A couple days ago after I started my Wrangler, all of the electronic components would short out and the air bag and parking brake lights would stay on; the HEVAC, radio, turn signals, etc would not work (only the headlights and break lights still work when engine is on). When the engine is off ALL of the electronics work fine. Also, when I depress the clutch, I get a horrible grinding noise. It just hit me that this is probably the starter activating each time I press the clutch to the floor (something to do with the fuse that prevents engine from starting w/o clutch being depressed?). I am going to test this when I get home, but I am 90% sure that this is the case.
My questions are:
What are the possible sources of the problem? I recall that I adjusted the steering wheel before the symptoms started so maybe a grounding wire came loose. If this is the case, could anyone tell me where and how I could diagnose this myself?
Thanks much! I would love to save a trip to the repair shop if possible.