hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,028 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler lights problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 052016


  • 120,000 miles


Head lights and interior dome lights go off and on.car is not running. Key is not in ignation. While driving clock goes dark and comes back on spontaneously. While parked overnight battery is drained completely. Difficulty starting car need to turn key to off position and lightly push on gear shift leavor, then vehicle will start. The all happens when vehicle is either running or parked in off position

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 052016


  • 49,000 miles
Headlights continue to go out. Daughter has to drive home with fog lights. Engine fan comes on and off. Took to Jeep they said it was a short and it worked for a month, same thing. After research it appears the tipm is bad, lots of complaints etc. Online regarding this issue. The lights have gone off while driving on highway, and city street and also after the car was parked at work all day. It is random. I have tapped on the tipm module and then turned on the lights and they work again for a day or two and then go out again. This has happened several times since December 2015, the last time was March 5, 2016.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 022015


  • 148,000 miles
While driving home last night during a snow storm at approx. 50 mph the engine stalled and the lights started going on and off. Thankfully I was able to make it to the highway shoulder and stop. I attempted to restart the engine but it would not (the light continued to flicker on and off sporadically, they finally stopped after I turned the emergency flashers on. I tried to restart the engine and it started but the lights started their on and off dance again so I went through the process of shutting it off and managed to get the light to stop by turning the emergency flashers off then on again. After approx. 15 to 20 minute I tried a restart and it started with no symptom's so I was able to drive home with no further incident.

- Loon Lake, WA, USA

problem #7

Nov 282015


  • 130,000 miles


Car parked and stationary at home. Opened the rear door (with keys in hand, not in ignition) and the front windshield wipers started going and the running lights came on. After 1-2 minutes the horn started blowing and the heater blower motor came on. Putting the key in ignition or not made no difference. Pulled the positive terminal off of the battery and everything stopped. Reconnected the positive terminal and nothing unusual happened. Tried starting the car to test and the key activated the dash but would not start the engine but normal dash lights came on. While trying different things (shift to neutral, park, on, off, etc) the wipers (front and rear), blower, running lights and horn all came back on and the engine started without turning the key from run to start. Wipers and blower speed changed without touching any controls. Blower speed could be changed through switch, but when blower switch turned to off, blower went to high speed. Pulled positive terminal and negative terminals from battery with no change everything still running. Had to pull wires off the alternator to stop everything. The heater blower had stopped on this vehicle a year or so ago and after testing and replacing all blower parts with new parts it was determined that the tipm was at fault. Tipm has not yet been replaced (but will be). If this had happened while the vehicle had been in motion, it would have (at the very least) panicked the driver. I am going to reconnect the battery and attempt to video the results.

- Williamson, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 102015


  • 67,500 miles
On 4 occasions, my horn and windshield wiper have spontaneously activated. On the most recent occurrence, we were driving at night and the headlights turned off for several seconds. This happened at highway speed but luckily my wife was able to cycle the headlight switch and power returned to the headlights.

- Watkinsville, GA, USA

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problem #5

Nov 152014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Jeep Wrangler still acts up with electronics. After picking up some grocery as I open my passenger door my horn, both wipers, washer fluid spraying out, and lights started going haywire. Everything turned on all at once. I jumped in and tried starting it up maybe rest what ever short my be experiencing, I was able to start it but continue to go haywire as I turned off the ignition, it continue to run. I jumped out to pop the hood and pulled a fuse. The engine stopped and car stopped going haywire. I waited about 10 mins before replacing the fuse. Jeep Wrangler still honks horn (beep) and wipers shift a little in the morning when I open the driver door. Should I be concern that this malfunction will cause a fire or possible harm?

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 312014


  • 90,000 miles


While driving at night car went berserk lights started flashing, horn continuous sounding, wipers both front and back continue to stay on while shooting washer fluid. As tried to accelerate to get off the freeway I experience lost of power and steering. I was able to make it to the side of the freeway and turned the ignition off and on several times hoping to rest the problem, but only continue for about 30 mins and then stop.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 022013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 66,500 miles
On the 2008 Jeep Wrangler dashboard, the airbag warning light flashes on every other minute with a chime, an indication that there is something malfunctioning or interfering with the vehicle's airbags.this has been a recurring issue and concern for many 2008 Jeep Wrangler owners, including myself, and has been shown time and time again to be caused by a faulty clockspring within the vehicle's steering wheel. This faulty clockspring is the culprit for potential airbag failure in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler during an accident or premature deployment when simply driving around. Daimler Chrysler has refused to address the safety concern of their faulty clockspring that can cause failure of the vehicle's airbags from properly deploying. Also on a different issue, on certain occasions I go to start my vehicle and I will hear a click and the vehicle will refuse to turnover, it is a random occurrence that is a huge inconvenience. Sometimes my Jeep will start after 5 or 6 tries, other times it can take a half hour for it to finally start up. I have tried changing the battery to no avail and am hesitant to hire someone to go through all of the wiring harness.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 49,285 miles
The head lights will not stay on when turned on. When the head light switch is turned on the come on then off and will not come back on. The horn will blow with out pushing the horn button and at the same time the horn blows the windshield washer sprayer sprays water. After the Jeep as sit for several days without being started the motor will not turn over. The battery is fully charged and all the warning lights on the dash lights up when key is turned on but the starter will not even try to turn over the motor. After attempting to start the motor several times the starter will eventually start the motor. I have researched this problem on the internet and there was a recall for the totally integrated power module "tipm" in 2007. The problems that are occurring with my Jeep are the same problems that were occurring with the Jeep recalls in 2007. Please investigate this issue and recall this tipm as well. Thank you for your time.

- Tennessee Colony, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 132011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the exterior lights suddenly failed. The contact used the fog lamps in order to see while driving at night. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer stated that the tipm module malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The contact did not replace the tipm module. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive at night. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Defiance, OH, USA

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