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Unread 11-05-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Wj door buttons dont work

Out of no where i turned my jeep on and none of the door panel switches work..windows locks mirrors. The only other thing was the driver doors lock/unlock button stopped working about a month ago. Any ideas besides the fuse?

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Unread 11-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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Broken wire in door boot between door and body, my bet is the thick black one!
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Unread 11-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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^^^^^ What he said.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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X2 for broken wires in that rubber boot that the wires run through. I just got done repairing 3 broken wires there.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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UN clip the rubber boot from door by hand and inspect the wiring going from drivers door to body.

The best way to repair broken wire is to solder in (same diameter) a short lenght cable and use heat srink as insulator. This will ensure its flexable and takes the strain off the cable.

To give your self some space to work unscrew the kick panel to expose the wiring in body next to door. You can pull broken wire back into the foot well solder solder on a short extension (6") and feed it back though rubber boot and solder it to broken wire at door. If you do the job right it will last for many years.

If you can't solder try learn as its useful to know or ask a friend that can solder a few bottles of beer or pizza will sweeten the deal.

It is possible to buy this part of wiring harness but it is costly and time consuming to fit.

Crimp connectors don't seem to last and you'll have to go at it again later.

Best of luck and question just shout.

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Unread 11-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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checked the ground wire..it had already been rigged by the previous owner..either way i took the wire out and reconnected it taped it back up and still nothing..also the only button that works is the passenger lock button and my info thing up near the sunroof keeps sayin driver door open and the interior lights only go off if the switch is turned all the way back..i dont know guys any other ideas?
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Unread 11-12-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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As the PO has been attempting to repair double check your fuses and pop off door trim and inspect wiring inside door.

I suspect you have more than one wire faulty in door.

Then it's time to get serious with the wiring in the drivers door boot either replace it with harness from dealer or properly repair solder joints and heat srink wap. Testing the remaining wires with volt meter.

There is a chance of faulty swiched and door lock it's not impossible just not as likely as the wiring in rubber boot

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Unread 11-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
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thanks tom. im thinking it must be something loose in the door because today the buttons worked two out of the four times i started it. i do have a jl audio 13w3 and it is always goin full tilt, i had similar door problems in my last car...the windows began to just fall down when my system was hitting hard. never been great with electrical work though. Thanks again and i plan on taking the door panel off this weekend ill let you know if i figure it out.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #9
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hey guys...new problem. jeep wouldnt start. cranks sometimes, sometimes jus clicks. i hit the started a few time..got it to run then the next day nothing. i replaced the starter and still nothing. i can get it to crank and start if i give it some gas but then as soon as i idles it shuts off. im going to test the alternator tomorrow since my gauge only reads a little above nine volts when the car is off. any ideas? i hate sitting here not knowing the problem, it eats at me.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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Sounds like your battery is flat. Have that checked first it might be faulty and make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight on battery poles. Use fine sand paper if needed.

The alternator only works when engine is running and typically will read 13.5 to 14 volts depending on load and battery condision.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #11
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X2 battery or check your starter connections.

Is it clicking once or a bunch of times? Are your gauges and lights flickering?
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Unread 01-03-2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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it clicks a bunch of times. and nothing out of the normal with the gauges except the battery one reads just above 9 volts. i was told to try jumping it to get it running but im confused at that because yesterday..the first day after the problem happened i got it to start by giving it a little gas on the trottle and it started but would only stay running if i kept my foot on the gas slightly above idle. when it first happened, i tapped the starter a few times and it ran all day but it would rough idle in gear but not in park or neutral so i assumed the starter was not disengaging and i replaced that. the old starter click once when i tryed to start it and now the new one is clicking a bunch of times.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #13
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also i was told that having a bad ground somewhere will drain my bettery without me knowing. i and assuming that my door button problem is a bad ground somewhere since it works sometimes and i can get them to work when i open my door slightly. just all very confusing i am NOOOO good with electrical
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Unread 01-03-2013, 05:13 PM   #14
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bad ground somewhere since it works sometimes and i can get them to work when i open my door slightly. just all very confusing i am NOOOO good with electrical
Did you take the advice of the other posters and myself
Check wiring in drivers door rubber boot !
Bad earth here can cause the BCM to turn on drawing extra current when you leave you jeep parked up that will flatten your battery over time.

The volt gague on dash is a crude but does work it reads battery voltage and is slow to react to changes in voltage.

Plenty of auto shops will test your battery for free.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #15
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I'm pretty old school for the battery and had thought it was just used to start the car but recently realized that a dead battery actually is a huge problem to keep your car running properly.

Definitely get the battery checked, probably better yet try to swap it with a confirmed good one. Also check the alternator if its pumping out the right amount of juice.

The guys above are probably right about the ground issue you have. Only thing to add is tear apart your door to see how much of the wiring to the buttons was jimmy rigged!
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