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Imagine you are driving down the highway in your 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and you begin to

feel and hear the engine wane. You feel a slight rumbling through the steering and pedals and

you make a mental note to take it to your mechanic’s shop when you get back to check on

everything in the engine. These little indicators may be just the start of a common issue with

your 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In this make and model, electrical problems seem to be a

collective concern that can lead to more issues with your engine and ultimately affect your

ability to drive safely. Here are just some electrical problems you may experience if you begin to

feel some rumblings under the hood:

1) Your indicator lights (battery light, engine light, empty gas light, parking brake light,

etc.) may come on and turn off in random intervals

Your light indicators are important to pay attention to as they let you know what is going on in

your vehicle in the parts you can’t see within the engine. Now, if your car seems to be working

smoothly and you’ve kept everything maintained thus far, but you find that your indicator lights

my flash on at random intervals every once in a while. Because these lights are activated when

something is wrong, it is important to be aware of the potential that even though the engine itself

is in tip-top shape, your electrical system may be going haywire throughout your vehicle. This

could cause your engine to have trouble starting, accelerating, and working with the internal

systems (air conditioning/filters, volume controls, blinkers, etc.).

2) Your vehicle alignment may suffer due to improper electrical signals within the engine

preventing proper transmission flow

When your vehicle displays improper electrical surges, the mechanics of your vehicle may suffer

as well. Everything must work in conjunction with the other to keep you safe and riding

smoothly on the road. Your vehicle’s alignment can be affected by the electrical system due to

poor communication between your transmission (working parts) and the electrical current within

it (fuel line, energy, etc.). In order for your vehicle to produce power to move forward, it must

have a steady stream of electricity and friction to beginning to move the parts accordingly. If the

electrical signals are erratic or lack in power, you need to get your transmission checked to

ensure you are safe and driving smoothly on the road.

3) Your interior lights (brakes, headlights, accessory lights, radio light, etc.) may begin to

dim and/or flicker randomly when starting the engine

Has your vehicle ever had recurring issues with the headlights? Have you noticed your interior

lights dimming over time, but you just got your vehicle inspected a couple months ago? Then

you may have an electrical problem on your hands. The main lights that begin to malfunction are

your tail lights. You may experience these issues when it rains or in a very humid area that

becomes more and more affected by the moisture in the air. It is important that when you get

your vehicle inspected, you have the mechanic look over the ports of the lights as they may have

a crack or split in the holders, allowing moisture and other foreign objects in disrupting the

electric current from reaching the light source.

These are just some of the electrical problems you may find with your 2011 Jeep Grand

Cherokee. For your safety and the safety of your family and friends, please go to a trusted

transmission specialist, like Twin Charlotte Transmission, to assess your engine for any of these

current or foreboding issues. And then, enjoy the ride!