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Jeep Grand Cherokee Maintenance and Repair

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  • jodikinsjodikins Posts: 1
    I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sometimes the turn signals work and sometimes they dont. When they work, the hazards work, but when the blinkers dont work, neither do the hazards. The brake lights and headlights work fine. I replaced the multipurpose switch and checked my fuses, bulbs and connections. The signals will work for a couple days then all of a sudden they wont work for a few weeks. It seems if they do work, then i leave it sit for a little while and drive again, they wont work. But when I drive it for about 45 minutes, they turn on. Lately they arent working at all. Anyone got any suggestions??
    Thanks,
    Jodi
  • paulepaule Posts: 382
    It sounds to me like a poor ground or a poor connection somewhere.
    I'd start with the turn signal\hazard fuse. Pull it out and clean the terminals.
    I'd also pull all four turn signal bulbs and clean the bases and put them back in.
    I'd bet that will fix it.
  • I have had 6 Jeeps starting with 1984 to my current 1999 GC with 110,000 miles on it. They have all been good to me and I loved them all (with the exception of the 1984 which had the gm 4 cylinder engine..it couldn't pull a child's wagon!)

    All you have to do is look at older Toyota's, Lexus's, Nissan's, and whatever else to see the much better quality and durability of the JEEP.

    It is too bad that our military got sucked in by the Hummer which is a very poor military vehicle...too big to manuever with any agility and very unstable.
  • paulepaule Posts: 382
    Sorry, I gave you bad advice. I was confusing my Jeep with my wife's Prelude which I did remove the shift lever on a few months back.

    The shifter appears to be a complete assembly where you cannot just remove the plastic handgrip. On my vehicle you would have to unbolt the whole assembly (shifter, metal mounting plate, etc.).

    I can't see how you would just remove the handgrip.
    Just out of curiosity, why do you want to remove the handgrip?
  • I need to ask a question of a Jeep 4 speed transmission expert. How do I post a question for that?
    Thanks
    Jim
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    How do I post a question for that?

    Just type it in the same way you posted your first question! You might also try posting in Jeep Grand Cherokee problems.

    Good luck!

    tidester, host
  • gregoryc1gregoryc1 Posts: 766
    I am VERY happy that you had success with Jeep vehicles. Some of us did not have a good experience with our Jeep GC, so we are sharing our experience. That is not "bashing". It is simply "telling the truth"!
  • magothymagothy Posts: 3
    If you see oil puddles under your 2005 GCJ after having your oil changed, do not despair. Apparently, the front bumper has a stupid design including some sort of shield attached to it - ultimately collecting oil as it is being drained and voila: oil spots under your newly serviced 2005 Jeep. Dealers are learning about this problem as the first 2005s arrive for their first oil change and and learning to clean up the "designer's" mistake.
  • 97 Laredo. Engine started cutting out intermittently at slow speeds. Eventually Jeep garage fitted new pcu after new battery and coil. Still problem exists maybe only once every 2 weeks. Now say need new O2 sensor as check engine light has came on. Not confident with garage. Any ideas?
  • gregoryc1gregoryc1 Posts: 766
    Check the following:
    Battery cables, (make sure all the grounds are clean and tight in the engine compartment).
    Vacuum hoses, (make sure you do not have any leaks).
    Spark plug wires, (make sure they are in good shape. With the engine at idle, in a dark area, open the hood and see if you see sparks jumping from the wires.)
    Air filter & air induction system, (check all the connections)
    PCV valve, (check the valve and all the hoses)
    Take the ignition key off your key ring. Start the engine, and gently shake the key while the engine is at idle. You might have a worn ignition switch!
    Check all the electrical connections under the hood. Make sure everything is clean and tight. With the engine running, shake the wiring gently to see if the engine cuts out.
    How much mileage on the engine? Pull the spark plugs and check the condition.
  • njjeep1njjeep1 Posts: 1
    I have had the same stalling problem with my GC 2000 with 61,000 miles. I have sent it to 2 different Chrysler dealers who have changed the spark plugs, calibrating the firing sequence, changed the PCV valve, changed the transmission filter and oil, & checked all of the electrical wiring. I spent almost $1,000 on all of this and the car is not any better.

