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Yep two months sitting untouched most cars with a lot of electronics will kill the battery.
Somehow FCA got sold batteries that were defective. My battery died in less than a year and I experienced the disconcerting "Christmas Tree " light episode. Terrible feeling. The battery was replaced and everything is ok now. Problem did not reappear.
If you experience anything like this. It's the battery.
 

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I used to replace my car batteries every 3 years as a maintenance item, whether the battery was good or not.
This.


I mean, seriously?
"My car is 5 years old, the oil has never been changed, and the engine sounds funny. Jeep sucks!"
"My brakes have been squealing for a year, and I just rear-ended someone because the car wouldn't stop. Jeep sucks!"
"I listen to the radio with the engine off, and the battery died. Jeep sucks!"
"All my lights are burned out, and I just got a ticket. Jeep sucks!"
 

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is there a way to fix this or is everyone who owns a jeep renegade stuck with a POS
Hi frankrenegade,
Are you experiencing similar symptoms? If so, we recommend contacting your preferred FCA dealer for an inspection. If you decide to go this route, please feel free to send us a private message and we'll gladly assist with that process.

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Dealing with the same issue. Car wouldn’t turnover and locked the keys in the ignition. Every system warning message imaginable came on.

Called AAA who ran diagnostic and said car was fine, just needed a new battery (didn’t jump just installed new battery) $200!

Car started but now stuck in park. AAA Is coming back now which I assume will need to be towed after reading everyone else’s issues.....
 

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Hi, I'm experiencing the same issue - renegade in the parking lot (2015 with 21k miles), when I go to leave today the battery is almost dead, I replace the batter, and now transmission effort and I can't get car out of park (or neutral). Help!
 

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Disconnect the battery; with the battery disconnected, turn ON the ignition and set on the break (if you have the push button start, it won't do any good to turn on the ignition, but you can still step on the break).
Turn OFF the ignition and reconnect the battery.
 

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Hi, I must have posted on another Jeep forum having experienced the same issues except mine is the Renegade Longitude 2.0 4x4 manual transmission.

To cut the story short having tried all of the above the car was towed back to Jeep dealer, new battery was fitted but that also failed in the Dealership. 2nd battery was fitted and I asked for an upgraded one with more power. (cranking voltage)

Once fitted Jeep did a software update and its been working fine.

ps When charging the battery you need to keep in mind that my model due to the stop/start has a 2nd battery (Jeep told me) and that if recharging needs a "Smart" battery charger. That was bought and used throughout the time I was off the road and again the car has never failed me.

I hope that offers some reassurance that its not your Jeep thats at fault.
 

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... When charging the battery you need to keep in mind that my model due to the stop/start has a 2nd battery (Jeep told me) and that if recharging needs a "Smart" battery charger. That was bought and used throughout the time I was off the road and again the car has never failed me...
start/stop? as in, when you come to a stop the Jeep's engine shuts off and then restarts when you get ready to go?
Where is the second battery located?
 

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I don't know where it is located only that there is 2nd one.

Prime example! Today -7 degrees, Glasgow and the start/stop warning lighthas come on saying it has a fault.

The car starts fine, runs fine but I believe that there has been a drop in the voltage within this second battery due to the very cold conditions. That has partially drained the stat/stop battey hence it's showing as unavailable. A good run will recharge it.
 

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Hi JDSRenegade,

Are you still experiencing the warning lights?

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I am having the same issues with 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk I bought last year. Service transmission, service parking brake, service air bag sensor. Battery died and had to jump it and all the service lights came on after start up and is stuck in park.. it runs but cannot shift.
 

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I am having the same issues with 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk I bought last year. Service transmission, service parking brake, service air bag sensor. Battery died and had to jump it and all the service lights came on after start up and is stuck in park.. it runs but cannot shift
 

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I am having the same issues with 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk I bought last year. Service transmission, service parking brake, service air bag sensor. Battery died and had to jump it and all the service lights came on after start up and is stuck in park.. it runs but cannot shift
Hello yox1994,
Given that we are not technically trained, we do rely on our dealers to be our eyes and ears in the field. With this in mind, we kindly suggest reaching out to your local Jeep dealer for proper diagnosis. If you decide to go this route and would like additional assistance, please reach out to us privately.
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My daughter had this same issue. Took her car to the dealer and they said that “somehow” the transmission module had been erased. It was a simple fix and they only charged her for the diagnostic. Given the number of instances we’ve seen of this, it seems like a design issue.
 

