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#1620 of 2589 Re: cause of the vibrations [yettibutt]
Aug 11, 2005 (8:38 am)
I also have a vibration problem with my 1993 Jeep Cherokee country 4wd 4.0ltr. 108,000 miles. Jeep runs great but after driving about an hour or so the front end goes to shaking like the suspension is about to fallout. It starts about 35 miles and hour and gets worse with increased speed. The only way to stop it is slow down and maybe stop and then start again. It stayed in the shop for two weeks and there are no suspension problems and appears to be a electrical system break down but the dealer can never get it to do it. When the car is shaking the RPM's are steady and no variance. When at idle it will never do this. the tires and wheels are good and balanced. I NEED HELP Eddie12
#1621 of 2589 Re: '01 Sport / HELP / It's Got The Shakes [astem]
Aug 11, 2005 (8:38 am)
I'd surely look at the tires first. It's not uncommon for a tire to come unbalanced or even out-of-round over time and cause a vibration in a cetain range. I had a Toytoa pickup that did the same thing, couldn't drive it at 55mph, but 70mph was ok.
You could try rotating your tires (if you want to do it yourself) and see if the vibration changes. You notice vibrations on the front more than the rear.
Or you could just have the tires rebalanced and see what happens. Tell the tire shop aobut your problem so they can check for an out-of-round tire.
#1622 of 2589 2005 JGC Interior
Aug 11, 2005 (6:58 pm)
My beloved 1993 JGC was just stolen and trashed. I was drooling over the 2005 and just assumed I would buy one. But after test driving a rental I am having second thoughts. Power plant, drivetrain, suspension all were unbelievably slick. I like the look but miss the visibility of all the tall glass. Interior looks like high design. OK, the back seat is nothing more than a ledge but so what...in my car no one's ever back there. But that front elbow rest??!! It's too hard, placed too far away and too low. My elbow hits right near the hard edge. All I think about while driving is what to do with my arm and how to adjust the driver's seat to get as much as my arm on it as I can. And I'm a big guy! The left arm rest in the door is a brick as well. I'm afraid if I buy it, that's all I'll think about. So now I'm considering buying a late model used JGC just to get a softer armrest. But I want that 2005. What's a guy to do?? And BTW after the cops called me to retrieve my '93 from a back alley, the thief returned to the scene while I was waiting for a tow and we nabbed him. He's now in the cooler!
#1623 of 2589 Re: 2005 JGC Interior [riverhawk]
Aug 12, 2005 (7:37 pm)
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that crook spends some time in jail, however he probably won't.
My wife and I looked at the '05. We didn't drive one, but we couldn't get over the smaller size. It appears to be the same size as my Cherokee. And besides, I'm a huge fan of that inline six 4.0L. The '05 has the 3.7L V-6. I know of several folks around here that have the Dodge Dakota's with the 3.7L in them and most have had a catastrophic engine failure before 100k miles. Lots seem to be oil related. We opted for an '04 GC with only 13k miles.
#1624 of 2589 Re: '01 Sport / HELP / It's Got The Shakes [astem]
Aug 16, 2005 (12:47 pm)
I have a '94 Cherokee Sport with 206,000 miles on it. It currently has the shakes, and has had them before, just like yours (50-55mph). In the past the shakes or death rattle as I like to call it, was due to poor tire balance and uneven tire wear. If the tires aren't too worn you will probably get relief with just a balance and rotate. If they are worn unevenly, you may have to get new tires. If the shaking occurs when braking at those speeds it could be your brake rotors. I had a set of bad rotors that caused the shaking, they were recalled and I got new ones for free. I am trying to push off getting new tires for a couple of months, so I am trying not to drive at speeds between 50&55mph.
#1625 of 2589 Re: '01Cherokee Sport / Good Buy?? [vela1]
Aug 18, 2005 (8:52 am)
I had the same issue a few years back. The light kept coming on due to sensitivity with the gas cap. Took the Jeep into the dealer and they had a new flash they ran on the software that made it less sensitive and hasn't caused a problem since knock wood.
#1627 of 2589 replacing "abs controller"
Aug 22, 2005 (10:00 am)
What is the cost and part # for the abs controller. My jeep is identical to yours. My abs light
has been on for abour 8 months. But, the brakes still work excellently. Any help would be
#1628 of 2589 Re: 2001 jeep cherokee coolant loss and oil pressure problem [rd75]
Aug 25, 2005 (10:57 am)
I have just discovered the same problem with my 2000 jeep cherokee with 110,000 miles on it. i bought it almost three years ago with 51,000 miles on it. it overheated in april (on my birthday no less) i brought it to a local quicklube as they were right by where it happened. they flushed radiator and sent me on my way, told me to check back with them in a few days. i did and everything was fine. happened again a month later. brought it to my shop. they couldnt see any leaks, couldnt figure it out, did a dye test and sent me on my way. a month later, this happened again. they said it could be head gasket since they couldnt find leaks, but wanted to be sure. did more tests. they determined it was head gasket but they couldnt fix it then, told me to think about it and let them know what i wanted to do. in the meantime they said to keep adding antifreeze and call them when i could find a week to part with the car. so, i did what they said and three weeks ago, called to make an appt. in total the span has been about three+ months. they have been busy and couldnt get the car in right away. in the meantime, it got to the point where i was adding a gallon of coolant a week and in the last week, after engine has been warmed up, when i am idling, the oil gauge drops to zero and the check gauges light comes on. it has also been "knocking". so, when i brought it in for head gasket, i told them. they checked it, told me that water has leaked into oil pan and my engine is shot. they are now telling me i need a new engine and that the car isnt worth it (told me about $3,500 for reconditioned engine). i have taken great care of this car and bring it in as i should for oil changes etc. i feel like if they had told me i needed the new head gasket and i should get it done immediately, i wouldnt have the engine problem now. I just brought it to a new mecahnic for a second opinion. i really want to save the car, its in great shape and i always thought jeeps run forever. i fact, i still owe $6,000 on it. if all else fails and i have to trade it in and get another car, i would like another jeep, but now i am a little put off by them. my original mechanic said this is a very unsual problem, but i am now hearing that it isnt, from other people i have been talking to.
#1629 of 2589 Re: 2001 jeep cherokee coolant loss and oil pressure problem [billers]
Aug 25, 2005 (6:34 pm)
I'm so sorry to hear about your problems. Unfortunately, coolant leaking into the oil is a common problem with a leaking head gasket. If the coolant wasn't running out onto the ground, or if the Jeep wasn't smoking like a freight train, the only place left for it to go was into the oil pan. I hate it that your mechanic was such a moron for in effect telling you to keep driving it.
Maybe your second mechanic will give you a little brighter picture. You can buy used 4.0L engines on Ebay all day long for well under $1,000. Of course, if you don't have the mechanical ability to put a motor in yourself, inclination to try it yourself, and/or the facilities and tools to do it, then you're at a mechanics mercy. I may be wrong, and someone correct me if I am, but any 4.0L out of an '01 Cherokee or an '01 to '04 Grand Cherokee can be used. Those will be a direct replacement, simply bolt it in and plug it in, no modifications at all. Engines out of '96 to '00 Cherokees and Grand Cherokees can also be used, but some electrical modifications will be needed.
Let us know how it goes.