    I wrote Chrysler and they gave me a canned response, saying that I should try to take it to yet another dealer. Their biggest concern in their e-Mail was to make sure that I did not reply to their e-Mail.

    My lease is up in a few months and I can't wait to get rid of it. I will never buy a Chrysler product again. I understand that cars will have problems, but the thing that upsets me is the fact that Chrysler will not address what seems to be a very common problem. I have done a lot of research on the internet and this problems seems to affect 1000's of Jeep owners. Jeep's unwillingness to address the issue is what upsets me most.
  • philpomyphilpomy Posts: 2
    I have just recently purchased a used 98 GC. About a week ago, we were driving along at night and the interior lights went on all by themselves. They kept flickering on and off for the entire car ride(approx 10 min). We finally got home, turned the car off and have never had the problem again. Wierd,huh.
  • dougieodougieo Posts: 1
    My 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee has just decided that it will randomly start at its own convenience. The car cranks OK when I turn the key, but periodically it won't start at all. When it does start running, it does so immediately upon cranking. Does anyone know where to start with this problem? Thanks.
  • philpomyphilpomy Posts: 2
    My 98 JGC has just gone into the shop for the second time in just as many months. The car started to make a noise which sounded like metal on metal scraping coming from the front drivers side tire area. It sounded horrible! The car just went into the shop(it had to be towed) and the mechanic said it was the front differential. I asked him specifically what the problem was and he stated that when the "opened the car up" that it was in "a hundred little pieces". I asked him "why?". He said that it was nothing I did or could of prevented, but that it was just something that Jeeps did. The estimate is $1600. Has anyone heard of this happening? Was there possibly a recall by Jeep and the car was never taken in to be fixed? How does something like this "just happen"? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  • gregoryc1gregoryc1 Posts: 766
    We had a 1995 V8 Jeep GC with front differential problems. The Jeep would "hum" at 55 mph. If you increased the speed, the "hum" became louder. This vehicle was on a 30 month lease. The dealer installed two sets of gears and related parts. The "final fix" was a complete front differential. By the time this was done to the vehicle, the lease was finished, and the Jeep was turned back to the bank. The dealer offered to lease us another vehicle at his cost, but we declined. We had just about enough of Chrysler quality and professional customer service. The Chrysler Rep was useless and VERY arrogant. The vehicle also suffered from electrical problems, and brake rotor problems. The Jeep was a total piece of junk!
  • jmg1jmg1 Posts: 1
    Have a 2000 Jeep GC that had the A/C climate control "blen door" actuator and motor replaced 3 times by the dealer. Passenger side was blowing warm air. Something has failed again. Firest occurance cost me $600, following 2 times was on dealers warrantee.
    I have noticed the A/C clutch only hiolds in for maybe 10 sec's. Two questions?
    1. Anyone have a similar problem?
    2. Can I fix the A/C to eliminate the auto climate control and by-pass the IR sensors.Thanks
  • u2fan4688u2fan4688 Posts: 13
    hi all,
    In following up to a previous post I made regarding the very poor visibility in the new 2005 jeep grand cherokee.. I actually went out and traded it in at a loss for another new vehicle.

    After driving for 1 month I coulnd't get used to it and my fiance' hated it also. Others/family who drove the vehicle said it was so bad it was an accident waiting to happen. I got headaches driving it becuase I was looking straight at the rearview mirror while driving and the A-Pilars so badly obstructed my view.

    So on saturday, I traded it in for a big loss (6K) and got another vehicle. I would rather loose lots of $$ than kill someone like I almost did 2 weeks ago because I couldn't see them walking past my vehicle on the right. That my friends is very scary. $6k is nothing when you compare insurance in Massachusetts and if I was at fault for any accident.. chrysler wouldn't do anything and certainly would never accept partial fault for such a crap design..its too bad.. because I am a loyal jeep owner and previously owned two other Jeep GCs.

