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Jeep Grand Cherokee Vibration

jdejeephemijdejeephemi Posts: 33
If anyone has this same problem please let me know. I bought my jeep in august and immediately noticed a vibration problem. I brought it to NTB and had them check the balance of the tires. They claimed they were out of balance but when i driove off i had the same vibration. When i brought it to the dealership they said the drive shaft was to blame and they replaced the drive shaft. drove home and noticed the same problem once again. Brought it back to the dealer....to make a long story short i have had my jeep in and out of the shop for months and still no solution. This only happens on the highway traveling 70-80mph. at 60 it fine at 100 it fine. What should i do and who should i speak to? Presently i am waiting for a "special tool" to come in to measure vibration within the vehicle and see if it is within reason. my passenger seat will move at least 1" from the vibration. I am very tired of this problem. please help.
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    If you want feedback from other owners it's best to post in the main Jeep Grand Cherokee discussion or Jeep Grand Cherokee: Problems & Solutions.

    tidester, host
  • WHERE DO I DO THAT?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Just click on the links I provided in my earlier post - that will take you directly to those forums.

    tidester, host
  • dhfinleydhfinley Posts: 16
    Have the same problem -- did you get any answers?
  • jdejeephemijdejeephemi Posts: 33
    no not yet i have been trying to get my jeep in the dealership for the last week but haven't been able to get a loaner car yet. I would have it checked out at your local dealership, but let me know what they find out.
  • dhfinleydhfinley Posts: 16
    I am taking it in today. The vibration doesn't sound as bad as yours -- my seat doesn't move -- but it is annoying and makes the feel of driving the car very unpleasant. Everytime you step on the gas, if rumbles and vibrates.
  • ed108ed108 Posts: 34
    I have it too on my Commander with the HEMI. At around 70 it kicks in. Annoying as hell. Too bad because besides that the Jeep's a great drive.
  • Well i am bring it back to the dealer...again on this coming wednesday. I will let you know what i find out. You too have the chrome plated rims right? I have heard a rumor that the rims are what is defective. Jeep will not admit it just yet but the former service manager said that when the regular aluminum rims were installed the vibrations went away. Let me know at what speeds the vibrations is felt. Mine is very strong around 75mph but at 85mph the ride is completely smooth and enjoyable. Love the Jeep Hate the Vibrations.
  • dhfinleydhfinley Posts: 16
    The low pitched rumbling and vibrations startsat 70 mph, worst at 75mmph, gone by 80mph. Definitely worse when going uphill, when they can start at 60 - 65. The dealer replaced the driveshaft -- no change at all. I have a Laredo and I think the wheels are aluminum. Any other ideas? I also like the jeep, but the vibrations are annoying.
  • Hey that is exactly what i dint want to hear. I have had my drive shaft replaced three time and each time i have driven away with the same problem. I am sick of the vibration and the last thing the service department told me was that just might be a characteristic of the jeep. But i have driven a GC 4.7L and it is a great drive. No vibration at all....something is definitely wrong with the 5.7L motors then. Like I said before i will let you know what i find out but if you hear anything let me know. Thanks

    Dave
  • dhfinleydhfinley Posts: 16
    I have a 3.7 L engine. Also, the vibration is the same even when the car down shifts at 65 - 70 mph. That's what makes me think it's in the drive-train, and not the engine.
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    I have had my drive shafts replaced twice and the parts will fail every 10-15k miles. they have gone to a composite drive shaft that is all one piece. They have to replace both drive shafts at the same time to do it right. This is a real problem.
  • who told you this information? I returned from the dealership today and found out two tires were "out of round" and i am addressing that problem tomorrow. if that doesn't fix the problem then the owner, Jeff Archer of Archer Jeep in Katy Texas, personally said he would take my jeep until the vibration was gone. I finally feel like i am getting somewhere.
  • have you had any luck with your vibration? I have now found out that two of my tires were out of round. if this fixes the problem i will let you know if not my HEMI is going back to the shop until it is fixed according to the owner of the dealership, jeff archer. let me know.
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    As soon as they replace my drive shafts the vibration will stop the dealer I go to said this has been the issue on at least 3 limited jeeps and now is starting to happen in the Camander as well. the vibration will be between 60 and 80 with a spike in the 70 mph range and you will not always feel a vibration in the wheel of the gear shift. if you pull the shaft off of the car you will feel a hard spot as you rotate the shaft that is how you will prove the issue to the dealer. Hope this will help
  • hey thanks for the info can you give me some names and dealerships you did speak to. I am in the process of changing two tires since they claim it is the tires that is causing the vibrations. this is it as far as i am concerned. if the tires dont fix it i will be going to the corporation to resolve the problem. If you do know any other people with the same problem please let me know. I would like to set up a log of all people who are having problems with there jeeps. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    Medved dodge is the dealer I went to in castle rock colorado. it took five trips to the dealer before we found the problem. I only know this has been the problem with several other jeeps because of the service department. Make sure they order both drive shafts because they always go out at the same time. I do have the wheels that they say they have problems with. I am no expert but if the tire will balance the wheel should not have any problems. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • thank you for your response now just to make sure you do drive a 2005 jeep grand cherokee 5.7L hemi? i will take all this information to the dealership on monday. i do have a feeling that the tires will not solve the problem...so i am covering all my bases before i visit the dealership again. i too have been in and out of the dealership eight times in the last 10 months. I have heard that the corporation has resolved this problem by putting the individual in another vehicle. but the dearlership did not tell me why they did so. also do you have any names of the people you did speak to at the dealership? this is just to put each dealership in contact with each other if it comes to that. once again thank you for the information