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Any good fix come up yet? This just happened to me, sitting in a parking garage on a phone call and hadn’t realized I cut the engine. Had enough juice to run everything else but not turn it back over. Got a jump, and now I have blinking odo and the transmission is locked. Disconnected battery, reconnected, it’s been running for an hour while I wait for a tow. Jeep service says they haven’t heard of a recall for this yet
 

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If I am not mistaken an automatic car has an override function that will enable the selector to be moved from PARK and then into the the others gears. The car will then drive but will not show that you are in DRIVE. At the very least it will get you to the garage.

The overide is usually located around the gear change and should be easy to find. Once located it's usually just a push with anything like a pen to disengage the pawl that is holding your car in PARK.

It seems that with infrequent use the automatic gear select can tend to become a little stiff and eventually seizes up. A squirt of WD40 or similar lubricant is sometimes used as an easy fix.

The little button that you hold in before moving the gear selector connects with the pawl and releases it from a grooved notch to allow you to move the selector. That is what you will be disengaging from the PARK position. I read that this can also "jam" in the on position if you are parkingon a hill without using the handbrake. Use the handbrake first then move into PARK.

If I am off topic then my apologies but the above happened recently to me in an automatic car and that was a suggested remedy. WD40 worked (y)
 

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If I am not mistaken an automatic car has an override function that will enable the selector to be moved from PARK and then into the the others gears. The car will then drive but will not show that you are in DRIVE. At the very least it will get you to the garage.

The overide is usually located around the gear change and should be easy to find. Once located it's usually just a push with anything like a pen to disengage the pawl that is holding your car in PARK.

It seems that with infrequent use the automatic gear select can tend to become a little stiff and eventually seizes up. A squirt of WD40 or similar lubricant is sometimes used as an easy fix.

The little button that you hold in before moving the gear selector connects with the pawl and releases it from a grooved notch to allow you to move the selector. That is what you will be disengaging from the PARK position. I read that this can also "jam" in the on position if you are parkingon a hill without using the handbrake. Use the handbrake first then move into PARK.

If I am off topic then my apologies but the above happened recently to me in an automatic car and that was a suggested remedy. WD40 worked (y)
It does have an override- my husband was able to pop to cover off the shifter and change the gears with a screwdriver to get it to neutral. But we didn’t think that going in 2nd was a viable option with the shop being 35 miles away on major highways. The tow company said doing the override is not good for the shifting mechanics anyway, they didn’t even want to use it to get the Jeep off the tow.

The shifting button was completely locked up, but not from disuse- I had been driving 45 min ago and I use my car every day. It was entirely related to the battery drain.
 

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TY Kristan for confirming what I hoped for and that was knowing there is indeed an over ride function.

I was led to believe that by putting it into drive would allow you to have a normal journey.

Though we all place our faith in mechanics we must also remember that some are better than others possibly through natural experience. When my battery failed (manual) the mechanic dragged the car onto the recovery truck saying that Jeep had a safety feature that locked the wheels in place.

What utter BS because another mechanic showed me that by pressing the foot brake and pulling on the electronic brake x2 releases the brakes.

Is it possible that your mechanic never knew the car can be driven or alternatively didn't want to advise you to drive the car in the first instance?

More than likely it is me that will be wrong as I am not a mechanic but simply a guy that has had his fair share of breakdowns.
 

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Any good fix come up yet? This just happened to me, sitting in a parking garage on a phone call and hadn’t realized I cut the engine. Had enough juice to run everything else but not turn it back over. Got a jump, and now I have blinking odo and the transmission is locked. Disconnected battery, reconnected, it’s been running for an hour while I wait for a tow. Jeep service says they haven’t heard of a recall for this yet
Kristan,

I took my Jeep to dealership when something like that happened. see if you can check your cars software and be sure it’s up to date. The dealership said all the happened was a failed module was causing a short circuit with the electronics. After the car software was updated, no problems.

PS they will charge you quite a bit to do the update, but you can do it for free yourself with a USB and watching a YouTube video.
 

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Kristan,

I took my Jeep to dealership when something like that happened. see if you can check your cars software and be sure it’s up to date. The dealership said all the happened was a failed module was causing a short circuit with the electronics. After the car software was updated, no problems.

PS they will charge you quite a bit to do the update, but you can do it for free yourself with a USB and watching a YouTube video.
Yox, thats what I said 2 days ago in relation to charges. Well worth a DIY upgrade. (y)
 
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