    So buyers beware, the 2005 Jeep GC looks kewl and rides smooth, but the visibility is horendous and an accident waiting to happen.
  • ndtommyndtommy Posts: 7
    The parking lights on my '95 Cherokee Sport won't come on. Turn signals work...bulbs are ok.
    I suspected the switch, but the rear lights come on when the parking light switch is engaged. Any suggestions?
  • russlarussla Posts: 74
    While any failure is possible, don't buy the explanation that "jeeps do this" jeeps use DANA axles that are in many other brands. (in one incarnation or another)

    usually if the gears in a Diff aren't set properly, they wear out very quickly because when out of adjustment, they can't take the forces. Since your rig is a 98, it seems that that wouldn't be the issue since it's lasted this long and wasn't humming loudly. Essentially the same front axle is in all wranglers, cherokees and Grand cherokees produced from 1984 on, so there a a lot of them out there.

    Another thing that can cause distruction is bearing failure, if you were low on fluid and they got too hot, you can have problems with them failing.

    Lastly, Many 98's use a VC and when it fails, it essentially means the Jeep is in Part time, all the time. this can add a lot of stress to the driveline because of binding and will break the weakest part in the system, could be a u joint, the TC chain, a CV joint, or the spider gears) eventually.

    But you don't have to have a VC failure to get it to lock, you just have to have different size tires on the front and rear. if you have different sized tires (or different pressures) you will get the VC to engage, on the road, stressing your system over time.

    You asked for specifics from him, and you got none! Don't let them be disrespectful to you!

    Specific answers should have been like,
    The carrier broke, the axle shaft sheared, the spider gears broke, the left side bearings are toasted, etc.

    once you know what actually broke, you can look at contributing factors

    your $1600 estimate should include exactly what the mechanic is replacing. detailed and itemized.

    For what it's worth, resetting the gears for a diff is about $350, labor when the Diff is on the rig at an axle shop. And that includes putting all new parts on while you're setting it up and putting new gears in.

    so what new parts are you getting?

    new wheelbearings ~300? (prob not needed)
    New Ring & pinion ~150? recommended to change if that's what broke.

    New axle shafts & bearings <300 may not be needed

    new carrier <100 may not be needed but is not expensive

    new carrier bearings <50 recommended to change

    Install kit, seals bearing etc, <90 required

    new sealant on the diff cover <$5 required

    new oil required <10

    you probably don't need all that, & it's under 1600.

    So I would look hard at what they're charging you.

    Ps, since they have to take so much off,it shouldnt cost extra to put new parts back on. they may be adding new front brakes in too? but I didn't read the estimate.

    What can you do different?

    Make sure your tires are the same size.
    Make sure the axle is full of the right oil.
    Check to ensure the VC is not malfunctioning.

    PSS

    when brakes are worn too much, they make a terrible metal on metal grinding. when this situation occurs, one could probably limp to a service shop, but if there was freeway driving involved, it's safer to tow than to worry about having to have a panic stop and not having front brakes.

    So the decision to tow is a reasonable recommendation when you have metal on metal because of worn brakes.

    a brake job with new front rotors and front pads, and maybe back pads, can be done for $500 at a shop.

    Base on what you said, I would have to eliminate this possiblity of it just being bad front brakes before I get any axle work done. I'm suspisious of the mechanic, because their specific answer was, "when we opened her up, she was in a hundred pieces".

    They should be able to show you one of those pieces, btw.

    one the jeep site, there is a place where you can put in you last 8 digits of your VIN and it will tell you if there are any missed recalls.
  • Here is one for you. I purchased an 05 jeep grand cherokee with the hemi engine 4 months ago. 14 days ago the check engine light came on and to date the dealer, working directly with the service people at DC can not figure out what is wrong. They replaced every possible part and still they are getting over 30 codes and can not resolve it.

