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post #1 of 5 Old 01-05-2012, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Recall Or Not? Electrical Issue

JK 2008 Wrangler Sport 38,500 miles. Sorry for this being so lengthy, but this is the cut and pasted complaint that I have submitted to the NHTSA. After reading numerous similar complaints, I realize now that is is a bigger problem than Chrysler/Jeep wants to admit. I have had my Dream Ride for 11 months and it has become my nightmare! I bought used, at 28,000 miles, to save some cash. Lessons learned! All feedback is much appreciative!

+++The first of many times happened one morning as I was getting into vehicle. The horn, windshield wipers, lights and instrument indicator lights all activated. The wipers sprayed all the fluid in the reservoir. I could not turn these off. After disconnecting the battery, the engine would not crank for some time and the horn no longer worked. The dealership diagnosed the problem as a faulty horn and replaced the clock spring, horn and a fuse. A few weeks later, while driving, the horn, wipers and lights all came on and I could not turn these off! Even after removing the key, the engine and all the above would not shut off! Once again, I had to disconnect the battery in order to shut these components off. This has happened numerous times since! Now the airbag light comes on periodically! The dealership is now saying the problem is with the TIPM. There seems to be a backorder of more than 400+ of these components. Every week that goes by, the dealership says that the ETA has been moved back a week and they will call me when it gets in. To the dealer's credit (after I went a little crazy in the manager's office), they have agreed to pay for the est. cost of $600. But, in the meantime, is this vehicle safe to drive? Shouldn't there be a recall since there are 400+ of these parts on backorder? Today, I called Chrysler Customer Service and they told me that they would document this. NOT GOOD ENOUGH! After insisting that something else be done, I was told that a Service Manager would be contacting me tomorrow. We will see. In the meantime.......I am somewhat fearful of driving my Jeep for the simple reason of the unknown. Not to mention the embarrassment that this brings when stopped at a busy intersection and my horn and wipers start blaring uncontrollably. This must be stopped and Chrysler should declare a recall!+++

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-05-2012, 08:48 AM
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After almost 4 years of owning a JK and cruising multiple Jeep forums, I have never heard of this problem. I realize that 400 units sounds a lot but compared to the amount of Jeeps sold that is a very, very small percentage. Just because there are 400+ units on back order doesn't mean they all have your problem or that they are all from Wranglers.
Sorry to hear about your dilemma and hope you get this sorted out quickly. Kudos to your dealer for helping you as well.

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You bought this jeep used. It is possible that there are many electrical issues, I bought my 07 jku used and everything was fine with it for months.One beautiful summer day I went top/doorless, no chance of rain in the forecast.

At 3am that evening I heard my horn blaring, ran out front and , shocker, the weatherman was wrong. It was pouring, horn blaring, wipers going, headlights flashing... Neighbors hating me.

I disconnected battery and went to bed. Pulled all my carpet and cleaned the next day, dried everything out and thought I was good to go, nope. Same thing for the next 2 nights, surprisingly between 2 and 3 am both times. So I pulled my horn fuse.

Actually forgot about it for a week or so until I got cut off and tried to honk. Went home n replaced fuses, haven't had an issue since. LONG story, but maybe it was rained on and you have some shorts in the dash, steering column etc.. Sorry for the long post but I'm just sitting in my work truck on the way home..... Bored
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I've seen some TIPM issues here, but nothing widespread enough that I thought it should have been a recall. Even assuming that all 400 of those units represent your exact issue, that's 400 units out of what? Millions?

Hope the dealer can fix you up.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-05-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks y'all for the input. Chrysler is saying that they will try and expedite the delivery of the part.
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