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post #1 of 5 Old 05-01-2014, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Remove key from ignition - 6 sets of 3 beeps and flashing lights

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My '01 TJ has a very odd electrical issue...

It has been sitting for about 8 months with a major water leak (broken block heater in freeze plug and water pump).
Got the water leak fixed, now trying to get it running again.

When I try to start it, engine won't turn over, no power getting to starter. Starter relay isn't getting power, and I've confirmed that the ignition switch is functioning.

When I remove the key from ignition, I begin to experience a cacophony of lights and sounds from the dash (happens every time):
a) 6 sets of 3 beeps from the dash (chime is same one as though key was still in ignition) then silence
b) high beam indicator flashes for duration of chimes - but not in same pattern
c) front markers and rear tail lights flash continually (half-second on; half second off) for duration of chimes
d) instrument lights flash at same interval as (3)
e) the tiny red alarm light on steering column flashes multiple sets of 3 until chimes stop (this light never flashed before)

I replaced with new battery and tightened all battery cable connections - same issue

I removed IOD fuse for about a minute (I read somewhere that removing IOD will reset the key fob's security settings), replaced, and experienced the following:
1) after removing the fuse, the front marker and rear tail lights blinked in 3 sets of 30
2) replaced the fuse once the blinking stopped
3) Opened the driver's side door, and the chimes and lights began to do their thing exactly as spelled out in the above (a-e)
4) when chimes stopped, inserted key into ignition, tried to start it, then the same series of events above (a-e) occurred again

I have dabbled with electrical issues in vehicles for 30+ years - this one has me stumped.

Would LOVE to hear if anybody has a clue as to what is going on!


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-01-2014, 05:18 AM
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You have a jeep that is possessed. I've seen electrical issues before, but not to the degree that you are describing. My suggestion would be try to replace the main wiring harness. It's cheaper than computer, but if the harness doesn't work that would be the next step
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-02-2014, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Had to surf the Web for the answer to my 'possessed jeep' electrical issue.
Turns out it was the 'valet switch' button located underneath the dash. Pressing this button with the key turned to ON was all that was needed.
My TJ has been resurrected!!

For those interested, attached is a picture of the valet switch under my dash...

Hmm... I wonder... Is that an after-market alarm reset button? Kind of looks like it!
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-08-2014, 09:38 PM
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That does not look stock.

denton county, tx
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-08-2014, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I thought also. Someone told me that Jeep did some crazy, nonstandard updates like this (post-1999) without much documentation. Not sure that Jeep would actually do that.
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