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Old 05-14-2014, 08:26 AM
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Does anyone know if there is a "timeout" on the power liftgate on the TH? Power function works fine going up, works fine going down if done within a few minutes but after those few minutes the power down does not work, I have to bring it down by hand until it catches and then the power lock fuction works and pulls it into the lock position. My 2014 GC does not seem to time out like this and the power function works regardless of time with gate open. I can not find anyhitng in the book pertainin g to this subject. Love the car! Thanks
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:45 AM
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Re: power liftgate

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Does anyone know if there is a "timeout" on the power liftgate on the TH? Power function works fine going up, works fine going down if done within a few minutes but after those few minutes the power down does not work, I have to bring it down by hand until it catches and then the power lock fuction works and pulls it into the lock position. My 2014 GC does not seem to time out like this and the power function works regardless of time with gate open. I can not find anyhitng in the book pertainin g to this subject. Love the car! Thanks
Yes, there is a time out in the lift gate. It talks about it in the full manual. I don't think it is in the user's guide that comes with the vehicle. I think it says says it is a safety feature.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:44 AM
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Re: power liftgate

As macfan said - pasted from the on-line 5th edition owner's manual:

If liftgate is left open for an extended period of time,
the liftgate may need to be closed manually to reset
power liftgate functionality.
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Re: power liftgate

I'll be darn, I guess mine has never timed out. How long are we talking here? I'm sure mine has be left open 10 minutes or so and still worked.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:53 PM
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I'll be darn, I guess mine has never timed out. How long are we talking here? I'm sure mine has be left open 10 minutes or so and still worked.
Mine cuts out somewhere after being open between 20 and 30 minutes.
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Re: power liftgate

Mine "times out" much sooner than 10-15 mins. i think mine may be saging down some or not always going up all the way to triger the switich. next time it does it I am going to push up a little to see if it triggers the switch. ths.
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As macfan said - pasted from the on-line 5th edition owner's manual:

If liftgate is left open for an extended period of time,
the liftgate may need to be closed manually to reset
power liftgate functionality.
That exact same wording is in the Grand Cherokee Owners Manual 7th Edition

If liftgate is left open for an extended period of time,
the liftgate may need to be closed manually to reset
power liftgate functionality.

I've walked off and left it open, ate lunch, had a cuppa, left it open another couple hour to dry interior, came back and hit the button and it closed all by itself after having been open for over 4 hours...
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Re: power liftgate

I have a related problem, I cannot find a way to disable the normal liftgate operation. I installed my Thule Platform-style rack and put on bikes. All works OK except... I'm having is finding a way to avoid denting or scratching the liftgate if the liftgate button is accidentally pressed while bikes are on in the towing position.

For now, my only solution is to remove the liftgate fuse, #F50 in the power distribution center under the hood. That means the liftgate is out-of-commission until fuse is reinserted. but there's got to be a better way.

Hope someone here has had a similar issue and resolved it.
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Re: power liftgate

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That exact same wording is in the Grand Cherokee Owners Manual 7th Edition

If liftgate is left open for an extended period of time,
the liftgate may need to be closed manually to reset
power liftgate functionality.

I've walked off and left it open, ate lunch, had a cuppa, left it open another couple hour to dry interior, came back and hit the button and it closed all by itself after having been open for over 4 hours...

That's why they say "may".

My liftgate is left open quite often and for long periods of time. On the beach I open it when we get there and leave it open until we leave. When I'm working in my garage/woodworking shop I back the Jeep into the driveway. In hot weather the liftgate is left open for up to 12 hours at a time.

There is no rhyme or reason as to when the button works and when I have to close it manually. More often than not it works. I believe this is an instance where they "fixed" a glitch by mentioning it in the manual.



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Re: power liftgate

I had a different issue, my liftgate wouldn't close, I jut got 2 beeps at a different pitch, if closed manually It wouldn't latch. Disconnecting the battery for 5 mins reset it to normal. I may try fuse 50 next time, it's easier than disconnecting the battery.
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