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'99 Jeep Cherokee Ltd - electrical issues

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12/01/08 18:05
jkn

'99 Jeep Cherokee Ltd - electrical issues

I have a 99 cherokee limited, (120k mi on it) and the first thing that happened was the fog lights stopped working. I had the switch replaced several times. never fixed the problem. A/C fan gives same output on level 1 and 2, no one can fix that. heated seats stopped heating in both front seats. automatic seats sound like they are dying, some directions give clicking noises, some directions nothing happens. power windows don't always work for all passengers, depends on the day, but they do always work for the driver seat. The latest is the speakers in the front just went out all together. I know this is probably a variety of issues, but I was told that I may need to have the module reset, which can only be done at a dealer. I was also told that all of these things will likely cost me $300 just to look at. Any advice/suggestions from anyone? Please help, I know my jeep has a lot of life left, I just need to figure this out.
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04/17/09 14:16
ROB

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE THE FUSES ON THIS VEHICLE 1999. MY WIFE'S CAR.
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04/20/09 12:36
zak

i have just bought 99 jeep grand cherokee laredo, and couldn't figure out how to turn on the fog light. i pull the tip of the blinker lever, not sure if that's all i have to do but it doesn't seem to work. the fog light indicator comes on though, but no lights :( does this mean they're broken?
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04/29/09 06:23
tiffany

I have a 99 cherokee limited and all 7 internal lights stay on. This sends the battery dead overnight.

The usual problems have also started: keyless entry acting up, power windows occaisionally working, door locks acting up.

I had been removing the fuse from under the bonet everytime i leave the car till i finally removed all the lights bulbs in frustration. The cargo area light had been charred to a crisp, but still works. Could this be related to or causing the problem? I have tried the head light switch, removed the door ajar buttons, removed the panelling from all doors to check for moisture damage- nothing..

Any other bright ideas???

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06/02/09 17:24
mike

the fuses on that vehicle should be by the passangers feet on the right side( in front of the door. I also have the same problem with the front speakers on my 2001 XJ. also my girlfriend and her sister also have jeep XJ's (a 1999 and a 1989) and they both have the same problem. does anyone know what is going on?
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06/05/09 06:35
jeremy

i just purchased a 99 grand cherokee...when the headlights are on at night, something strange occurs...when i step on the gas, only the rear drivers side taillight works, and when i step on the break the drivers side light goes off, and the passenger side light goes on....it looks like a cristmas tree from the back blinking on and off....can someone please help me out with this and tell me either what is wrong or how to fix this....

thank you

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06/07/09 02:34
Trent

TO JKN

The foglights is a known issue. Yoru jeep dealer has a wiring update kit for the switch. The current wiring overloads the switch, causing it to heat up, making the connections fail. The power window issue is the drivers side window lock button failer. This is also a common bug in the design. You can buy a off-brand drivers side switch the will fix the problem (ebay). The speakers is probably the wiring the goes from the door to the inside under the dash. I had the same problem. The wiring just cracked and killed the speaker. Go to a junk yard and just rip out the wiring essembly for that door. The power seats just need oil. I had to take my seat all the way out and oil the tracks. They get dirty and the motor isnt strong enough to move it along the track. My jeep had all these same problems and these are the steps I took to repair them.

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06/22/09 20:42
hm

I have a 1999 jeep Cherokee sport> I have the problems with the front speakers, but more importantly is the fact I have Am radio but, no FM, just noise
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07/25/09 04:56
josh

i have a 99 jeep cherokee limited and the fog lights and the back lights for the license plate dont work and the fuses and light bulbs i replaced them all and they still dont work any ideas what could be wrong
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08/07/09 19:37
Charlie

