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I own a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Symptoms as they occurred:

Drivers side (DS) master control on door intermittently worked to control windows and lock doors. Then one day the radio no longer turned on. Note that when the window controller intermittently worked, the radio still did not function. Also noticed that the cruise control light comes on but the control does not actually function or will only work for a short period of time. I'm wondering if this is an electrical issue or if it may be caused by a brake that might be hanging up? We did recently replace all shoes and front calipers/disks/pads. Also recently noticed that the rear window defroster will come on (amber light) initially and then shut itself off. Also need to mention that I replaced the 2 ohm infinity gold speakers with 4 ohm speakers. I have heard that this can cause issues with the radio but it worked fine for several months? I'm not sure that it's all related but everything kind of happened over a period of about 1 - 2 months. Now the DS master controller does not work ever. This causes all but one window (the PS front window) to not work as well.

I have looked for any obvious wire wear on the DS door-to-car transition by pushing the black boot aside and saw none? Should I look further? Also checked all relays and fuses.

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This could be the problem with instrument indication being INOP on your 1997/1998 Jeep Cherokee.

Chrysler issued a TSB, number 08-15-99 on May 21, 1999 about this problem. I quote from the bulletin:


Erratic, Intermittent Cluster Operation/Intermittent Air Bag Warning light.


This bulletin involves installing a repair harness containing a revised instrument cluster connector.


1998 - 1999 (TJ) Wrangler

1998 - 1999 (XJ) Cherokee


Some vehicles may exhibit an intermittent illumination of the air bag warning light or an intermittent tachometer or speedometer drop out. An Airbag Electronic Control Module (AECM) fault code - "No Cluster CCD BUS" message will be present.


Using the DRB III(R), read and record all active and stored fault codes in the AECM. This condition is caused by minor oxidation of the BUS circuit terminals at the instrument cluster connector. Electrical terminals will show signs of oxidation, which will appear as darkened lines or marks on the cluster male terminals. These often appear as gray or black marks rather than the appearance of oxidation or corrosion usually associated with higher current carrying circuits. This condition will set a "NO CLUSTER CCD BUS" message. The fault code will usually be stored and not active. THIS TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN WILL NOT ADDRESS FUEL OR OIL PRESSURE GAUGE ISSUES. If this fault code is present, either active or stored perform the Repair Procedure.


1 - 05016261AA Cluster Connector Patch Harness

1 - 04856975 Electric Contact Cleaner

2 - 04778570 Heat Shrink Tubing


Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty

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Larry Parks

I have an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (63, 000 miles) that will not start at times. Yesterday after giving up and having it towed, it started in neutral (not park) when arriving at shop on tow truck. All gages and accessories work, but when turning ignition nothing happens. No click, no spin, no crank, nothing; as if the ignition switch was disconnected from starter. Mechanic has checked once and said starter was not the problem. HELP!
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, dashboard and taillights are out. As well as every time I replace 15 fuse (inside #17), and turn on the lights and it blows
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harry a

i have a 98 jeep cherokee that has a short someplace in the accesories circuit.i removed the 50 amp fuse .i do not know what is in the circuit but no more short. also i have a n evap leake and do not know how to finde it.
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Josh's dad

My son's 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 2 w Drive Straight 6. Turn key, lights come on as normal, battery good, etc.. Starter does not engage. Tried jump starting to be sure battery was good, no help. Replaced Starter and relay, no help... He is at college and needs help to troubleshoot & diagnose. Any ideas? What should next steps be? Starving college kid...........
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william stanley

I have 1996 Jeep Cherokee that has just started not charging the battery. some times when driving it will charge and some times it wont.Does any ine have any ideas what is going on the altinator is putting out but the battery is not getting the charge I was told it might be the computer for that is where the voltage regulator is located and the computer may need to be replaced and I would need a code to do this and can only be done by a dealer?
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My 98 Jeep Cherokee , the gauges all go crazy, I push on the overlay for the gauges it all comes back on.

Sometimes when I try to start it , it will not even turnover. What I have learned is that you have to turn ignition key and hold down while pulling the gear shifter , just barely , not quite into reverse for engine to turn over. Jeep should have had recalls on all of this. The back passenger window will go down like normal, but you have too open door for it to go back up. Now all my lights are acting weird . I'm sure their will be something wacky that will make it work for short periods of time .Very weird.

