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Ignition Switch Problems of Jeep Grand Cherokee - part 1



Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have reported 51 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1
Failure Date: 09/16/2014

My 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly lost all power on CA hwy 17 during rush hour. It was as if the ignition switch was turned off. This nearly caused a multi-car collision, followed by a terrifying near miss by a motorcycle. After several attempts, where the ignition switch acted completely dead, the car suddenly re-started. I understand that there is a recall related to the ignition switch, but the documentation I've seen implies that drivers are hitting the keys with their knees. I can assure you that I was on a straight stretch of (very busy) highway, and there was no contact between me and the keys. In addition, there were a total of four keys on the key chain, with no other significant weight. I'll be happy to weigh the entire keychain and send a photo of the digital scale results, but this was not a case of having a large mass on the keychain. The Jeep almost killed me. The Jeep dealer had the vehicle for three days, and cannot reproduce the problem, and informed me that parts to replace the ignition switch are not available, and there is no estimated delivery date for the parts. They also recommended not driving the vehicle. My concern is that the recall is misrepresented by Chrysler, and is more dangerous than the recall implies. Of course, I'm also concerned that I have a 4500 lb brick in my driveway until this can be resolved, and must rent or lease another vehicle in the (indeterminate) interim. I'll be more than happy to submit the vehicle for any testing or diagnostics requested, as long as I don't have to drive it anywhere without an escort vehicle.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2
Failure Date: 08/09/2014

On Saturday morning after pulling out of a parking space my car stalled and lost power steering. I put it in park and restarted engine it was fine. Went to other store, parked it and the same thing happened once I returned to leave. When I got home I shut off the ignition switch and after app. 8 seconds I heard a sound coming from behind the fuse box area or at least behind that area . Sounded electrical "vooop, vooop" I also noticed when going up an incline around 30 mph the car had a huge delay, I had to push the gas pedal practically to the floor, and than it kicked in and zoomed off. I felt like I was loosing power and than the car took off on its own! crazy feeling!!! I feel as though the computer that is in charge of the car is out of wrack and the car has become inconsistent to drive because of what could occur next. I also lost brakes this winter while driving due to brake booster failure which eventually became a recall. I was scared then and I'm afraid this incident may result in something bigger and worse. :(.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred twice. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced, but they would not repair the vehicle until the contact received a recall notice. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, all of the warning lights on the dashboard illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The contact shifted into park and was able to restart the vehicle but it stalled again. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Kmj.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

Dash light flicker on and off and message reads service brake system check and advise. Brakes completely replaced a year ago and only drive 7500 miles per year. It is not the brakes. We have researched internet and feel it is an ignition switch problem and pervasive with others as well . If just one key in ignition with no other weight of other keys attached, no problem. However, problem surfaces when any weight of additional keys attached. It almost stalls the car when it hits sometimes. Congress is opening up a probe with Chrysler now and it should be expedited. Car at dealership twice in past month for this problem and still not fixed. We have had prior problems in previous years of ownership as well. It is similar to recent testimony from general motors on their defective ignition issues.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6
Failure Date: 05/07/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact placed the key fob in the off position and was able to restart the vehicle after ten minutes. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 98,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 7
Failure Date: 06/20/2013

I was driving on a busy road at night approaching a 4 way traffic light intersection. I was going approximately 35-40 mph and the road conditions were dry. Suddenly the electric, lights, gauges, steering and braking system in my Jeep began flickering and spasming like my Jeeps entire electric system was having seizures and was switching power on and off. To the cars ahead of me it looked like I was flashing my lights and the cars behind me as if I was turning my lights on and off rapidly. I pulled off the road into a parking lot and my Jeep continued to spasm and flicker on and off. I turned my vehicle off and let it sit in hopes that this issue was a one time electrical glitch and also because I couldn't safely drive it in this condition. I eventually started my vehicle again and began to drive thinking it was alright. Within minutes it began doing the same thing again. My vehicle has continued to randomly exhibit this behavior along with additionally all the gauge lights and sounds blinking and chiming for several minutes at a time. I never know when it is going to happen but when it does it is extremely dangerous and scary to be in the vehicle. I only have my ignition key on the key ring but that doesn't seem to make any difference. I have noticed that my ignition switch is extremely sensitive even when initially starting the vehicle.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 8
Failure Date: 04/15/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving multiple speeds, all of the electrical components on the vehicle intermittently flickered off and on. The vehicle suddenly displayed a "service electrical brake system" warning message. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that an electrical chip would need to be replaced in the ignition switch. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the ignition switch malfunctioned and became lose. As a result, the contact had to continuously wiggle and tapped the key in order to prevent the vehicle from stalling. The contact stated that the warning lights illuminated in the instrument panel. The problem has occurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. Pam.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee 10
Failure Date: 11/30/2012

