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#2346 of 5136 Re: Rumbling Sound In Rear Of 1998 JGC [tkl2]
Dec 13, 2005 (9:57 pm)
I purchased a used 1998 JGC in June-2004. After 500 miles I had to have the rear differential over-hauled ($650). Also , front stabilizer links ($142) The Jeep dealer gave a 12 mo.. 12,000 mile warranty. It is bad again in only 10,000 miles (14 months) NO WARRANTY.
The front differential was over-hauled 8.000 miles after purchase ($1100) There was a terriffic thump every time you hit a bump since purchased. Had to replace both front and rear sway bar assemblies and the track bar ($226). New ignition wires, distributor cap, spark plugs, etc. Had this vehicle for 18 mo. and have spent $2557) on repairs.
News about the rear differential-- DC issued a TSB dated 7-31-1998 regarding the aluminum differential , manufactured by Dana, ie.: NOTE: THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO 1997 AND 1998 GRAND CHEROKEES EQUIPPED WITH V-8 ENGINES AND ALUMINUM HOUSING DANA 216 RBA AXLES BUILT IN THE USA (ZJ) BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 1996 AND MARCH 31, 1998 (1997 MDH 1201XX THROUGH 1998 MDH 0331XX) AND BUILT IN EUROPE (ZG) BETWEEN JANUARY 20, 1997 AND JUNE 30, 1998 ((1997 MDH 0120XX AND 1998 MDH 0630XX). SYMTOM/CONDITION-- A growling noise may be present coming from the rear axle. This noise may be caused by gradual wearing of the rear axle carrier bearing and races. The noise is usually light at first and is often mis-diagnosed for a wind noise or air leak in the tailgate area. The noise becomes gradually worse with increased mileage. A remanufactured axle assembly has been released for use in this situation.
The axle assemblies will be shipped minus axle shafts and wheel end/brake components which will require transfer from the original assembly. The axle assemblies will be shipped dry as they will require cover removal for installation of the axle shaft "C" clip retainer.
CAUTION: THE AXLE BEARINGS RIDE DIRECTLY ON THE AXLE SHAFT WITHOUT A RACE IN THIS APPLICATION. DAMAGE TO THE AXLE SHAFT CAN RESULT FROM CONTAMINATION IF METAL PARTICLES ARE PRESENT IN THE FLUID. CAREFULLY INSPECT THE AXLE SHAFT FOR DAMAGE AT THIS AREA. IF ANY DAMAGE IS PRESENT, AXLE SHAFT REPLACEMENT WILL BE REQUIRED.
DIAGNOSIS; Road test the vehicle. If noise is present and the vehicle falls within the build range, perform the Repair Procedure.
The part numbers and description required are listed on this TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)
I just came accross this TSB and had the Local Jeep Dealer road test my vehicle (10,000 mi.) bad bearing again, as mentioned above. The technition acknoledged the bearing is bad. Can't do anything for you- 12 months has passed. Service manager contacts regional DC representative- NO HELP!! I call DC customer Relations _ NO HELP!!
DC acknowledges (BY THEIR TSB) they produced or installed faulty merchandise manufactured by others. Their position in this instance was: If one of these goes bad while under warrany we'll fix it, but if we can make it past the 3 yr. 36 mo. warranty we'll place the burden for our mistake on the customer. ($1300) just for the housing; gears and bearings are extra- plus labor. Ball park figure for repair; $2000- $2500. I ask you , " IS THIS BEEING ETHICAL IN BUSINESS?" THIS IS THE FIRST DC CAR I HAVE EVER PURCHASED AND THE LAST !!
When I took the JGC in, the dealer should have been privy to the problem, with the models mentioned above, which has gone on for the last 6 yrs. It wasn't brought to attention until I confronted them. POOR SERVICE- NO ETHICS!
#2347 of 5136 94jgc automatic shutdown
Dec 14, 2005 (7:47 am)
the alarm system has never worked right. i could always get the engine started by locking/unlocking the door. but now even that doesn't work. i see that there are some alarm relays and fuses in the power distribution system. can i remove the alarm/automatic shutdown fuses and relays and have a car that starts again?
#2348 of 5136 Re: 1994 Jeep Cherokee Hell [trickster]
Dec 14, 2005 (11:06 am)
I have a 99 Grand Cherokee that suddenly stalls. Sometimes it will restart and other times it needs to rest and then it will restart. I hooked up an OBD II analyzer, and it returns no trouble codes. I hooked up the analyzer just after it stalled and again, no trouble codes.
