Usually it fires right up, but this morning it was "Shug shug shug shug shug shug shug vroooom!".
I thought to myself, well, it is winter here in freezing San Diego. Maybe it was just a bit cold.
I drove about 2 miles and it just stopped. Good thing I was at a stoplight. It started right back up again, no problems.
Pulling into the Starbucks parking lot it died again. Now I'm a pretty strong guy and it was pretty tough to steer, good thing my wife wasn't driving or someone would be dead.
I noticed that my clock was reset back to 12:00. All the gauges read normal. Last week the check engine light came on, but I think it was because my gas cap was loose. Anyways, it was off this morning as well.
2. blend door. do a search around here and you'll see it's a very common problem.
3. I'd suspect a dead or almost dead battery or a bad alternator. Go to an autozone, checkers, etc. and have them read the codes from the CEL. I'm gonna guess it's the code saying the battery was disconnected within the last 50 starts.
The seat heating element is probably worn out. You can get a repair kit for $25 or so at the dealer. You can do a search as fixes have been posted for that as well.
Check your battery connections. If you are able to crank the engine after it dies, it makes me believe the battery has enough juice to get the job done. If the alternator was gone, the battery would also be dead when you went to crank it again. If you connections are loose, you would all of a sudden experience a stall and your clocks and stuff would reset.
Hopefully you get this sucker figured out.
1985 1 ton K-5, Detroit diesel, 36" tires (going bigger when money permits), 4-speed manual swap, Rockwell T-case, Hybrid lift, 12.5K winch.
Ok, I got the car home... popped the hood and there was a buncha corrision around the battery terminals. I used some baking soda and water to clean them off (worked like a charm) and it started right up.
I lett'r run for about 10 minutes, hopped in and gave'r a few revs and when I pull my foot off the gas it stalls. I also ran the a/c and the lights at the same time to see if it was draining the battery at all, and the needle moved a little, but not significantly.
Alternater is good.. I replaced the battery and cleaned the connections. Seems ok now.. hopefully. The lease is up on this guy/gal in a few months and she's going back to the dealer for sure.
Doesn't make sense to pay to get the seats and the heater fixed under these circumstances.
What really pissed me off was when I took the car to the dealer they mentioned that my warrenty expired in June and I told them that they either fix it now and make me happy and I'll consider buying another Jeep or fix it when I return it and I'll never buy another Jeep..
They decided that they didn't need me, after 2 jeeps in 5 years. Pity.