My 1999 Jeep Cherokee (bought new) has electrical issues. A few years ago, I thought maybe things just ‘stopped working’ after years of virtual non-use. Here’s a list of things that are happening:
- The directional indicator lights on the dash stopped working;
- The remote door locks stopped working; both with the fob, and with the console switch;
- The window lock stopped working (this is a new one, which appeared last week).
I’ve been making an effort to drive the Jeep more in the past few years, and I’ve noticed that after a sufficient amount of driving, things start working again. Saturday, the window lock started working again, so the passenger could lower the window. Today, the left directional indicator on the dash started working again. In the past, the right indicator has started working too. The remote door locks are working. (Note: The door locks always seem to be the first thing to recover.)
I got a new battery put in a year or two ago. Could I need a different battery? I have an uneducated idea that I need a battery with higher capacity or higher amperage. (Are those the same, or different?)
Also: I went to rent a trailer a couple of years ago. The battery died while it was being hooked up. (That must have been when I replaced the battery.) With the Jeep running (after a boost), the left turn indicator on the trailer did not work. (The Jeep’s was.) The most obvious problem is a fault in the wiring; but could this be related to the issues listed above?