2012 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems: tipm failure

Tipm Failure

2012 Jeep Wrangler (Page 1 of 3)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Jeep dealer.

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
51,750 miles
Total Complaints:
48 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace tipm (29 reports)
  2. not sure (9 reports)
  3. replace the TIPM (8 reports)
  4. clock spring replaced (1 reports)
  5. repair wiring harness (1 reports)
2012 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Mar 092020

Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


Started as door locks not working to no start unless you hit the tipm. Would love to just replace it but it is on nationwide back order it sounds like it's a big problem with Jeeps an told at the dealership that just be glad that it doesn't just shut off on you but it's not under recall for the Wrangler.

- Mark S., Mount Pleasant Mills, PA, US

problem #47

May 162019

Wrangler Linited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,030 miles

Sudden loss of power from Alternator, Radio reboot, loss of AC. Vehicle staggered for a moment then continued on battery power. Low speed with each happening = TIPM is getting hot and faulting.

- Justin B., Katy, TX, US

problem #46

Jun 302018

Wrangler Sport 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

We have had problems with our 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport since we bought it. It's been in dealer many times and they have replaced so much, but it stumps them. About a month now it is back to it again. We can wiggle the starter relay in the fuse panel and it will start. We keep telling the dealer but they don't listen. I know that there is something wrong with the fuse panel box and Chrysler needs to step up and fix this problem.

- Bert H., Nahunta, GA, US

problem #45

Sep 202018

Wrangler Unlimited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


So fed up with this Jeep...2012..so excited to purchase my 2nd Jeep. First week, air conditioner goes out spontaneously while driving. Does this every now and then but I let it go. 2018 and the piece of sh*t has gone crazy. Dash lights coming on, wipers come on when I give a right turn signal, radio cuts off, air still shutting off while driving. Last week, going to the store and the Jeep doesn't crank...dead...completely. Heard a ticking under the hood near the fuse box, pound the fuse box, the ticking stops. Jeep cranks up but no radio, nothing, dead. Another company where the fat cats keep getting rich and those of us working our asses off keep shoveling out hard earned cash for their piece of crap product. I knew something was up in 2012...just didn't seem right. It was brand new, straight off the truck. Very disappointed.

- Angela J., Fuquay Varina, NC, US

problem #44

Sep 032018

Wrangler Sport 3.6L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,923 miles

Cannot use 2012 Jeep Wrangler because exterior lights and directionals do not work. The estimate to replace the tipm (fuse box) is over $1000.00 USD. I have been told this is a common problem and a defect, yet I am supposed to pay for the repairs. Not fair. Too much money.

- IJS I., Stoneham, MA, US

problem #43

Nov 302016

Wrangler Unlimited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,175 miles

The front winter washer does not work, but the rear works. The electronic lock does not work, but the unlock works, the high beams do not work.

- yywcomic, Burnaby, Canada

problem #42

Jul 012017

Wrangler Sahara 3.6V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


There are multiple issues/problems with the electrical components that from my research online are common enough that they should be fixed under a recall.

- Mitch A., West Long Branch, US

problem #41

May 162017

Wrangler Sahara 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,213 miles

Check engine light came on, drove to nearest auto parts store with a code reader. As I arrived the overheating alarm went off. Checked code cooling fan or circuit. Since I was towing the vehicle and we were on the road I immediately contacted a Jeep dealer first one acted uninterested when I said something about an extended warranty The second one was very responsive I could Drive the vehicle without AC and no stop and go traffic

They did not honor my warranty rental requirement. They replace the fan did not test drive as mileage in and out were identical Overheat happened again no AC and stop and go driving kept in business until July 17th. Second dealer charged me 89.95 said the first dealer didn’t properly burp the radiator and that they added a half gallon of coolant and sent me on my way. At this point I knew it wasn’t fixed but traveling and minimal driving in traffic being required. I waited until I got to Farmington NM Advantage Dodge Chrysler Jeep there was a very familiar place as I lived and worked there for 25 plus years. Called ahead explained the problem and took my Jeep in on 8/7 they kept it until the 10th replaced the TIPM problem solved

Until yesterday 11/5 Fog lights blink for turn signals, no front turn signals, sound like the new TIPM less than 90 days in service is doing it again

- bmwpig, Glendale, US

problem #40

Sep 052017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

9/4/17 while driving home, I noticed I could not control the radio with the steering wheel controls, no big deal.

