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Ignition Switch Problems of Jeep Commander - part 1



Jeep Commander owners have reported 36 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 1
Failure Date: 11/08/2014

Driving down the road at 65mph and the speedometer and tach will go to 0 and then back up to operating speed. Warning lights on dash will come on and off along with the fan for heater and air. Chrysler recalled these exact issues in July stating " some Jeep Commander vehicles may experience an unintended change in ignition switch position while driving which may result in loss of engine power, power steering, and braking assist increasing the risk of a crash and disabling one or more of the vehicles safety features including the frontal airbags. Until this repair is completed the vehicle can be driven". My only question is for how long? how long until someone is injured or dead from the vehicle losing power. On Chrysler recall website for this vehicle it stated they were to issue another letter or information on this issue in September. It is now November.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 2
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

2006 Jeep Commander. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer stated on numerous occasions, the engine would completely turn off and he lost the ability to brake, accelerate and even steer. The consumer stated despite the numerous efforts, in trying to fix the vehicle, the problem would always return. The consumer supplied his recall notice. Recall # 14v438000. According to the recall notice, the parts were not available.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 3
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

While driving at 45 mph the vehicle just turned off. There is a faulty ignition switch recall but Chrysler will not do anything to help get this repaired. I received a recall notice and contacted them but they will not get back to me about repair. This 2006 vehicle is being driven by my daughter who is 19 years old and away at college. Unfortunately my vehicle is a 2007 Jeep Commander and has the same recall therefore I can't even give her my vehicle to drive since it is unsafe as well. At the very least Chrysler should repair these vehicle pronto! in the interim they should provide a safe vehicle for my daughter to drive.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 4
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

Cruise control still does not operate. Single touch power window function no longer works on driver and passenger windows. While commuting to work on the toll road, rpms registered between 2500-3500 going at a speed of 75. The majority of the time, it was between 3000-3500. I did not have the air conditional running. I was not accelerating and was not going up or down inclines to cause the higher rpms. After exiting the toll road, I turned and while accelerating to around 40mph, the engine stalled and the check engine light came on. As I was on an inside lane, I had to slow down to allow a semi to pass on the outside lane in order to be able to pull over to the side of the road. I had to place in park, turn off the ignition switch, and turn it back on. Check engine light remained on. My average mpg was 13. 9, lower than it should be. Leaving for my commute home, when I turned on the Jeep, the check engine light was no longer lit. I noticed during the commute that the rpms were not as high as in the morning, and also my mpg increased by almost a mile per gallon, and that was running at the same speed and I also was running the air conditiioning. Upon exiting the toll road, the vehicle jerked heavily while downshifting from overdrive. A jerky motion continued for the remainder of my commute (ranging from 30-55 mph). Please note that I do now take photos after the engine stalls to reflect the mileage and that the light is lit. I also now take pictures when the check engine light goes off.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Commander 5
Failure Date: 09/07/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. When the ignition switch was turned on, all of the electrical components failed intermittently. The contact stated that the windshield wipers, air conditioner, electrical doors, and windows became inoperable. The failure occurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 6
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph he slammed on brakes and his knee hit the keys and the ignition switch turned off causing a rear in collision. The contact stated there was a recall notice on the vehicle regarding the ignition keys. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000.


car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 7
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact wanted stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled as all the lights on the control panel illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v438000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer has exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000. Ss.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 8
Failure Date: 07/08/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled with out warning. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000. Ss.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 9
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14v438000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,125.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 10
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle e stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where t was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v438000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000. Ss.


 
car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Commander 11
Failure Date: 04/10/2014

While driving, the car suddenly lost all electrical power. We had to pull to the side of the road. We turned the ignition switch completely off and then re-started the car.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 12
Failure Date: 04/02/2014

