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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,525 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Dec 082014

Liberty

  • 127,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle has been exhibiting issues with the igition switch similar to others such as the GM Chevrolet cobalt and Saturn ion. When the ingition switch is rotated to the start/crank position and the vehicle starts and the key is released it sometimes does not fully return to the on/run position from the start crank position. Although the engine is running and the vehicle can be driven some electrical function are offline due to the ignition switches failure to rully return to the on/run position. The situation is not usually noticed until the vehicle is in motion and one the the effected systems is used (turn signal, HVAC, radio) systems that are effected and not receiving power are turn signals, radio, airbag, HVAC. The switch can be moved into the on/run position and these systems then come on-line. This is a dangerous situation and may result in an accident (signal lamps not working, HVAC defogger not working) or possible airbag non-deployment in a crash (possible injury or fatality). This issue has occured at least 3 times in the last two weeks. The vehicle in question is in immaculate condition and well maintained by an ase certified master auto technician> the vehicle has no significant accident or damage history.

- Le Roy, IL, USA

problem #61

Apr 012014

Liberty

  • miles
2002 Jeep Liberty steering went out of my car. Module knocked out because it kept climbing and dead battery. The consumer experienced electrical problems, which caused the battery to drain, on several occasions. The repair shop, pulled out a fuse in the door panel. The consumer also stated, the vehicle stalled.

- Williamsburg, PA, USA

problem #60

Sep 012014

Liberty

  • 98,986 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but the problem occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that there was an electrical shortage on the rear hatch module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,986. Updated 11/24/14

- Williamsburg, PA, USA

problem #59

Aug 012014

Liberty

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While driving various speeds, the contact heard a pop sound and a stick separated from the window. The contact stated that the part that connects to the motor inside the panel was ripped in half. The contact stated that all of the windows failed to operate. The failure occurred a month ago. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the window motors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #58

Jun 192013

Liberty

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts were not available. The dealer did not know when the parts would be available. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Ionia, MI, USA

problem #57

May 212014

Liberty

  • 210,000 miles
On two or three occasions, while driving at night with the headlights on, without warning my headlights and park lights have shut off by themselves. The lights will usually be off for approximately 5 - 10 seconds and then come back on by themselves. The events seem to happen randomly and without warning.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #56

May 312012

Liberty

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving through a school zone one morning and the car suddenly lost power steering and shut off, would not start again. Towed it back to house and read check engine code about crankshaft position sensor. It melted in place because of where it is in relation to the exhaust, took 4-5 months to fully dig out the melted sensor and replace. Had to put a heat shield over it myself and has since lasted 2+ years without trouble. Very poor design and a hassle to fix.

- Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, USA

problem #55

Jan 012014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 98,300 miles
The lock motor/linkage for the rear swing door stopped working. This in and of itself isn't a big deal but apparently every time I clicked the key fob to unlock vehicle for entry the malfunctioned lock motor caused battery drainage. In just a month a brand new battery was completely dead and couldn't hold a charge. I am lucky that I was only stranded a mile from home. There seems to be hundreds of people with the same issue and some people have had it cause more than battery drainage. Electrical fires ensued.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #54

Dec 052013

Liberty

  • 95,550 miles
In order of failures. Rear wiper would work constantly while vehicle in gear. Airbag light kept dinging. Gate glass wouldn't close. Gate wouldn't open unless glass button pushed on fob. Tried key in rear lock, radio turned on. With key not in ignition. Radio on, heater blower on, left side markers on. Could smell burning wires and smoke in Jeep, disconnected the battery.

- Forestville, NY, USA

problem #53

Jan 032013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Have recall on orc filter circuit and the new recall about the gas tank and I can not get Jeep to do anything about it. I called the first week in July, 2013 again Aug, 2013 and keep getting run-A-round.

