really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,400 miles
Total Complaints:
77 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the module (47 reports)
  2. not sure (29 reports)
  3. flash update TIPM and pcm (1 reports)
2008 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #77

May 152019

Wrangler Sport 3.02L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


Vehicle exhibited suspected TIPM issues suddenly while driving in rush hour traffic (w/windows/wipers/locks/horn randomly engaging), the vehicle also shut itself off and had to be coasted from the left lane across traffic to the right and into the bike lane. Vehicle wouldn't restart initially. Five minutes later, it started and exhibited no issues. Because the issue was intermittent and mechanic could not get it to repeat behavior, it wasn't able to be diagnosed. TIPM had been replaced about six months ealier, and no issues had been seen for those six months. But, prior to that, the vehicle had had similar issues semi-frequently with w/windows/wipers/locks/horn randomly engaging.

- Mark F., Tucson, AZ, US

problem #76

Oct 202019

Wrangler Sport 3.02L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

While driving at 75mph on the I-10 in heavy traffic between Phoenix and Tucson, headed back to Tucson, the vehicle exhibited suspected TIPM issues suddenly (w/windows/wipers/locks/horn randomly engaging). At that same time the vehicle downshifted to second gear into "limp mode." I was in the fast left-hand lane and had to pull over to the right and onto the shoulder, then creep to a rest stop. After the vehicle sat for about 15 minutes, with me worried that the transmission had blown, I started it back up and drove it around the rest stop parking lot and saw that it was now going back past second and into third gear okay. I got back on the freeway and the issue had seemed to resolve itself. Mechanics were unable to diagnose or get it to repeat this behavior. The TIPM issues have most annoyingly been intermittent so that it makes it impossible for anyone to diagnose.

- Mark F., Tucson, AZ, US

problem #75

Mar 292020

Wrangler Sport 3.02L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,000 miles

Car wouldn't start in driveway. Upon insertion and turning key, window wipers and soap dispenser went off by themselves, windows rolled down on their own, and horn blared for five minutes straight. It wouldn't stop even after key was turned back and removed. This is something that has happened many times. When the problem first presented, I replaced the TIPM. The car had no issues for about six months, but that is all the time it was free of issues, as the newly installed TIPM began to exhibit similar behavior after about that time period.

- Mark F., Tucson, AZ, US

problem #74

Jul 032019

Wrangler X 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles


My tipm went bad now my speedometer doesn't work, my a.c. compressor won't work, my horn or alarm and a lot more electrical issues because it's out. If this is a recurring problem Chrysler needs to step up.. you're going to tell me that u make a product and stand by it but when this much happens to the very same spot in these vehicles that you guys won't come out of your offices and deal with it head on????...WE ARE THE ONES THAT SUFFER !! THE CUSTOMER'S, BUT I GUESS YOU CANT SEE OR DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT FROM YOUR SKY VIEW OFFICES!! ITS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM WITH YOUR VEHICLE SO GET UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!...

- Jamie K., Melvindale, MI, US

problem #73

Jun 262019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have brought this vehicle to multiple dealerships over the past two years complaining that something was wrong. Not a single dealership could figure out the issue. I had to finally wait until it completely crashed. I couldn't go on road trips and multiple times I had to call out of work because I was afraid the vehicle would crash and I would be left stranded or on a busy highway and get rear ended.

- Courtney C., Lubbock, TX, US

problem #72

Feb 042019

Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Wife was driving when she experienced a complete loss of power, plus front and rear wipers going off on their own like crazy. She almost crashed. I showed up and tried jumping the car didn't work. Tried starting the car again and it turned over, but horn started going off constantly, wipers again, like a car possessed. Turned key off and everything kept running. Disconnected battery and everything kept running for a little while longer.

Had Jeep towed to a trusted mechanic. While he had the car with the battery disconnected, everything started going haywire again. He had to disconnect the Alternator to get things to stop. He said I need to take it to a dealership to have TIPM reprogrammed or replaced.

I called the dealership and they won't stand behind it with any warranty or recall (found several EXACT complaints on this site and others). Submitted a report with www.nhtsa.gov and called Fiat/Chrysler customer relations. They said they were sorry but couldn't help with the fix financially. I guess there's a limit to how long they'll stand behind their product. Too bad.

- Jeff P., Bailey, CO, US

problem #71

Apr 102018

Wrangler X 3.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 123,000 miles


Basically the horn goes off. Wipers an wiper fluid go off lights back wipe goes off. Pulled the key to shut the jeep off an it kept running. Had to disconnect the battery to get anything to shut off. Once I reconnected the battery it will not start for hours. After a couple hours it will start back up. If you whack the tipm box it will click an sometimes it will start after that. Also the jeep will lose all power an not start. This is very dangerous in traffic. Left my wife an my two children ages 2 an 7 months in the middle of traffic dead.

- Nate M., Fallon, NV, US

problem #70

Sep 082018

Wrangler X 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,890 miles

I had taken a friend to get a washing machine she had purchased on Craigslist and when I was backing the JEEP up to the porch of the sellers home, the JEEP just shut off! NOTHING worked, including my brakes which was very scary seeing I was on a hill with a pond at the bottom. The homeowner brought a large block and put it in front of the tire to keep my vehicle from rolling into his pond!!!

Here I am, a female with another female (my friend), at a strangers home out in the woods and MY CAR IS DEAD! Nice work Chrysler!! Thankfully, after a few minutes it started back up, but this is unacceptable!!!!

- Jamie M., Greensboro, NC, US

problem #69

Aug 172018

Wrangler V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My 16 year old son was left stranded. He tried to crank the Jeep and it went crazy. Lights flash, horn, wipers and washer fluid went nuts and it even does it without the key in it. The engine started and could not be turned off. Even when taking the key out of the ignition, It continued to run.