The vehicle randomly shuts off. The dash gauges flicker and/or go off for a brief time. If breaks are engaged at that time, abs stops. If headlights are on auto, they turn off. If turning a hard left or right (such as turning into a driveway, turning on to a street, parking) power steering stops working. If the lights are on but not on auto the lights stay on. The radio stays on. These symptoms would indicate that there is a problem with the ignition switch. When this issue occurs, it seems to stop by pushing on the key. This has happened multiple times. After visiting this page, a log will be created to record date, time, and speed. This is a huge safety issue. After much research many users of internet forums for Jeeps, complain about this issue (reference urls can be provided). The NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 sounds very similar in nature. Could the NHTSA look in to the parts being the same?.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 13
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander 4x4. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14v438000 (electrical system) had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated the remedy was still not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The contact had experienced the failure first hand. The contact stated all the lighting on his instrumental panel would sporadicly turn off and on. This failure intermittently occurred. The vehicle was repaired once by the dealer were the entire ignition switch was replaced. The failure persisted to occur 5 years later after the repair. The failure mileage was 40,000. Az.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 14
Failure Date: 08/15/2013

Ignition switch defective. It moved from run to acc while making a right turn onto a onramp going about 30 mph. It turned off the vehicle just like the defective gm switch did. It was attached to other keys and may have been bumped by knee during turn.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 15
Failure Date: 07/07/2013

The vehicle engine shut down suddenly while driving on the interstate. I was able to turn on the hazard lights and coast through traffic to the shoulder of the road. Upon investigation I noticed that the ignition switch had turned off which led to a hazardous situation.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Commander 16
Failure Date: 04/09/2013

While driving the vehicle ignition switch shuts off without warning. I have taken the vehicle into the Chrysler dealer and they have refused to replace the switch even though I am willing to pay all costs. They say this is such a big problem that the switches are being restricted (cannot be replaced unless there is current danger to the owner) by Chrysler. This happens all the time as I was driving on the expressway and the car just shut off. This has happened aprox. 30 times in the last 3 months.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Commander 17
Failure Date: 04/03/2013

Ignition switch failure. Latest recall includes 2008 called and does not include my vehicle. I thought this nightmare was finally over. Since shortly after purchase has been occurring. Completely loses all power-steering, breaking. . Everything completely shuts down. Has occurred in 80 mph traffic in downtown atlanta, on a railroad track (due to bump) in the middle of a busy interaction, speeding up to make a left turn into traffic etc. Took everything off key and did no good except made me lose my extra key this vehicle is a death trap. I owe 18k+ and can't drive it or I risk my life and the life of my children. Was rear ended twice within a month so I gave up an stopped driving.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 18
Failure Date: 11/20/2012

While driving down the road, the entire cluster of instrument warning lights begins to flash intermittently, creating a distraction and safety hazard while driving. In addition, the fuel gauge drops to "e", the speedometer drops to zero and then goes up and down and all gauges go up and down erratically. Also, the heated seats turn off as does the fan for the heater/ac unit. Verified with local mechanic that this is not related to the ignition switch and is most likely an ecm and/or pcm issue. Replaced battery but problem still exists. Engine malfunction indicator light comes on for several cycles, computer reboots itself and then the trouble starts again shortly after. This appears to be an ongoing issue with the 06 Commander but my VIN was not included in the ecm/pcm recall (08v203000) because I have the 6-cylinder rather than the 8 cylinder engine. This is a safety hazard while driving and I just feel fortunate that as of yet, my car is not stalling like so many others. However, I feel my issue is related to this same recall and want to have it on file.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 19
Failure Date: 02/29/2012

Vehicle was traveling at a speed of sixty five mph on the highway, when the engine just shut off, losing power and making it very hard to get the vehicle off the road and stopped safely. This has happened numerous times in the year we have owned the vehicle. When the engine shuts off it makes it very hard to turn because power steering is disabled because the engine is not running. When the vehicle shuts off it makes it very hard to get to the shoulder of the roadway without any engine power and the sudden slowing down is a very high risk for a rearend collision. We have had numerous close calls in this vehicle because of this problem. I have replaced numerous parts to try and resolve this issue but with no success it continues to happen. The vehicle has been to the dealership numerous times to have this problem fixed and they say (we can not get the vehicle to act up with the technician driving the vehicle to exactly pin point the problem. ) this is very frustrating because this vehicle is very unsafe to drive with this issue. I have looked up numerous complaints and issues of people with the same vehicle having identical problems and have yet to be resolved. We have replaced spark plugs, coils, map sensor, mds wiring harness, ignition switch with oem parts and the issue still continues. I recommend faulty engine wiring, ecm, to the service advisors just to be ignored. They tell me until the issue is recorded on the vehicle scanner that nothing can be done to pin point the problem.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 20
Failure Date: 01/13/2011

