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Old 04-08-2015, 09:48 AM
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Whistle and Battery Light

A few weeks ago my Jeep (2012 Grand Cherokee Laredo) wouldn't start. The dashboard indicated that it was some sort of security issue. I got out, locked the car, got back in and it started just fine. I had another start up issue the other day. It got stuck turning over (over and over and over again) and I couldn't stop it because I don't have a key - it's just the push start. Eventually it stopped. I got out, locked it, got back in, and it started fine.

I am not sure if these start up issues are related to what happened today...

Upon start up, I heard a distinct whistling sound. I had to go to work so I just kept driving. It seemed to go away, but now my battery light is on. I have read that if a light is red, it means don't drive the car. Do you think it's ok to drive it 3 miles to the auto place?

Any ideas what could be wrong, and if these issues are related? I have the worst luck with car problems and I don't want to keep spending money on it!

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Old 04-08-2015, 12:20 PM
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Update: My boyfriend came to check it out - he was able to start it and drive it around the block. He lifted up the hood when he returned and it was smoking like crazy and smelled like rubber. Seemed like it was coming directly from the alternator.

We decided to drive it to a repair shop, but it wouldn't start a third time. Tried jumping it...it worked temporarily but as soon as we disconnected the plugs it died. Just had it towed away...will write an update with the result.
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