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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Car won't start

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I went to start my 2007 Nitro this morning and absolutely nothing happen. There was a strange noise comming from the plastic box that contains fuses/relays by the battery. I disconnected the battery and reconnected it but only got some flashes on the dashboard and the same noise continued.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 10:04 AM
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Welcome Dac0512!

That unit you reference is THE TOTALLY INTEGRATED POWER MODULE (TIPM). There were several issues with that unit back in 2007 and even a recall. I was lucky to have mine replaced and since then never another issue. Guess you do have a good battery in your Nitro since one that needs to be replaced can cause all kinds of issues. Check that out first. Not sure what else I can suggest except a replacement of the TIPM. Good Luck!

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What the Heck is a TIPM?



What the Heck is a TIPM?
Totally Integrated Power Module Issues

The TIPM is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all of the electrical functions of the vehicle, including safety and ignition systems. The lawsuit claims Chrysler has long been aware of the TIPM problem, but refuses to publicly acknowledge it.

A defective TIPM can sometimes make it impossible to start your car. In addition, it can cause any of the following:

The fuel pump not turning off
The airbags not deploying OR deploying randomly
The engine stalling while driving
The horn going off at random times

In other words, having a vehicle with a faulty TIPM is like driving something possessed.

A History of Problems

The lawsuit claims Chrysler is well aware of the problems with the TIPM because 80,894 Jeep Wranglers and Dodge Nitro vehicles were recalled in 2007 for the same problem. In that recall, defective TIPMs had a software issue that could cause the engine to stall.

According to our data, the average TIPM repair cost is $1,200 and owners report the problems can occur under 40,000 miles. Complaint data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mirrors the reports filed with CarComplaints.com.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the most TIPM complaints on file for engine not starting problems, and the same issue is the second most frequently reported complaint on CarComplaints.com over the last 90 days.

A Chrysler spokesman said "it would be inappropriate to comment on this matter as it is currently in litigation." Funny, we think it's inappropriate to not stand behind your products.

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll start by replacing the battery.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll start by replacing the battery.
Let us know how it all works out. May help others in the future.

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I put a new battery in and everything is back to normal.
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I put a new battery in and everything is back to normal.
WOW that was a relief wasn't it! Also a real money saver. Most think that batteries only go bad in the Winter, but for me most have gone bad in the hot Summer without any warning. Because of that you usually don't think of the battery first. Most new cars I have had the original battery does last the first 36 months, but anytime after that they can fail and five years is the time to replace ANY battery unless you want to be stranded unexpectedly.

Again thanks for your reply and hopefully it will assist others.

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