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Trasmission range sensor 1999 jeep cherokee

This year for our 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport has been just one thing after another... and it may be the same unresolved issue. A year ago, it was having issues starting so we replaced the starter. 6 months after that the crank sensor had to be replace due to a combo of not always starting and then the dreaded "no bus" error. 3 months later, we begin having issues again, and the mechanic said it was the starter, AGAIN. So, we replaced that and start having issues again the very next day- we called the mechanic and they said they felt it was going to be the starter AGAIN! After one day!!! We took the original starter they made us replace just a few days before to autozone and it turns out the starter was absolutely fine- it works and they made us pay $400 to replace it!!! THEN, two days later the check engine light came on and the code says its a trasmission range sensor 1999 issue. I am losing my mind... any clues?

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Thunder is the man. He is 100% on. Now if we could only get the dealers to listen to him, every vehicle owner would have a driveable vehicle, at least til the next issue surfaces. I will add that doing voltage drops before you spread your Jeep all over the driveway cleaning what he said, may point you to where to go look at first.

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No bus issue is caused by a lack of connection between the computer and sensors or dash gauges. It can also be triggered by a low power condition related to electrical connections at the power supply side of the computer. (or poor grounding at dash, firewall or fenders.) The starter issue likely is related but only in that power may be getting lost between the battery and the starter as it passes through the power distribution center. That could cause the starter relay to not operate intermittently.
Sometimes it is also related to the crank sensor but since that was replaced I'd be more concerned with the connector integrity there.
This sounds like a lot to check because it is.
Corrosion on low voltage connectors is not as easily identified as is the crud that grows on your battery terminals. Minor oxidation can appear as just a blackening of the pins or pin receivers. You should use electrical contact cleaner, not sandpaper or other abrasives in cleaning as most are plated with a non-corrosive and sandpaper etc may clean but render them more prone to further corrosion.
If you need to, remove the power distribution center and clean it from the back-side. You may also need to remove the dash gauges and clean the connectors there. I'd begin by cleaning all connectors in the engine bay including the computer, both male and female ends on all, and running a permanent ground from the battery through the firewall to the dash brace at it's bottom edge and making sure the computer grounds are clean and secure. after that, go to the more difficult items and do the same testing, removal and cleaning there as well.
Hopefully, you will not need to go through everything I've noted before you find the problem, and hopefully when you are finished the problem will be resolved. Unfortunately, there are so many different causes, I can't give you one specific item to just replace...that's why shops get driven crazy when a problem like this appears. And for most, working on stuff like this does not make a profit...If all billable hours were charged, it would cost several thousand dollars for time spent alone!!!
Good luck!!!

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

  • rocknlalo Jul 02, 2011

    Hey PCZap, I"m having similar problems with my brothers 99 jeep cherokee sport. No bus error, dash guages stop working the come back, intermitten no starts, I've replace bettery, battery terminals. a few months back I replaced alternator. removed started took to autozone it checked out brother swears it's the fuel pump, I don't think it is. I've tried the on/ off 5 second key cyling test to prime the pump and it still wont start.there's fuel pressure at injector rail. I'ved taken starter off cleand connection and I will start fine for a couple weeks then do it again when we least expect it. Did you ever find the problem with your jeep. I'm going to clean all conectors and check grounds like thundergod suggested.

  • Richard Scordino Jul 03, 2011

    As you may have noted, I gave this person everything I could short of going there and doing the work for him....yet he rated my answer "thanks for trying" which lowers my rating!!! Doing a thorough electrical test can sometimes take ten minutes or two days, "pinning out" every wire in the system 'till you find the culprit. (the two day ones aren't any fun). If you need to do that, get a good wiring diagram and a note pad. Take good notes as you work and compare what you find to what the diagram tells you. After a time you will get a clear picture of what's happening and then a solution. If you don't take notes, by the time you're half finished you may forget something that in itself seemed insignificant but added to other things, begins to make sense. About grounds...there are about five grounds sometimes more. On every vehicle I get, I run a ground wire (one continuous unbroken lead (12 gauge or better) to every ground point on the car...on a boat, it's called "bonding"...that ensures that there is always a good solid ground to everything. That in itself, lowers resistance to all components and prevents many failures.



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