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Old 05-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Battery cutoff switch

Ok well after seeeing two 2012's go up in flames while being parked really gets me worried. I have had mine for 7 weeks and now have 1800 miles and so far things have been good but now after seeing this fire thing which has happened on other year JK's, (electrical fires) im just wondering if it would be a good idea to install a battery cutoff switch on mine just for when I park it in the garage. Since I seen these go up in flames due to some sort of electrical issue I have kept mine on my driveway. I don't want to see my house burn down if my jeep catches fire. So, what would you all do, just disconnect the battery every time it's in the garage, install a cutoff switch, or nothing at all? My other concern is with killing power to the whole jeep every day would that cause any issues in the long run to any of the electrical components by having power on and off to components that have power to them normally when jeep is off? Im not sure what I should do. Maybe im being a little paranoid but theres nothing wrong with being too cautious. Thanks in advance to all suggestions and/or thoughts.

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Old 05-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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Any number of things can cause fires including leaves stuck under some of your skid plates. Personally I wouldn't worry about it. Statistically you are more likely to get in an accident than have your jeep burst into flames. Just my two cents.
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Interesting idea.

Yeah, repeated connects and reconnects might conceivably mess up something sensitive.
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hi, i looked on the web and noted that the fire issues were wiith 09/10,
also some of those jeeps had after market mods, if the mods were electrical, that could be part of the problem, i also have a 2012jk and have
had zero problems, they do sell battery quick disconnect you could consider, i would hold off on electrical mods...hope this helps..
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One of these a day might help.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:30 PM   #7
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powering the components on and off isn't a worry these days in terms of reliability. what would suck is that you'd have to enter the radio code each time and the computer would reset itself. this way the ECU can't really learn your driving patterns/achieve the optimum engine settings, unless you always take long trips.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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I would not worry about it. You would have to reset radio station among other things every time you did as well as opening the hood to reconnect.
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Those are good and I have used them for long term battery disconnect on classic cars. However with newer vehicles, including the canbus system on the JK, I would leave it alone.
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powering the components on and off isn't a worry these days in terms of reliability. what would suck is that you'd have to enter the radio code each time and the computer would reset itself. this way the ECU can't really learn your driving patterns/achieve the optimum engine settings, unless you always take long trips.
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Those are good and I have used them for long term battery disconnect on classic cars. However with newer vehicles, including the canbus system on the JK, I would leave it alone.
and this, the ecu and other computer's on your jeep are meant to have power to them at all times.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:37 AM   #12
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theres nothing wrong with being too cautious.
Politely beg to differ. If you are parking your jeep outside for fear of fire, perhaps it would be better just to sell it and get something you feel is safer. Are there any models out there of which one has never caught fire? Anyone?
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Politely beg to differ. If you are parking your jeep outside for fear of fire, perhaps it would be better just to sell it and get something you feel is safer. Are there any models out there of which one has never caught fire? Anyone?
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Politely beg to differ. If you are parking your jeep outside for fear of fire, perhaps it would be better just to sell it and get something you feel is safer. Are there any models out there of which one has never caught fire? Anyone?
Agree. And it can catch fire while parking, it can also catch fire while driving which isn't that much better.
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Politely beg to differ. If you are parking your jeep outside for fear of fire, perhaps it would be better just to sell it and get something you feel is safer. Are there any models out there of which one has never caught fire? Anyone?
Well I don't want to get anything different and I really like my jeep so i'm gonna keep it. Yes your right about other makes/models catching fire but tell me why it is so common with the wrangler. Through my research it has been happening more since 07, not to all of them but quite a few. Not talking about the trans issue. It's the electrical issue when they just light up whenever.
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Well I don't want to get anything different and I really like my jeep so i'm gonna keep it. Yes your right about other makes/models catching fire but tell me why it is so common with the wrangler. Through my research it has been happening more since 07, not to all of them but quite a few. Not talking about the trans issue. It's the electrical issue when they just light up whenever.
Haven't seen those types of statistics anywhere; only the 10 auto/skid plate issue with 14 reported vehicles out of 87,000 that caught fire when impacted material wasn't removed from the skid plate area and apparantly ignited from the cat. Heard of some issues with auto transmissions over heating and leaking lines causing some problems but nothing to indicate common or an inordinate number of fires attributed to electrical issues. Incidents of Arson not coming into play. You have to be comfortable with your vehicle and where it's parked, not anyone else. Your JK won't mind being parked outdoors if that's what you decide is best. Unfortunately, some type of collision is more likely rather than a loss due to fire.
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Wish I could find all the info that I was researching but here is one video to see. Guys please don't get me wrong i'm not trying to argue here but there is something going on and nobody can figure out what it is. I do know someone personally that works for chrysler that is going to look into this and let me know what he finds.


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