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  • Michael
    Michael - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 9/9/2014
    Ok here is my problem. None of my power windows are working, even from there individual switches.
    This alone wouldnt have me so puzzled, but along with the windows not working, my interior lights won't go out and the ding you hear when the keys are in ignition and door is open keeps dinging even after shutting the door and only stops when starting the car. Any ...
    • jdl
      9/4/2014 jdl
      As far as your power windows, did you check the fuse? Should be underhood fuse box, fuse 12--50 amp. Not only check the fuse, check voltage on the fuse circuit, hot all the time.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      There is a broken wire located in the wioring junction where the driver door hinges are located - inside the conduit that protects the wires where they go from the door to the body. probability here is greater than 90%.
      9/9/2014 Michael
      I have been in there and fixed 3 wires, black, orange with white, and green with red. It will work for a few minutes but then quits. I am using wire connectors instead of twisting and soldering. I dont know if that is the problem or what. Im getting pretty aggravated with it tho i can tell you that mch
      9/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Your cause is very likely still in there. I believe that you missed one. Maybe a wire is broken under trhe unbroken insulation
      9/9/2014 Michael
      Do you think it is possible for the problem to be in the wiring on the door side or one of the plugs themselves?
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Not likely. There are very few times when the cause of a component (power windows in this case) not working is traced to separate things. On an '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee, non working power windows and an interior light that will not turn off and the dinging sound is all caused by the same thing - broken wires in the door jam. Go over them again. Feel for each and every wire and make sure that you connected identical colored wires and did not connect two different color wires by mistake. Pull on each and every wire to make sure that there is no internally broken wires that run through where the other wires are that you fixed.
      9/10/2014 jdl
      Hey Michael, did you check for voltage on the orange wire with white tracer when problem is ongoing. Did you check for ground on the black wire. To check for voltage you use a voltage tester. To check ground use a voltage tester one end connected to battery voltage, the other end penetrate the black wire, if the ground is good, the lite comes on.

      Those wires go to the driver door module, first. Click link for partial diagram.
  • Sue
    Sue - 2006 Jeep Commander - Body & Interior - 8/19/2014
    How to get back passenger door panel off to fix when the door want open
    it unlocks but want open from inside or out need to know how and if i can take the panel off when the door want open
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 8/11/2014
    Auto locks are not working from remote and drivers door
    remote batteries are good. have had wiring problems in drivers door
    • cr
      8/11/2014 cr
      You might have a broken wire in the boot that covers the wires from the door to the body. Try the driver side door.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 8/5/2014
    I believe my problem is only rainwater and not an A/C or heater core issue, although not 100% positive. I do not run th
    I bought the Jeep from a dealer’s lot about a year ago in 2013 so I do not know much about the vehicle history. I do have a warranty from the dealer but not sure what all is covered (I will have to check on that, but not sure if something like that would be ...
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 7/2/2014
    Taking care of rust.
    Trying to take care of the rust and make the old thing look a little better. I ground down the rust to bare metal, applied a rust inhibitor (rust-o-lien), then Bondo, sanded it down, a couple of coats of primer (rust-o-lien), then 3 coats of paint (again ...
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 6/6/2014
    Why does the dome light blink when driving with headlights on?
    Also, doors lock and unlock.
    • AutoMD Member
      6/6/2014 AutoMD Member
      Headlight switch may be faulting. Try moving the inter light switch back and forth to clean the switch contacts.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 5/30/2014
    When ordering a replacement lower bumper cover what does it mean under the color when it says textured.
    I just want a black finish to replace old cracked one.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Jeep Patriot - Body & Interior - 5/24/2014
    Seatbelt chime needs to be turned back on.
    how do i turn on seatbelt chime
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 5/21/2014
    HELP! My left turn signal will not turn off even in the neutral position. Any thoughts?
    2007 Jeep GC Laredo 3.7 V6- 104,000 I got in my car one day last week and my left turn signal was on. I went to move the turn signal into the neutral position and it will not turn off. I can still use flip the switch to turn on the right blinker and when I turn, ...
    • Jimm
      5/21/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty turn signal switch, faulty turn signal flasher. The turn signal switch is easily replaced underneath the steering column. Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities. The various turn signal switches are listed in price from around $42.00 each for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Jeep Liberty - Body & Interior - 5/14/2014
    Rear swing gate will not unlock
    Flip up glass opens but swing gate will not open
    • GT500Knights
      5/14/2014 GT500Knights
      -fuse blown
      -relay faulty
      -Broken release switch-to-latches cable or linkage broken
      -If swing gate is released via a remote switch located elsewhere in the vehicle, then the switch itself may be broken
      -swing gate actuator broken
      -broken/shorted/open wiring
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 5/14/2014
    Why does the a/c freeze up ??
    The Freon is not low and after 10 minutes the air flow goes to zero. Turn off the a/c and in 5 minutes the air flow returns. Then a/c works fine for another 10 minutes.
    • GT500Knights
      5/14/2014 GT500Knights
      Your air conditioning system has moisture inside it. The low pressure side of the system can easily reach temperatures below freezing. When this happens, water will freeze. It will build up ice, creating a blockage and preventing the refrigerant to circulate. The ice usually builds up between the orific tube and the evaporator core. When you turn the ac system off, the ice melts. Then when you run the ac system again, the water freeze again and causes the same problem.

