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#937 of 5143 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Electrical Charging Problem
Feb 13, 2005 (1:32 am)
After replacing the alternator and a fairly new battery Jeep still had the same problem of not charging. An auto electric shop diagnosed the pcm as the problem and the price for one is quite expensive. As a fix he suggested we could install an external voltage regulator but he would not provide any help to how I would install it. The voltage regulator is a Transpo 2 plug electronic type. I have read my Hanes book but it was of no help. Any help, suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
#938 of 5143 Recently spoke to JGC
Feb 13, 2005 (5:33 pm)
salesman, but I want to verify what he said...I am considering 2005/6 JGC purchase in the future, but collecting data now...new design is nice, better than 2004...question about 4WD, and I am also reading the 4WD topic...I want 4WD when I want it not when the car wants it...I do not want AWD, I want to be able to turn 4WD (hi or lo range) on and off when I want it...salesman says that choice is ONLY available on the JGC with the 3.7L V6 engine, both 4.7L and 5.7L engines have an "automatic" 4WD, which engages when it thinks it has to...I want it for occasional snow or slippery areas in Georgia, or occasional (VERY occasional) rough terrain, for the rare occasion I could take it off-road...is it true I can only get this option with a V6, when I would never buy it with less than a V8???...makes me want to check into the 4WD offered on the redesigned 2006 Explorer/Mountaineer to come out in Sept 2005... is the saleman correct???
#939 of 5143 Re: Recently spoke to JGC [marsha7]
Feb 18, 2005 (6:03 am)
Got my 5.7L about two weeks ago. Traded my 2000LTD4.7/Quadradrive in for it.
Problems - the rear wipers seem to work when they want to - strange....
Other than that - pure wonderfulness. I get a lot of stares and stuff and sometimes have to put kids in their place - but the hemi makes that painfully easy.....
#940 of 5143 Re: Does the 2005 JGC have probems. [joe415]
Feb 19, 2005 (8:07 am)
Yes, my 2005 JGC (3.7 6 cyl, 4WD) has had problems! And, no, it does not buck or hesitate shifting gears, does not whislte at high or low speeds however:
in the 3 months of ownership it has spent 60% of its time in shops up and down the east coast with the engine light coming on over 9 times.
It now has new Oxygen censors downstream the catalytic converter, caused to go bad by - the catalytic converter which has now been replaced; new pinion seal which leaked and smelled like burning undercoats used to smell, (but haven't done so in decades and would have lead to loss of gear shifting/steering in the front end), electrical panel for driver side power seat replaced due simply to a small plastic clip that broke and allowed the panel to pop out of the seat and; several of the items mentioned on the Technical Service list.
The Service Manager of the dealer ship where purchased involved his area District Manager, (DM) who got in touch with "Customer Service" - over my current state of residency DM who along with the local 5 Star Dealer (my experience rates them incompetent for 5 stars). It took persistance, but Chrysler seems to have done right by my 2005 JGC. The UPSHOT was the "Customer Service" towed my car from local dealership 60 miles away to one they considered more competent, who ran the same tests but knew what to do with the results.
Persist, persist, persist. The 800# in the manual helped on several occasions but in the end for better than band aid surgery, for the final solution they did absolutely nothing - it was the understanding of the folks in the field - above the dealerships and below the manufacturer who worked to solve the problems.
#941 of 5143 Re: Does the 2005 JGC have probems. [joe415]
Feb 20, 2005 (10:19 am)
I bought a 05 laredo,V6, and notice the same thing. It's very slight and it doesn't happen all of the time but when it seems like I'm not giving it enough pedal or I'm barely leaning on the pedal between 35-40 MPH it does it. I also am taking it in this week to investigate the idle noise. It seems like it is coming from the exhaust but whatever it is it seems like it idles loud. Almost like a faint, fast, repetitive knocking sound. Last time I checked, this jeep was supposed to be quieter than the previous years. Has anyone else noticed this?
#942 of 5143 Rotor Replacements
Feb 21, 2005 (4:34 am)
I'm just curious, how many times have you all replaced your front rotors on your 99-04 JGCs? I have 54000 miles on my '99 and am on my 5th set.
#943 of 5143 re: rotor replacements
Feb 22, 2005 (1:08 pm)
Went 26,000 miles on a '99 Laredo. D/C replaced one set of rotors at about 6,000 and then when the second set warped at 23,000 wanted $100 to turn them. Traded that for a '00 about that time when a good rebate round started. First set of rotors warped at about 15,000 miles. D/C and the 5 Star dealer would not stand behind their product even with doc of the previous problems. I went to Autozone and for less than $100 replaced those rotors. Traded the vehicle at about 66,000 miles with those rotors still working great. Went with GM to get away from D/C since they did not attempt to take care of my problem.
Of course, the TSB issued later kind of proved my point. You can see some of the details at http://www.wjjeeps.com/tsb_list.htm#0500302b
#944 of 5143 Rotor replacement
Feb 22, 2005 (1:16 pm)
I learned awhile back from TSB info on this string and the dealership that the (or at least some) of the rotor problems were due to the calipers not releasing causing excessive heat and warping. The calipers on my '99 were replaced at about 32K and now at 49K I've had no further problems. (I was out of warranty on time, but not mileage. Because I'd had a previous incident of warped rotors, I got the new rotors and calipers, a $750 brake job, for a $50 co-pay subsidized by DC.)
I'm now driving an '05 as a rental while mine is in the ship getting body work (something I won't go into here). It drives very nice and is extremely quiet, but the seats are as hard as a wooden church pew there are other small details that I don't care for. So far, I like my '99 better.
#945 of 5143 Re: Passenger side heating inop [jhinsh]
Feb 26, 2005 (1:55 pm)
I have this particular problem on my 1999 JGC and the dealer told me to fix it would cost $800! Supposedly my blend air door is not working properly and as a result just outside air with no AC or heat comes out of the passenger side vents. I have not had it fixed yet and the dealer never made reference to the TSB a few months ago while it was in the shop. I have a chrysler 8/80 Certified Added Care Plus warranty and of course it doesn't have blend air doors listed under covered parts. Anyways I wonder if Chrysler would cover it for me since it is now a TSB and I do have a chrysler warranty of some kind. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
#946 of 5143 Re: Passenger side heating inop [scottyp73]
Feb 26, 2005 (10:56 pm)
If the added warranty lists "heat\ac", you should be covered.