1999 Electrical Problems - Jeep Cherokee Forum
Jeep Cherokee Forum

Go Back   Jeep Cherokee Forum > Technical Discussion > OEM Cherokee Tech
Log In 

1999 Electrical Problems

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-25-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
IronMick's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: London, ON Canada
Posts: 11

View IronMick's Photo Album My Photos
1999 Cherokee
Default 1999 Electrical Problems

Four problems ...

Most important - Dash instruments go off then on from time to time. I have been told that it might be a loose ground, or a difficult [expensive] to service module under the hood drivers side - and that i should not meddle with that. Here's the dash ...

Click the image to open in full size.

Annoying - The window lock button [drivers door console] is broken so the front seat passenger cannot operate the window. A friend at the auto wreckers has been looking for the module but not having any luck so far. If i knew the name of the part i could search eBay. Here's the window module ...

Click the image to open in full size.

Don't care much - One of the front speakers does not work so i have only the rear ones on. I do not care much about this problem, just mentioning it here.

The above three have been on-going for a couple of years now. The next one has just started recently.

More annoying - The radio goes off then later will come on again. There is a light pouff sound from the speakers when it goes off.

Information ...

Stock 1999 Sport with ~3" lift. I have a 1984 thru 2000 Haynes and a 1994 factory service manual [my first Jeep was 1994]. I do my own work on my 1978 IronHead Harley but i have a friendly mechanic to work on the Jeep.

Any comments, suggestions, etc appreciated,
IronMick is offline   Reply With Quote
Join Cherokee Forum

Join CherokeeForum.com Today - It's Totally Free!

Do you love your Jeep? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Jeep Fans to meet online.
Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your jeep, and have a great time with other Jeep Cherokee fans.. Whether your an old timer or just bought your Jeep you'll find that CherokeeForum.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join CherokeeForum.com Today! - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE

Old 11-25-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
::CF Moderator::
Gee oh Dee's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 21,147

View Gee oh Dee's Photo Album My Photos
1987 Cherokee

The gauges could just be loose wiring.
Rest in peace Brian 96_XJ Perrine

"Build" thread:

"...To ride a motorcycle well is like making the choice to live in this world and the next simultaneously; It is to carelessly play with hell's devils and God's angels together because anything less would be, to the moto-enthusiast, to do nothing at all..."
Gee oh Dee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
CF Veteran
storm101's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northfield MN
Posts: 1,217

View storm101's Photo Album My Photos
1999 Cherokee

Master window/lock control has a tendency to stay in "lock mode" for either reasons
Of broken solder connections or corrosion, if you don't use the lock function search on here for "window switch bypass" you should find some instructions on how to connect two wires together in an easily accessible connection. It's cheap and effective more often than not, but you cannot lock your passenger windows if you do it, easily reversible too.

The speakers in the front have a tendency to get broken/corroded wiring in the rubber door boot, IMHO it's easiest to just run new working.

Gauges could be a loose wire cluster, semi related to the "no bus" issues some have to deal with, search for the no bus issue and you may retrieve more info, I had it happen once and slammed the top of my dash and thankfully it hasn't done it since....if its not broke I'm not gonna fix it lol.

Radio, my guess is either a loose fuse, ground or power wire....if its neither maybe the radio is starting to die....either case good excuse for an aftermarket deck and new speaker wiring.

All of these are common from 97-01 btw, welcome to cf and the xj world!
Just remember, if the wife kicks you out for being on CF too much, you can always sleep in the jeep. lmao

"Storm" the 99' xj- 63mm bored tb, thor4x4 cowl induction, 2.5" exhaust with flowmaster super 44 muffler, 3" mixed lift, HIDS, fitchbox switch panel, JCR stage 2 sliders, 31" treadwright guard dogs, cragar soft 8 rims, TJ flares, ironman4x4 motor mounts and lca's, iro double shear tbar, l&l fab bumpers, serious one ton steering, engo E9000, tranny cooler, rear disc brake conversion

Last edited by storm101; 11-25-2011 at 03:17 PM.
storm101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 02:45 PM   #4
CF Veteran
VTJeep's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 802
Posts: 4,838

View VTJeep's Photo Album My Photos
99 Cherokee

The gauges are prob loose wire or bad ground. The master window switch can be bought new for about 140. Or find the little wire harness down by your feet behind panel that looks like the pic and add the 1/2 paper clip.
E tape will help. As for speakers, my two front speakers didnt work with the stock head unit. I swapped in my pioneer and they worked. There was a couple times when it was rainy that all the speakers would cut out, but opening and closing the drivers door made the speakers work. So double check the wiring around grommet into door.
Attached Thumbnails
1999 Electrical Problems-image-4234864319.jpg  
1999 XJ Sport, 4.0, AW4, 242, 235 DuraTracs, H4+Putco harness, home-brew snorkel, some trimming, IRO tie rod, small lift, homebrew disco sway bar, carpets?, ac?

2006 TrailBlazer LT. The stock DD.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part...

Chances are I just gave you my two Lincolns. Take it or leave it.
VTJeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
Junior Member
xjdanja2's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 45

View xjdanja2's Photo Album My Photos

I am having all of these problems except for the radio flickering. Also, when this happens, my blinkers will not work in either direction, and my rear defrost turns on and stays on and i cant turn it off..when i open and close the passenger side door, all of it goes away and starts to work again....I dont understand...I do have a weird noise coming from the passenger side front switch panel when everything gets messed up.
1996 Jeep Cherokee Classic 6.5" RC lift, 33" Goodyear DT's...sold
2003 SeaDoo GTX Supercharged
xjdanja2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 06:01 PM   #6
CF Veteran
PatriotGT's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Dallas, GA 30157
Posts: 1,436

View PatriotGT's Photo Album My Photos
1999 Grand Cherokee

I had the radio "flickering" thing going on. It turned out to be a shorted
speaker in the drivers door.
Age has it's advantages. Now if I can just remember what ----- Semper Fi - Nam Vet
99 Grand Cherokee Laredo
88 Chevy Truck
2009 Acadia
2000 S10
PatriotGT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 06:33 PM   #7
Seasoned Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: East Texas
Posts: 454

View ET JEEP's Photo Album My Photos
1997 Grand Cherokee

Good info has been given. Check for ground wires on firewall or near fuse block. Check wiring connectors for dash instruments. Unplug, clean pins and reconnect.

As for radio I had the same problem. Radio would turn off and on at will. Cassette player did function well and all speakers worked. I installed a new head unit a few days ago. All is well now. As pointed out check the speaker wire running thru the door.
ET JEEP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 08:25 PM   #8
IronMick's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: London, ON Canada
Posts: 11

View IronMick's Photo Album My Photos
1999 Cherokee

Hey Jeep Peoples, thanx for all the replies. I'll try these things, see how far i get and come back, probably with more questions.

It will be raining here all day tomorrow and my shop is big enough only for the old Harley; so i wait for a nicer day.
IronMick is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuel Pump Problems Ricardo Siqueiros OEM Cherokee Tech 2 09-03-2015 10:17 PM
Help me cure the death wobble ryan_lerv Modified Cherokee Tech 4 09-03-2015 09:56 PM
Jeep cherokee 1994 starting problem Jeepy11 Grand Cherokee Tech 2 09-03-2015 10:32 AM
LED Truck-lite Issue Expedition_XJ Cherokee Chat 10 09-02-2015 06:15 PM

Go Back   Jeep Cherokee Forum > Technical Discussion > OEM Cherokee Tech

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:04 AM.

This site is in no way affiliated with Jeep or Chrysler.