Ignition switch out?? electrical system has gone haywire! radio doesn't work. Completely died on me and could not restart for 30 minutes. . . Arrrrrr.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 21
Failure Date: 12/07/2009

2007 Jeep Commander limited. 5. 7l hemi. Vehicle has stalled about half a dozen times in last two years. This usually happens at highway speeds (+/- 65 mph) and with no warning. Engine quits and instrument panel light come on. I've (luckily) been able to pull safely off the road. When I shut off the ignition switch and wait a few seconds, I am able to start it back up and continue. I've brought this up to two separate Jeep dealers, and they claim there is nothing wrong with it.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 22
Failure Date: 02/08/2009

About 9 times over the last 3 years, my Jeep Commander 2007 limited v8 has stalled while moving causing the electrical components including lights, radio, dashboard panel, etc to momentarily turn off. Each time, the stall is accompanied by a loud "clunking" noise. In each instance I have been traveling on the interstate 60+ mph. I am able to restart everytime by either pulling over or putting the car into neutral, restarting the engine, and then putting it back into drive while moving. I have discussed this with the dealership on two different occasions and have been told there is nothing they can do unless the check engine light comes on which has never occurred. This has happened to both of the primary drivers of the vehicle, and the ignition switch has never been accidentally turned off.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 23
Failure Date: 09/19/2008

I bought my new 2007 Commander in spring of 2008. Less than 6 months later I've been having issues with my electrical system. Random lights come on and go off at different times. Most recently I was in chicago on a major freeway and my car stalled when I slowed down for traffic. After two tries it restarted but my dashboard, lights, navigation system were not working. I drove to a parking lot and turned my car off. After letting it sit for about 20 minutes, I restarted it and only the engine light came on this time. My dealership installed a new ignition switch a couple of months ago when the lights were coming on but this did nothing to help. They can't get my car to duplicate what it has done for me so they give my car back to me without repair. This car is not safe and I'm scared to death to drive it. Having it stall in chicago (not familiar with that city- I was only visiting and needed my navigation system to get to where I was going) was very scary for me as I'm a female and 35. I consider myself lucky this time. But please- someone fix my car or take it back from me! this is not a safe vehicle .

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Commander 24
Failure Date: 03/20/2008

Our 2006 Jeep Commander v8 4. 7l has stalled while driving at least 5 times. 3 times on the highway and twice on slow turns. Initially the problem seemed related to the ignition switch. Just a slight brush against the key was enough to kill the engine and some of the electrical systems (specifically power assist). While out of town during this past christmas the third highway failure and first slow turn failure occurred. The out of town dealer replaced the ignition switch. Another slow turn failure occurred on March 20, 2008, where the disabled power assist had my wife veering into oncoming traffic. We had the dealer pick up the car at our home. The service manager stated that this was the fifth Commander he had personally seen with this issue. The current fix was to upgrade the firmware of the engine controller unit. I asked for and received the technical service bulletin for this repair (case number k23158981, star on line number: 18190602 0. 4). The bulletin did not mention the root cause for this issue and the recommendation only states that the engine controller should be flashed. I asked for further technical details in hopes of finding some confidence that this issue has truly been diagnosed and fixed, but was told that no more information was available. The service manager was fairly confident that the issue would be resolved with this fix, but he could not be certain. Frankly, that's just not good enough with this kind of safety concern. We are at 39k miles and out of our warranty. Dealing with DC's corporate office has been a nightmare and have refused to provide any real assistance. We are looking to get out of this car as we no longer have confidence in it's safety. The local dealership has been nice enough, but beyond trying to give us the best deal possible on a '08 Commander they haven't been able to really assist us in getting out of this vehicle.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Commander 25
Failure Date: 02/29/2008

Ignition key is located in a dangerous location whereas the driver's knee can bump into the key while driving, which then stalls the vehicle and locks the steering wheel, creating an extremely hazardous situation. The only recourse is to put the car in neutral and restart the car while on the road in traffic.

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