      This happened because (a) the system was recharged without proper evacuation (b) a small leak developed, allowing outside air and moisture into the system, then most likely the system was charged up with more refrigerant.

      Your solution would be to take your vehicle to a qualified a/c service station. Have them examine the system to find any leaks. All leaks should be repaired, the system should be out under vacuum for at least 30 minutes, and new refrigerant and the proper oil need to be added into the system. If the system cannot hold vacuum (29 inches) for at least 10 minutes, there is still a leak.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Body & Interior - 4/22/2014
    Loud noise when over55mph, it is intermitte
    sounds like it is coming from mid dash behind raido- reminds me of a metal fan blade hiting a hard plastic object , cannot feel and viberations or chang in speed or rpm
    0 answer
  • Bill
    Bill - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 3/29/2014
    Headlights go out when the steering column is tilted down.
    When the headlights are on and the steering column is tilted down the dim headlights go out, but the brights still work, If the column is all the way up there is no problem.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/29/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Something like this almost always leads to a broken wire and the answer is to take apart the cteerin g column to find it and repair or replace whatever is causing it. Might require no parts and just labor and a butt connector.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Body & Interior - 3/20/2014
    Why does my left turn signal blink like a race horse when I turn and when I turn right, the signal works normally?
    Left turn signal blinks normally sometimes, then when I turn the wheel for a left turn the signal starts blinking like a race horse trying to win the Kentucky Derby; yet when I turn right the signal operates normally, why?
    • CVO
      3/20/2014 CVO
      Check the turn signal flasher and replace it as necessary.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 3/18/2014
    Security system can't be deactivated because the driver's door has been changed and there is no key
    security system has been activated and I can't disable it.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/18/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I will explain how to deactivate it:

      To permanently disable the theft alarm on the 93-94 models, cut the Violet/Yellow wire (disarm circuit) at pin 4 of the theft alarm module. Ground the cut wire on the module side. Have the keys out of the ignition and all doors and hood closed when grounding the wire. This will disarm the theft alarm system and prevent the theft alarm from arming.

      The theft alarm module is located in a really nasty spot - under the glove box and to the left of the glove box. In this link it shows a drawing of the module location. I have disabled two of these systems in the last 3 years. I actually cut a hole into the floor of the glove box for access to the module after removing the headlamp delay module you can then see the theft module. Otherwise the dash needs major disassembly for access.
      3/18/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Another method to disable the theft alarm is to disconnect the module and replace the Powertrain Control Module with a new one.
      3/18/2014 HouseCallAuto
      By the way I believe it is the pass door that deactivates the alarm.