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I think the jeep's electrical system is in trouble. A few times in the past week it wouldn't start -- not in the coughing, anemic usual not-starting way, but in a creepy demon-possessed way. When I turned the key, all the needles on the dashboard rose slowly to their top pins and stayed there, then wen back down when I took the key out. Pressing the brake pedal either did something or didn't, and after a few tries the thing started fine, except that the CD player had reset itself to factory defaults. Today, when I went to pick C up from daycare, it did it again, with the added filip of idling about 1200 rpm faster than it usually does. As we we driving home, the dashboard did a little crazy dance, with all the pins wandering up and down and the idiot lights coming on, and then it settled back down.

Until we got home, and then when I went to unlock the passenger doors nothing happened. Putting the key in the ignition fixed that, but all the interior lights were at about half power. So I figure maybe something is shorting the car-off power circuits, or maybe after 110,000 miles it's just possessed. When the engine is running, voltage indicates normal, and when it's responding to the ignition at all, it starts as always. So it could be a dead battery, but I doubt it. Whee.

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dr_brat
Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Jeeps are notorious for engine fires. Please be careful (not that you wouldn't anyway).
flarenut
Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the additional info. We've been meaning to get a new primary vehicle for the past couple years, and this just makes it a little more obvious. Of course, to get a new primary vehicle you need a working old primary vehicle around here, not to mention that we don't want to bring a new car down to the house until the driveway has been repaved...

I didn't know about engine fires -- I knew that this model (pre-2000 grand cherokee) commonly loses rear end including axle, but ours has remained exactly as noisy as it originally was throughout its life, and the only nonconsumable repair has been the windshield-wiper manifold.
lorres
Aug. 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely sounds like demonic possession of the electrical system - beware!!
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