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Unread 10-19-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Electrical System is PO'd

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About 5 months ago I had just started driving when all the gauges and lights on my dash went out then flickered back on, off, then on. Went a bit further down the road and it happened again. That happened a total of 3 or 4 times until I pulled over and turned it off. Started it up again and it was fine until the next day when it happened again. Drove it flashing and all with no problems.
Just today is happened severely and all the dash light/gauges went out along with the head/fog lights. I didn't notice any issues with the engine as I was accelerating while this was all going on. Finally my Jeep decided that the electronic brake system was the problem and it needed to be serviced, keeping the traction light on. Got to work and 8 hours later...Nothing is wrong.
Any information on this issue? I don't need this to be a precursor to a WOT story.

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Unread 10-19-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Replaced the battery yet?
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Unread 10-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #3
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Mine did the EXACT same until I replaced the ignition switch. Kind of freaky at night when you see lights on the dash you never knew were there! I would get the battery tested first, but it sounds like the switch.
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Unread 10-19-2009, 08:23 PM   #4
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Yeah I can only imagine what it looked like to the oncoming drivers at night. I need to get the battery checked out and if that's good then take it in. Was the ignition switch and install fairly inexpensive?
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Unread 10-19-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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Also, would the switch have anything to do with a starting delay? Once-in-a-while I'll turn the key to start the engine and it cranks and cranks and cranks for around 3 seconds then the engine starts.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 05:24 AM   #6
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I couldn't tell you what the delay is, maybe someone will pipe in with an answer. The switch was $40 dollars and took me about half an hour to install.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 02:39 PM   #7
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Battery checked out good and no codes were thrown. Oh, and the dealership wanted to charge me $95 to just read the codes....yeah F that. I could buy a code reader for that much.
I have a feeling I'll end up driving on the problem until the jeep blows up....
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Unread 10-21-2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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You can bring the Jeep to an Advance or Autozone to get the codes read for free.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 01:25 PM   #9
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I have a 2006 wk with the same problems - I have replace the battery, starter and reset the computer all done at the dealer with no real fix - still having problems. The car is dead in my driveway again. Do you think it is the ignition switch? I NEED HELP.

I F'in hate it. Getting ready to give up on it. Is it time to sell - no more jeep or chrysler products for me. AAARGH.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 01:33 PM   #10
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I had read a few threads about ignition switch problems. Generally from taller people that bump the ignition alot or from some folks that have alot of heavy keys on their key ring, causes extra wear in the switch.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 02:38 PM   #11
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I am 5'9 average joe - with only one key on the key ring - Is the ignition switch made in china? Oh my 1995 jeep ZJ kills this WK junk.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 03:13 PM   #12
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I am 5'9 average joe - with only one key on the key ring - Is the ignition switch made in china? Oh my 1995 jeep ZJ kills this WK junk.
actually, I think the key fob technology is from Mercedes. :0

anyway, I'm not sure what the problem is in your case, just passing along some info about what I've read, I'd be pi$$ed to if the problem happened to me and the dealer couldn't fix it.
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