I have a 09 Jeep Patriot automatic transmission with a strange problem I can’t figure out.
I got in the car the other day and noticed the interior light was very dim. I usually keep my key in the ignition, and I must have left it in the ACC position after closing the windows/sunroof. Yep, turned the key and nuthin.
Not the first time for this. I grabbed our charger, hooked it up and charged the battery for a few hours. Still nothing. Grabbed a multimeter and checked the battery and it was indeed charged. My lights all work. But turn the key and nothing.
Coincidentally, when I went to get stuff out of the back, my hatch was locked (I never lock it) and it would not unlock no matter what I tried with the remote. There is no traditional keyhole.
A friend suggested “resetting” things by disconnecting the battery. I did that for 6 hours, reconnected it and no difference.
Problem with the key? I grabbed the other key which is never used. It locks/unlocks everything but the gate. It doesn’t start the car. Transmission is in Park, in fact I can’t move it out of park. Turning the key in the ignition I get all the light show that normally happens, then turn it the rest of the way and nothing. The only thing that happens is on the display it changes from “P” being lit up to “P”, “N”, “D”, “2”, “1” all being lit.
Any ideas? I’m outa my league here, and hate having to get a tow. Plus the car is blocking in our lawn tractor…