- Jennifer S., Thomasville, GA, US

problem #68

Dec 082017

Wrangler Sahara 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Started with loss of wipers, door locks and key fob issues. Replaced ECU. A month later replaces BCM. A month later replace new BCM. A month later car won't start, but then does a few hours later. On way to shop horn, wipers and airbag light comes on and won't stop. Still on after key removed. Had to pull battery. Next day everything works. Two days later after heavy rain nothing works. Leaving it with shop owner to explore.

- Peter M., Wilmette, US

problem #67

Dec 102017

Wrangler JK 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


The damn headlights started working half the time, then after a month they worked once in awhile. Now they come on, flash 3 times then go off. Replaced, them, replaced switch, cleaned contacts nothing has helped. Now they and the forums all say its the TIPM and $1200+ to fix. Plus reviews say after market don't work and require dealer programming. lights going off at night randomly was dangerous now it just cant be driven and wont pass inspection or can be sold.

- Bruce M., The Plains, VA, US

problem #66

Jan 092018

Wrangler Jk Sahara 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,367 miles

From what I have researched, this is a common problem with Chrysler vehicles of different brands and different years. The TIPM is not reading or recording the info of the vehicle correctly, horn, lights, flasher, wipers, wiper fluids, radio and power locks have been turning on and off by themselves, even when the keys are not in the ignition. So many states have filed for factory recall. Chrysler said no thanks, what a surprise! I have just started into fixing the problem, do not know what it is. The Jeep is going to the mechanic tomorrow. I hope he has heard of it. Come on Chrysler let's get it together.

- 1airborne2, Chula Vista, US

problem #65

Dec 212017

Wrangler Rubicon 3.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Failed TIPM resulted in battery failure - excessive complete drains - also personal economic losses.

- Jim A., Oklahoma City, US

problem #64

Aug 102011

Wrangler X 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This was the first failure of the TIPM. The passenger side power window would refuse to roll up. Not terrible, but definitely annoying to have to disconnect your battery to reset the TIPM and roll the window up. I made a separate complaint for the second failure, but a little preview is that the wipers, headlights and turn signals suddenly stopped working. After trying to replace every switch and module in the steering column I had to drop another 500 dollars for...you guessed it...another TIPM. Do not buy a jeep.

- jjghh1, Scarsdale, US

problem #63

Nov 112017

Wrangler X 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Headlights, signals, and wipers stopped working without warning. Replaced clock spring, multifunction switches, ignition module without resolution. This is the second TIPM failure I have experienced with this vehicle.

- jjghh1, Scarsdale, US

problem #62

Sep 112017

Wrangler Sahara 2.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Opened rear driver's side door. Immediately front and rear wipers started going back and forth. Horn was very loud. Lights were on, hazard lights were flashing. Put key into ignition and everything stopped. I have had the TIPM (Total Integrated Power Module) replaced THREE times previously to fix this intermittent issue. Looks like it will now be going in for the FOURTH new TIPM.

- Lance S., Saint Paul, MN, US

problem #61

Oct 222016

Wrangler Sahara 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

So, check engine light came on a week after lots of repairs for crazy warning lights. This time the shop replaced the O2 sensors and the catalytic converter. This 'fix' worked for 10 weeks. Back to the 'add complaint' button.

I wonder if the TIPM had been replaced at the first sign of trouble months ago if I would have avoided lots of unnecessary and ridiculous repairs.

- Pam P., Agawam, MA, US

problem #60

Jun 262017

Wrangler V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 213,000 miles

Had the TIPM replaced in early 2016 (It is a 2008 and not covered by recall but should be) and now the replacement has failed. It is extremely dangerous and expensive to fix. I love my Jeep but this is a nightmare. I should have been reimbursed a year and a half ago and now have to pay for this again? Happened during rush hour traffic, Vehicle died and horn started...windshield wipers kept going including fluid. I could have been injured.

- ginger1029, South Mills, NC, US

problem #59

Oct 202016

Wrangler X 3.8L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,010 miles

I bought a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X used from a dealership in October 2016. After having the Jeep for only about 2 weeks the horn, wiper blades, wiper fluid, you name it began going off on their own and the Jeep would not start. I took it back to the dealership that I bought it at (Ford) and was told some recalls needed fixing. They fixed the recalls and it seemed fine for about a week, then all hell broke loose again. I took it back and told them after doing research the problem was the TIPM and I wanted it replaced. They sent it to a Jeep dealership and after about 2 weeks I got the Jeep back with a new TIPM. (The Ford dealership was really great about it). Well...fast forward 6 months later and all hell breaks loose again. I had to unplug the horn because I didn't want to wake the neighbors everyday. This happened occasionally over the next month or so, then the Jeep shut off on me while driving. This seemed to be an isolated incident until yesterday. It cutoff on me twice while on the way home from work. Nothing like pushing a Jeep to the side of the road by yourself in the middle of rush hour traffic. I got out and beat on the top of the TIPM box (which I have found seems to "fix" the issue sometimes) and the Jeep started back up, but the radio stops working (until I switch a few fuses around). I'm beyond disappointed that a recall hasn't been issued for this. Now it's time to call the dealership back and see if I can get another TIPM (which I doubt) and hopefully it lasts longer than 6 months.

- Barry M., Winter Haven, FL, US

problem #58

Jun 072017

Wrangler X 3.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,810 miles

I opened the driver's door and was greeted by the constant blare of a horn, wipers that took off without a key in the ignition AND to add insult to injury, a constant squirt of wiper fluid. It only stops when the battery is disconnected from the vehicle and restarts every time I hook it back up. After a quick check online, this appears to be a known and common issue with tipm failure.

- Amy J., Culver, OR, US

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