I am in need of some serious help. My Jeep was indirectly struck by lighting last night. It was parked under a tree that was struck by lighting and now wont start.
The battery comes on and all gauges appear to work. The radio is fine, as is all the power windows. All the exterior lights working including my Hellas. The starter just doesn't kick in...I worked all day and left the battery unhooked for the day hoping by the grace of god the computer just needed to reset...still no luck.
Inside the house we lost all cable/Internet devices (2 boxes, modem, wireless router), a flat screen tv, the invisible dog fence and a fish tank light lol So
The jeep is having other random issues as the interior lights don't come on when you open the door and the remote entry will randomly not work.
Here is the kicker I am currently living in Martha's Vineyard which is an island with 0 dealers and little options as far as reputable shops.
What do you guys recommend I start with??
Side note: Last night when I parked the jeep I had a 100% mechanically and electrically sound jeep. Not anymore!!
Don't know if it is still possible in today's world with all the electronics and everything, but can vehicles still be started by by passing the solenoid with a screwdriver or similar tool? If so you might want to see if you can start it that way just to see if it will run.
Previous Jeeps: 84 CJ7 (A True Jeep), 2000 XJ (163,000 Miles/Totaled (Pictures of wrecked Jeep in gallery)), 2004 WJ (parting out die to major electrical issues)
If you don't have time to do it right the first time, how do you have time to do it over.
I showed up to work last year and found company truck headlights on and wipers going on high, thought someone was inside. Ended up finding out it was struck by lightning. They ended up changing almost all of the electronics ( which i guess the mech said was normal). Still it doesn't act right all the time. Hopefully yours isn't as bad.
It may have sent your security system into lockdown, an issue with '08s & early '09s. Caused by an issue with the wireless control module, and sometimes the keys, too. The WCM & keys are the subject of a couple TSBs, dealer should replace the WCM with an updated unit, as well as the keys. Static in the key blade can send the security system into shutdown. The lightning hit may have done the same thing.
The workaround is to open the fusebox lid, locate the big, white double fuse holder J13. Lift J13 up until it hits the stops..it won't pull all the way out..., wait 30 seconds, then press it back down until it seats. This rests your security system. If this is the issue, it should start & run. You'll lose all your radio settings, but everything else should work fine.
Well I live in MA so I understand that on the Vineyard it may not be as easy as tow it to the local dealer, I would also see if I could jump the starter and get to the ferry but don't shut it off. The best thing to do in my opinion is get an insurance claim because it will not be an easy fix, and will probably take a while to fully diagnose and repair.
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May not be a bad idea to change all oils (diffs and gear boxes) to see if anything is making metal. Probably unlikely in a car but lightning can create a weld on gears or bearings on aircraft.
But I would probably talk to my insurance agent if I were you.
At one time I ran an high end hi fi electronics repair shop. At first I had no experience with lightning strikes. Over time I saw quite a few pieces that were lightning victims. At first, I tried to fix the problems with success (I could fix anything, right?) .....I thought. What happened is I would return the working piece to the customer but within weeks it was back with a different problem. I would fix the new problem, return it, and in short time it was back again with another problem. All of my fixes were fine. These were new problems that didn't show up until later. It seemed like they were strung out like a string of fire crackers and were totally unpredictable. I changed my repair policy for lightning strikes because my warranty procedures were taking a beating.
Here was my new lightning policy. After an explanation of the reasons to the customer, I would check out the equipment to confirm the problem then do a detailed repair estimate. I would give this to the customer so they would have certified evidence of a serious problem. This they could give to their insurance company with the conclusion that the equipment be replaced totally. NO repair possible. Part of this service was that I would consult with the insurance company if necessary. This always worked. The insurance companies complied with my recommendations.
The point is this. Lightening damage is very serious. Obviously, a $35,000 Jeep is a different case than a $5,000 hi fi amp. You can't expect the entire vehicle to be replaced. But you can expect the entire automated electrical system and computers to be replaced and this is realistic. I would not settle for less from your insurance company. They will bi*ch because it will be expensive. But it is the only way you will get your vehicle back to a reliable condition. Stand strong!!
Whoa I can't believe I left this hangin! My bad..its been a busy few months!
So to update, the Jeep took a direct lightning strike to the drivers side mirror. The shock went through the Jeep and fried the PCM, WCM, ABS module, 2 keys and a few other things.
So the entire brain of my Jeep has since been replaced. The Jeep was in the shop from the end of August and I got it back from the dealership Oct 1. Insurance covered the entire expense less the deductible, so it is worth a call to insurance to make sure you are all covered if this were to happen to you. Total cost with labor was about $2300.
Since then, the Jeep has been great! No residual issues and the Windshield Washer doesnt spary when I hit the unlock button on the key fob like it did the morning this occured!
So all is well in my Jeep World! Thanks for reading...