9/5/17 pulling my jeep out of the garage 5 15 am no headlights, no tail lights , no brake lights, no blinkers.

How can this possibly not be covered under a National Recall?? I have been a Jeep driver for 20 years, currently own 3, Never been more disappointed in all my days as to the product being passed off as a JEEP now. I owned a Toyota FJ for 5 years.... guessing might be time to go check out the 4 Runners. I hate that JEEP now stands for .. J.ust E.mpty E.very P.ocket

- tigredy, Broken Arrow, US

problem #39

Jul 142016

Wrangler Sport 3.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles

2012 Jeep Wrangler with 40000 miles. Started overheating. Had towed to dealer. Dealer diagnosed bad fan and fan mod. $1000.

After installing fan, dealer said Tim was bad. Another $1000.

- Billy S., Aurora, CO, US

problem #38

Oct 032016

Wrangler Rubicon 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,850 miles


This all started when I had the Calibration done for the larger tires. The transmission acted like it was not going into the proper gear while driving, a week or so later the A/C unit would shut off for a few seconds and come back on. Still had the transmission problems not shifting correctly, Then the wiper motor would come on intermittently (Transmission, A/C and Wiper Motor not working Correctly).

I have gone to the dealership to see if they could identify the problem. A service tech without question he says it is the TIPM, without computer diagnostic's. I asked what the cost would be and I was told over $1400.00.

So I took the Jeep home to clean the connections on the TIPM. "Clean and reinstalled". Now the Transmission, wipers and A/C unit seem to be working, but the Left Turn Signal now flashes very rapidly.

If Chrysler knew about the problems with the TIPM why are they not replacing them with no cost to the customer. I have talked with new owners and previous owners of Jeeps. They have said when the problems started the sold them with out question.

- Charles D., Huntsville, US

problem #37

Dec 152016

Wrangler JK 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

A few months ago, our fob would only unlock the driver side door. After getting in, all other doors need to be unlocked manually (the door button doesn't do anything). I finally brought it into my mechanic and he diagnosed it as the TIPM and said it would be about $1100 to fix. In addition to this, I apparently need a brake fluid flush, new lug nut bolt (since one rusted and fell of), and new rear brakes. I'm baffled as to why a vehicle with only 43,000 miles on it would have these issues. The next time someone asks me if I like my Jeep, I don't think I can tell them yes - especially after hearing other peoples TIPM issues...

- Dan M., Libertyville, US

problem #36

Mar 012017

Wrangler Sport 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,448 miles

Starter runs on after engine is running when it's cold .

- Jim C., Windsor Junction, Canada

problem #35

Jan 012015

Wrangler Sport 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,603 miles

No wipers, no fog lights, no radio, no abs, no traction control, no cruise control.

- Mark O., Halifax, NS, Canada

problem #34

Feb 012017

Wrangler Rubicon 3.6L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,614 miles

The washer fluid stopped spraying, and the power door locks are not working for now. Middle of winter I'd rather hook a Supersoaker up to it and lock the doors manually than pay $1100 rro a sh*tty part.

- Brenden G., Port Elgin, ON, Canada

problem #33

Jan 182017

Wrangler Unlimited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,684 miles

This jeep has been great until we found out that they have TIPM problems. Almost completely wrecked out ride. Not to mention the stress of the death wobbles and never knowing what it's going to drive like today. It's costing us over $3000 to fix it! I really wish Jeep would do something for this make and model to help us out!

- penguingrad07, Fairbanks, AK, US

problem #32

Jun 102016

Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Jeep went haywire. Went into limp mode. Away bar wouldn't disconnect or reconnect if disconnected. Loss of power. Intermittent air conditioner failure. Stalling while idle. Stalling while driving. Dealing with the dealer was a complete joke. They had the jeep for 3 weeks and didn't do anything until I showed up ranting and screaming to finish. Wondering if they even replaced the tipm they charged me for.

- Sara S., Yucaipa, CA, US

problem #31

Sep 092016

Wrangler X 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

The TIPM is an on going issue with Jeep and Chrysler vehicles. Most of the jeep vehicles in 2012 were recalled due to the TIPM issues but not the wrangler. I got in my jeep and everything was fine until I turned the key. ALL the lights on my dash stated flashing but would not do anything else. This happed after 4 years and 35K miles. I have open a case with Jeep customer care and now awaiting a case worker to call me. I dont expect them to do much of anything because I am out of the basic warranty. However if enough people call about this issue maybe they will finally acknowledge the issue is also with the Wrangler .