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i have a 2001 grand cherokee ltd. i have developed a problen with the battery. it is flat every morrning. i have been told this is due to the muli cd payer? however i very much doute this is the cause as this model is not fitted with one.

has anyone any ideas?

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Mark C

I own a 96 Jeep Cherokee that is having issues starting. It initially started when jumped- it'd drive well, however, when stopped it would not start again. Now it won't start from a jump. Any ideas what may be wrong. I see others experiencing same issue- any answers to what this may be?
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I have a 96 Cherokee inline 6 that i have replaced the coi dis cap and rota as well as the computer the trouble i'm having is the engine will crank but will not fire I have noticed that when the CHECK ENGINE light is working it will start but until that light is glowing it will not fire any suggestions before I burn the F*;:'"g thing
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I have a 200 Jeep Grand Cherokee, all the locks for the electric windows have been relaced over the years. Now I am unable to unlock the car with the "clicker" I replaced the batteries. Still will not work. Now every time I use the key to unlock the drivers side door the alarm goes off! HELP ME!
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 45K miles. Problem is either battery or starter. When I turn the key I hear clicking only. After a few tries, the started eventually turns and the engine starts. I'm not sure if my battery is pushing less than 13 volts, or if my starter has a weak electrical spot and is requiring more amperage.

Can someone help.

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I have a 96 Jeep cherokee and when i start it up some times i have to put my foot on the gas and while driving when i stop at the stop sign or traffic light it goes dead i have to keep my foot on the gas weird any suggesstion
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We have a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, all the dashboard gauges are dead and the tail lights do not work. Blinker and Back up lights work fine. Does anyone know what would cause this?
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I have a problem with my 1996 Jeep Grand cherokee Laredo. it stalls frequently and will not start again for several minuets. now it does not start at all. At first i thought it was the fuel pump so i replaced it but it still does not start. I am suspecting it is something wrong with the commputer or the Alarm system is malfunctioning. There seems to be no power going to the fuel pump but the relay is good and the fuses are good. Has anyone had the same problem or know what might be wrong with my jeep? TX Sophocles
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I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2wd inline 6, the problem is the battery is always dead i put a new one in it and a day its gone, the alternator is fine had it checked, and also the interior lights dont work and the rear door button for the window and locks doesnt work idk sounds like a short or something but i dont know where to start and im seeing alot of people are having issues with electrical stuff, any help guys please.
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Wayne Hoffer

I have a 1996 Jeep Cherakee that will start but dies when you turn loose of the key. Any suggestions?
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Gerald Crofutt

Please help, my windows are intermittent and I have a door ajar come up even when the door is closed. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I checked the wiring, and fuses, but it doesn't fail all the time, just most of the time. Please help
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Greg T

I just finish replacing heater core which required to removeing HVAC and intrument panel. I put everything together and nothing work. It's like there is no battery, no electic power anywere.

I check my batter and its fine.

Help please

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I have a 95 Cherokee and when it rains the windshield wipers and the blower motor do not work. Also when it's below 32 degrees they don't work, but when it's nice out they work fine. Anyone ever had this problem?
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I have a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee and latley when you start it you hear a buzzing sound it would last a few minutes then go off.Now it stays on so my mechanic I took out the door chime relay and the buzzing stopped. But know the door locks won't work. The part I took out is no longer made so I can't replace it. HELP! what do I do?
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Hey there. I'm in desperate need for some advice ! I've had my 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport for a few months now and she's starting to give me trouble. I went to start it the other day and it would turn over but not start. I tried giving it gas and it would start and stay running until I took my foot off the gas. Now it won't even turn over because I think I may have killed the battery trying to start it so many times. Any help would be so frigging appreciated!! =)If you think you know, please e-mail me @
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I have a 2006 Loredo with 40, 000 miles. The majority of the time my car will start but occasionaly I will turn the key and nothing will happen. No noise at all. I have replaced the ignition switch and the starter. Sometimes I will have it towed or leave it for some time and it will start. Please advise.
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albert luna

we recently went on a trip and made a stop. when we returned to the car i noticed my seat had moved and the passenger side mirror had moved. today my wife went to work and about half way there she said the horn started going off.

has anyone had the same problems?

2002 grand cherokee limited

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