drove fine. But after sitting a while, I got another week start.

    I know I'll have to pay for the linkage system for the wipers, but: do I REALLY have to pay $560 to repair the Ignition Switch and SKIM Module? I won't eat for a couple of months at this rate. Is there some other (cheaper) explanation for the start up problems?
  • Hi, I am about to buy a 2000 jeep grand cherokee laredo. The price is $2800 and has 76k miles. Good buy? I think so. The down side is fender and bumper need to be replaced as well as valve cover gasket ( no biggy). My only dillema is of course the electrical problems. I already own a 98 gcl and have small electrical problems but nothing major. This new one though have severe problems. The right blinker does not work, passenger side locks and windows, and the cluster does not light up. Obviously from the fender and bumper show an accident (passenger side) I've heard that you cannot replace the cluster without dealer? Is this true? Also the problems seem scattered so I am lost as far as where to look. I would like to know of any test I can do to single out some possibilities.. any ideaS?
  • Hay jeepers88. do yourself a favour, buy a ford, I had enough of the jeeps and puting money into them.$$$$$$$$$$ :lemon:
  • Are you still problem free? I've been having this problem all winter and have been considering dumping the car but might give your fix a shot first. I'd hate to get rid of this car because I was quite happy with it until this problem started. 2k6 Grand Cherokee Laredo with 70k miles, I've owned it problem free since 2009.
  • I fixed it and I remain problem free. I got a new ignition switch. They recommended a new SKIM module, but I've been doing fine w/o it...plus, I'm broke.

    I also blew out my wiper blade linkage system during that storm, so I'm trying to dance around that repair as long as I can on my little salary.

    I'd still never get rid of this Jeep...I traded my last one (rusted out 99 Cherokee) for a TransAm and couldn't put up w/that beast more than 5 months. It's Jeep or bust for me!
  • jahsun7jahsun7 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 grand cherokee special edition. My door locks and power mirrors have mysteriously stopped working. alarm fob locks and unlocks all doors except the drivers. also when the lights are in the auto position all of the LED lights in the car are practically not on. Anybody experience this problem before?
  • jauiboydjauiboyd Posts: 4
    YES - I have a 2006 and had the same issue...There is a wire in the harness in the door jam that broke, it's behind the firewall and needs to be sautered together...it will cost a fortune to replace the entire electrical harness. This repair cost me under $300 to fix it and everything works fine. I had the same exact issue. Don't bother with taking it to the dealership to determine if it is wear and tear and if the manufacturer will fix it, because they won't, I tried and wasted $120 on diagnostics fees!
  • jerry50jerry50 Posts: 6
    04 Grand Cherokee Window/mirror switch, also known as Driver door module, part 5JM60DX9AB, problem. If you need to replace this oem part, beware that there is a bad batch of these units. Had new one installed at dealer and it went bad after few days, outside mirrors would not move, windows all worked. Back to dealer March 10, 2011 who put new OEM unit in, off his shelf and it did not work. Dealer tech then tried an older test unit on hand and outside mirrors worked along with all windows, so no wire issues.
    Wanted to let all those who have to deal with this common component problem of this replacement part issue.
  • This happens when you least expect it, the problem I am having is that while either driving (slow/fast/freeway) any speed or idling, the voltage meter goes up. And (while at night) brightens the lights, the radio shuts off, and the VIC resets, the check engine light comes on and as well as the ABS light. This happens intermittently throughout while i am driving. It sometimes happens when its cold and sometimes when its warmed up/hot. Sometimes it doesnt do it at all. I have taken it to my mechanic who came up with fault codes for the Alt, replaced that, and it still happens. I have taken it to an electrical shop, they couldnt find anything about it, although it did happen for them but wasnt long enough for them to put their finger on it. They mentioned that the PCM might be the culprit. I found the computer at a salvage yard for $150, but not sure if that is what needs replacement. Another electrical shop said that they can do a bypass, and he didnt know how much it would be. Please help point me in the right direction. :mad: :confuse: :sick:
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