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Old 05-28-2009, 11:50 PM
 
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Greetings Great Community,

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that has a very quirky electrical problem. The previous owner, my roommate at the time, took it to a dealership at least twice and they were unable to fix the problem though they definitely did some work. After months of searching online for insight, it is my understanding that a mechanic who specializes in electrical systems would be my best source of help. My searches for an auto electrician often results in general mechanic suggestions.

Does anyone know of an auto electrician who knows her/his stuff and has reasonable prices? Or does your general mechanic have a great knowledge of jeeps and/or auto electrical systems?

I'm in S. Charlotte, near Carmel & 51, but I'm willing to travel a little to get this solved. It's an intermittent problem but it could mean having to drive in 80 degree weather with no A/C and windows that cannot go down. Considering our summers, its becoming urgent.
Thanks for any help you can give!
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: cornelius
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first thought i had was has it ever been in a flood or had water damage cuz that would do it, on the other hand i had a 2002 galant that one day just started doing random wierd stuff. i had it towed to the dealership and of course it had stopped doing wierd ****, and wouldnt you know, as soon as i left it did it again. long story short, they wanted to go step by step (battery, battery cables replaced if corision is there....and so on. they were going to rack up 400-600 dollars of work without having diagnosed the problem or find a solution. they told me since they couldnt pinpoint it they would have to start at the very basic stuff first. i wisely said no..and i found a friend who works on cars to help me. it turned out that the fuses box in the dash had a 2 dollar plastic clip that held the wires to the connection point inside the dash. 5 mins of work to fix and less than 5 bucks. you should try and catalog when the issues occur and what the situation is(long drive, blasting speakers, hit a pot hole) becuase with electrical problems it is difficult to find the source since one plastic clip held many different things in place(wipers would cut out, and start randomly, dash lights would flash, car would shutter). try to write all that down, it may help point you where to start
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
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My dad had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that had some weird electrical problem like that. It affected the AC, power locks, speedometer... dealer tried to fix it multiple times and it never did get fixed.... but it was intermittent so he lived with it.

Sorry, no advice on an electrician. Just wanted to share my experience with the Jeep Cherokee. I wonder if it's a "known" defect in that car.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Good Luck! I had a similar problem w/ a Maxima I owned some years back and it gave multiple mechanics many headaches. The battery would constantly drain, AC worker intermittently , power locks were funky, the fuel injection wouldn't fire at the right time..omg it was a PITA. It never got fixed properly and I ended up donating it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Find a Jeep enthusiasts website. You might even find someone who has had the same problem. You'll most likely get a reccomendation to a person who can help you.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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My dad had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that had some weird electrical problem like that. It affected the AC, power locks, speedometer... dealer tried to fix it multiple times and it never did get fixed.... but it was intermittent so he lived with it.

Sorry, no advice on an electrician. Just wanted to share my experience with the Jeep Cherokee. I wonder if it's a "known" defect in that car.

SilverSagess: I really think it is a common defect. I've scoured jeep forums and non-jeep forums with posted jeep problems. I've seen many many many people who've had my same symptoms (Just not in the Charlotte area.), which are probably exactly what your dad's jeep had. Every single one of those components are affected.

I'm pretty sure (as in 85% sure) of what the problem is - a disconnected/split/just plain bad wire, most likely in the passenger side door. However I'm no mechanic and I don't want to pretend to be. But I refuse to be an uninformed consumer. I also refuse to go through hundreds of dollars of useless diagnostic probing that has already been vetted out.

Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Still hoping for an auto electrician recommendation.

Last edited by coGanjel; 05-29-2009 at 09:49 AM.. Reason: added "Just not in the Charlotte area."
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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Bump.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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My father in law recommended this place to us. It is a small family-owned shop and has been around for decads. You can give them a call to see if this is something they can help you with.

Westside Auto Electric And Radiator Service
704-399-6351
2906 Rozzelles Ferry RD
Charlotte, NC 28208
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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Just be warned that nearly every jeep of that era has had the Blend Door Failure with affects the heating and A/C. Google it. It's a very well known problem and it could be what you're getting. If the Jeep dealer did not know about this problem, I wouldn't trust them to pump up a bicycle tire.

Jeepsunlimited is one of the best jeep forums. I have a 96 GC
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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Just be warned that nearly every jeep of that era has had the Blend Door Failure with affects the heating and A/C. Google it. It's a very well known problem and it could be what you're getting. If the Jeep dealer did not know about this problem, I wouldn't trust them to pump up a bicycle tire.

Jeepsunlimited is one of the best jeep forums. I have a 96 GC

Yup. I'm very aware of the commonality of my problem. I've got my printouts of the most common solutions to take with me.

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