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  • Hi all, Has anyone replaced the timing belt, water pump and tensioner pulley on the CRD? I would like to know which tooling works best for setting the timing positions. I'm thinking of the Bates timing kit "gat4945a" offered on Ebay.
  • I believe this car was a failed experiment on the part of Daimler Chrysler. I still have the 150HP Euro-3 prototype of the US model considered "de-rated" by a few posters. After 13 years of flawless service the little CRD easily passes pollution…
  • Did I have the last word? Not yet I received a recall (from FIAT France / JEEP) saying there is a weak spot in the rear structure of my truck. Why not? After 12 years of flawless service FIAT thinks it's time for another round of buns and coff…
  • Why use OEM parts? There are many good after market parts providers for Jeep that offer OEM and better quality parts for the Jeep. Hi winter2, In the EU there are few opportunities to obtain rebates, you only get what you pay for i.e. maximum pub…
  • Our local Bio-diesel distillery ceased it's activity, declared bankruptcy and left a contaminated industrial site to those who had faith in recycling waste oil. Do you have a similar situation in the US?
  • @willysjeep said: (Maybe - They don't have junk yards in France.) We have fewer junk yards nowadays, scrap metals are recycled rapidly and Eastern Europe is absorbing the recent and better quality second-hand vehicles. Jeep Liberty truck…
  • @caribou1 said: 10 years already ... I was recently informed that after 10 years Jeep parts (brakes and chassis) are no longer stored when not simply declared unavailable! In the EU Jeeps were sold (and powered) by Renault then came Chrysle…
  • 10 years already ... I was recently informed that after 10 years Jeep parts (brakes and chassis) are no longer stored when not simply declared unavailable! In the EU Jeeps were sold (and powered) by Renault then came Chrysler and Daimler now Fiat.…
  • Hi gagrice, It takes 10 years to train an engineer, 20 more for this young person to become a top level specialist. We left time go by without paying much attention to "other countries". South America, Asia, India and other countries providing good…
  • Hi wtd44, Just to refresh your memories: http://www.forum-auto.com/automobiles-mythiques-exception/section5/sujet380974.h- - - tm Times have changed! For 30$ you could get the head gasket and the copper seals/rings for the bottom of the cylinder sl…
  • With a Renault CLIO common rail diesel, friends of mine (seniors) get 58 mpg average mileage over the year. This car fits two adults, one pet and two grocery bags. After 100,000 miles with regular service the small engine gave all it had and needed …
  • The difference between Chrysler and Fiat is less than loosing one eye instead of the two.
  • Hi mickeyrom, In the EU, most issues on mid-cost models concern cheap materials and assembly, the higher end issues concern technology. The whole spectrum of vehicles has mechanically reliable safety elements, the higher end also includes reliable e…
  • The answer to automobile quality in France is expressed in % of return for repair: http://www.entretien-auto.com/fiabilite_cout_entretien.php Obviously, they forgot "Subaru" known to have 0% return for repair. It wouldn't look good on their plot! …
  • Hi Farout, To push sales of the "Smart", Daimler recently paid for a TV commercial where you see two black sheep lying in a field and busy eating grass. The comment said: Only those of you who behave/are like Chinese sheep with thick wool cannot be …
  • I had to pay 700 USD just for the front brakes (disks and pads), the labor was covered by the ball joint recall.
  • It seems your brake linings are now too thin and this forces the automatic play limiters (brake shoe rests) to go beyond their normal range. When your drum brakes over heat rapidly this means the brake shoes become "self locking". When you open a br…
  • To avoid packing the wells I just frequently turn my steering full left to full right when I am in heavy snow. I was once stuck because the power steering was not powerful enough to force the wheels to steer. Either the serpentine belt was slipping …
  • I've read a few lines about this in the past year. Peugeot and Citroen were trying this system on their compact cars. They were using compound (multiple piston) brake jaws. There is one thing I would like to find on 4x4 trucks: it's a disk brake dir…
  • Is it this system you are talking about? http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/cas/cas/themes/products/electron- ic_brake_and_safety_systems/new_ways_in_braking_technologies/emb_0602_en.html
  • In the logic of the vehicle you only get an error code when something unexpected happens once a pre defined condition is reached. Try shifting into Neutral just before applying the brakes; if this doesn't stall the engine I would guess there is a tr…
  • You can plug the vacuum line and remove the solenoid until you get the new one.