I have had all these problems with my 1999 jeep xj, the speakers i had to replace in the front and the back, the speaker harness does come lose alot, its ushally 25 dollars to fix at a speaker store. My passanger window motor is gone for my power windows, they tell me its going to be 500 just for the whole unit. I just carry some plyers in case. My ac knobs are fine, but when the ac blows out its very light air even on 4 or 5. I dont have power seats, so cant help you on that but i do know its going to be about 700 at a dealership to fix the power seats, my old mercedes was 850.00 if you can get it cheaper god to you. I just bought a good after market kenwood sterio for my jeep and it works perfectly, most jeeps are din 1 1/2 for size, the speakers are 6 1/2 all around but can use 5 1/4

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09/09/09 21:11
Vic

i just purchased a 99 grand cherokee...when the headlights are on at night, something strange occurs...when i step on the gas, only the rear drivers side taillight works, and when i step on the break the drivers side light goes off, and the passenger side light goes on....it looks like a cristmas tree from the back blinking on and off....can someone please help me out with this and tell me either what is wrong or how to fix this....

Answer: The brake light housing and lamp socket are temperamental. You can have problem 1, problem 2, or both.

Problem 1: The brake light socket needs to be lined up with the housing. Note how the brake light socket has 2 metal tabs (one tab in for night running the other is for braking) when you twist close the socket needs to line up with the metal tabs in the housing.

Problem 2: Both the housing and the socket are made out of plastic. Over time the plastic becomes weak and the socket moves position and you lose one or both of the contact points.

To fix problem 1 and 2 is easy and it should take less then 10 minutes. You will need a Philip head screw diver and some thing heavy enough to trigger the brake light by stepping on the brake pedal .

Step

1. trigger the brake light.

2. open the tall gate

3. unscrew the two screws that hold the brake light on the car (screws will be located in the jam of the tall gate.)

4. Locate the brake light socket (white plug in the middle). Twist the socket counter clock wise until the socket comes out (this should be no more then a quarter turn). Check to see if the bulbs is burned or the filament is broken.

5. Replace the bulb back in to the socket

6.INPORTANT turn the socket clock wise (making sure the tabs are lined up) slowly until the brake light lights up (note do not turn the socket all the way until it stops only as far as needed)

7. Reassemble and you are done.

I hope this help you out

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10/29/09 21:16
average jeep guy

It's a Jeep, if you can't figure it out, you shouldn't be driving it!
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11/17/09 17:26
Dennis

Had a 1998 jeep cherokee detailed today.Now the check engine light and the air bag light stays on.Also the cruise control light does not come on .Thanks for any help.
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01/02/10 20:49
kris

Hi,

I have a 2005 jeep larado. About a year ago, the headlights and and dash lights would start to blink on and off. I could get it to stop by shutting them off, now it is an ongoing issue. They just blinking randomly. Alot of times in the cold. Also my fuel gage acts up, tells me it is low fuel while I have a full tank. This is a random think also. Does not happen when lights are blinking. dealer has no clue.

Thanks

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02/02/10 17:43
billy

i too have a 1998 cherokee limited which stopped operating the front fog lights.can anyone give me a good site to get replacement switches from .im in the uk but ill accept them from ANYWHERE..thanks
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02/06/10 11:14
carl

I have an electrical problem with cousins 99 jeep.My uncle took out the battery to boost up another car when he put back the battery he left wires on the positve side alittle loose i tighten the clamp when i saw it.her jeep keeps shuting down after driving alittle bit she checked the battery and altinator and they both good she put all new fuses in the fuse box under hood .what can be the problem please?
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02/06/10 11:57
carl

eletrical problem what can be the problem with the 99 jeep cherokee turning off when i come to a stop ?
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02/07/10 05:14
PORKCHOP

CARL" ...if power starts to dim after a bit of driving and while running, its alternator issue. (lights inside jeep dimming)...BUT if you are running fine and come to intersection to stop and it shuts off, it's 90% chance that ur CPS is bad (crank position sensor) OR could be O2 sensor, , , its a VERY common problem just like window controls working when they want to...start with cps tho...jeepforum.com is the holy grail to any question about jeeps...
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04/04/10 00:59
Steve

I too am having same issues with my 2001 Cherokee Ltd. AC/Heat out put doesn't change no matter what dial is at, doesn't get colder/hotter. front speakers go on and off randomly, passenger window sometimes works for passenger but always does for driver. Does anyone have any useful info?
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04/14/10 10:24
M Carter

Have a 99 Jeep Cherokee. My problem is that while driving, the airbag light will come on and the tach and speedo will zero out.

