Starter Solenoid Problems of Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have reported 15 problems related to starter solenoid (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Jeep Grand Cherokee based on all problems reported for the Grand Cherokee.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1
Failure Date: 06/09/2016

I received a recall from Chrysler/Jeep in regard to the brake/transmission shift interlock solenoid which may have an incorrectly crimped electrical connector. This could lead to the transition gear becoming locked in park or neutral position and cause a crash without warning. I received the recall in June 2016. Jeep of white plains, NY told me that service did not have enough parts and would place me on a waiting list. In August, I contacted them again and they explained that it was now a software issue and my car would only require a download. When I brought the car in on 8/31, they told me that they could not service the vehicle because it doesnt require a download (I was give the wrong info), the part is not available and I will have to be placed on a waiting list again. Waiting over 3 months for a recall is far from timely.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2
Failure Date: 03/10/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact attempted to make a left turn and the vehicle shut down and the steering wheel locked up. The failure recurred several times. The check engine oil light illuminated. In each case, the vehicle restarted after a while. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed. The dealer replaced the solenoid and the harness, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall associated with the failure. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 86,100.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

It usually takes a good 10 to 15 minutes to start sometimes then when I do get it started I have the same issues that I have read about on this website and many other websites. The car will not go over 20 miles per hour and you have to pull off the road, turn off the vehicle, wait and turn it back on. It is almost like the Jeep has to be reset. I have talked with several people and had the codes ran. It keeps coming up that it is the solenoid and starter. I have read on many blogs about the same issue that the solenoid wires are not protected from rain water in this vehicle and it causes them to corrode or go bad all together. This is an issue that needs to be recalled. If they know that the wires are not protected from rain water then there needs to be some type of protection that they can put over them or install a different kind of wire. This is costing people hundreds of dollars to repair something that should have never been an issue. Also this is a safety hazard because when we pull out on the road we expect our vehicle to excel properly and go over 20 miles per hour.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4
Failure Date: 03/13/2014

While driving for about 20mins the was a hard shift and my truck was stuck in 3rd gear and the check engine light came on. I took it to a mechanic and he said it could be the shift solenoid and it would cost 700 to take my transmission apart to check it. $700 later im still having the problem I bought the car at 82k im now at 92k I keep up regular service. What is weird is when I turn my turn my truck back on its no longer in 3rd and it stays that way for sometimes weeks but it comes back surely.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Consumer writes in regards to service 4 wheel" error code message appears when vehicle is put into neutral. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to the dealer, for repairs under recall 13v175000. After the recall was performed, he stated the following happened with the vehicle: when he attempted to put the vehicle in neutral, a message appeared that read service 4-wheel. He took the vehicle to a repair shop and was told the error code said the transfer case encoded motor was at fault. He had the repair done and had the transmission and transfer case serviced. The encoder motor had to be purchased from the Chrysler dealer. Two months later, he attempted to put the vehicle in neutral and the same message appeared. He took the vehicle back to the dealer and they performed the same recall repairs. On April 24, 2014, the message appeared again. On April 30, 2014 the vehicle would not start, so it had to be towed to the dealer. They replaced the starter solenoid and both front window motors. Also, the service 4 wheel had appeared again. On may 2, 21 ,and 27 2014, the same service message appeared, as well as June 1, 2014.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6
Failure Date: 05/09/2012

My vehicle tolled to armory garage, because at that time, insurance had to keep sending someone to come and restart the vehicle. Or it will start but then turn around and stall later. After paying $1300 plus to armory garage, they only charged me for diagnosis and fixing problems with a battery being overdrawn. They claim to have replaced the bcm computer. However, after paying all that money I still have problems with my vehicle. I have replaced, starter, alternator, battery, computer module with armory garage, ignition coil fixed. All I keep getting is that the emissions is the problem because it states big and small leak. However, even today it has not been fixed. I have spent closed to over $3500 on my vehicle to get it running and it still stalls after all the above have been replaced. P0442, p0455, p0351, are the last codes to the vehicle. However, an evap purse solenoid has been fixed as well. All this money and still have problems with the vehicle stalling and running but turns off right in the middle of driving.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 7
Failure Date: 09/24/2011

I bought this Jeep on 9/20/2013. The truck is equipped with the 5. 7 l hemi engine. Over the first 50 days and 1,157 miles of ownership I have encountered 18 episodes of the vehicle stalling, with 14 of those stalls occurring on major highways in traffic. The stalls occur with no warning. The vehicle immediately decelerates to a stop and I am left with no power, no steering and no brakes. One dealership blamed it on a bad battery. The dealership which sold me the Jeep diagnosed the problem as a m. A. P. Sensor, which they replaced. That did not correct the problem as the stalling problem continues to occur. The most recent was on 11/9/2013 while driving in the center lane of the PA turnpike at 65 mph. The Jeep stalled and came to a stop, with a semi tractor-trailer behind me. I have no idea how that truck driver was able to swerve in time to miss me. Mechanics and on-line forums identify possible causes for the stalling as 1. A defective (ecm) electronic control modules; 2. Shorts in the wiring harness; 3. Sparks plugs; 4. Egr valve; 5. Ignition coil; 6. Pcv valve; 7. Transmission solenoid pack. There are no diagnostic codes stored in the obd-ii system. One school of thought is that 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and commanders equipped with the 5. 7 l hemi engine are extremely sensitive to radio frequency interference from the waste spark on the coil. As other complaints have noted, this is an obvious and persistent problem with Jeeps equipped with the hemi engine, and Chrysler has turned a deaf ear to the complaints. Perhaps they are waiting for the fatalities to occur. Why NHTSA hasn't done more to order a recall is beyond my comprehension. The problem has been reported on for years with no action taken by Chrysler. This Jeep is, for lack of a better word, a deathtrap. At best it cannot be trusted, it is unsafe and unreliable. At worst it is an accident waiting to happen!.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2011

