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Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch Problems of Jeep Cherokee



Jeep Cherokee owners have reported 67 problems related to automatic transmission park/neutral start switch (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee 1
Failure Date: 09/01/2002

The vehicle was park but runnning, without prior warning the vehicle jumped out of gear and went into the river. The dealership is aware of the problem. Nlm.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 2
Failure Date: 08/11/2002

Vehicle was running and parking brake was on, vehicle rolled backward. Dealership was aware of problem. The vehicle jumped out of gear and crashed into the mail boxes. Damage was done to the drivers side door. The second incident was similar to the first. A friend borrowed the vehicle and the same thing happened. No injureis.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee 3
Failure Date: 07/26/2002

While in park vehical jumped out of gear into reverse, causing injuries.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 4
Failure Date: 06/17/2002

While in park vehicle jumped into reverse and accelerated. Could have caused an accident. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2002 Jeep Cherokee 5
Failure Date: 04/19/2002

2 separate occasions, after a drive when putting car into park, the engine raced out of control in reverse. Luckily the brakes held it from speeding in reverse.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee 6
Failure Date: 01/15/2002

Transmission was slipping since December 2001. Consumer would put truck in park and it would slip out of gear. Once he thought that had placed vehicle in park, and found that he had to jump back into vehicle because it was going backward. Vehicle in repair shop replacing transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 7
Failure Date: 12/19/2001

While vehicle jumped out of gear, emergency brake did not hold vehicle while in reverse and moving. Consumer had to reapply brakes to hold vehicle. Please provide more information.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 8
Failure Date: 12/19/2001

Vehicle was parked and shift pawl was in park. Consumer went to the rear of vehicle to open rear liftgate, but shift pawl jumped into reverse. While moving consumer was able to to grab steering wheel and applied emergency brakes, consumer was dragged, and sustained severe injuries.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 9
Failure Date: 12/15/2001

Transmission slips, when placing it in park, it slips back into reverse, in other words it does not lock in place. He was told that his vehicle is not in recall. Vehicle continues to exhibit problems with the transmission. Consumer had placed vehicle in park when it started moving backwards, transmission had slipped into the reverse position.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 10
Failure Date: 12/10/2001

My vehicle was turned on in park; while in park for less than 2 minutes the vehicle went from park to reverse; vehicle was stopped by hitting a tree. Now my trunk is damaged, and my power locks don't work; if I understand correctly there is a federal investigation going on with my particular brand of Jeep; the dealer said they will not fix my Jeep; so what I am suppose to do.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 11
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

Vehicle was in park and turned on when it reversed on flat surface. Dealer was notified.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 12
Failure Date: 11/25/2001

Consumer started vehicle, then had to get out of vehicle, left it in park with engine running, as he stepped out of vehicle, it started going backward. He was trapped between garage wall and driver door. He managed to get in to vehicle and shut off engine. Consumer suffered bruises. Damage unknown at this time, vehicle still at dealership.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2001 Jeep Cherokee 13
Failure Date: 11/15/2001

Vehicle was parked on a slight downhill grade, gear selector in park, with the engine running. After a period of time less than 5 minutes, the vehicle came out of park on its own and began to roll forward, crashing through a fence, small trees and shrubs, then down an enbankment. The vehicle sustained severe damage and is probably a total loss.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 14
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Vehicle was left in park with the engine running, consumer turned around to pick up something off the floor and vehicle started to roll backward. Consumer slammed into another vehicle. Consumer felt that car was in park and it had to have jumped out of gear.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee 15
Failure Date: 10/20/2001

Consumer used vehicle for delivering mail. She pulled up and there was a mailbox next to her. She got out of vehicle with vehicle being turned off in park position. She went to retrieve a post card and when she looked up door was open, and vehicle was going backwards and it hit mail box. Consumer jumped into vehicle and turned it on to stop it. $2300. 00 worth of damage. Dealership will hear about it. Consumer stated she jumped into the vehicle, slammed on brakes and turned the keys to unlock steering wheel and put vehicle back into parl.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee 16
Failure Date: 10/10/2001

I angle parked my Jeep in a bank parking lot. After parking, the transmission remained in drive with the motor running. I sat in my Jeep for a minute or two, assembling the paperwork I'd need in the bank. I then turned the ignition switch to the lock position, which turned off the motor (but, unfortunately, the transmission remained in drive). I then pulled my Jeep key out of the ignition, got out of the Jeep and walked about 75 - 100 feet to the entry stairs leading to the bank. At that moment, a lady yelled to me. My Jeep was slowly rolling backwards and it stopped after it hit a building about 70 feet away, striking the building at an approximate 60 degree angle. Due to the manufacturing defect, my Jeep sustained body damage in the amount of $260. 42 for which I have an estimate. Had the defect not existed, there would have been no accident because I would not have been able to turn the ignition switch to lock without first placing the transmission in park. Daimlerchrysler motors corporation repaired the manufacturing defect but refuses to take any responsibility for body damage to my Jeep. Can you help? will you help? your help to resolve this ridiculous issue would be greatly appreciated. Daimlerchrysler's reference number for my claim is 9908985. I have telephoned them two or three times and written two letters to their auburn hills, mi offices and they have written three letters to me but refuse to pay the $260. 42.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 17
Failure Date: 09/17/2001

