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Old 07-09-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Sway bar light, abs and brake light, dash and headlights flicker, ding, and cruise

I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X with 11,000 miles. It is lifted 3" with a Mopar lift and 35" tires. Since returning from the Drummond Island Jeep Jamboree I have had issues, seemingly random, with the things mentioned in the title of this thread. I will hear a ding, the sway bar light flashes, I noticed the abs light and brake light flash, the lights in the dash and the headlights both flicker, and one time I had the cruise set and it disengaged when I heard the ding and saw the sway bar light. I don't think all of these things always happen at the same time, but I'm not sure.

Today was the first time I actually witnessed the sway bar light, lights flickering, abs and brake lights, and ding all at the same time. I was pulling into my garage and I noticed the lights flickering. So, I put it in park and revved the engine. When I revved the engine is when the dash lights came on and I heard the ding. I did this two more times just to make sure I was seeing everything correctly. Then, I went to back it out of the garage and the lights stopped flickering. I put in park, revved the engine and no lights and no ding. I have read some other threads about the sway bar light and other weird gauge malfunctions and it seems that the electronic sway bar disconnect getting wet at the harness is the problem.

1. Anyone who has had these issues: What was your outcome?

2. I'm still under warranty. I have an appointment at my dealership for later in the month. How do I get them to fix a problem that I can't reproduce and only happens once in a while? I don't want to swap over to antirock until my factory warranty expires.

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I've got a 2013 Rubicon unlimited and have the same thing going on. Just started about a month ago the first 26000 no issues. My wife took it to the dealer and they said it was because we drove it off road and had some mud under the hood. While drive from TN to FL for vacation it did it several times just like you said, I had the cruise set and it kicked off had the "ding" sway bar light flashed then everything back to normal. Then one day the stability control light came on and stayed on for about an hour then finally went off. If you or anybody else find out what the problem is please share! Maybe your dealer won't say it's because you use your Jeep to go off road. BTW mine is nut an auto it's a 6-speed so the transmission isn't what's causing it.... thanks for any info!

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Old 07-09-2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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I can add the traction control light to the list now. This evening that light flashed at me. It seems to happen after I've been driving at road speed and then come to a stop. The dash lights like the odometer flicker slightly. If I rev the engine slightly I get a ding and some light flashes. I will be disappointed if I get told its because I got mud on my Jeep.
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Do you have Adjustable front track bar ?
Steering perfectly centered ?
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Yes mine is adjustable and everything was fine for a year.....then all a sudden this starts happening....
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All it takes is something loose or tweaked.
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I also have an adjustable track bar and steering is centered.
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Now that you mention it, my wife took it to the local 4x4 shop and had them do a yearly check up on all the lift components.....wonder if they tweaked on it????
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To me the issue seems electrical. Odometer and PRND flickering, headlights flickering, warning lights flashing once, ding then normal.
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I had almost the exact thing happening. I actually had two issues, but the dash christmas tree issue is a problem caused by a bad wire contact at the battery. You need to disconnect the battery cables and use a set of pliers to clamp down the connectors to the wires. Then solidly reconnect the wires to the battery. I did this and the christmas tree went away.

I was pointed to an online post about it. I will see if I can find the link to it.

Let us know if this fixes it.

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Old 07-09-2014, 08:30 PM   #11
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Mine just has 1 light at a time light up and 1 "chime/ding" either the "sway bar" light or the "stability control" light not the "traction control"light but the "stability control". Those are the only things I've had happen.

I read somewhere that the "wheel sensors"could cause some problems..... not really sure what they are talking about though. But I know that my TPMS are bad right now, waiting to get new ones when I get back from vacation.....
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I had almost the exact thing happening. I actually had two issues, but the dash christmas tree issue is a problem caused by a bad wire contact at the battery. You need to disconnect the battery cables and use a set of pliers to clamp down the connectors to the wires. Then solidly reconnect the wires to the battery. I did this and the christmas tree went away. I was pointed to an online post about it. I will see if I can find the link to it. Let us know if this fixes it. Badger2012.
Is the dash Christmas tree issue al the lights at the same time? I have had at most three lights at the same time and they were the brake, abs, and sway bar. Other times it has only been one light like the sway bar or squiggly lines light that I thought was the traction control. Every time I get the ding and one of these warning lights my odometer and the P R N D flicker along with the headlights. Once the flickering goes away so does the ding and the warning lights.
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If you push the "traction control"button you'll see that light come on and then there is another light above that light that looks similar but it's a little bigger and that is "stability control".... found out about that light in the snow, I turned off traction control but when you start doing donuts the stability control kicks in.... :-( they take all the fun out if it
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Here's the Christmas Tree Lights blog post... I tried this on my weird flickering dash crap issue. So far so good: Fixing the “Dashboard Christmas Tree” in Jeeps | Off-road Vegan

And the last thread here about this problem:

2014 Wrangler Dash Lights

There's also a link to a class action lawsuit in relation to bad TIPM units in that thread, too.
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Here's the Christmas Tree Lights blog post... I tried this on my weird flickering dash crap issue. So far so good: Fixing the “Dashboard Christmas Tree” in Jeeps | Off-road Vegan And the last thread here about this problem: 2014 Wrangler Dash Lights There's also a link to a class action lawsuit in relation to bad TIPM units in that thread, too.
Yep, that seems to be pretty much what is happening to mine. I watched both videos and my wife heard the ding and she said "yep". I know what I'll be trying tomorrow.
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Well I made the adjustment to the battery terminals today and so far so good, no Christmas tree lights so far, but I only drove it twice so far. I'll feel good if never happens again.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:16 AM   #18
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I had a similar experience but my jeep completely shut off while i was rolling (not fun). This started happening right after I installed my Superchip Flashcal. The problem isn't resolved yet but i was just curious if anyone else having this problem is running Flashcal.
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I have a Procal. If my problem continues I'm going to set everything back to stock, I only use the procal to set the speedo to recognize the bigger tires.
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I just solved this same issue last week on my 2014. It was definitely the battery connections, my connector was actually installed wrong and was loose. Your problem sounds exactly the same, so hopefully tightening the battery connectors gives you a permanent fix.

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