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Jeep Grand Cherokee says "wait" even after a few hours

Just purchased a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the radio is just saying "wait" even after a couple of hours. Do I need to go to Jeep to reset something or would disconnecting the battery sort it out?

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There is a "wait" period because someone has entered the wrong code 3 times.
You can try waiting with the key in the run position for 45 minutes. Just watch out for the lights coming on as that would just kill the battery.

Don't start it.... just leave the key all the way forward in the run position for about an hour.

The radio should say "code" after 45 min or so.

If you don't have the proper code, Just call any jeep dealer and talk to someone on the service drive... tell them you changed your battery and the radio wants a code that you don't have.
They should help you through the problem.

You can look in the glove box and in the owners manual for a code sticker.... Some people stick them to the back of the glove box or on the radio page of the owners manual.

Hope this helps

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

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  • Susan Turner
    Susan Turner Mar 21, 2014

    Many thanks for this, but having tried this and waiting for over 2 hours it is still telling me to "wait. Maybe if I try disconnecting the battery??

  • eric allen
    eric allen Mar 23, 2014

    Yes, that would be the next thing to try.

  • eric allen
    eric allen Mar 23, 2014

    If that doesn't work, you should call any jeep dealership and talk to someone in service about this. They would be able to give you better advice

  • Susan Turner
    Susan Turner Mar 23, 2014

    Disconnected the battery for 5 minutes and hey presto, the radio then asked me for a code, so I now have a fully functioning radio again :-)

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