Any idea what to do?
#2349 of 5136 1998 JGC front end squeaking and noisy transmission
Dec 14, 2005 (3:04 pm)
1998 JGC Ltd. 5.2L V8 102,000 mi
oil change every 3,000 mi
all preventative maintenance/tuneups
It got pretty cold here this week (~10F), and I noticed that until my baby attains normal running temperatures (slightly below 200F), I hear an intermittent squeaking noise coming from the front of my car. It sounds like it's coming from the engine (I think it might be a bearing associated with my timing belt), but I am not sure what would be making that noise. I have heard other cars making that noise too. If anyone has any information and recommendations for me I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, I was wondering when the front/rear shocks and/or struts should be replaced. My Jeep seems a bit bouncy these days for the GC I am used too.
Finally, I noticed my drive train sounds a bit like a marble shaking around in a tin can when I have the car idling in drive. And my overdrive is starting to sound like that low-pitched whining that you hear when a fast-moving truck blows by you.
Thanks so much for any and all help. I want to get these things fixed!
#2350 of 5136 Jeep Cherokee 2003 V8 vs. 2005 V8
Dec 14, 2005 (9:43 pm)
I have been driving my 2003 Grand Cherokee for the past 2 years and recently jumped into a 2005 Grand Cherokee (Mountain Addition). I am noticing a big difference between the V8 engines. My 2003 Cherokee had good get up, there were was no lul between gears and it just felt more responsive, if I put the gas pedal down you would fell it immediately. My new Jeep feels quite opposite. It just feels like it doesn't want to perform. Does anyone know why there would be such a difference in power and performance? Is there a software update that will remedy this?
#2351 of 5136 Torque converter lockup questions
Dec 15, 2005 (2:23 am)
I have a '01 JGC 4l It has never given me a problem but out of interest, I ran the error codes from the OBC and it displays a code P0740, which seems to indicate that the Torque converter is not locking up when I'm crusing. How can I check this? Can this condidtion cause damage? The Malfunction light is not on, has never been on except during the lamp check. Transmission fluid has never overheated, as far as I know. I don't get a lot of help from Crysler, they say if the MIL is not on I should quit worrying and wait till my next service is due. I'm losing sleep over this, please help. Thanks.
#2352 of 5136 Re: Jeep Cherokee 2003 V8 vs. 2005 V8 [andret]
Dec 15, 2005 (8:01 am)
I think I am feeling the same thing. My '03 seemed to have more immediate pick up. My guess is that 1) '05 is heavier by about 500 pounds(stiffer body, safer, etc..) 2) suspension is also somewhat stiffer resulting in less squat when accelerating from a stop, which makes it feel like it's slower. In reality, I don't think it's that much slower, it just feels that way. I do think the '05 handles much better though.
#2353 of 5136 2003 Side Mirror Memory
Dec 15, 2005 (10:12 am)
I just noticed that when I push the memory recall or keyless entry the drivers mirror adjusts, but stops in a random place each time. What is wore in there and can I get it and replace it myself? If it would just stay where it is, I wouldn't mind, except that each time you unlock the door, it trys to go back to it's position and usually it ends up too low. I assume there is no way to de-link the mirror memory from the rest of the car?
#2354 of 5136 Re: Jeep Cherokee 2003 V8 vs. 2005 V8 [davidc1]
Dec 15, 2005 (10:12 am)
I defintly agree with the fact that the 2005 has a much better ride to it. Almost to floaty in my opinion. I guess I was to used to the way that my 2003 handled. Thanks for the reply, I was hoping that I was not the only one feeling this way.
#2355 of 5136 Re: Rumbling Sound In Rear Of 1998 JGC [curall]
Dec 15, 2005 (3:09 pm)
In 2002, I got rid of my 1996 full-time all-wheel drive GC V-8 because of the axle and rear-end going bad. Yes, the axle bearings run directly on the axle, which is stupid. At 118,000 miles my rear end was making an awful noise, it was embarrassing because I could not hear people in the cabin when driving down the highway at 60 mph. Mine was the right rear axle and the mechanic showed me how it was litteraly wearing down, like inherent vice. There were chunks missing on the axle. I was quoted $2100, had a water pump going, and my front end was starting to go, so I dumped it. That vehicle was a big disappointment after I hit 100,000 miles.