I drove into a parking garage today after driving 50 miles on the freeway
and parked the 2001 Grand Cherokee Laredo. On my return later I found that
the car doesn't work. None of the gages (Jeep's spelling) seem to activate
other than the battery that goes up to maybe 9. None of the other gages
move, not even the fuel or oil. The lights that stay on is check gages and
the security key (doesn't blink). Tried putting the car in neutral and
tried starting the car, it definitely didn't like that and didn't even
bother trying to start. The car would try and try to start, but nothing.
I called AAA and the guy tries jump starting. No start. They put gas in it
"because he can smell fuel" (sure he can). No start. He tries banging really
hard on the fuel filter. No go. So he says he'll call a tow truck. An hour
and half later the guy shows up, says he can't tow the car since it's a 4x4.
He tries banging on the fuel filter. No go. So now I'll need to get a small
tow truck to get me out of the space I'm in. My battery is running really
low now since the lights are dimming.
After they're gone thinking it might be the security system I tried turning
my alarm on/off/on/off and then opening my tailgate. No go. Same thing.
The battery cable was loose when I went to it initially. I tightened it and
all the lights, even the headlight was nice and bright. Before I left the
car for the night I unplugged the battery from the terminal.
Any ideas how I might be able to fix this problem instead of calling a tow
truck to yank my truck out? If it's something I can't fix right then and
there should I bring it to a dealer or an independent repair shop?
Thanks for your time and patience and thanks in advance.
- posted 12 years ago