    john everett
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    2005 Grand Cherokee 5.7 hemi My service manager is John if you have any questions. I will be picking up my jeep today from the second time they replaced the drive shafts. Have you heard about the cars being lemon law? I was going to start down this path I do not want to replace drive shafts every 10,000 miles
  • no i haven't heard about a lemon law on them just yet but i do suspect something will eventually come to hand. the best thing we can do is get as many people as possible who do have the vibration problem together. it is much easier to address a problem with a group than one by one. would you have the number to the dealership? i would like to talk to john and see if he could offer any other rememides that my dealership may not see. also have you had any seal fail on you? my differential seal went out and i was speaking with another independent mechanic who said that a bad drive shaft will put extra wear on the pinion gear in the rear differential. just a thought to think about.
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    The number for Medved is 303) 688-3137 so you can refer any questions to them. The vibration will wear the seals out very fast as well as the bearings and the Transfer Case. I have been lucky so far but I have a feeling it is because I caught it so fast and have staid on top of it.
  • jetsetdfwjetsetdfw Posts: 4
    What was the outcome? I too have this problem. I purchased a 2005 JGC Ltd, used about a week ago. Noticed on the drive home after purchase that it vibrated and shook at 70 mph. I assumed it was a balance issue (Original Goodyear Wrangler tires had 15K mi). Balance did not correct the problem, dealer said the tires were the problem. Replaced with Michelin's, problem is much less severe, but still present. I do have the chrome rims and wonder if the tires would balance if the rims are the culprit (as previous postings had expressed). I can't "live" with this problem, I sure hope the dealer in Plano can fix the problem by either replacing the drive shaft or replacing all or some wheels. I have a feeling I am going to have a "battle" on my hands. I will not accept the response... That's normal for this vehicle. I'll report after I take to dealer on Sat 08/05/06.
  • Well i can tell you that two of my tires were bad and after i did replace them the vibration (for the most part) went away. But i assume i am not completely out of the woods with this issue. I am going to put more miles on my car and see if the vibration comes back. It "could" be that the vibration actually caused the tires to go bad in the first place....long shot ..but who knows. I do have a vibration still but it is not nearly as bad. Did you realize that goodyear would have warrentied the tires? After i left the dealership i went to the goodyear store and they warrentied my tires at about 75%. I paid 43.96 per tire with 25K on them. My dealership also said they would pay half the price for the tires. Let me know what the dealership has to say, i am interested.
  • jetsetdfwjetsetdfw Posts: 4
    I did figure that Goodyear may offer me some money toward replacement of the same tire. I really wanted Michelin though because I feel like they have a smoother, quieter ride. So I figured the warranty avenue would do me no good. My service guy at the Jeep dealer told me on the phone that he had this same problem with another JGC owner recently and the chrome wheels were the problem. I am anxious to see if Jeep will admit to this issue and pay for new wheels. I sure hope the problem is the wheels and not the drive shaft. I am not sure that I would not prefer aluminum wheels anyway. :)
  • well one thing i do know is that JGC have had alot of problems and after i do drive a few 1000 miles on new tires i will be able to comment further about the vibrations. hopefully they are gone....but i also know from experience the drive shafts are faulty.
  • jetsetdfwjetsetdfw Posts: 4
    I have noticed that the shimy/vibration is not consistent. If I hit cruise control set at 70 MPH, the vibration comes and goes. It is always present but gets better, then worse. This probably points to a drive shaft problem (guessing). Seems to me that if the chrome rims were faulty, it would be a consistent problem.
  • I agree with you about the rims. my vibrations always started around 73MPH and went to about 85MPH. But my problem could be driven through. If I did 90MPH the vibration wopuld be gone. This alone lead me to the rims/tires. Like i said in the past two of my tires were bad and now (so far) my vibration has quit. I am still going to put a few miles on the tires to see if something mechanical with the jeep is actually causing the vibration and tires to premature. Will let you know if anything changes.

    Dave
  • tcrocketttcrockett Posts: 6
    My 2005 V8 also vibrates badly at speeds in excess of 75mph. I was driving from VA to Fla and could barely hold on to the steering wheel. The speed limit in VA is 65 so I don't notice it anymore but I did take it in upon my return from Florida. They told me the tires were out of balance. I have not driven at that speed again to know if the problem continues.
  • Any dealership that is willing to help you out should be able to spot the problem. It took me only 10 months to find out the problem was within the tires just because the dealership was too lazy and didn't care to correctly diagonise the problem. once i took it to another dealership they pointed out my problem within 30 minutes. afterwards i went straight to a goodyear dealership and even with 25K on my tires they warranted the two bad tires. I was out of pocket 44 bucks each, but it was better then the 198 each they do cost. I am starting to see a problem with the goodyear tires and not the jeep.
  • ccrispeccrispe Posts: 6
    I had the vibration that would get better and then worse at 70. They thought it was the tiers my jeep after balancing the tiers we ruled them out. I had the drive shafts replaced and the problem was gone. I also noticed on a long trip it will get worse the longer you drive. I test drove a 2006 dodge charger brand new and the drive shaft was bad it had the same vibration. The guys at the shop could not believe it.
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