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Busa196 02-17-2009 02:57 PM

Possessed Jeep.....TIPM issue?? Lights, horn wipers, etc....
I've got an 08 JK with about 15k miles on it. Never had a problem with it until today....suddenly, as Im driving through my parking garage at work the ESP BAS light comes on and the Jeep completely dies. I push it aside and try several more times to get the engine to turnover- I got nothing. 10 min later, I try it again and it fires up and runs perfect. I drive it 3 blocks and as Im sitting at a dead stop in a parking spot with the engine on and in park, the horn, wipers, lights, and washer fluid come on simultaneously and stay on until I pop the hood and jiggle a few relays (believe they go to my HID lights) next to my fuse box, aka the TIPM Totally Integrated Power Module, is that right?- then everything shuts off. I fired it up and drove it back to work with no problems. WTF?

Obviously, the best thing to do is bring it to a dealership under warranty- but, Ive got a Hesco blower on it and Im a bit hesitant to bring it to a dealer so they can give me 1k excuses of why my Hesco set up would cause this- and then mark my warranty as void

Any ideas on what this could possibly be? Any thoughts/suggestions on how to approach a dealership?

08BlueSahara 02-17-2009 03:19 PM


Take a look at the 2nd TSB mentioned in this thread.

And the second one is:
NUMBER: 08-023-07
GROUP: Electrical
DATE: October 06, 2007

Long Crank Time Due To Possible Contact Of Camshaft Sensor To Camshaft Gear

This bulletin involves the replacement of the engine camshaft sensor.

Just might be the prob?

merlinTec 02-17-2009 06:56 PM

Does sound like a wiring fault could be a good idea to have a good look around the TIPM and the plugs under it. If communication goes down from the switches it should put on the lights and wiper as a safety feature but not the horn and washer so not too sure on that issue. Do you have any other after market add on such as radios, CB remote start? I see fog lamp added. How are the HID wired up? Nothing sharing the same ground as the TIPM? Could take it to auto zone get a fault code read out and maybe give us something to go on.

tturkstra 12-26-2010 10:38 PM

Bump. I've had this problem 4 times since my warranty ran out. 3 times when I press my unlock button and once while driving - pretty much empties the washer fluid reservoir before I can get the battery disconnected.

Anyone else need a new TIPM and post how to fix it? No luck with my search. I hear the price for the TIPM module is $600?!?!?!?!? I really don't want to spend that unless I'm sure that it will solve the problem.

birdjeep1981 08-05-2011 09:34 AM

tturkstra,I know it's been 6 months, any luck? I've had the same thing happen on my '08 JK. Once with the unlock button, another time just parallel parking. I took it to the dealership, it's still under warranty, they couldn't find anything wrong with it.

jwmbishop 08-05-2011 11:14 AM

Yup - it's possesed - call an Italian Catholic Priest...

Mvb8thag 08-05-2011 01:05 PM

Had a similar problem with my 08 jeep liberty. The power seat (drivers side) will go haywire, at the same time the wiperblades will go once, the gauges drop, and it chimes. Just got off the phone with the dealer he said he wants to replace the tipm and quoted me 460 out the door. Just starting to weigh my options. Ive got 44 k miles on it so im out of warranty. I know nothing about the module. When something goes wrong with it, is it common to replace the whole module or can you isolate the problem and just replace a certain part of the tipm.

YJ_TJ_JK 08-05-2011 05:13 PM

Instead of a dealer try a local reputable body shop and ask if they use an outside source for their more difficult diagnosis. If so, get his name and call him. I use 2 different mobile services and these guys are amazing. They know as much and sometimes more than the dealer. Afterall, no one wants to go to the dealer and get bent over.

Firellmt 09-28-2013 09:43 PM

2007 jk wrangler tipm failure
Just bought 07 wrangler unlimited and had three weeks, when wipers started going and squirting water, horn kept honking, lights flashing, heater stopped working. Had towed to jeep dealership, cost $714.00 for tipm parts and labor. Not impressed so far with first jeep purchase. This should be a recall, as this appears to be a common problem.

Lenny7 09-29-2013 08:47 AM

08 with 15k? It's probably just upset you don't drive it more.:p

erickaiser 10-12-2013 08:15 AM

I purchased a 08jk last year and the tipm went bad. Total possession.. Lights, horn, wipers.. Like a car seizure. Well.. Called local dealer.. Gave them the last 8digits of the vin and they ordered me a new one for 390 then 75$ core so 320$ roughly... They warned me it had to be programmed. Not! I basically matched up the fuses, made sure everything was seated, disconnected the battery and disconnected the TIPM. Switched it out.. Tipm installed and no issues at all. Everything works.. Saved 300$ from having the dealer perform some BS service for big money.

firstinlastout 10-12-2013 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Lenny7 (Post 16404425)
08 with 15k? It's probably just upset you don't drive it more.:p

You do know this is from Feb 09 right?

MEL777 02-07-2014 11:52 AM

08 Same Exact Issue
I know this is an older thread, but I have the EXACT same issue with my 08 Wrangler Unlimited with 15k miles on it. As you can tell, I don't drive it much, I only use it as a tow vehicle behind my RV. Mine is really crazy, lights flash, horn, wipers and washer fluid goes nuts and it even does it without the key in it. The engine will also run with the key out when this happens, can't turn it off. The latest thing, the lights won't turn on at Night. This is the icing on the cake, I have to bite the bullet and get it fixed. Should be a recall :mad:

SSnipes 04-19-2014 08:43 AM


Originally Posted by firstinlastout (Post 16780113)
You do know this is from Feb 09 right?

We shouldn't be starting new threads cause it is old. We use it because it is the same topic. It helps me to see quickly that others have had issues for a long time.

I have the same issue on my '08 jku rubicon. In the past I have had issues with the TIPM with cooling fan. Cooling fan would not come on and engine would over heat. Totally random as I could have it happen in the same trip or it would happen up to a year apart. Summer or winter too.

Now fast forward four years of history with it I have new TIPM issues. Exact as this one. I parked the jeep, came back to it hours later, opened the door and right away the wipers, horn, and washer fluid go off like it was having a seizure. I left it alone and after a few minutes it stopped. The next day while driving it does the same thing. It drove ok and didn't stop but it is freaky how it could do this. Looks like I will be replacing the TIPM.

What is disappointing is that the jeep had the issue when on warranty and now I have to foot the bill. Stupid. :confused:

SanJeep 06-24-2014 01:42 PM

TIPM or something else?
I know its an old thread but the prob goes on and on it seems.

2008 Unlimited Sahara auto, (My Wife Loves it) 65,000.

New battery about 3 months ago.
Start it up and it cranks fine. Prob is its stuck in park, the wipers come on and there are No dash lights.

Had the battery tested and its fine and there were No codes showing.

Thought it was the TIPM so I ordered one ($600 bucks + $75 core!)
I installed it set the key to Run for 12 seconds then to off.
Started it and the same thing is going on stuck in park, wipers on and no dash lights (gauges)

(Now I get to try to take that thing back!)

Had to wait on the TIPM so every time I needed to start the Jeep I would pull a battery cable for a few seconds (reboot?) and it would start and run fine.
Any ideas would be a Huge help!

Desperate in NC

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