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#4122 of 5143 Opinion: 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility SE 4D 4x4 6cyl
Jun 02, 2008 (2:04 pm)
1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility SE 4D 4x4 6cyl
I went with my Dad today to look at one of these to buy for the sole purpose of a "dog walk" vehicle. For a mere $3000 he could have a 4x4 to go in the spillway with. Anyway, I basically wanted to get some comments from people on what the weak points are and/or what something could be from my descriptions.
[*]It has 140k miles on it.
[*]Its automatic with the 4x4L and H drive.
[*]The front windows are roll up manuals and the rears are electric which is strange to me.
[*]The gas and speedo gauges seem to intermittently work. Cause?
[*]Steering it feels like steering a boat. The response is pretty late. Is this typical/normal? Just alignment? Steering wheel? Just new struts/shocks?
[*]Does it normally shift harsh in 2W or 4W drive? I have never driven one like this before so I don't know, but it seemed abnormally harsh to me from other cars/suv's I've driven.
[*]What does "PART TIME" mean when the 4W drive is engaged? Shows up on the dash.
[*]What is involved in fixing the Oil Leak if its the rear main seal? What are typical leak points for this vehicle? What other gaskets or whatevers would need to be bought and replaced during this repair if its the rear main?
[*]Whats the tire pressure supposed to be? Why'd it seem like the rear tires (on concrete) were making a lot of noise when going slow turning in parking lots?
[*]A/C seemed barely cool enough.
[*]BIG TIME.... BIG TIME.... OIL LEAK all over the bottom? Typical? Rear main seal? Oil pan? Whats do most of you see?
[*]Brakes seem to respond late, but I'd imagine seeing as the brake fluid looks like muddy water its never been flushed and probably needs new pads/rotors.
[*]Probably leave the transmission alone right? Probably never been flushed and would lose it if I flush the fluid? Does this thing have a special fluid setup in the back and front since its 4 wheel?
For the problems mentioned assuming those are "all" and knowing this will not be a vehicle driven anywhere else, but the spillway for walks with the dog would this be a reasonable investment?
Thanks so much !
#4123 of 5143 2000 gclaredo overheating
Jun 03, 2008 (6:07 pm)
I just bought this 2000 grand cherokee laredo, havent' been able to drive it.thought the dealer was on the up and up.. guess not..Have replaced the coolant fan relay, thermostat and it is still over heating with in a few seconds. even in idle. it immediatly goes to hot.. after running it a few minutes the overfull fills up, after shutting it off it goes down as fast as it came up, The light that looks like a camera comes up(check,engine,emissions,etc)
#4124 of 5143 Re: 2000 gclaredo overheating [dawn16]
Jun 03, 2008 (6:40 pm)
sounds as if you have bad head gasket
#4125 of 5143 Re: 2000 gclaredo overheating [dawn16]
Jun 04, 2008 (6:27 am)
With engine cold and under normal circumstances, at idle it should take a couple of minutes for the engine coolant to warm up.
A suggestion to consider: Drive or tow it to a radiator shop and ask them to pressure check the coolant system and check the engine coolant temperature sensor. The results should point you in the right direction.
Expect to pay for their time to look at it. Ask about the fee up front.
If tests look OK and it's not big $, I would replace temperature sensor just to eliminate it as an unknown. If the problem is the gauge in your dashboard, it will be difficult to pinpoint.
Beware. You could get misled. If drivable, get a 2nd opinion before making big $ repairs. Don't tell the 2nd mechanic that you've already had it looked at .
If somebody offers you a lower estimate because you won't make the repair right away, run as fast as you can.
#4126 of 5143 What do i do if my cruise control and vent blower went out in my 04 Jeep GC
Jun 05, 2008 (6:42 am)
I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the cruise control went out on me and the blower would some times come out of the defrost only when i turned it to high now it stopped working completely, i replaced a 1/4" vacuum tube under the battery tray thru the passenger side head light that was in pretty bad shape and now my cruise is working again but my vents still do not blow air out. Is there an other vacuum tube under the battery tray that I missed and will i have to take the battery tray out to find more lines or is it a totally a different problem?
#4127 of 5143 Road Speed Rubbing Noise '98 GCL
Jun 05, 2008 (9:20 am)
I am trying to locate a rubbing noise coming from what sounds like the drivers side rear tire. Figuring it had to be the brake pads ( shoes or pads ) I took the rotors in to the shop to be checked to see if they were warped. They didn't show signs of it, but what else could it be. Well they weren't warped and after reassembly the noise is still present. So, the fact that the rubbing noise is linked to speed and goes away when the brakes are applied, foot or parking. Could it be axle bearings? Drive shaft bearings? I thought to raise the vehicle and place on jack stands but didn't wish to become an entertaining UTube video. It just seemed to dangerous.
anyone have a thought as to how to continue the diagnosis?
#4128 of 5143 Re: Road Speed Rubbing Noise '98 GCL [osh3]
Jun 05, 2008 (4:30 pm)
sounds as if have bad wheel bearing
#4129 of 5143 99 Jeep Cherokee Limited 2WD 4.0
Jun 05, 2008 (5:54 pm)
My Jeep lately is getting hot when I am Idle or at a red light. While driving the temperature stays ok. Also when idle the AC gets hot. The temp at idle is around 210. Just a note, while the vehicle is turned off I can freely spin the fan blade,, and when I turn off the vehicle with it hot the fan is not spinning. What do I need to do.
Thank you, Christina
#4130 of 5143 Re: 99 Jeep Cherokee Limited 2WD 4.0 [christina73]
Jun 05, 2008 (6:48 pm)
if you have a fan hooked to the water pump the fan clutch is bad
if only have elictric fan then have fan moter that is going bad
#4131 of 5143 Re: 2005 JGC limited- clicking steering wheel [jenm1]
Jun 06, 2008 (11:18 am)
Ok, I realize your post has been up for awhile, but I had the same problem. Constant ticking at any givent time, turning, bumps, low speed, etc. After several trips to the dealer, and "tightening all suspension and column" the finally replaced the steering column. This was 4 months ago, and it is now starting again.