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My 2011 JK Sahara is exhibiting some weird issues following a nearby lightning strike during a thunderstorm. The Jeep was parked near a palm tree that was likely killed in the event. Our house is having it's own issues as well as my wife's Subaru...all as a result of the lightning strike.

In the case of my Jeep, I now have the RED OIL CAN, AMBER ENGINE ICON, an intermittent ANTI SKID (Amber), and the Satellite Radio plays for 10 seconds, cuts out for 10 seconds, then plays for 10 seconds and cuts out. The AM/FM does not receive at all. The transmission appears to be stuck in 3rd gear, and the gear shift annuniciations show a "selected" box around P R N and D all at the same time.

The Jeep is totally stock (no mods) and very well maintained at the dealer. Before the storm the Jeep ran perfectly with no squawks at all.

Can anyone shed some light on what the issue might be? If its a matter of switching out a few fuses I'd like to try that before committing to what could be an expensive trip to the Jeep dealer.

Also, if there are any Jeep specialists in the Treasure Coast of Florida that might save me a few bucks I'd love to know (Stuart, Vero Beach, Palm Beach, Melbourne area).

Thank you.
 

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Changing fuses won't likely help you. You have, unfortunately, discovered the reality of lightning. It can cause problems and there's really no clear-cut answer as to what may have been damaged.

Since you state that the house, Subaru and the JK all have issues, you need to file claims with the insurance company and get those vehicles to their respective dealers for diagnostics and estimates to repair. Me, personally, I'd assume that any computerized component (radio, ECM/ECU/PCM, TIPM (Jeep Fuse Box), etc.,.) may have RF damage. Think of it as a small scale EMP. If you don't have a front to rear check on the various computerized components, you may never rid yourself of the gremlins. You may not anyway.

There are lots of electrical parts in the Jeep and any number of them could be affected. It won't be an easy diagnosis process and will take some time to work through it. Be patient and be thorough. If the vehicles can't be repaired, that's a process to work through with the insurance company.
 

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WOW, Everyone okay?? I have to agree with Outdoorzman on this..

Oh, This is for Outdoorzman, You need to go west my son...LOL
 

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Your vehicles may have had their ECU's partially affected. reason I say this..........some 3 years ago my F-150 agency supplied vehicle was in my drive which is concrete. About 30 feet away lightning struck a tree and ran down into the ground and shot a 20 lb. rock through my front yard which sounded like Yankee cannons going off here in the south!!!! The next day after this because it happened at late evening and we had no idea our tree was struck nor the big hole in the ground and fact my truck was in the path of the current going through the ground...............would not start the next day. Dead as a doornail <whatever that means. Called the local Ford dealer and had it towed to them.......told them what happened or thought could have and they said even though a vehicle is sitting on rubber tires they can get their ECU fried from a nearby strike!

So, you may have some issue from that but sounds like not as bad as I had.
 

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Sister in-law had a similar situation with her Ford Edge. While Lightning did not strike her car, it was very very close, and enough to fry something in the ECU. I believe the repair was done at the dealer, and covered by her insurance.
 

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I concur with all of the above. What you experienced was a lightning induced Electro-Magnetic Pulse. This is the same effect you could experience with a high-altutude nuclear explosion, and/or a Solar CME (Sunspots - Coronal Mass Ejection). As a long-time ham radio op and an electronics/electrical professional, I have seen far worse than you describe. It is frustrating. In the end, repairs may not be practical on many of your items.

Just imagine what a direct hit would have looked like! Best of luck to you sir.

Mike -- El Paso, TX.
 

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Guy down the hill from me got his Toyota PU hit by lightning, after a long series of being in the shop and never right afterwards, it was finally totaled by his insurance carrier.
I would consider contacting your insurance company.
 
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