Question about 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The three knobs in the center that control the heat are not eluminated. I'm tired of turning the overhead dash light to see were the airflow vent is blowing at night. Is there some type of fuse or bulb I need to replace? Help me see the light again.
Like stated above there are 3 small bulbs soldered onto the cuircut board. To replace yourself you must remove the radio bezel above and the shift bezel, these just snap into place though be carefull and always try to pull evenly to avoid breaking any tabs. The whole heater panel then can be pulled off. Unclip all the wiring harnesses, then unscrew the heater control itself from the panel. Remove the back of the heater unit to access the cuircut board. Remove the burnt bulbs by the base, slowly wiggling the base until they snap off. Go to radio shack and buy bulb #272-1141 (mini lamp 12Volts, 25mA). Remove the wires from the new bulb and melt off the glue on the base of the bulb with a lighter. Now you will have two metal leads exposed at the base of the bulb. Insert the leads into the base you removed from the cuircut board and slightly bend outwards so the base stays on. Dab a little bit of solder onto each of the prongs, then solder each prong onto the appropriate cuirtcut. be careful with the soldering iron not to touch any other areas of the cuircut board. I would suggest buying the long thin attachment for this procedure, as the prongs are small and the base of the bulb will be close to the cuircut board when soldering. This procedure is not for the novice, and if you are I would practice practice practice before you attempt to install the bulbs. I have done basic soldering before but nothing on cuircut boards, and I changed 3 burnt bulbs no problem, though I have to buy extra bulbs because on my first attempt I cut all of the metal leads off. Cost me about 5$ to do, since I already have a soldering iron. Good luck.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
I have the same problem on a 2005 and contacted Jeep about it with no favorable reply. The lights are LEDs soldered onto the control board internal to the heater controls. I found that the solder connections are defective and the led's actually overheated enough to melt the plastic that diffeuses the light to the know area. I am now noticing the same thing happening on the Homelink buttons. Yesterday, the heater stopped working on any setting other than high, so I will have to replace the controls. I got a price on the at $375 from JEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What junk, probbaly will not buy another one, especially with this **** 4.7l motor.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
Well...... I am sorry to say that the panel is 200.00 and 100.00 to replace by a dealer. DO NOT TRY TO DO IT YOUR SELF!!!!! You will be sorry. There is a lot of things you can screw up and basically kill your jeep or cost you a LOT of money. Do it and the dealership will love you!!! :) If you can just trade it in during the day and not at night.
Posted on May 16, 2009
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