Black plastic connector that connects yellow wire to starter solenoid comes loose and/or gets dirty or corroded causing it not to make contact and the vehicle will sometimes not start. I've have seen on various online forums with people having this exact same problem. Dealerships always want to replace starter and other parts when it is simply this poor connection thats the problem. Chrysler denies it's a problem and dealer mechanics will not put on a better connector. They just like to keep charging people for new starters and other parts when they don't need them. This loose connection also could also cause a fire, it is an obvious flaw in design and a fire could cause serious injury or death to someone that doesn't realize the connection is bad.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 9
Failure Date: 04/01/2011

When turning the ignition key to the start position, you hear 1 "click" but the vehicle does not start. This is an intermittent event that seems to come and go every few months. When it happens, I have to leave the key in the on position for about 1 - 2 minutes, then attempt to start the engine again. I had previously had my vehicle serviced at the dealership for this problem, but since it is so random, the service personnel could not recreate the event. I even advised them that other owners, registering this same complaint, pointed to corroded solenoid wires as being the culprit. However, the service department had me purchase a new battery last year. This did not fix the condition which continues periodically to this very day. Unfortunately, the car has been unable to start at a few times when the surroundings were less than totally safe. . Read more...

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 10
Failure Date: 09/18/2010

In may 2008, 15308 mi on Jeep, slowing for red light, dies, all dash lights com on, no power to steer, no wipers, etc. ; starts back on it's own. Took to dealer, no code, no re-act; has happened intermittent since-safety issue in traffic. Now tranny problem, started sept. 2010, 37,600 mi, code 750, changed solenoid pk in tranny, now code for low pressure send circuit, drives a few miles then goes and stays in 4th gear; 3 months and still not drivable. Need recall for esm and tbs before someone gets killed. Chrysler should stand behind their products & be responsible for design and components. This is very disheartening since both my husband and I own a small biz and are struggling just to keep the doors open and now add the expense of diagnosing Chrysler's problem is just too much! I warranty my work, wear & tear considered, as should Chrysler before someone is hurt or worse- dies trying to get to out of traffic.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 11
Failure Date: 08/18/2010

Car would not start. It was towed to the dealership which had to replace the starter solenoid wire. The service department informed me this was a know design defect, but since I was just out of warranty (37k) I would have to cover the cost. If this is a know problem, why isn't it fixed.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 12
Failure Date: 10/01/2009

My 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited will not start sometimes. Everything else will seem to be working fine, but I go to start my car and I get a click, but no crank. The battery, alternator, starter, solenoid have all been tested, and do not seem to be the problem. I have found many other Jeep owners that have had the same problem.

car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13
Failure Date: 09/05/2006

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Consumer writes in regards to several expenses related to vehicle and requests reimbursement the consumer stated the front brakes which included the rotors master cylinder, left rear seal axle, bearing, snap ring had to be replaced more than once on different occasions. Also, the vehicle broke down on several occasions and smoke was emitting from the vehicle on one of those occasions. It was discovered the relay fan radiator fan needed to be replaced. The transduce pressure sensor, solenoid, transmission gov and gasket were replaced at a cost of $ 530. 50. The consumer stated the horn began blaring for no apparent reason and then stopped working/ two days later, all the gauges in the vehicle went to zero and all the interior lights illuminated and the windows did not work. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and a diagnostics test revealed an electrical problem. Updated 11/10/jb updated 11/22/11.

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 14
Failure Date: 01/09/2005

Both tail light assemblies stopped working and was cited by a police officer. Replacement was ~$500. Rear lift gate lock actuator is broken, so cannot open lift gate. Right rear door lock will not allow opening from inside. Shift sensor/solenoid has gone bad twice leading to problems with shifting from gears (revs really high before shifting). Rotors are constantly becoming warped and brakes have to be readjusted. Left blinker no longer works and to fix it, the dealership told me they have to replace this entire engine block for about $800. Power window lock no longer works. Other than that, car runs great :).

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car image   Starter Solenoid problem of the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 15
Failure Date: 03/23/2004

Electrical problems, check engine light, beep under dash, dome lights coming on, radio goes off, all dash lights(abs, brake,etc. ). Transmission problems 3 times in shop for slipping and leaking seals. Leaking at pan, output seal and, drive train they changed seals and 1 month later output seal was leaking again. Govern assembly was replaced 8/3/03 along with solenoid, transduce. Faulty batteries. Shocks all leaking but they replaced 1 front 1 back.

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