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I had the same problem with my 2007 Compass. After getting a runaround and a ridiculously high repair estimate from my dealer, I decided to tackle it myself. I purchased a left side multifunction switch from Ebay for $20. Armed with only a phillips screwdriver and a hex head screwdriver, I was able to remove the old switch and replace it in under ten minutes. It seems as this is a very common issue, and in my experience, the dealer tries to convince the customer that it is a very difficult and technically involved repair (sccm, tipm, airbag location, etc.), when in fact anyone with a screwdriver can repair this with no problem. I hope this helps someone.
 

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I just had the same problem. (No turn signals, couldn't turn on the windshield wipers etc). The dealer just reset the computer and now it works. So hopefully it won't come back like it has with others.
 

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No turn signals or wiper

Hi All,

A few days ago my '07 patriot's turn signals and wipers stopped working.
If I disconnect the battery everything works again... for a few days.. and then stops working again...

I took it to my dealer today (in broken state) and they were unable to diagnose the problem. They just did a battery reset.

Anyone have any advice?

Do I start disassembling the steering column looking for loose wires, or do I need a new SCCM (steering column control module?).
Why would a battery reset get everything working again? It is starting to sound like a PC with MS-Windows.. needs a reboot to get it working.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Daniel
 

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When mine did this, or kind of this, it was the multi-control turn signal assembly. My headlights would stay on, or not turn on. Wipers would wipe without being on or not work when I did turn them on. Turn signals would work sometimes but not always.

Mine was fixed under warranty and has never acted up again.
 

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Wipers,lights,blinkers...

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In my experience, after I replaced the left multifunction switch, the problem was solved completely.
The SCCM is housed within the left side switch, which is in turn connected to the right switch via a wiring harness. Therefore, replacing the SCCM, which seems to fail pretty regularly, is as simple as replacing the switch.
The switches are readily available on ebay, as well as from your local salvage yard. It can be replaced in 5 minutes with a screwdriver. Be sure to disconnect the battery first to avoid triggering the airbag.
Contact me at [email protected] for diagrams.
Hope this helps...
 

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I'm also having problems with my left switch assembly - the interior light switch seems to have a loose connection.
Does anyone know where to find a replacement? I haven't been able to find anything searching online.

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I have got a sporadic problem of this kind with my 2007 Patriot but in my case (and, perhaps, HOLSTEIN83 had the same situation) it definitely depends on the cabin temperature. In a cold day (like 10F) I would need to spend 10-15 minutes warming up the cabin before the switches start working as supposed and before that I can observe all the symptoms described above - the lights, wipers, and washer fluid aren't working. And, then, boom, they begin working just fine.

In a warmer day (like 40F) it may take just 1-2 minutes after the hot air starts coming to the cabin to make the switches work. And if I leave the car and come back in less then an hour (while the engine and the cabin are relatively warm), they continue working no problem.

I have been observing this for about 2 months so far, so it's definitely temperature-related.

At the beginning I tried resetting the computer but it did not really help. Also, it doesn't look like a loose wire. Any ideas, folks?
 

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well, just had the pleasure today of observing all the same crap:
-wipers don't work
-blinkers don't work
-headlights always on
-nothing on the steering column works, left or right side control arms

2007 patriot, 44000 miles, just not acceptable.....at all - first vehicle in my life that i've experienced these issues in any car. all i know is it better not rain tomorrow.


5/22/2012 - fixed at dealer, left multifunction switch.... diagnostics,part,labor, $270
 

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I had the same problem last week.Left and right side control arms, out of order. Today i fixed it, replacing the left one with a secondhand arm. Cost 75euros (about 90 USD). Sure this problem is not acceptable. A recall is not a bad idea.
Patriot 01/2008, 75000 Km, Athens, Greece
 

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wipers, turn signals not working

I have a 2007 patriot with 145000 miles. Wipers stopped working along with turn signal headlight and dome light. I took the advice of the previous posts and ordered a newmultifunction switch. It is a really easy fix, if you go to the dealer buy the part first and tell them to change it. They shouldnt charge more than an hour of labor. It only takes 15 minutes to change. You can order the part online for 65 bucks at moparpartsoverstock.com.Part number 68041485AD. If you want to change it yourself you will need a phillips head screwdriver with an extra long neck and a star head screw driver. There are three screws under the steering wheel on the bottom half of the cover. Once you take those out the top piece of the cover pops right of. You dont have to take the bottom piece out. The turn signal/multifunction switch is one part.there is a plug that pulls out and a small wire harness that you disconnect. There is one screw on the bottom that connects the switch to thr steering wheel. Once the screw is of the switch slides right out. Very easy. !!AS A precaution before you start disconnect the positive battery terminal before you start to prevent triggering the airbag
 

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I have got a sporadic problem of this kind with my 2007 Patriot but in my case (and, perhaps, HOLSTEIN83 had the same situation) it definitely depends on the cabin temperature. In a cold day (like 10F) I would need to spend 10-15 minutes warming up the cabin before the switches start working as supposed and before that I can observe all the symptoms described above - the lights, wipers, and washer fluid aren't working. And, then, boom, they begin working just fine.

In a warmer day (like 40F) it may take just 1-2 minutes after the hot air starts coming to the cabin to make the switches work. And if I leave the car and come back in less then an hour (while the engine and the cabin are relatively warm), they continue working no problem.