  • I can add that jetliners have redundant (n+1 or n+2) circuits powered by several UPS systems and our vehicles only use one. The positive thing about our wiring harness is the silicone sealing of all the wires into the connectors of the engine and t…
  • I once drove a GM car that had the anti spin feature. This does very well for people who are afraid of icy roads and traction is really optimised. There is no issue here. Comparing to my Liberty that has 'only' the Selec-Trac and ABS, when I decide …
  • - I still have 11 years to go or win the lottery! My question was concerning the change of trajectory in the 2wd and 4wd modes.
  • Have you experienced the abs in 2wd and in 4wd during this winter?
  • I would say tires first, pavement condition in second position. This truck handles beautifully even up to 85 mph. On mountain roads it's almost as accurate as a sports car. It's also very easy to park in tight spots when in reverse because of the la…
  • I have the 'Trac-Lock' differential. It has an orange colour label on it's left hand side to identify it. From what I heard, the Quadra-Drive is a 'softer' locking system, not really designed for climbing obstacles over a long period of time.I reall…
  • I just got caught in a snow drift on an icy country road. The wind blew so hard that the 'road blocked' sing had fallen off it's post. With BFG T/A tires in 15" of hard snow I still found it possible to get through with my 4x4 Sport Liberty. Then t…
  • This is winter the condition I referred to: http://richard.fortin.free.fr/KJ_diesel/Snow.jpg
  • Yes. I spread more than 12 feet long of snow+ice over a cleanly ploughed road that day. Usually people have shovels, I used the LO mode... The same applies for the front fog lights. I was complaining about the depth of the recess where they are i…
  • Due to it's mass, only chains or studded tires can be efficient on ice. I got good grip on ice the first year with new stock tires (S4), but for this winter I bought BFG T/A in 225/75R16 size. I was able to pull out of deep heavy snow accumulated be…
  • I drove my 03 Liberty diesel in snow and on dry ice last winter with the Goodyear tires that came with it. The Selec-Trac transfer case was perfect to get me out of trouble while I was really looking for it! The only recommendation I could give is t…
  • http://www.goodyear.fr/services/tyreguide/feat_wrangler_s4.html This is the tire we have on all Jeep Libertys (gas + diesel) over here. It's unfortunately not easely available in Europe, but is a very good compromise. It's quiet, ribbed on the side…
  • When I did my tire rotation, I noticed that all my wheel nuts had cracked the laquer on the aluminium rims. So I put Molykote grease, it's like 'Never-Seeze', on the tapered seats and threads. It's very good for the winter season: the salt doesn't c…
  • How can you make shure your tires won't go out of balance? And how do you clean the rims later when you install new tires? Latex is not easely dissolved by solvants. Many people tried injecting foam in slow leaking tires, and experienced serious pro…
  • Have you tried cleaning the truck before you drive through the dirt, and then used the air-recirculation position of the ventilation system (bottom left on the knob)? Perhaps this could help you isolate the air vents as the possible source of penetr…
  • I feel sad for you because when there is such a "big" problem the investigation time is usually short. I wouldn't bother repairing a crack in the cylinder head but the rest of the engine is a 'standard' piece of equipment that most engine re build…
  • Ask for a detailed repair proposal first. You know what you have, you don't know what you will get... I would pay the bill and keep the truck for a longer period. Mine is a MY2003, has a few dents inside out (off-road, dog & grandchildren) and i…
  • Edlankford, A few local posters complain about tremendous cost of repair and I found no information describing block damage or major cooling fluid leak. The Liberty was sold in a version called "Wild Dream" in France and I now believe this was premo…