My problem has persisted since I purchased the vehicle in November of 2012. I hit the ignition switch and the car starts and then dies. I try to hit the button again and it just cranks and cranks and won't start. The only way to get it to turn on is to cycle on and off the ignition switch and try it again. I brought it into the dealership and they said unless they can recreate the issue they can't identify the problem, and also claimed they did research and couldn't come up with any similar complaints and sent me home. I did about five minutes worth of online research and found the tipm issue along with countless complains about ignition switch issues. I called the dealership and reported my findings. They were familiar with the tipm issue, but said they can't just replace a part unless it can be proved that is the issue.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 11
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the oil warning light illuminated. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road, he powered off and attempted to restart the vehicle which restarted after the third attempt. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing where the technician stated a new ignition switch needed to be installed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 53,500 and the current mileage was 54,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 12
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

Ignition switch problems - I am now using my third ignition switch. The first one failed instantly, shortly after I purchased this used vehicle. I parked the car in the driveway and when I tried to restart it the switch would not read and accept my key fob. Therefore it would not start the engine. Car had to be towed to dealer for a replacement switch and programming. The second failed (approximately a year later) intermittently with increasing frequency. When I would turn the key fob to start the car and then release the key to let it return to the "on" position the engine would turn off. Sometimes it would stop immediately, but there were other occasions that it would turn off after I started driving. The third switch is now still working but is operation is not as smooth as it was originally. This is the condition that preceded the failure of the second switch. I've been driving for almost fifty years and have never experienced failures as I just described. This is more than an expense and inconvenience. When your car shuts off while you are driving it. . . Now that is dangerous and unacceptable.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

While driving on city streets or on the highway, the dashboard lights turn off. The break lights, turn signals, and headlights don't work either, but I am still able to drive the vehicle. The vehicle still drives normally. My knee doesn't hit the ignition switch. I have had this happen many times. Shutting the vehicle off and restarting it sometimes turns the dashboard/electrical system back on, but then the engine light stays on. I have taken it in to dealerships and mechanics, but they have no idea what the problem is.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 14
Failure Date: 09/19/2011

Driving approx 50 mph, the Jeep quit, no warning signs, no power steering. Momentum got me off the road. Dealership wasn't able to fix the problem. This happened in March 2011. Sept 2011 I was passing a transit bus on the way to work and as I started to pull back into my own lane the Jeep quit again. No warnings, it just quit. I had to coast into the front yard of someones house because I had no steering. I sat for a few minutes, started it up and drove back home. The onboard diagnostics light, esp, bas and traction control lights were on. From that point the Jeep was running very badly. Dealer had my Jeep for 6 days and said it was a map sensor on the manifold. Got the Jeep back and backing out of my driveway in the middle of the road, it quit. A couple tries and it restarted. I'm very upset that this vehicle has put me in harms way on 3 separate occasions. I couldn't imagine driving on a twisting steep road and having it quit. I'm lucky I wasn't killed the day I was passing the bus. I'm not convinced the map sensor is the problem and I don't trust this vehicle. I drive a lot and transport my kids. We are all in danger in this vehicle. Mainly because, it gives you absolutely no warning that it's going to quit, it just shuts down as if I shut the key off. I have only the ignition key on the keyring so I know it has nothing to do with heavy keys pulling on the ignition switch. I am not the only complaint, they are all over the web, it is an issue and someone needs to address it. This vehicle has become dangerous.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 15
Failure Date: 06/15/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph making a turn, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred three years later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. . . Updated 08/11/14 the consumer stated the vehicle repaired on 06/13/2014.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 16
Failure Date: 12/14/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to pull over to the side of the road where he turned the ignition off and restarted and was able to drive the vehicle. The failure occurred four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 17
Failure Date: 07/01/2010

