really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,073 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #38

Mar 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles


On 3-16-12, speedometer, headlights, power locks stop functioning. The car turn off on its own. Airbag signal come on and off. Checked all fuses and there is no problem there. Connected it to an obdii reader and nothing if found.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #37

Nov 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light is coming on randomly. No pattern of any kind.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #36

Jan 262012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
After lots of tries and no help from Jeep, I am trying to find help with a problem with an speed sensor that is not working properly. Apparently there is a problem with the routing of these wires causing them to rub, short out and it causes the sensor to quit, and anything options running off this sensor (example tranny shift points causing the torque converter to not unlock and causing stalling of vehicle).

- Pgh, PA, USA

problem #35

Dec 102008

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110 miles


Passenger side rear window regulator failed, causing window to slide down into door.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 092011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
While the headlights are on in my 2002 Jeep Liberty they randomly flicker off and on. It's not just one quick click off and on, but it is always a random, numerous pattern of fast clicks off and on. Furthermore, you can not force the replication. This is a huge safety hazard. Sometimes a car turning left in front of me thinks I'm signaling them to go ahead in front of me. Other times at night, the lights just go off for a few seconds and you are driving blind.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

problem #33

Aug 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 110,893 miles
Key would not turn on car. Opened up steering column to find small rod that pushes button on ignition was broken. Jeep dealership says cannot replace rod has to replace entire steering column.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #32

Apr 012010


  • miles


Speedometer stopped working. Have spend >$1750 trying to find the source of the problem. Replaced speed sensors, and some wiring. Had vehicle in to Jeep dealer as well as other mechanics.... no solution.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #31

Feb 032011


  • miles
Ignition key will not turn in a 2002 Jeep Liberty it has been doing this on and off for a year, now getting worse.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #30

Jan 152009


  • 98,000 miles
The lights on my Jeep Liberty turn completely off while driving. The driver must turn on and off the lights to get them to come back on. There is a clicking sound when the problem occurs as if the lights are turning off based on a timer or something. Hard to reproduce this issue, therefore its been hard to diagnose.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 132008


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle exhibited an unusual clicking noise. The dashboard lights and headlights would shut off and re-illuminate sporadically. The contact had to utilize the high beams in order to see the road ahead. Two years later, the exact same failure occurred with the high beam lights. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic at least three times for the failure yet they were unable to duplicate the failure. The alternator was replaced by an independent mechanic. The contact stated that the clicking noise persisted following repairs. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 64,000.

- Mt. Royal , NJ, USA

problem #28

Jul 252010


  • 113,000 miles


Headlights switch off without intermittently, without command, at random intervals when driving. Appears to occur in conjunction with, or shortly after, using the turn signal. Nothing has yet been done to correct the failure, though I am told the problem is caused by a defective multifunction turn stalk.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #27

Jul 092010


  • miles
2002 Jeep Liberty. Key difficult to turn and engage starter. Once started key can easily fall out of ignition with car moving down the road! by searching the internet I see this is a very common problem with Jeep ignitions. Where is the recall?? obviously a manufacturing defect and dangerous safety item! this occurs almost on a daily basis. Am waiting for the time when even fiddling with key 20 minutes and it still won't start or turn.

- Cayuga, TX, USA

problem #26

Nov 012009

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The ignition key of my 2002 Jeep Liberty will not turn. 8 to 10 times in the past 6 months. Has corrected itself after a few hours in the past. As of today we have been without a car for 3 days.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 062010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty ltd edition. The contact stated that the driver was on a dirt road driving approximately 15 mph when she crossed over a creek. The vehicle came to a complete stop; however, the engine was still on. There were 3 people in the vehicle and one of the passengers in the back seat noticed that sparks were coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire and was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 78,000. Updated 02/07/11 updated 02/11/11

- Koshkonong , MO, USA

problem #24

Oct 192009


  • 150,000 miles
Speedometer stops working mid-trip, all warning lights come on (engine, ABS etc) -- sometimes engine dies while on the road. "speed sensor" or some other computer-related issue has been talked about, but 3 different mechanics including the dealer have been unable to repair. Speed sensor was replaced but problem remains.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 092009


  • 135,000 miles
2002 Jeep Liberty speed sensor failure causes speedometer to stop working, engine to die while driving, loss of powersteering, loss of brakes, steering wheel locks up.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #22

Mar 032007


  • 87,881 miles
Without warning the body control module shorts out draining the battery and damaging the multi-control switch on the steering column. Causing the headlights, interiorlights, running lights, windshield wipers, factory electric door locks, and dashboard lights to fail. This can cause a fire resulting in a total vehicle loss or loss of lighting at night while driving causing the driver to loose sight of the road. In rain conditions loss of wipers during driving would cause loss of visibility creating a dangerous driver on the road.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #21

Aug 142008


  • 74,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Jeep Liberty limited edition Jan. 2008. After about 7 months it started stalling everytime I hit the breaks, or turned a corner. The check engine light is on and the speedometer quit. I have taken it to four mechanics and no one can figure it out. They hooked it up to a computer and said it doesn't read anything is wrong. I have nearly been rear ended several times turning due to it stalling. Some days it will be fine and then the next it will stall everytime I stop or turn. It seems to stall more when I am turning. I don't know where to take it to get fixed since no one can determine the problem. I am afraid to drive it or have my kids in it. I have noticed on websites that Jeep have been having major problems with this issue. I just want it repaired and there seem to be no recalls on my vehicle although Jeep is all over the internet having the same problems. Someone is going to get killed before this problem is fixed. I would just like to know the problem and how to get it fixed!!

- West Jeffersoh, OH, USA

problem #20

Jan 152009


  • 92,000 miles
2002 Jeep Liberty sport reaching 92,000 mi repeatedly stalls (turns off) while driving.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 222008


  • 40,000 miles
A wiring harness in my 2002 Jeep Liberty fails every year or so - this disables the ABS brakes and causes the speedometer to wander and be inaccurate. The dealership has replaced the harness 3 times (out of warranty) at a cost of about $200 each time. My ABS system is disabled from the time the harness fails until I get it fixed. The ABS light and brake light illuminate on the dash when it fails - and stays on until the repair is done.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

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