I have been observing this for about 2 months so far, so it's definitely temperature-related.

At the beginning I tried resetting the computer but it did not really help. Also, it doesn't look like a loose wire. Any ideas, folks?
I finally bought a replacement for the left switch and installed it myself. It took about $ 40 and 30 minutes. The only trick was a proper part number as there were four slightly different switches .
 

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...and when installing the multi-function left-hand stalk you have to make sure your steering wheel is straight because the mechanism that automatically kicks off your signal light when you straighten your wheels is somehow related.

I learned the hard way and realized my signal light wouldn't shut off. Just had to re-install it with the wheels straight and all is good.:eek:
 

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I have a 2007 Jeep Compass with same issues out of the blue, no wiper, main head light, or signal light. Removed the negative terminal on the battery as suggested and put it back on, everything started working again.
 

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!AS A precaution before you start disconnect the positive battery terminal before you start to prevent triggering the airbag
Always Always Always disconnect the negative battery cable first when working on a car. If you try do disconnect the positive cable first and your wrench touches any grounded part of the car you run the very real risk of the battery shorting and exploding.

Did I mention ALWAYS disconnect the negative cable first ?
 

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I'm having a similar problem, but I'm pretty sure I know a cause for my situation. I have a 2009 Patriot with a sunroof. I have grown to hate the sunroof, because all it leads to is a dome light full of rainwater which eventually leaks out onto the radio.

Saturday night we got about 3 inches of rain in 2 hours. I don't even think properly cleared sunroof drain lines could have kept up with it, but nonetheless, I had basically a steady stream of water pouring into the cabin. As a result, here are my issues:

The display on the radio is blank. It will *sometimes* display initially when the car turns on, but then gives out. All of the controls on the radio (well, those I've tested) still work.

The display where the compass direction is normally shown just shows "--" (As I write this, I realize I didn't bother to check if I press that button if I can still get the tire pressure, etc)

Neither of the MFS work. No signals, no wipers, no headlights, no high beams. Cruise seems unaffected.

I checked several fuses, and they all checked out well.

From the rest of the thread, I'm guessing it's worth trying to:

1) Disconnect the (-) battery terminal, reconnect, and see if that resets the computer circuit, failing that
2) Replace the LH MFS and see if the problem was in the SCCM which would affect both MFS

Anything else I should be looking at?
 

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I have a 2008 Cherokee.... having a similar issue with the headlights being on, no wipers, dimmer control not working no signals. Everyone is saying M/F switch but I'm confused.... the lights and signals are on the left switch and the wipers are on the right.....how can it be just the one switch?....

I am currently trying the battery disconnect as it was the fix for another (different) issue a couple years back.....in that case all the idiot lights on the dash lit up and lost some of the same controls as this time.....
 

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Disconnecting the Neg battery terminal worked for me today with this no-signals/no-wipers problem; obviously resetting something. For a computer or relay to be between me and my wipers and turn signals is a dangerous design flaw. I see where people have replaced the left side switch stalk to fix the problem. As doing that replacement involves disconnecting the battery, I question whether the switch replacement was the actual fix. Time will tell. If the problem recurs for me, I'll report back.
 

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Wipers,lights,blinkers...

papaniad-
In my experience, after I replaced the left multifunction switch, the problem was solved completely.
The SCCM is housed within the left side switch, which is in turn connected to the right switch via a wiring harness. Therefore, replacing the SCCM, which seems to fail pretty regularly, is as simple as replacing the switch.
The switches are readily available on ebay, as well as from your local salvage yard. It can be replaced in 5 minutes with a screwdriver. Be sure to disconnect the battery first to avoid triggering the airbag.
Contact me at [email protected] for diagrams.
Hope this helps...
I have a 2011 jeep patriot. The other day my blinkers stopped working, my headlights stayed on, and my wipers dontwork. They're on two different handles. The left is blinker, headlights and interior dome. The right Is my wipers front and back. Do you think i need to replace the left multifunction switch or the sccm? Or are you saying by replacing the multifunction switch I will replace the sccm?
 

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I have a 2008 Cherokee.... having a similar issue with the headlights being on, no wipers, dimmer control not working no signals. Everyone is saying M/F switch but I'm confused.... the lights and signals are on the left switch and the wipers are on the right.....how can it be just the one switch?....

I am currently trying the battery disconnect as it was the fix for another (different) issue a couple years back.....in that case all the idiot lights on the dash lit up and lost some of the same controls as this time.....
Any update? I just started having the no blinkers no wipers headlights stay issue. Need to know what to do.
 

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I had the same problem with my 2007 Compass. After getting a runaround and a ridiculously high repair estimate from my dealer, I decided to tackle it myself. I purchased a left side multifunction switch from Ebay for $20. Armed with only a phillips screwdriver and a hex head screwdriver, I was able to remove the old switch and replace it in under ten minutes. It seems as this is a very common issue, and in my experience, the dealer tries to convince the customer that it is a very difficult and technically involved repair (sccm, tipm, airbag location, etc.), when in fact anyone with a screwdriver can repair this with no problem. I hope this helps someone.
i also have a 2007 jeep compass and have same problem for 2 years. i was always resetting the fuse. is been months problem didn't come up till now , twice in one week . now i know i have to replace the switch . thank you so much for sharing info. you are a life saver.
 
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