    When and if I ever get this piece of junk back I probably will be doing the same thing (taking a loss) and getting another vehicle (not a DC vehicle though)
  • corcor Posts: 27
    Other than my rotors, I've been kind of happy w/my '04 GC. I've used my 4wd during the winter in OH and had no problems what so ever....... I would recommend getting the extended warranty through Daimler-Chrysler. I purchased the maximum care for like an addt'l 1500.xx but it covers well past my lease.
  • 19951995 Posts: 2
    Hello, i have a 99 grand 4.7 quadradrive,it seems to vibrate or shutter when turning slowly in parking lots, weird i hade new tie rods put in and alinement they say its all good. any body have any input, HELP. lol.
  • mljjj5amljjj5a Posts: 2
    My 99 JGC (80,000 miles) has run very well for me except for one problem that no one has been able to correct. After a long highway drive of over 6 hours the engine will over speed about 300 rpm and then come right back down to normal engine speed for the speed I am going at. The car shudders a little but I don't lose power during the event. It will last at least 30 minutes and sometimes to the end of the drive.
    Has anyone experienced this?
  • crookstercrookster Posts: 40
    I have a couple of problems with my 04. First is the heating in the car smells awful for a couple of minutes and then goes away. Second the steering gets stiff and it is hard to turn out of a parking spot. Third, lately when I stop at a light I listen to the engine and it sounds like a diesel. Also the back interior light where the trunk is doesn't turn on when I press it but it turns on when i flick the switch on the steering wheel. I dont know what the problem is with this truck. Can somebody please tell me whats wrong. All I have had with this truck is problem after problem. :mad: I dont know why because I do everything I have to do to take care of the truck and I baby this truck. Do you think it would be easier to trade my jeep for another chrysler product than to take it to a dealer for a new lease? Thank You
  • mljjj5amljjj5a Posts: 2
    Did you try checking the throttle mechanism...sounds like it needs lubrication.
  • gcompcgcompc Posts: 1
    I have a 1994 Grand Cherokee, can't complain about it because it has ran great for the last 3 years with no problem except an A/C leak. I've read through the forum and compared my problem to some similar problems. The car will start and run fine until I turn off the engine and try to restart, then it will lope and die as if not getting fuel. I replaced the fuel filter, but still after waiting for about 30 minutes engine will start and run fine for however long I decide to drive. Stop the engine, run into the store come back, engine lopes and dies. I was thinking about getting a can of injector cleaners or water evaporator and poor in the tank. One other thing, now one eighth tank seems to be empty I put more gas in and it started but the problem continues. I think it may be the fuel pump, any second opinions, thanks
  • mdaymday Posts: 5
    i have a 2005 grand with the hemi, its missing and stumbling when accelerating after shifting into higher gear then just drops the rpms to around 1100 and it chugs from there until you floor it, or it shifts on its own ,im wondering if anyone has found a fix for it yet, i cant find a dealer that can figure it out
  • jeepgrljeepgrl Posts: 2
    I am new to this board and am in need of all of your expert opinions. For a couple of months my 2000 Grand Cheroke will idle up and down while in park or stopped in drive between 1000 and 2000 rpm. This past week, it has become more frequent and is now doing it at speeds of 55 mph (going between 2000 and 3000) and sometimes is feeling as though it is neutral. It has also died twice, it just dropped so low while stopped. It is shifting hard from park to reverse - jerking, which I have attributed to the rpms being too high. I have noticed if I "gun it" while it is doing this, either in park or drive, the problem seems to temporarily stop. Any ideas of what it could be would be greatly appreciated!
  • 19951995 Posts: 2
    Hi, i had this prob on my earlyer grand, it was the t.p.s. throtle positon sensor. easy fix, prob do it youre self, i would buy, the chilltens book, or the hanes or tell youre machanic, manual, shows how to fix. good luck.
  • jpondjpond Posts: 2
    None that the dealerships or the DC will admit. I'm in the exact same boat myself, lets try and collectively beat these scumbags at their own game. Just yesterday I experienced the exact same problem that you had---the car started to stutter...
    I have had mine in the shop 3 times because the brakes fail. They drop all the way to the floor and then the rpms rev in the engine--as though its going to accelerate and take off...pretty scary when you dont have brakes. each time the service department 'couldnt recreate the problem' so theres nothing wrong. my last conversation was with the owner of the delearship as she was assuring me that the vehicle was safe to drive 1200 miles on vacation to FL. I had to rent a vehicle out of pocket because i know the jeep isnt safe. I will do everything in my power to gets these vehicles recalled. They are death traps.
    I wish I had a more positive answer for you. Call DC directly and start a complaint.
    Good luck
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