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2008 Compass No Crank No Start

I purchased a 2008 Jeep Compass last November and have have had problems nonstop. For over a month, I've been dealing with an issue where the Jeep will not start. It won't turn over at all. In park, I hear one click and that's it. In neutral, no click at all. So here is my sad story. Towed it to an independent garage first. They said the computer was in a weird state and reset it. Jeep started for a day, but the next morning same problem. Got it towed to a local Jeep dealership. They installed a new battery. No go and another tow. They then felt it was the TIPM. Replaced it and the Jeep worked fine for about a week. During that week, from time to time, the ESP BAS and ECT warning lights would go on, but didn't seem to affect anything. Then the dreaded no crank no start issue re-appeared. Same symptoms. I should mention that throughout all of this, the Jeep would start once in a while in Park and in Neutral, but very infrequently. This will be important later on. So another tow to the dealership. Codes found this time were C2202, U0100, U140E, U1415 which I think were new to the situation. The dealership said somewhere along the way, the PCM was replaced with one from a 2008 Dodge Caliber. They were able to see this because they were able to lookup the original VIN number for the PCM. During the latest troubleshooting, they also found out that the PCM would lose communication after 1/2 hour and if they left the key in the On position for 15 minutes that the communication would be re-established. The Jeep would then start. This could be repeated reliably I believe. So this was their rationale behind replacing the PCM. I agreed to this and a brand new OEM PCM was installed for $737. Well, I am sure you all know what happened next. The Jeep started for a day. Next morning, the no crank no start issue re-appeared. So what I did was put the key in the On position for 15 minutes and voila, the Jeep started. I drove the Jeep back to the dealership and it's there now. The ESP BAS and ECT warning lights did go on during the ride to the dealership. I was wondering with all this info if anyone out there might have any insight. I've poured over $1,000 into this vehicle and don't see an end in sight! Forgot to mention the intake manifold and an O2 sensor were replaced during the 30 day warranty period! At this point, I would have gladly traded those repairs for what I am dealing with now!!!!

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Old 05-04-2015, 08:45 PM
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Re: 2008 Compass No Crank No Start

Here's an update to my problem. The dealership actually kept the Jeep for 3 weeks and worked on it when they had idle time. Wasn't an issue for me because my daughter didn't have her driver's license yet. They attached some sort of event recorder and were able to trace it back to the wiring harness. I've read other posts where the wiring harness has been the problem because it's located under the front driver wheelwell and gets corroded. That's apparently what happened to me. Instead of a very costly replacement harness, they replaced a badly corroded circuit and cleaned up the wiring. Cost of the part was $32. They said they put 15 hours into it this go around but charged me 4 hours. It's been over 2 weeks now and it's been running without issue. Usually I will see the problem within a week. As for the previous PCM errors, I have to believe what they said because the VIN programmed into the PCM that was replaced did not match my Jeep and their explanation seemed to make sense as to why it was messing up the communication with the TIPM. My only beef is whether the TIPM was actually bad and wished that they had found the wiring harness problem first but I guess these problems are not always cut and dry. Not that I am happy forking out all this money, but I'm just happy it seems to be fix. Hopefully this will be my last post on the topic!
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