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Old 06-10-2019, 11:05 AM
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Angry Help!! My JKU is possessed? Long backstory ending with a Dead Rhonda the Wrangler....

Okay so I am generally a Jeep newbie. I bought my Wrangler in 2017, this will be my third summer with her. I purchased used form Northwest Motorsports (NO I do not recommend). First few weeks I had random horm tantrums, windshield wipers and fluid on the fritz and lights flashing everywhere. Service center says bad electronics, so they had it checked... nothing. Then they say bad fuses, changed the fuse box, seemed to help.

Over the past year I've had random lights flashing and the doors locking and unlocking on a whim. Twice now I've had it lock the keys in the car. This morning I go to start... no lights, no sounds, no activity... nothing. Rhonda is dead.

I'm having her towed to the dealership (NOT where I bought her)... my question is would a full rewiring help... or would I be wasting my money....

Any advice??

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Maybe you'll be lucky and it's just a bad battery, assuming that hasn't been tried.....

Otherwise I have no advice. My '12 was similarly possessed at random too (among other annoyances), and a source was never found for the intermittent electrical gremlins so I traded it off after less than a year of ownership.

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Also check the battery terminals for tightness. And that there is nothin under the tightner nut.
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A full wiring should NOT be done. As Kraxler pointed out, first check the battery connects. Found that my negative had come just a hair loosened a few months after adding winch terminals. Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled it all and an elec problem I had went away.

My problem was a very occasional dash stutter. Kind of looked like a reboot. Unnerving when on the highway. Check the battery connects.
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Okay so I am generally a Jeep newbie. I bought my Wrangler in 2017, this will be my third summer with her. I purchased used form Northwest Motorsports (NO I do not recommend). First few weeks I had random horm tantrums, windshield wipers and fluid on the fritz and lights flashing everywhere. Service center says bad electronics, so they had it checked... nothing. Then they say bad fuses, changed the fuse box, seemed to help.

Over the past year I've had random lights flashing and the doors locking and unlocking on a whim. Twice now I've had it lock the keys in the car. This morning I go to start... no lights, no sounds, no activity... nothing. Rhonda is dead.

I'm having her towed to the dealership (NOT where I bought her)... my question is would a full rewiring help... or would I be wasting my money....

Any advice??
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Bad / loose power or ground connections. Possibly the TIPM. But re-wiring everything would be a waste of money.
An issue this widespread must be from something all these various circuits have in common, like the power / ground connections to the battery or the TIPM.
Before you bought it did you run a carfax to make sure it was not involved in anything like a flood?
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Cool Dropping some cash this time...

Updates: The AAA guy says the battery was dead... which I just had checked. So he jumped it and I drove it to the dealership. After a day and a half I get a call saying a long list of things, battery... some kind of leak that holds a valve open causing high RPMs and slow/hard starts. He also says he found some sort of connection in the wiring that was messed up.

As you can tell I'm not mechanic savvy, so I'll have to wait until I get the line itemed bill... we he assured me would be hefty our of pocket. Even with my warranty kicking if for some of it.

Let's hope Rhonda is all fixed up now. I still want to strangle the team at Northwest Motorports for all the work I've had to have done on this Jeep. The carfax looked clean, but this rig has obviously been very wet or flooded. And I've been told since that whatever was going on with some additional wiring from the previous owner is causing shorts that should have been fixed before re-sale - or at least disclosed. And all the supposed "work" they did during the first month was a favor and not documented..... Whatever. Learned that lesson.

Thanks for all your input!

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