- Richburg, SC, USA

problem #52

Aug 302013

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the interior ceiling ignited into flames while the front driver's side seat was occupied. The driver's side of the roof completely melted and the passenger's seat occupant sustained burns to both arms and the fingers. The fire department extinguished the fire and informed the contact that the failure was contributed to a faulty electrical short circuit. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 9/19/13

- Annapolis , MD, USA

problem #51

Jan 012012

Liberty

  • 70,000 miles
The headlights turn off for up to 2 seconds while I am driving. The pattern seems to occur at all different speeds and may or may not be associated with using the turning signals or the act of turning. I tried replacing the headlight relay, and that did not fix the problem. It seems to be getting worse, and I worry that it will get so bad I will not be able to drive at night. I currently suspect a problem with the multifunction switch or simply a loose wire somewhere. On one occasion, my interior lights turned on while I was driving on the expressway at night and not touching the multifunction stalk at all-not sure if that is related, and again, it only happened once. This is a safety hazard and a hassle. I'm constantly worried that I will be pulled over for flashing my headlights or that I'll be driving blind when an animal runs out in front of me.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #50

Jul 172013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
While vehicle's headlights and driving lights are on a clicking sound is heard and the lights flash on and off. It sometimes occurs multiple times. This has been an ongoing issue and while researching have found many others with similar problem.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #49

Mar 022013

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while approximately 40 mph, the horn independently sounded with the illumination of the entire instrument panel. In addition, when the vehicle was in operation the headlights would remain illuminated continuously even though the control mechanism was deactivated. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V527000 (air bags), however the part remained unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and they informed that the defects were related to the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000. Updated 07/30/13

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #48

Mar 312012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light comes on randomly. I am aware of an investigation that is underway concerning random airbag deployment after a the light illuminates. I felt I needed to report this.

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #47

Jan 062013

Liberty

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while parking, burning fumes emitted into the vehicle and smoke came from underneath the hood. The contact mentioned that the check engine lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the vehicle was experiencing electrical problems which caused the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 140,000.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #46

Oct 102012

Liberty

  • 160,000 miles
I began having problems with the electrical system in August. Headlights flicker on and off at will, as well as interior lights. Passenger side headlamp won't come on at all now and interior lights continue to flicker. While pulling into my driveway, passenger side front tire completely separated from the vehicle, leaving me speechless. We have been the only owners of this vehicle and weren't notified of any recalls. Hoping we can get this repaired soon......

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #45

Dec 042012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
My 2002 Jeep Liberty was bought brand new from the dealer. About two months ago I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden the dashboard turned off and then turned back on, then my car started shaking like it was about to stall, and the engine light started to blink. I got scared because I didn't want my engine to stall and break down in the middle of the highway since it can be very dangerous, so I got off the highway and parked it in a lot over night so that I could take it straight to the dealer the next day. I took it to the dealer very carefully, my car started over heating when it was sitting in place/ traffic for more than one minute, and then it would cool back down when it was moving. Finally at the dealer they changed the water pump, thermostat, and one of the coils. The dealership said the problem was fixed and sent me off. Within that week my car started acting up again, the engine light began to flash again and I noticed my car was still being jumpy. I took it back and it turns out it had blown head gaskets, not only that but the heads were not even repairable. I need a complete new engine. I looked online and have found that it is very common for Jeep Liberty's to have a major engine problem. There is obviously something wrong with the way Jeep builds their engines. There needs to be a recall, it is a defect in the Liberty's. there have been multiple complaints of Jeep engines breaking down with no signs. Also as a side note, the seat belt on the drivers side doesn't really click and sometimes un buckles on its own. There is also an electrical problem, the inside lights turn off and on all the time by themselves.

- Key Biscayne, FL, USA

problem #44

Nov 062012

Liberty

  • 102,000 miles
Speedometer, cruise control, brake warning lamp and ABS light on, mileage counter not working, check engine light on as well, car dies or stall when slowing down even on hwy or when turning. We have replaced almost everything we can think of. Look online and hundred if not thousands of owners have exact same problems and no solution to problem. How are you supposed to have vehicle inspected if the emergency brake lights wont go off? we have replaced front and back brakes, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, speed sensors front driver and passenger and rear one. Fuel pump fuel filter have now been replaced. We have replaced more but I know we have spent well over 2 grand and nothing please help we are not the only ones having this issue.

- Cisco, TX, USA

problem #43

Oct 052012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
0800 am owner drove vehicle approx 6 miles with heater on, returning home and parking vehicle in the driveway and turning off engine. Owner exited the vehicle and entered the residence. Driver noted a smell of burning oil during use of the 6 mile trip. Approx 15 minutes later a neighbor alerted owner that vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Fire department point of origin inspection states fire was in interior under dash panel firewall.

- Kimbolton, OH, USA

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