hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,474 miles

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2001 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

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2001 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 192016


  • miles


I had a fire due to a recalled ignition switch that was never repaired, I had no idea when I bought the used Jeep from the dealer. Chrysler is now denying any request to fix the parts damaged by the fire

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 192016


  • 200,000 miles
I left my top off of my Jeep Wrangler and it rained hard into the night and next morning. I heard the horn going off randomly so I ran outside and the drivers side dash and steering column were engulfed in flames. I quickly opened the hood, disconnected the battery and then put out the fire with the hose. The whole steering column and surrounding dash and wiring harness are completely melted. The incident happened while the Jeep was parked in the driveway

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 142004


  • 15,000 miles
When sitting in my driveway with the engine running I noticed a burnt odor smell from the dash area. The air conditioner was running on high blower and on the max setting of internal air flow. The blower stopped working shortly after this happened. Upon inspection of the blower switch I found the switch had started to burn and melt at the connection for the max blower speed. I have replaced the switch twice now with the same problem, the circuit needs a relay in it to prevent the blower switch from over heating and causing the wire from burning up. At no time was the fuse blown on the circuit.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #9

Mar 212015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 214,506 miles


I have a Jeep that has a frame that is rusted in the rear trailing arms and were the transmission is held. No incident has happened yet but if this were to break on the road could cause an accident. I work for Hyundai who has a recall on quite a few cars and SUVS for the frame rotting out on cars as old as 2000 I also no Toyota and Nissan and other manufactures have recalls on frames why not Jeep I realize it may be specific to salt belt areas but those other companies are fixing the problem. Also the climate control melted could have caused a fire I know this is also a common problem.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 112015


  • 210,000 miles
The HVAC system in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler was burnt and melted, due to lack of proper equipment. The HVAC blower fan, due to being old, caused resistance, sending too high of a current to the climate control head unit, melting and burning all wires, connectors, and the head unit itself. This could have been remedied with the existence of relays for each source of power heading into the head unit.

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 042014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,660 miles
I went to start Jeep thought dead battery and tried to charge battery gauges on dash jumped around finally battery enough to turn over but would not start saw warning lite for key on dash.engine would turn over but not start.took to Jeep dealer replaced computer module and found corroded main power feed in engine wiring harness spliced in new wire and serial data all came back.I was returning home just pulling into driveway engine lite came on along with other lites engine stalled tried to start same problem as before.returned Jeep to dealer currently waiting for answer to problem computer does not accept my key?I brought this Jeep used that is why I am looking into any recalls or known problems of this nature.

- Harpursville, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 012008

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


Jeep Wrangler sport, 4.0L was purchased as subsequent owner in 2003(?) in san juan, puerto rico. The problem appeared in maybe 2008 after moving to panama city (panamá). an airbag warning light was observed, intermittently, when first starting. Usually a second attempt was successful. Grupo Q Chrysler Jeep replaced the ignition switch, at my expense. I was unaware that Chrysler daimler had recalled these vehicles for ignition switch problems in 2003/04, I think. My research revealed that GM/ac-delco was oeming these switches to Chrysler-daimler, and maybe others. The only thing I experienced was an annoyance, but those symptoms seemed to suggest that I may have been driving with disabled air-bags, had I not noticed the light, or if had been non-functional. The question is how many people might still be driving non-GM cars with these defective switches, and why has this not been publicized?

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 052014


  • 105,000 miles
The blower motor switch ground, connected to the mode selector has melted in my Jeep. This is the second time this has happened. Back in July 2013 the connection to the mode selector melted. I replaced the HVAC ac A/C & heater control with blower motor switch only to have it melt again one year later.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 082012


  • miles
Looks like there was a small fire behind the heater controls all the wires and the back of the switches are melted this is the second time the fan motor control switch has been melted.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 312012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 113,882 miles
The dash blower control was not working. When the mechanic check it and the system, it was discovered that the blower had over heated the pigtail connectors and melted them. The blower control was visibly melted and multiple signs of overheating were apparent. The blower control, all pigtail connectors and the blower had to be replaced. This was caught just short of me having to deal with a fire being caused by this over heating of the electrical parts of the A/C-heater system. This is the same situation as reported in other complaints. Refer to ODI id numbers: 10364281, 10283272, 10181912 and 10145512.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 062010

Wrangler 4WD 4-cyl

  • 42,442 miles
This is one more consumer complaint regarding the heater/fan/blower wiring design failure for the 2001 model of the Jeep Wrangler. I understand that this continues to occur in other tj model years as well so I think it is a systemic design problem that if not corrected by the manufacturer will eventually cause a serious injury or death. My case is typical of the failures described by other 2001 Wrangler owners in that the heater blower fan switch began to drop speeds until only the highest speed was left operational [which I understand is how the underlying electronics specifically a resistor bank fail in this model]. recently, this 4th speed has failed and I am not driving the vehicle until I can receive some assurance that the heater blower will not continue to heat up until it catches fire as has been reported in other instances. As I write this complaint, it is about 25 degrees outside, so driving my 2001 Wrangler without heat is not an option. I guess I am lucky that (a) it failed completely in cold weather forcing me to (B) research the issue learning that (C) this obvious vehicle defect can result in the Wrangler catching fire which has forced me to (D) go without the use of the Wrangler until a factory designed and sponsored fix is engineered and installed. So, in summary, 2001 Wrangler ¿ failed heater/fan/blower switch ¿ many other cases for this model year and surrounding model years ¿ has a history of causing vehicle fires ¿ this needs to be a factory sponsored re-engineer and recall, and needs to be done now before a fire situation causes a serious accident or injury or death !

- Shillington, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 202009


  • 44,203 miles
There is a serious product defect in the fan motor-switch-resister assembly in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. This condition has been repaired seven times, six times unsuccessfully (the first time was in 2004, the year I bought my Jeep from a dealership) and the last one accomplished August 20, 2009 and who knows how long this will last. The problem is that the fan switch suddenly fails to operate and when the matter is investigated the mechanic finds that the blower motor, relay and switch have melted. There is some sort of electrical problem or surge which six repairs have failed to correct and my fear is my Jeep will catch on fire as has been reported in a number of cases.

- Concord, NH, USA

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