I was out running errands the other day and, after a stop at one store, I came out to an unresponsive Patriot. I turned the key to start it and...nothing. The dashboard lit up when I turned the key, and my headlights worked, but nothing happened when I turned the key (not even a sound).
After finding that the Pat wouldn't start, I tried locking an unlocking the doors with the key fob and found that the locks were not responding...nor did the 'panic' button on the key fob work. However, I was able to lock and unlock the doors from the button on the driver's door. It seemed as though my key fob had died.
So, I called AAA and they sent someone out to jump start the Pat. However, the jump start did not work. So, I had the Pat towed to the local Jeep dealership (which was fortunately only a mile from where I was stranded).
Later in the day, I went home, got my other key fob and took it to the dealership to see if the Pat responded to it. Same thing...lock, unlock and 'panic' buttons on the fob were unresponsive, and I couldn't get the Pat to start either.
I did a search on this site and read other threads about people Pat's not starting. However, many of those occurances happened in either extremely cold weather or instances where the Pat hadn't been started in several days. However..neither of those are the case here. My Pat was running fine all morning, and the outside temp was relatively mild.
I have a few ideas on what could have caused this. Maybe an insufficiently charged battery (there must have been at least some juice, as the headlights and dash lights still worked). Maybe the key fob died and, when I tried to use it, it triggered some sort of security lock down in the Pat. Maybe a fuse blew?
I am interested to hear other's theories. Thanks in advance for your thoughts/ideas!