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Jeep Grand Cherokee Maintenance and Repair



  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 835
    We had a '99 & '00 Grand Cherokee Laredo. Brake problems on both. Had a sticking caliper on the front...if it is that you would be able to feel the heat. The wheel would get hot enough to burn you if you touched it...the sticking caliper caused it to get hot enough to warp the rotor and heat up the wheel. So, if he can't find heat it must be somthing else.
  • gbabegbabe Posts: 1
    check engine light comes on on my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it
    has 54,000 miles the code says fouled #1plug, but the dealership said further check showed uneven compression and
    a bad valve on one side,this has been this way since we purchased it with 36,000 miles on it, after getting a carfax
    I think this vehicle had problems since 795 miles with engine,
    now the light is out, but still runs rough, and acts like it
    will run off with me when stopped. The idle races.Help!
  • '97 JGC 4.0L with 42RE tranny: when moving slowly, the shift to second gear can result in a clunk, and when slowing to a halt (from speed) and shifting to neutral the effect is like the car being rear-ended! Anyone any ideas on the fix for this annoying problem? The tranny fluid level is fine and the colour a healthy bright red. The rest of the shift sequences seem ok. Thanks for any help.
  • My son just informed me he can't shift into 4-wheel drive on his 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I went to check this out. You can't shift into any drive. When shifting lever, it goes right through everything. I'm afraid to ask, but does anyone know what caused this?
    Thank you.
  • I had the same problem on my JGC in Minnesota. Never found out what the problem was - dealer never said, but contacted and they were great help in getting me out of the vehicle.
  • I have 90 Jeep Cherokee with inline 6 4.0 engine that won't start. I was having problems with it overheating and took the head off and it was warped. Put back together and it won't start now no matter what I do. It has compression, and the timing wasn't touched. There is spark at plugs and the fuel rail is full. I think it may be the Crankshaft Positon Sensor but it ohms out like the book says and i have a friend that has an 87 and we ohmed his out and it is the same. It doen't change states when cranking though. Should it? Any assisstance will be appreciated.
  • I posted back in Oct 05. My 2004 JGC developed a water leak into the driver side floor well between one rain and the next. The water (a lot) collects while the vehicle is off and parked. The water is coming from above, and not being thrown up during driving. It is apparent that some flashing/seal has worked loose. I have not found the source, and have not yet been to the dealer. I also am looking for ideas.

    Not much help in any of the forums I have been to. Replys always refer to AC condenser leak or water from below.
  • I have a '93 Grand Laredo w/ 145k. Runs fine until it warms up. about 10 minutes originally I would hear a metal on metal screech. When I stop for a light the vehicle seems to lunge. That has stopped. Now after about 10 minutes it pulls to the right while driving straight, but is fine when I first start driving ?
  • rock1rock1 Posts: 12
    Same problem with my 96 JGC. Jeep dealer was no help.
    My non-Jeep mechanic found the problem.
    When it rained, water was coming in under the driver's door seal, at the bottom of the seal. To stop the leak, remove the black seal from the body and re-glue. Don't skimp on the sealant. This solved my leak.
    PS-there were no cracks or cuts in my seal. The factory skimped on the original sealant.
  • Folks this has been one of my best Jeeps so far. A couple of minor problems and my dealer fixed them w/o any problem under warranty. I've beat this thing (02 Overland) on several long trips, averaged 70 mph on all these trips. Never had any of the posted problems and even on my 99 and I would gladly buy another Jeep. Maybe I've been lucky or something else? My Dealer has always fixed any problems the first time without needing to come back again. Just my experiences for 7 yrs of owning two Jeeps and 100K miles total. I just bought a 2006 SRT-8! A fun vehicle but spendy to buy. Good Luck. Gene :confuse:
  • As far as the metal-on-metal screeching and lunging are concerned, maybe someone else would know what that was, unless you already know what was causing it. As far as your Grand pulling to the right while driving straight, that could be caused by irregularly worn front tires. I would say it could also be your alignment, but I believe that would cause the problem all the time, not just after the vehicle is warmed up. Your tires, on the other hand, could be your problem, as I mentioned above. When you first get on the road, your tires are still cold and stiff, especially in colder climates or even winter in the South. After a few minutes of steady driving, however, your tires get "warmed up" and are more pliable or flexible, which could allow an unevenly worn tread surface to take over you steering. Check that out and see if maybe it helps you out. -dixiecrawler
  • Just noticed that the new Overlands coming in no longer have the platinum clad wheels. Chrome clad ala Limited is being substituted. Also the mileage on the 5.7 Hemi is back to 14/19 Vs 15/20 on earlier Grand Cherokees. What Gives? I see something about the platinum wheels being on hold so I am wondering are the ones out there having a problem or are they going to supply another type of wheel?
  • thanks dixiecrawler, I'll give it a try.
  • jeeps2jeeps2 Posts: 45
    Just looking into replacing my timing chain. Just under 90,000. Thinking it might be time. Still runs great, 96 GC.Replaced the belt and pan gasket, thats it other then brakes and tires and battery. Same plugs and wires from the factory. Trickster, you out there? How hard is it to replace the timing chain on a 96 GC 4.0? Doesn't look to bad. :confuse:
  • dagoods25, I too have the 4.7 V8. According to TSB 21-011-05 REV A this only applies to WK's w/3.7L, LX's w/5.7L or LX AWD's w/3.5L. How did you convince "they" to work your transmission? It also states that the WK had to be built prior to 03JUN05. Was your WK built prior to 03JUN05? The reason I ask is that I now have 2,300 miles on mine and preparing for a cross country run. Should I be concerned? Thanks for any insight, and to anyone else out there who has had this transmission issue with their 4.7L WK.
  • this is a question for my mom. she has a 1990 dodge spirit and it's over
    heating. i've changed the thermostat and it's still doing it. it's not leaking
    anywhere. so i'm not thinking it's the water pump or the radiator. come on guys
    you can always help me out. talk to me.
  • davidc1davidc1 Posts: 167
    I wish I can help. Have you checked with a garage? I assume you got enough coolant with the right mixture.
  • hello yellowfin, I am aware that the TSB applied only to the V6's, but I can assure you that mine had the same problem. If you check earlier postings, there seemed to be a ton of people complaining of this problem. The times it happened to me here is what happened: My car had been sitting from the previos night, and when I drove it the next morning and used my AC, a few miles later I got a warning of "Transmission over temp" and had to pull over, the car was still working,and the check engine light stayed on. Have your car checked at a dealership, is should be covered under warranty. They can probably seal the area around the tranny just as a safety measure. 2000 miles is about when it happened. Good luck, let me know what happens.
  • Check for blockage in your hoses. The radiator core can also get stopped up. Make sure that when you look at the fluid in the radiator, it looks as it should and not cloudy, milky, or muddy. Another thing that's not as obvious is the chance that the thermostat you put in is defective. It's happened to me. Also, let the car warm up to normal operating temperature and feel the upper hose. Be careful, though, because if that thermostat is working right the upper radiator hose will burn you. It should get noticeably hotter when the thermo opens. Worse case scenario, cracked head, but we'll assume that it's something basic! Also waterpumps don't always "leak" when they go bad! -dixiecrawler
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