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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 3/16/2014
    My dashboard lights went off suddenly while I was driving last night.
    The headlights and brake lights were functioning normally but it appeared that some of the tail lights were's on. Is this a possible fuse, bulb, or wiring issue? Thanks in advance.
    • Affordable Auto Service
      I would check all fuses first. Which lights exactly are working and what is not working? The headlamp switch is a common problem and when it goes out can affect any of the lights. It will burn 1 or more of the wires at the switch
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Body & Interior - 3/11/2014
    Why won't my dash lights stay on even after replacing fuse?
    Dash lights will work for a few minutes after replacing fuse but then will blow the fuse. I have replaced repeatedly with the same result. I don't have problem with other interior lights, or radio.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 3/5/2014
    Why does the battery go dead in 2 or 3 days?
    When the vehicle is parked, a fully charged battery runs completely dead in two or three days. There are no lights on, and no indication of electrical power on.
    • Sammy
      12/9/2013 Sammy
      disconnect neg battery terminal connect test light to cable and touch battery neg post if light comes on you have a drain or parasitic draw then you have to start pulling fuses to find out which circuit its on
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      90% of all cases like you are detailing here are caused by a degraded battery and the fix is a new battery. that being said..
      Try removing fuse #7 the next time you park it and are going to not use it again for a day or two or whatever time it usually goes dead in. If removing fuse 7 seems to allow it to start without a problem after a reasonable time period and you are sold on the cause being fuse 7, replace the Lift Glass Ajar Switch which can go bad and cause a draw that goes through fuse 7. This costs nothing to try and rule it out.
    • Welder95
      3/5/2014 Welder95
      sounds like a dead cell battery, hook a charger on it if the charger blinks it is a dead cell
  • Bill Bergner
    Bill Bergner - 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Body & Interior - 2/21/2014
    Frequently when turn indicator used, the radio, turn indicators and wipers quit working. Only work when restarted
    other lights work, heater fan works but turn signals, radio and wipers will work only if engine is turned off and restarted.
  • Bill Bergner
    Bill Bergner - 2000 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Body & Interior - 2/21/2014
    Frequently when turn indicator used, radio, wipers and turn indicators quit working have to restart to get 2 work
    restarting engine gets the wipers, radio and turn indicators to wrk. Other lights work fine. Happens with headlights on or off Jeep has 188,000 miles Grounds have been cleaned up.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 2/16/2014
    When I put on my left turn signal, it does not work all of the time.
    I have no issue with either the right turn signal or emergency flashers, they work 100% of the time. My mechanic replaced the turn signal combo switch about a year ago. Performance improved somewhat but it is still not 100% reliable. Help - this has to be a ...
    • Jimm
      2/16/2014 Jimm
      If I understand - you are saying the left turn signal (either front or rear) works sporadically? If yes, then check for these conditions; loose bulb (front or rear) in the bulb socket, faulty wiring / connection at either the front or rear bulb.
      2/16/2014 AutoMD Member
      I think the problem is in the turn signal lever when I put it in the left turn position. If I hit the steering wheel a couple times, it usually comes on. That leads me to believe either something is loose or is not making proper contact. No problems when I put it in the right turn position.
  • dunphyt
    dunphyt - 2000 Jeep Cherokee - Body & Interior - 2/9/2014
    My heater stays cold, why?
    If i leave it running while sitting my heat works but when i drive down the interstate it feels like the air conditions on
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I will assume that the engine is not running hot for the sake of answering without knowing this for sure. The 4.0 Jeep engine is well known for bad water pump impellers and this will cause insufficient flow in the cooling system and of course give you poor or no heat when the engine rpm is increased, but oif the impeller is that b ad where it kills your heat then I would say that you would be running hot as well.

      Another possible cause is a clogged heater core, but I'm not sold on that really. Do the heater hoses at the heater core feel hot to the touch after engine has been running for 30 minutes at least?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 1/10/2014
    What would cause all the gages to work and then just drop and not work then start working again all the gages
    the check gage light the speedometer and the gas hand and the oil and temperature gages all of them will be working and then there will be a beep and all the check engine lights and gages will just drop and stop working then It will beep again and they will start ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/10/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If this were my job to find the cause and repair it, my strategy to diagnose it would be to suspect that the instrument cluster itself was no good but would want to know the reason if I could see it. Sometimes removing the cluster and reinstalling it fixes it without you really knowing what you did to change it for the better, maybe where the connector attaches to it has a loose pin connection, but the odds are the cluster is junk.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Body & Interior - 12/28/2013
    What does the heater blower resistor look like and where is it?
    Blower runs on high only. Told to look for resistor behind glove compartment. None of the pictures of resistors look like what I see and they range in price from $16 to over $100.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 12/25/2013
    The Interior lights come on whenever the parking or headlamps are on.
    If ,and when , I turn on the lights , I can't adjust the dash panel brightness without the interior lights coming on . It's either , panel lights at min. illumination and the roller switch in the "off" position , or all interior lights are on , no matter where ...
    0 answer
    • Sammy
      12/9/2013 Sammy
      sounds like the switch may be faulty
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 11/29/2013
    Control panel sinking
    The electric control panel in the drivers side arm rest is leaning inward, sinking down on the inside edge lower than the edge of the arm rest. Can this be fixed by a home mechanic?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I would bet that a MacGyver fix could be done, but I wouldn't know exactly how until it is examined. The panel itself comes undone without removing any screws so it's not terrible to remove and look and see what has happened that is allowing the panel to drop.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 11/29/2013
    Does a rear bumper from a 98 Laredo fit a Limited lx 5.9 98? Can i put a laredo bumper on a limited lx? same year model.
    broken rear bumper
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Body & Interior - 11/7/2013
    Why wont my rear lift gate open?
    it unlocks but wont open
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Jeep Cherokee - Body & Interior - 10/29/2013
    2001 jeep cherokee going crazy
    i have a 2001 jeep cherokee and when i turn the lights on my speed and rpm gauge go to zero and my rear when shield wiper starts going and wont stop when i turn the lights off everything is fine i just replaced the heater core and after that everything went crazy ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I wish I could tell you what happened during your installation but I can't. The thing that makes this question the hardest type of question to answer is because the thing that caused this to happen did not occur naturally. It is what we refer to as "mechanic induced". Although you explanation of detail is good, it is just not enough. The instrument panel had to come out to do this job, a very complex undertaking with lots of wiring connections. Go over your work.
      One armchair guess after looking at wiring diagrams. My armchair guess is that you left off a ground wire eyelet from under a bolt. The ground circuit that seems like would give problems between the headlight switch and speedo and tach function is G200, G200 is located by the air bag control module under the console. Did you take anything apart at or near the console?