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#249 of 350 Commander won't start
Feb 07, 2011 (6:23 am)
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander that I have only recently had problems with. The dash lights have recently flashed on and off. Also, for at least 2 days it wouldn't start intermittantly and as of this morning, it won't start at all. I have cleaned the battery leads and noticed that a cable running from the battery with 2 female connectors is missing a part in the middle and is apparently broken. What is that for? What does it do? I have purchased an online Chilton's manual but cannot find an exact match as to what that part is. I wanted to avoid the dealer. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks!
#250 of 350 Re: Commander won't start [galan]
Feb 07, 2011 (7:38 am)
I would call 203.761.9541, that is BP in Wilton, CT. They solved all of my Jeep Commander Problems. I'm guessing you aren't located near there but if you tell them you read about them on Edmunds, that they solved another customers' jeep commander problems, etc., they might talk you through it (it sounds like you know what you are talking about).
p.s. avoid the dealers at this point because 1. they are only towing the party line in a tough economy, a.k.a., customer service isn't a priority, and 2. non-dealer service shops seem to take greater pride in solving problems.
#251 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Start Stall and Idle Problems [taken4aride]
Mar 03, 2011 (7:47 am)
I have a 1996 Jeep Cherokee and have had issues with it not starting on occasions. I have looked up the problem online and determined it to be the parking sensor. Basically, it just doesn't know its in park. So you can fix the part, which isn't much - diff models, diff prices, but you can also do some others things which is what I do.
Try these diff things to see which works best for you. This will also help identify if this is your issue or not.
1. Rock your car while in park or in neutral. When it is in park you will hear it click, which is the sensor.
2. Roll car backwards or forwards and straighten the steering wheel.
3. Put in neutral and turn key to start. May also put in neutral then back to park a couple of times letting the car move a little helps.
Lastly to help your car NOT do this, watch how you park. Make sure the wheels are straight or car rolls a little after putting in park and removing foot from the brake.
For me this will happen when it has been raining a lot or when cold, but always starts after I rock it or put it in neutral and turn the wheel a little. Ihave never had to be towed.
#252 of 350 Unintended Starting
Apr 18, 2011 (6:40 pm)
I have a 2007 Jeep Commander with the 5.7 HEMI
I have not experienced any stalling issues or failure to start, but have experienced the delayed acceleration where the vehicle doesn't respond to pressing the accelerator, then suddenly lurches ahead.
Today, however, I experienced the weirdest thing ever -- I clicked 'lock' on the key fob and it did lock but all STARTED without any key ignition. I unlocked it, put the key in, and turned it off.
This is very weird and very unnerving -- has anyone experienced this??
#254 of 350 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [jggr]
May 11, 2011 (10:54 pm)
I love my commander but it died on me yesterday...I too thought it was the starter since I had full battery power and it just wouldn't start. It has threatened not to start 2 times before, all within the last week. I am planning on a road trip in June and now am worried that it wont be the starter after all. Note: after leaving it sit in a parking lot for 5hours it started back up. windows/locks worked during this episode in aux....not sure what to do from here.....
#255 of 350 Re: 2006 Commander 5.7 Limited Won't Start [jaynbay]
May 11, 2011 (11:34 pm)
mine just started but as I see....its a common problem. I own a 2007 V6 and I have owned the vehicle for less than a year and its done it three times in two days. I have not had any problems with it for the past year (except the windshield seems to break alot (twice in 7 months). I dont know what to do about the situation.....
#256 of 350 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [cjrn]
May 18, 2011 (6:11 pm)
I have had problems with my 2006 Commander since October 2009. My Jeep stalled on me while coming home from Norther Calif. I had the jeep towed to the nearest dealership..$200 later, I was told the throttle body needed cleaning...In October 2010, I had the same problem again...I had the throttle body cleaned again...my check engine light continued to come on and the RPM continued to fluctuate and my Jeep continued to stall. In April 2011, I had both exhaust manifolds repaired, rear diff oil changed AND throttle body cleaned...$1100 later, I was driving on the street, my Jeep stalled AGAIN..I took it back to the dealership and was told a piece of cloth somehow got into to the area of the air filter...Jeep was great for approx two weeks. Yesterday, I was driving my wonderful Jeep on the freeway 70 MPH and it stalled on me in traffic...check engine light once again....wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Took it back to the dealership they called corporate down and I was told it was my IACE valve and a sensor issue...
Well after being at the dealership several times in April, each time the diagnostic testing showed nothing was wrong with my Jeep...I was told, they will try and give me a discount on services performed yesterday...hahaha
Lets just say, I will never trust my Jeep on a road trip let alone the freeway...I am trading it in as soon as I get it from the service dept tomorrow...
I have had this Jeep since October 2005 and I will never drive a Jeep again..
#257 of 350 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [ingridluv]
May 19, 2011 (5:56 am)
I'm in same situation where I can't trust Jeep on long trips which is really what I got it for, i.e., I am now in NYC and purchased it for trips to Vermont/Maine and out to Long Island. As soon as i finish paying this off I'm going to go back to Jaguar, a.k.a., totally reliable.
Would love to know value Jeep gave you on the trade in. My independent service center that seems to have all problems under control since starting repairs over a year ago, they let me know that in the Jeep Commander I now had a classic on my hands, i.e., I won't be trading it in (I probably wouldn't get much for it and as for trading it back in to Jeep it's not like I will ever get a jeep again).
#258 of 350 2006 Commander - stalls, won't start often - dealer denies any problem
Jun 03, 2011 (6:29 pm)
Help! I have replaced my battery twice, been told that I bought "bad gas" and now my car is at the dealer - again. They claim it starts every time they try and that they are "unable to detect" any issues with regard to the car not starting or stalling. I have been told this several times -- and now I am concerned as I am a single parent of four children and I do not want to be stranded and/or stalled and hit.
My dash lights also spontaneously blink sometimes and the clock on the radio flashes even when the radio is not on. I have also told the dealer this because my hunch was that there is a short or some odd connection causing all of these problems. They basically laughed at me.
I read on this blog that someone had inside information that Daimler Chrysler is aware of this issue, and that the problem is due to a lack of "communication" b/t the hardware and software; thus halting the production of Commanders. Yikes. Please provide me with more information please!