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: Panic Button

09-21-2008, 10:47 PM
So I am out camping and I hear a noise from the direction where my jeep is parked, about 20 feet away from my tent. With the flash light on I dont see anything out of the ordinary. A couple of minutes later the noise is louder.
I check with flash light again. Then I notice my neighbors ice chest in the back of his open top jeep is open. So I go out (20 degrees out) and check it out closer. Still nothing to be found so I close the ice chest, eggs in top of ice chest were not broken. Back to sleep I thought. A few minutes later more noise and a large Black Bear has just taken someones breakfast. So I hit the panic button on my jeep and that seems to work for few more minutes. Well he came back and with panic button on again and shoots from a pistol he is finally driven off for the rest of the night.
The next morning I unlock the jeep, start it up and drive about 20 miles.
Turn the engine off, come back to start the jeep about 30 minutes later. I turn the key and all the lights come on like normal. When I go to the start position the engine will not turn over. Gage lights are on, head lights come on, but will not turn over.
Checked all the relays and swapped them, checked all the fuses, all seem normal. Moved the shifter from Park to Neutral and still will not start. Doors will not lock with key remote. Disconnected the negetive post on the battery for 5 minutes and try again, still will not start but I can now lock the doors with the key remote. I can get the engine to turn over by jumpering the starter post so starter is good. Tow truck drivers can not get it to start either. After a 30 mile tow it is now setting at the delears waiting for monday. Any Ideas?

09-21-2008, 11:08 PM
Wonder if the panic alarm going off for that long triggered a code (?). Maybe do the turn on/ off 3x trick will bring up a code? Seems like if already at dealership, then doesn't matter. Sure they will figure it out...Like to think so anyway.

Please post up what they find...Sounds interesting.(???)

09-22-2008, 04:41 AM
did you do any driving during the camping trip that included driving through water deep enough to get the swaybar disconnect motor wet? it sounds like you've lost communication with the PCM. it happened to me when my the connector for my swaybar disconnect motor leaked and got corroded. once i unplug the motor, everything works. if i plug the motor in - problem still comes back.

mine is still that way. i just leave the motor unplugged. chrysler refuses to warranty it because i've driven it offroad and they claim that my jeep has "been in water for a period of time."

09-22-2008, 06:02 PM
No I was not in any water just service roads. I just called the dealer and they said they have been able to start it. I guess I wont know the hole store untill I pick it up. I will post what the fix was.

09-22-2008, 06:24 PM
JMO- I'd love to know (when you can post up the results)-

What the code was?
What they did to fix? (as you said)
Was it covered under warranty or if you were charged?
If you were charged...Why?

Thanks for sharing this w/ everyone. I am still trying to figure out why when I turn my jeep off (about 15% of the time) that the alarm goes off. Sometimes doors are on sometimes off/ factory alarm/ power windows & door locks. Must hit the "panic" button on the key to turn off. Cannot figure it out and dealership says (of course) that it has to happen while there... for them to diagnose. Nothing like stopping by the dealership every couple days to turn your vehicle on and off to try to duplicate....

09-22-2008, 06:24 PM
tehy prob didnt do anything just kept trying to start it itll if worked