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post #1 of 8 Old 05-01-2013, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Electrical Problem?

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I have a 2004 Grand Cherokee and today after I turned it off from parking it in parking spot the battery gauge needle and the gas gauge needle started bouncing around like crazy. Going up to max then back down. I tried to start it again and nothing. It doesn't try to crank at all and no electronics work at all (radio, locks, horn, nothing). I checked the ignition and accessory fuses and they looked fine. Could this be a battery? I have never had a battery go out this fast and this intense where not even the locks work. The battery in the Jeep is about 3 years old and is and Advance Auto Gold (Didn't want this brand, but its the only auto parts store in my college town) Any advice would be appreciated.

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Hey everyone

I have a 2004 Grand Cherokee and today after I turned it off from parking it in parking spot the battery gauge needle and the gas gauge needle started bouncing around like crazy. Going up to max then back down. I tried to start it again and nothing. It doesn't try to crank at all and no electronics work at all (radio, locks, horn, nothing). I checked the ignition and accessory fuses and they looked fine. Could this be a battery? I have never had a battery go out this fast and this intense where not even the locks work. The battery in the Jeep is about 3 years old and is and Advance Auto Gold (Didn't want this brand, but its the only auto parts store in my college town) Any advice would be appreciated.
A quick search yielded 2 NAPA's, 3 Autozones and an OReilly's in Raleigh... Just sayin. While most of Autozones stuff is arguably (or maybe not arguably) inferior to anythig NAPA has, their Duralast Gold batteries are decent, and come with a pretty good warranty as well.

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A quick search yielded 2 NAPA's, 3 Autozones and an OReilly's in Raleigh... Just sayin. While most of Autozones stuff is arguably (or maybe not arguably) inferior to anythig NAPA has, their Duralast Gold batteries are decent, and come with a pretty good warranty as well.
My college town is Boone not Raleigh, that's my hometown. It was a Sunday and the NAPA here is closed...
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My college town is Boone not Raleigh, that's my hometown. It was a Sunday and the NAPA here is closed...
My mistake friend. Appalachian State? Sears Diehard gets good reviews too, depending on the model. Check your terminals as stated above, then get it tested.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-03-2013, 10:28 PM
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My jeep has done the same thing. Your battery should be fine, the issue comes from the black ground wire located in the driver side door (in the boot.) The wire may be loose so you need to check the wiring. I could be wrong, but it sounds like the same thing that happened to me.
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First time I have heard of that happening with the ignition off.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-04-2013, 09:44 AM
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The battery connectors "Positive and Negative sides" will probably need replaced. Jeeps are known for this. Just cut them off and replace with new ones. I have done it to both of mine, 1999 and 2004.
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