Hi, im new to Jeep. I always had Honda and Acura's over the last years. I also have some good overall knowledge about cars, but not with electrical problems
(also sorry if my english is bad, im french).
Here's my story. 2 months ago, i bought a used 2008 Jeep Patriot North 4WD 2.4L from a used dealership.
Now, couple weeks ago, i went to work with my Jeep and everything was fine. After my shift, 8 hours later, I jumped in car and tried to start and nothing. Battery had power, i could use the radio, wipers, lights were on.. but couldnt start the car. The air bag and check engine lights were on and there were at least 4 or 5 beeps when i put key in, but couldnt start it.
I brought the car to a Jeep dealer and they told me that the problem was the fusebox under the hood. I was like
a fusebox that break that easily on a 45,000km car. I had no choice but to get it repaired. Here is my "problem".
After they changed the fusebox (and a 1500$ bill (850$ for the part + job)), lot of electrical "accessories" were not like before and the dealership keep telling me i'm wrong. Here's an example of what changed.
- no more sound when i grab the handbrake,
- doors get locked at 20km/h, before they were locking when i press brake to shift on Drive,
- seatbelt light goes off when i pull belt, it was going off when i locked it before,
- when using wipers with windshield washer, now they wipe 2 times only, they were wiping 3 times before (i checked with a friend who has a 2008 patriot too and they wipe 3 times).
- rear passenger door doesnt lock/unlock anymore,
I know it's nothing important, but i am wondering what happened. Do told me they had to program the new fusebox in the computer..!? never heard of that in my life. But if they changed the computer's program, my question is.. when you change the under hood fusebox, do you ABSOLUTLY NEED to make any changes in the computer?
Also, when they fixed the fusebox, check engine and air bag lights were still on but car could at least start (yay!). The mechanic called Chrysler and they had no clue what was the problem. So they told me it was the PCM. They changed it under warranty.
So, i went to work, parked the car, came back 8 hours later and car would not start. The fusebox and PCM broke like that and bam..
Is this "normal" ? Do fuseboxes and PCM break that easily on these cars with this average kms? Anyone ever experienced something like this?
Thanks and sorry for the long story