A faulty TIPM can cause your Jeep Wrangler to experience all sorts of interesting electrical problems. This article will show you how to replace it yourself and save a ton of money in the process.By Brett Foote – November 13, 2015
Contributors: 2007saharaunlimited

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

The TIPM (Total Integrated Power Module) is an integral component of many Chrysler products these days, serving to control and distribute power to all of a vehicle’s electrical functions. Unfortunately, it has a pretty poor reputation of doing so—to the point where Chrysler found itself on the wrong end of a lawsuit just a couple of years ago. Faulty TIPMs can cause all sorts of electrical issues, from window washers not functioning to power windows and locks working intermittently. Dealerships can charge you upwards of $700 to replace the TIPM, but you can do it yourself and save a ton of cash. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through the process.

Materials Needed

  • 13mm socket and ratchet
  • 10mm wrench
  • Flat head screwdriver with a small tip
  • Stopwatch or timer

Step 1 – Remove the faulty TIPM

Lift the hood and disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before beginning. Remove the cap of the TIPM with a 13mm socket and ratchet. Remove the lead going into the TIPM with a 10mm wrench. Remove the clips that secure the TIPM to the Jeep using a small flat head screwdriver. Carefully unplug all of the connections on the bottom of the TIPM by pushing in on the small black release in the center of each grey clip with a screwdriver, then rotating the clip downward to release it. Once all of the connections are removed, pull out the TIPM.

Figure 1. Remove the cap and release the clips holding the TIPM in place.

Figure 2. Remove the connections from the bottom of the TIPM and remove it from the vehicle.

Step 2 – Install new TIPM

Position the new TIPM in the engine compartment and connect all seven harnesses, rotating them and sliding up the clips to secure each in place. Position the unit so it can slide into the mounting bracket, them push down to secure all of the clips. Reinstall the lead cable and retaining nut. Install the TIPM cover, and then reconnect the negative battery cable.

Figure 3. Reconnect all of the harnesses and the power lead cable.

Figure 3. Reconnect all of the harnesses and the power lead cable.

Step 3 – Program the new TIPM

Insert your key into the ignition and turn the key to the “on” position for 12 seconds. This allows the new TIPM to collect all of the necessary vehicle configuration and VIN data from the PCM and CCN. Turn the ignition off, then start the vehicle as normal to verify that everything is working correctly.

Figure 5. Turn the key to the “on” position for 12 seconds, then turn it off and start the vehicle.

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