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#1525 of 2515 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Transmission Failure
Nov 08, 2002 (10:12 am)
I have the above model with 86,000 miles. I purchased the vehicle new and have pampered it since day one. My transmission just went out and my mechanic said, "that's the Jeep tranny, I've rebuilt 4 already this year".
I have done some investigating and found 5 other people whose tranny has given out, one as early as 30k miles!
Is there anything out there whereby I can recoup some of my loss from Jeep-- settlements, buybacks, etc.
#1526 of 2515 Tire Wear and Rotation
Nov 09, 2002 (9:27 pm)
I would like to get some comments on tire wear for I6's with Selec-trac that are run almost exclusively on highways in 2WD. Which are the drive tires in 2WD? Fronts or rears? My assumption is that the fronts wear out more quickly than the rears. Also, what about the wear differential between the driver side front and passenger side front tires? Is there usually greater wear on the passenger side?
As to tire rotation, I see that the 99 Laredo owner's manual only shows rotating front to back on the same side, no forward cross option. What tire rotation systems are you using out there for four tires and with what success? Also how often are you doing your tire rotations?
Would appreciate any tips you can give on this, thanks.
#1527 of 2515 jrparker...
Nov 10, 2002 (5:28 am)
Transmission failures were fairly common on 93-95's and at best, DC replaced these with rebuilt transmissions if they failed within the warranty period.
What luck did the 5 people you found with failures have with DC? That should give you some idea of what to expect in your case.
With 86K+ miles on your vehicle, I'm doubtful that DC will do anything in your case. Too much time and too many miles. They can make a case for "normal wear and tear" as it's not unheard of for any transmission to fail with that mileage. It certainly doesn't hurt to call DC and ask though. Good luck.
#1528 of 2515 kupper25...
Nov 10, 2002 (5:58 am)
I can't speak for tire wear on the I6 with Selec-Trac. I've had 4 JGC's with the V8 and either Quadra-Trac or Quadra-Drive.
Running Selec-Trac in 2WD drives the rear wheels.
Maybe I'm lucky, but I've never had a problem with excessive tire wear between F/R or S/S. Tire wear has been about as equal as I could expect between all 4 tires. I've gotten very good life from the tires on all my JGC's.
I rotate tires F/R (same side) at least every 7.5K miles. I rebalance the tires every other rotation, or at least every 15K miles. I've never believed in cross-rotation, even though the tire manufacturer's say it's okay to do this.
I also run 40 psi tire pressure at the recommendation of a relative who's a front-end alignment specialist. It does make for a slightly harsher ride, but it has also made a dramatic difference in tire life because it helps the tire wear more evenly across the entire face of the tread. Whether you choose to try this is your decision, but regardless, regularly checking and keeping your tires at the proper pressure is very important.
Noticing excessive tire wear on the front, or different wear patterns between the front tires can be indicative of a front-end alignment or drive train problem.
Nov 11, 2002 (4:43 am)
I went through tires every 40,000KMS(about 24,000 miles) on my '98 V8 with Quadra-Trac on .I know that fairly frequent alignments didn't seem to help the rapid tire wear issue. I also remember several occasions when the alignment turned up front end problems that had to be fixed before the alignment could be completed. Recently I read somewhere in these forums something to the effect that older JGC's didn't have adjustments for camber or castor on their ball joints? While I'm no expert,I wonder if this design feature might have had something to do with what I considered premature tire wear? BTW-I just returned my leased '98 after 4 years(I got it as a leftover in the Fall of'98)with 115,000kms(approx. 68,000 miles) on the clock. The third set of tires just barely passed the lease return inspection.
#1530 of 2515 Question about tire wear... an idea
Nov 11, 2002 (12:51 pm)
I got a flat on a tire (through the sidewall) and had to replace it. The other three tires have worn about 20%. Is there a way I can accelerate the weardown on the new tire or slow down the wear on the other three? Kkulig's post gave me an idea...
Could I boot the tire pressure on the old ones to 40 psi, then reduce the new tire to about 30-35?
Any thoughts on if this would work or even be safe?
#1531 of 2515 Frustrated with my 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Nov 13, 2002 (3:05 pm)
I purchased my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (six cylinder) new in October 1998. This was my fourth Jeep (CJ7, Wrangler, Cherokee and then this Grand Cherokee) and my ownership experience with the brand had been positive. Unfortunately, this has not been the case with this vehicle. I have spent over $9,300 on repairs alone. This does not include just under $4,000 of regular maintenance. I have driven this vehicle a lot of miles (for owning it only four years) traveling around the United States and Canada. It has approx 114,000 miles. All of my problems occurred after 46,000 miles. They included having to replace the rear differential bearings twice and the entire engine once. Other repairs included steering tie rods, oil leaks with transmission and transfer case seals, a door module switch that controlled the power window and other miscellaneous items. I will continue to own it because the new engine has a three year, 36000 mile warranty. However,I would not recommend purchasing a 1998 or earlier Jeep Grand Cherokee.
#1532 of 2515 erickpl... tire wear
Nov 16, 2002 (6:40 am)
Paul, I don't think that would be very safe to have one tire at a different pressure in hopes of wearing it down to the other three. You could have handling issues that may not appear until you need to make some kind of emergency avoidance manuever. That wouldn't be the time to find that out. Doing this may also create excess or unusual tire wear on any of the three originals.
If your original three tires only have about 20% wear, then I'd suggest using your spare (assuming it's still new) along with the new tire. Put them both on the front. If you then run a few more miles than normal before a tire rotation, you should see fairly even tire wear between all four tires. It would also be safer.
Nov 18, 2002 (9:47 am)
That is a good idea about the spare. I hadn't thought of the simple solution. Guess I always look for the wierd ones. Happens when you work with computers sometimes!