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#213 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [trek87]
Dec 17, 2009 (8:51 am)
A couple of times, my car has died while I was driving... no horn, won't start, not able to steer, and no lights- after a few minutes the car will start, the clock is reset to 12:00.
I've also had more than a few times where the car just will not start, no lights on the panel, no indicator bell from the key being in the ignition, nothing, after a few times from trying, the panel will slowly light up, the indicator bell will ding the clock flashes 12:00 and it starts.
Below are a list of forum I've read as to other Jeep owners having the same issue
#214 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [lorraine1203]
Dec 17, 2009 (9:16 am)
i had this problem last month with my 99 grand cherokee, after the problem happened twice in 2 days i disconnected and reconnected the 3 computer plugs on firewall behind coolant bottle to clean off any corrosion that may prevent good sensor signals to computer, i thought that fixed it as i hd no problems for 3 more weeks, then it happened again but waiting a few mnutes did not fix like the two prior times, this time power did not come back, i called auto club, they did amp check on battery and it had died, it was 30 months old on a 36 month battery. He put a new battery in and tested to make sure alternator was ok, it was, everything working now. I had read in other jeep postings that when battery gets near end of life it may act this way intermittently till it finally dies, if i had my battery checked last month after first fail it probably would have shown as weak and i would have avoided my last final fail, so if your battery is more than 75% into its battery life, take it to a good place to check voltage and cold cranking amps of battery(CCA), i think auto zone will test for free and install a new battery with no labor charge, also sears, etc. If you have a reciept from when you last bought battery, go to the place you got it as they will pro-rate the cost of new one if its under warranty. Please post back if this was problem after you test battery.
#215 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [barryz]
Dec 17, 2009 (9:19 am)
Also check to make sure battery cables are very tight and clean, as they might be wiggling while driving over bump and coming loose causing problem. Weak battery in this car will mess with the computer and car won't run.
#216 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [trek87]
Dec 17, 2009 (6:01 pm)
This reply is primarily for Lorraine1203. This problem sounds very similar to 3 different problems I have had on 2 Jeep Cherokees (not GC) and another Chrysler sedan. 2 out of 3 problems were extremely hard to troubleshoot. The good news is that the fixes were simple, relatively inexpensive and lasting. I have 2 questions for you to help me see if one might match your issue. 1) When your Jeep "dies" while driving, do you still have electrical systems such as instrumentation, radio, lights, etc? 2) When your Jeep "dies" while driving, does it stall for a matter of seconds and then start going again, or is it finish and you have to get it towed? We can go from there. Regards, dj_movers
#217 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [dj_movers]
Dec 17, 2009 (7:29 pm)
I have two jeeps both 4.0ltrs .. The wrangler has had an issue from day one of stalling in 4x4 usually in reverse- I need to get it to the dealer since it has a bulletin to repair it...
Now the 2003 Grand Cherokee is another story- cut out on highway and had no power no anything.. zero crank.. towed it home - still zero crank.. turn the key gauges come on and...nothing... zero crank... hooked up a tester to flash the computer has zero readings... 3 shops have told me they have no clue what it is..
I found a lot of other forums that state its the PCM telling the ASD to shut off due to the PCM having weak wire connections or just going bad..???
Does any agree- should I just buy a new PCM... Last Jeep I will buy just cant deal with the headaches between the window motors/heating act switched power sterring lines that end up being a re-configured pump and line ($400+)... i done
#218 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [dj_movers]
Dec 18, 2009 (5:37 am)
1) When your Jeep "dies" while driving, do you still have electrical systems such as instrumentation, radio, lights, etc?
No, I lose total power.
2) When your Jeep "dies" while driving, does it stall for a matter of seconds and then start going again, or is it finish and you have to get it towed?
It stalls for a matter of 2 to 3 minutes and then starts going again.
#219 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [lorraine1203]
Dec 18, 2009 (9:33 am)
how old is the battery if more than year or so change battery cheapest thing you can change when you start to have these problem as the jeep likes a battery that dosen"t fluctuate to much
#221 of 735 short to ground in turn signals
Dec 18, 2009 (6:44 am)
i have a 1998 grand cherokee laredo ok well i am sure u all have seen this befor but i have not. My right front and left front and back right turn signals do not work . I replaced the back right blub but no good. I replaced the turn signal flasher nothing. the ones that are working are flashing fast. One friend told me after looking i need to remove the front turn signals on both sides and get the water out and replace blubs and he thinks the short is there. is he right and if u think so how do i remove the front turn signals on the jeep??
#222 of 735 Re: 98 Jeep Cherokee Amp gauge intermittent problem [lorraine1203]
Dec 18, 2009 (11:33 am)
Again, mainly for Lorraine: Maybe our problems are sligtly different since I never lost all electricity in my Jeeps and car. However, for your first reply 1) I would check out the battery in every way possible: remove the cables, clean them and the terminals with baking soda and water or a commercially available spray and wire brush. Test the battery as maybe a cell is going bad. Push on the farthest sides of the battery to see if they are starting to get soft (bad sign). For what it is worth, I have had what you describe on my motorcyle and it is always a faulty ground connection on the battery terminal. I have to smack it with a tool until I can get home to service it. Regarding your reply 2), whatever sensor tells the ignition where it is so it knows which cylinder to fire on may be going intermittent. This would NOT, however, cause total electrical failure. In the past, this was hard to troubleshoot, however, I would think that an '04 should be receiving computer codes to tell the mechanic. Finally with stalling, another hard to troubleshoot problem would be a faulty fuel pump relay. Again, this would NOT cause total electrical failure. In my case, the dealer replaced the fuel pump under warranty for no reason. I swapped the fuel pump relay with a like one on a non-critical circuit and never stalled again. Let us know what happens!
Again, PLEASE if anyone can help me with my post #205, I would be grateful.