I noticed that there was a "code" reading out on the odometer. I pushed that button to switch to trip mileage and then the airbag light goes out and the speedo and tach are working again. Seems to be getting more frequent.

Anyone know about this problem? Can anyone shed any light?

Thank you!

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05/28/10 06:18
joey

Hi,

Thanks to everbody who posted solutions to the stereo/speaker problem.

I've had my Cherokee for three years now and couldn't figure out why the speakers in the drivers door wouldn't work. Checked the radio, checked the speaker units, checked the amp. Nothing! Didnt even want to entertain the thought of checking the wiring.

Yesterday I read this forum and when I got home I checked the wiring in the rubber channel between the door and the car body.

A whole section (the piece in a rubber sheath that splits the wire from one feed to two) had completely fell away. I stripped it back, spliced it together and what do you know?...I now have a stereo system that actually sounds good!

So a big thanks to you all, especially Trent for putting me on to the solution

Joey

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06/18/10 14:48
toledo jeep

I have a '99 Cherokee Limited with 65, 000 miles and have experienced all of the same problems. I had the front speakers re-wired at a stereo store for $100. They said it was a standard issue and they see the problem quite often. I inquired about the fog lights with my local dealer and they told me it was a bad switch and the bulbs were out. I just bought a brand new switch from an awesome website named www.jeepsareus.com. I plan on fixing the bulbs and installing the switch this weekend. I also had to replace the rear wiper switch and bought a new one from this site. It literally took me 5 minutes to replace it.

The power seat issue is an new problem for me, as well as the passenger power window. These two issues just started about a month ago. The heated seats havent worked in years and I am told it costs atleast $500 to replace. Not worth it.

"I have a 99 cherokee limited, (120k mi on it) and the first thing that happened was the fog lights stopped working. I had the switch replaced several times. never fixed the problem. A/C fan gives same output on level 1 and 2, no one can fix that. heated seats stopped heating in both front seats. automatic seats sound like they are dying, some directions give clicking noises, some directions nothing happens. power windows don't always work for all passengers, depends on the day, but they do always work for the driver seat. The latest is the speakers in the front just went out all together. I know this is probably a variety of issues, but I was told that I may need to have the module reset, which can only be done at a dealer. I was also told that all of these things will likely cost me $300 just to look at. Any advice/suggestions from anyone? Please help, I know my jeep has a lot of life left, I just need to figure this out. "

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08/02/10 18:31
JD

just bought a 99 grand cherokee laredo , odometer is dim on and off and tail lights are on and off. also on one at a time. i'm gonna try to bend those prongs out and change bulbs. thank you to the people that took their time to leave tips.
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09/13/10 23:59
Mike

I own a 99 Jeep Cherokee. Recently the speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, and radio stopped working. The car works fine altogether. I do not have any power windows or power locks. Does anyone have any tips on whats wrong before i send it to a mechanic?
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09/17/10 21:28
wayne sweet

the speakers not working in a jeep is usually broken wires.rewired both front speakers and worked fine.
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11/05/10 09:00
Dalene

I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado and have had nothing but one problem after another with it. My driver's seat has broken and had to be welded 2 times. The seat heaters quit working, the CD player won't work, had to have a new radiator put in it, my headlights got so fogged up had to have them cleaned professionally, the rear hatch lock doesn't work, the hood cylinders that hold up the hood and the cylinders for the rear hatch don't work an it slipped out of gear after I had gotten out to get my mail and of it and almost ran over me and hit a tree and my house and now the turn signals have quite and have had it to the shop and have been told close to $1000.00 to replace the lighting control body module and multifunction switch which requires a new shroud now too. Was told the whole electrical system could shut down at any time and best not to drive it....

Of course I am unemployed so will stay home.....

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