Vehicle jerks when traveling. Vehicle was running but was in park. Vehicle jumped out of gear, and rolled backwards. Dealership was aware of problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2001 Jeep Cherokee 18
Failure Date: 08/04/2001

Vehicle was parked and running inside of a parking lot. Vehicle took off without prior warning. There wasn't anyone inside of vehicle, and it stopped on impact with a fence.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 19
Failure Date: 08/04/2001

I was going to go workout and had started my vehicle. I realized I forgot my gym bag in the house. I live in a townhome and there is a parking lot directly infront of the house. I left the car running in park in the parking lot. I then proceeded into the house to get my gym bag, when I returned the vehicle was moving backwards and headed towards my house. I quickly got inside and applied pressure to the brakes. I brought the vehicle to a stop just before the backend had hit a tree. I am 100% confident that I left the car in park. Fortunately there were no passing pedestrians or cars.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 20
Failure Date: 07/21/2001

While parked, the vehicle's transmission slipped out of gear, rolling down an incline and traveling about 500 feet before hitting a mailbox and coming ot rest on a neighbors front lawn.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 21
Failure Date: 07/17/2001

Vehicle was idling in park while putting on seatbelt. Suddenlyand without any warning, vehicle shifted into reverse. Had to slam on brakes, hard to stop. In the process driver had injured his back due to jerking of the vehicle and brakes being applied.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 22
Failure Date: 07/13/2001

The vehicle continues to move when it is placed in "park". The problem is intermittent and has occured apx 6 to 8 times in the last 6 weeks. I usually need to set the parking brake to be sure that the vehicle will not move.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee 23
Failure Date: 07/12/2001

Vehicle was parked, engine running, emergency brake not applied vehicle suddenly went backward, across the street, hit a house, and damage to vehicle was $ 500, house $ 3000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 24
Failure Date: 07/03/2001

When shifting vehicle from drive to reverse there is a clunknig noise coming from underneath of vehicle. Dealership is aware of problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Jeep Cherokee 25
Failure Date: 07/03/2001

Placed gear shift in park, then walked to the rear of the vehicle and raised the hatch. The vehicle started to roll backward toward the owner, owner jumped out of the way and the vehicle proceded into ongoing traffic. Managed to jump in and pulled the gear shift into forward gear and pulled back to sid of road, narrowly missing a semi-truck.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 26
Failure Date: 06/30/2001

Pe01021; vehicle was turned off while consumer hooked a boat to the back of vehicle. Boat weighed less than a 1,000 lbs. Vehicle rolled back, hitting side of the trailer and into lake houston under 12ft of water. Vehicle was totaled. Consumer had not made any contacts to manufacturer and dealer at this time. Consumer states while loading boat onto the trailer, all 4 wheels of the Jeep were not in the water, the emergency brake was pulled and the vehicle was in park, consumer leaned in vehicle to turn key off when it began to move backward, both the trailer and the Jeep went completely underwater, when the vehicle was pulled out, the emergency brake was still on and the tires were rolling.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 27
Failure Date: 06/02/2001

Vehicle had been parked. Driver left vehicle, when it started to move backwards. Driver managed to get into vehicle, and noticed shift lever was in reverse position, eventhough vehicle had been turned off. Managed to shift back into park.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee 28
Failure Date: 06/01/2001

Pe 01 021: vehicle was parked and running when itjumped out of gear and ran backward into a gate. Dealer was notified. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 29
Failure Date: 04/15/2001

Vehicle was parked with motor running when it suddenly started moving backwards. Emergency brake was not engaged. Consumer ran after vehicle, jumped in and shut off engine. No accident.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 30
Failure Date: 04/09/2001

The consumers vehicle jumped out of park and into reverse, causing injuries. (attorney for client).

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 31
Failure Date: 03/09/2001

If vehicle is on a slght incline with ignition on and shifter in park, vehicle will roll backwards, even when ignition is off. Cause is unknown.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee 32
Failure Date: 03/01/2001

I am experiencing a problem where the my auto is idling in park and then lurches into reverse. I have contacted the dealership and they are treating me like what I describe is impossible and ignoring my complaint. I have a date scheduled for repair and its my guess the people at Chrysler know that this is a major defect in the auto and are trying to sweep it under the carpet. Also my transmission is dragging they acknowledged that problem and are to repair it soon. I wish I had never bought this death trap. I have also talked with several other Jeep owners and most report some problems when the auto is in reverse.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee 33
Failure Date: 02/01/2001

Vehicle was placed in park position in driveway, and vehicle suddenly jumped out of gear shifting into reverse. Vehicle rolled into a neighbor's yard, crashing into dining room wall. No injuries. Please provide any further details.


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