- Jason R., Smyrna, TN, US

problem #30

Jul 132015

Wrangler 4DR 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

As much as I love my Jeep I am very disappointed in Chrysler not admitting to and correcting the tip problem. I have owned several Jeep Wranglers and have become accustomed with their little idiosyncrasies. However, it's always been little (usually electrical ) issues that I could either fix easily, inexpensively or could just live with the problems.

Now these vehicles are so much more expensive to buy and have repairs that can ONLY be done at the dealership because of computer flashing issues that I can only now complain about how bad we are being let down. As the cost of these relatively simple vehicles (compared to many other vehicles in the same price range) have gone up to where one has to take out an automobile mortgage, the quality should have gone up and the manufacturer should be held more accountable for their judgment in parts selection.

I have a great vehicle with low mileage on it that I can't drive any distance without the worry of "will I make it back". Chrysler has and knows of the tipm problem on these and many of their other vehicles, yet they will not make it right for us. I like many others am a loyal jeep owner and I am very disappointed that I have to pay this much to be a Jeep owner and then turn around and spend 1200 dollars to replace a faulty fuse box that is a known problem.

The government should step in and make these car manufacturers be held accountable for repairs on vehicles with a certain number of issues for the same parts. My vehicle was not too far out of warranty when it can only drive for about an hour if you drive it longer than that and turn it off it will not start again. I guess I should correct that statement to read that it will not start with a simple turn of the key in the ignition. It will however start with or without the key in the ignition if after this happens that you slam the drivers side front door just right. ???????? What kind of crap is that for a 40 thousand dollar vehicle?

As time has gone on it now has multiple other problems that have started, like traction control problems among others. I have not paid for this repair mostly because I think jeep should foot the bill and because they will not guarantee that this will fix the problem. With that being said jeep is expecting me to pay 1200 for them to guess a repair on my vehicle and if it doesn't I lose the money and still have to get my jeep fixed. I don't know about the rest of you out there but I would love to get paid 1200 dollars for guess work on my job and not be held responsible if I'm wrong. I can tell you I would be making a lot of b.s. guesses and getting paid.

I see on these forums that this tipm can cause air bags to go off randomly and not deploy when in an accident! How can they get away with this? I know if either of these situations happen when I'm driving or in an accident, I will be more than happy to file a law suit against them for this known problem not being addressed immediately. I'm only guessing that the new tipm that has to be bought is a completely different one from the original since it is a completely different part number now.

I hope Jeep has to make this right for us and I can enjoy my Jeep as I should be. I have paid for a vehicle to enjoy and should be able to do it without paying for the manufacturers poor decisions too.

- rcantu, Eufaula, AL, US

problem #29

Jun 252016

Wrangler Sahara 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,088 miles

Went to start up the Jeep and all of a sudden all the lights were flashing and a dinging sound was going off like crazy. The message on the dash said hot oil and every single light was illuminated with a problem to the vehicle. Tried to restart the Jeep several times but the problem continued to happen. So I decided to take the vehicle into the dealership. The only problem was that the transmission was stuck in first gear and would rpm really high. The speed gauge was also not working and saying I was going 0 mph but I was going at least 10 to 15.

So I get to the dealer and they connect the code reader to the Jeep. It comes back with about 10 different major problem codes. So I leave the Jeep for 4 days. Finally the dealership calls and said its a faulty electrical problem in the cluster panel. This is what was written on my paper work when the vehicle was picked up after repairs "U0101 lost comm with TCM, U0121 lost comm with ABS, codes are stored and will not go active, found star case for a concern with these codes, splice in dash with can C wiring not holding, removed knee blocker, radio panel, cluster and accessed can C wiring splices in dash harness, removed splices and repaired wiring, reinstalled parts, test drove, no codes returned".

I was told this was a common wiring issue Chrysler made a mistake on. I asked why Chrysler is not paying for their mistake and the answer was not sure. So basically I paid $496 to repair Jeep/Chrysler's wiring mistakes. To me that's some BS. Many others have experienced similar repair problems.

- Robert C., Riverside, CA, US

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