While driving the ignition switch position turns to the accessory position. The engine initially turns off and then resumes running. The air conditioner turns off and remains off, the headlights flash on and off and then turn off, and all the dash lights flicker on and off several times and then they stay on as if in the accessory position. If I quickly and slightly turn the ignition key the car resumes a normal operating mode. I'm not sure what all else is turned off when this happens because I have not experimented with other electronics such as the windows, seats, etc. When this occurs. The problem seems to be caused if I bump the key ring with my knee or I hit a small bump in the road. At first the problem was intermittent and somewhat infrequent but over time the frequency has increased. As of late, this seems to happen about every time I drive the car.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 18
Failure Date: 05/04/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the ignition stopped functioning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the winder on the ignition switch caused the switch to deteriorate. The dealer stated that the part was on backorder since the failure had become a common problem. The VIN was unavailable when the time complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 72,000. Updated 11/03/10.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 19
Failure Date: 02/03/2010

The ignition switch on this car is in failure mode . All dashboard lights , speedometer flash or or down to zero speed . This only happens momentarily as the lights and speedometer come right back on . It seems that it happens more when the temperature is between 30 to 40 degrees farenheit. I had this car in for service for this problem to bedford Chrysler(814-623-1141 in bedford , pennsylvania multiple times . The problem would not recreate itself . Once when driving at highway speeds , it flashed multiple times . I reached for the ignition key and moved it slightly , the problem immediately stopped . I have been following the ignition switch recall but not sure if this is an affected model. Once I noticed this problem , I had my wife try the same thing with the keys , and the problem would go away for her . I do not have exact dates of occurences , but I do know it has happened multiple times . The car never shut itself down with this problem .

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee 20
Failure Date: 08/18/2009

2006, Jeep Grand Cherokee, the ignition switch is bad and causes the headlights and interior lights to go on and off.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 21
Failure Date: 07/06/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to turn on. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 22
Failure Date: 06/07/2009

I parked my vehicle in a driveway and took the key out of the ignition. I opened the rear passenger door and put my son in the backseat. The vehicle gearshift lever was pushed out of park and into reverse with my 3 year old son in the vehicle. The vehicle rolled backwards 20 feet and crashed into a truck. If the truck wasn't there it would have rolled even further into the pond. I'm just hoping this doesn't happen to anyone else, it could've killed someone. I am contacting my dealership to try to get the issue resolved. According to the owner's manual the brake transmission interlock system failed on my vehicle. You should not be able to move the gear shift lever in the p (park) position when the ignition switch is in the lock position. To move the gear selector lever out of the p (park) position, the ignition switch must be turned to the on position, and the brake pedal must be depressed.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 23
Failure Date: 05/01/2009

No events leading up to problems. Electrical wiring failure resulting in loss of tow lights (blown fuses), ignition switch(electronics) replaced x 4 in last 2 years about every 6 mo. Unable to start vehicle but have power everywhere else. Power windows seem to short/ stall often,.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 24
Failure Date: 10/19/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving at any speed, the vehicle shuts off whenever an object touches the ignition key. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 22,200 and failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 05/19/08.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 25
Failure Date: 10/16/2007

The contact owns a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The dealer stated that the ignition switch was the cause of the failure. The vehicle was repaired under warranty in 2007. In 2009, when the contact attempted to start the vehicle, it would not turn on. In addition, all of the instrument panel indicators illuminated and would not dim. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the battery was low and no other failures could be found. Through online research, the contact has found complaints regarding this same issue. The failure mileage was 31,000 and current mileage was 32,000. Updated 3/12/09 updated 03/16/09.

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