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Unread 07-27-2007, 10:02 AM   #1
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My jeep no longer pisses excellence!

I have an 00 grand cherokee. Lately it's been giving me a lot of problems! It's been having issues starting and then one day I was driving it and all my lights starting going crazy as well as my gauges. My ABS and brake light came on. I pulled over, turned it off, let it sit and started it back up. No more ABS or brake light. When I went to start it back again, it wouldn't start and heard a bunch of clicking noises. My jeep wouldn't even turn over, the gauges just sat there partying back and forth. When I pushed on the brake, it started right up.

I took my car to have the battery tested and the alternator, they said the alternator was bad. Got a new one, few days later, the problem came back. Now when I drive, the ABS and brake light both come on but when I turn it off, it goes away. Basically, it comes and goes. I had to get it jumped yesterday and for a while it wouldn't stay on by itself. Any ideas on what's going on with my jeep?

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Unread 07-27-2007, 10:14 AM   #2
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Corrosion and/or loose battery connection. Ongoing problem for many of us.

Remove battery connections, use a wire brush or light grit sand paper to remove the corrosion from both the battery posts and the cable ends - eb sure to get down to bare metal. Buy larger replacement bolts (drill out the existing lugs so they fit) and then tighten the terminals to the battery "gorilla tight". OEM cable bolts only allow chimpanzee tight before breaking.

Your Jeep will soon be pissing excellence all over the place again.

If the problem persists, its the battery.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 10:22 AM   #3
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another quick easy fix, use a set of vise grips to pinch the terminal loops tighter. kinda into an egg shape, then you have to tap them onto the terminals, and everything has been running much smoother since then
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i would do the rear.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 10:57 AM   #4
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If it was a battery issue, why would only the ABS and brake lights come on and nothing else?
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Unread 07-27-2007, 10:58 AM   #5
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Cause electrical systems do wierd chit when the ground isn't 100%
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Unread 07-27-2007, 11:34 AM   #6
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WJs do not react well to battery issues, i thought my entire computer gave up the ghost the first time this happend
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99 WJ 4.7V8 selc-trac swap
285s re-tread
IRO 6.5 Long Arms
Aussie Locked Rear

in the works... lots deployments are great for jeep budgets

Go Doorless!


Things i need..
good spots in the mid atlantic to camp, hike, fish, kyak and wheel, if you know please share

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Originally Posted by 5.9 ANDY
i would do the rear.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 12:39 PM   #7
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Make sure ya'll are also cleaning the grounds really well, not just the battery connections but the ones that go to the block and chassis as well. I would reccomend installing with dielectric grease to seal out farther corrosion.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 01:11 PM   #8
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Is there a reason it will only start if I push the brake?
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Unread 07-27-2007, 01:44 PM   #9
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id10t protection.. i think its like the park lock out starting
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99 WJ 4.7V8 selc-trac swap
285s re-tread
IRO 6.5 Long Arms
Aussie Locked Rear

in the works... lots deployments are great for jeep budgets

Go Doorless!


Things i need..
good spots in the mid atlantic to camp, hike, fish, kyak and wheel, if you know please share

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Originally Posted by 5.9 ANDY
i would do the rear.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 01:48 PM   #10
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id10t protection! haha! I use that all the time on people, "must be an id10t problem!" haha!
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Unread 07-27-2007, 01:52 PM   #11
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then you will like pebkac, and ODMF
problem exsists between keyboard and chair
one dumb mother ****er

i close out tickets all the time at the office with those resolution codes, the other engineers i work with laugh and the project manger has no clue
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99 WJ 4.7V8 selc-trac swap
285s re-tread
IRO 6.5 Long Arms
Aussie Locked Rear

in the works... lots deployments are great for jeep budgets

Go Doorless!


Things i need..
good spots in the mid atlantic to camp, hike, fish, kyak and wheel, if you know please share

Quote:
Originally Posted by 5.9 ANDY
i would do the rear.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 01:55 PM   #12
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HAHAHAHA! That's awesome! I'm gonna start using those around my office! haha!
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Unread 07-27-2007, 02:17 PM   #13
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I had a problem with my battery that would cause my vic to reset and my abs and brake lights to come on once every couple of days. When I was looking at the battery connections I noticed that one of my terminals coming out of the batt was cocked to the side. I replaced my batt and the problems went away.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 02:27 PM   #14
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Is changing a battery every 4 years the best? I've heard so many things. What's everyones opinion. It's been about 5 years with mine.
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Unread 07-27-2007, 03:16 PM   #15
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idk if its like an oil change, i change them as needed, i think my moms 99 rubasu is still running the orginal battery, and my dads 98 caravan still has the orginal battery
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99 WJ 4.7V8 selc-trac swap
285s re-tread
IRO 6.5 Long Arms
Aussie Locked Rear

in the works... lots deployments are great for jeep budgets

Go Doorless!


Things i need..
good spots in the mid atlantic to camp, hike, fish, kyak and wheel, if you know please share

Quote:
Originally Posted by 5.9 ANDY
i would do the rear.
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