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96 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0L No Dash, Starts then Dies Help!!

by Derflasv650 / December 24, 2007 5:51 AM PST


I've got a 96 Jeep Grad Cherokee with the 4.0l inline 6 just had to get it towed home Sad

Here's what happens,
Key in the ignition turn on and only the ABS warning light comes on.
No other lights, speedo, odometer, Rev counter.
So I can't read the OBD code as there's no Odometer coming up.

Turn to crank and it'll start then stall after ~1 second.

The fuel pump is priming.

But the strangest thing is that all the controls in the drivers door are also dead. No C/locking, E/window, E/mirrors etc. If you lock the car with the fob or the passengers door all other doors lock except the drivers.

Please Help TIA


p.s. Merry Christmas!!!

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by batman823 / January 16, 2008 12:30 AM PST

that's one hell of a blowout.

With the dash and everything else going out all at once, there's only a few things that can be causing them.

1.The computer probably fried one of the controlling chips or the fuse that supplies the cpu is blown. If the fuse is good, that would require you to replace the computer. That's expensive just to buy it, let alone installation charges. Don't remove/install the computer unless you know what you're doing.

2.First, check both fuse boxes. One under the hood and the other under the steering column, on the left. There may be a small fuse box in the glove compartment as well.
Use pliers because you'll want to check all the fuses. With a major electrical fault, you want to know everything that blew. It may be one thing, maybe the fuse that supplies/protects the computer, or it could have blown 5 other little ones. Either way, they tell you where the fault is.

3.Ignition switch broken/dirty. These can be pricey as well but they are the least likely of the three. This has the same effect of one or more blown fuses or relays but it's in one location. If you suspect this, have an electrically inclined person take a look.
If you find a blown fuse or faulty relay, replace it once with one of the proper rating. If it blows again, there's a ligitimate problem and it's not going away. You'll have to find it upstream or downstream. You can't just replace a fuse or relay over and over again, or you'll just end up doing more work and spending more money because other things will blow out too.

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by whitebud31 / February 25, 2013 10:55 AM PST

hey bud i have a 96 jeep grand cherokee only difference is mines a v8 but in this case i dont think it matters but mine just did the same exact thing as yours did i was just curious if you figured out what it was if you could message me back to let me know you would be saving me a hell of alot of headakes thanks in advance ----nick----

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Pleae help!
by liteup51 / March 27, 2013 10:39 AM PDT
In reply to: hello

I also have a 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 that does the same thing, only it is intermittent, sometimes all electrical comes back. Did you ever find your problem, if so would you please share it with me. Thanks in advance.


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by Ringo3995 / June 8, 2015 12:32 PM PDT

My Jeep just started doing the same thing! Did you ever find a solution?

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