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#294 of 5143 HELP!!! My Jeep Is a Money Pit
Jul 30, 2002 (8:39 pm)
help! My 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited has some front end grinding noise. Ive talked ot many mechanics and at first they said it was the rotors then they said it was the wheel bearings. The noise comes from the drivers side, and we replaced the rotors and the drivers side wheel bearings. NOW the mechanic says it is the passenger side wheel bearing even though the noise is coming from the drivers side .. can the noise TRANSFER? is it something else?!!! HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!
#295 of 5143 Grinding Noises
Jul 31, 2002 (3:21 pm)
It can be really difficult to pinpoint exactly where noises are coming from underneath a vehicle. Does the mechanic know for certain that the noise is coming from the passenger side, or is he just making a WAG?
It's still a good idea to replace the pass side wheel bearings. Just doing one side makes about as much sense as replacing only one tire or shock absorber.
Some other possibilities are front diff ring and pinion wear, pinion bearing or transfer case parts. All of these have been known to create the same kind of noise on the earlier Jeeps.
Also, have your mechanic do a better job of trying to isolate the noise, otherwise you're going to get severely "nickel and dimed" to death before you actually find the problem. Good luck!
#296 of 5143 To keep it, or sell it?
Aug 02, 2002 (10:08 pm)
I've got a '95 Grand Cherokee Orvis with 90K on it. Factory rotors lasted 60K, but replacements have only lasted 15K (unrelated, but that's how long the batteries are lasting now too). Master cylinder replaced at 50K, A/C work at 55K, Radiator at 60K, starter at 80K, Fan clutch at 85K.
Had the transfer case rebuilt at 50K (didn't like to disengage from Full-time 4WD, front end would scrub in corners and then a big BANG,...). Transmission computer replaced at 85K (was that ever hard for the dealer to diagnose - code said all 3 solenoids failed at once <g>).
Now I'm getting the front end fighting on tight corners again. What/where is the "viscous coupler", and what does it cost to replace?
Does anyone keep details on MTBF on these vehicles and make that info available to the public?
I love the vehicle, but have used up all my AAA tows/jumps for the year. Do I spend the money, or sell it? Opinions welcome.
#297 of 5143 To mbryga: Also have 95 Grand Gherokee "Orvis".
Aug 03, 2002 (4:34 am)
Hi: I read your post with great interest. I baby the Orvis. Use it everyday, but now have only 55K miles logged. Never offroad. Only problem , am experiencing what sounds like an abnormally loud higher than normal RPM (roaring sound ) that disappears after the 1st shift, and then it comes back at approx. 55-60 MPH . No vibration just noise. No one seems to know what it is. There was a bulletin , earlier about transfer case vibration, which needed bracing. This was not covered by factory warranty, so I did not have it done. This has been a very reliable auto and I will continue to own indefinitely. I am surprised at the work you have had to do on your auto. I would recommend you keep car. It's good transportation in my case. I would sell if I ever felt it was not reliable. I own several autos, and I like the jeep's size and handling. I consider it fun to drive. It's great in city driving conditions , parking, etc. Wife also likes to drive jeep. Let me know if you experienced the high RPM roaring noise thing.TIA. Russ.
#298 of 5143 mbryga: I would sell it like this guy did
Aug 03, 2002 (4:59 am)
#1292 of 1292 I just bought mine..... by domi4 Aug 02, 2002 (08:21 pm)
A 2002 Silver QX4.
The vehicle is awesome. Handles well, good performance and a solid SUV.
I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. The Qx4 is a much better SUV... there is no comparason.
Glad I made the purchase
Aug 03, 2002 (7:35 am)
I owned a '93 JGC Laredo. No major problems. Sold it after 7 years. My 2001 JGC Ltd had too many drive train and electrical problems to mention. Traded for a 2002 JGC Ltd which has been trouble free since last December. I could afford to take the big financial hit and bail out of the 2001. You have an early JGC which was plagued by problems, (especially transmission, air conditioning, & electrical) which have been aired consistently on this, and the other Jeep Grand Cherokee strings. Reevaluate what vehicle fits your needs. If the power, utility, towing ability, comfort, and appearance suit you, then consider putting your money in a new Jeep (cheap financing, extended powertrain warranty). Or wait for the JGC update in a couple years.
Generally, I like to buy and keep my vehicles for 7 to 8 years. If average monthly repair costs are roughly equal to financing on a new vehicle, it makes sense to buy new. Leasing is another option.
If you need more room for people or storage, Suburban, Expedition, Excursion, Navigator, or even Durango may work for you.
I hope my experiences and thoughts help.
I REALLY like Grand Cherokee, even though I had a bad one last year.
#301 of 5143 mbryga...
Aug 03, 2002 (9:10 am)
Sounds like you've got enough years and mileage on your 95 where it's starting to "nickel and dime" you to death if you hang onto it. The earlier JGC's were definitely plagued with several problems. Even the early production 99's (the new design) had more than their fair share. But what you do here is a decision you have to make for yourself.
With the end of the 02 model year coming up, you can get some great deals on new JGC's along with decent rebates or 0% financing. With what's offered now, I wouldn't even consider a lease. The 02's have been virtually complaint-free and much smoother and quieter than previous years. Or, maybe you may want to try another make/model of vehicle for a change. That's fine too... there's great financing options on almost everything out there today.
To answer your question about the viscous coupler... this is located in your transfer case and is the component that transfers power between front and rear wheels. It's kind of like a hydraulic differential. The symptoms you described are a failing coupler. This can be fairly expensive to fix... I believe over $400 depending on whether your dealership does it the hard way by removing the transfer case or if they were smart enough to get the "tool" that allows them to remove the coupler parts without removing the transfer case. The repair cost is high due to the amount of labor involved... not the parts.
You also need to take what bigorange30 has to say with a grain of salt. His feelings towards Jeep are well-known out here and he loves to troll in this forum. While I'm sympathetic to the bad experience he had with his Jeep (and he does have a right to voice his opinion), he's only owned one... and to me that doesn't justify the amount of complaining he does about them. Anybody can get stuck with a bad vehicle. My 98 JGC went back under the lemon law. Sure, I certainly didn't like that but it didn't "turn me off" on the JGC's. As for his statement that "there's no comparison between a JGC and a QX4"... I'm LOL.
I'm sure you're intelligent enough to be able to read between the lines and weed-out some of the extremely biased opinions you'll find out here. Good luck to you!
#302 of 5143 95 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Aug 03, 2002 (5:03 pm)
Has anyone had good luck with this vehicle?
#303 of 5143 I ddin't make that statement about the QX4
Aug 03, 2002 (5:10 pm)
domi4 did. I just passed it along.