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Jeep is a brand of vehicles currently manufactured by the Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) Group.

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Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
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Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw)

A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee has gone through 3 batteries in the last 3 months. While they have all been replaced by warranties, it'd be nice to get the problem solved permanently. I've tested the ...
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Squeaky Brakes: How much of a concern are they?

I recently bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a dealership. When we bought it, I noticed that the brakes were not working very well, and the dealer fixed them before we finalized, putting in a ...
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Engine tap/knock/noise within a few seconds of starting

1998 I6 - 4.0L All stock ~175,300 mi 13.8 mpg - mostly city A few months ago, I began to hear a noise that sounds similar to a diesel engine, which begins a few seconds after starting the cold engine....
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Gas pedal stops responding after driving for some time

My daughter has a 2005 Jeep Liberty Sport. She drives it to school daily and then home after school with no problems. But, if she uses it to run around town on errands it starts but the gas pedal won'...
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1988 Jeep Wrangler - How do I do a DIY alignment?

Have a friend with a '88 YJ. He wants us to tackle an alignment job on it. It's pulling to the right. We can see the rear axle is not aligned and tire rubs on one side. It looks like it might be ...
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2008 Jeep Wrangler - Suspension squeaks

The suspension on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler squeaks when I hit a low spot (maybe 4-6" from the grade), even at slow (<10 mph) speeds. Where can I lubricate or what should I check to eliminate this ...
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly damage the electrical system of the receiving vehicle?

Our Jeep was having problems turning over, so we called a tow truck driver. He connected the jumper cables incorrectly, starting a small fire on the battery box. After the fire was out, the Jeep no ...
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unique alternator issue

I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler with a stock alternator. I just built a off road teardrop trailer with its own 12v AGM battery and 12v refrigerator --the Jeep battery is an Optima. Using solenoids, I ...
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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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Upgrade to HID lights in a Jeep Wrangler

I would like to upgrade to HID lights in my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The stock lights aren't bright at all. My question is, since this would be an aftermarket upgrade, what am I looking at here? Is it ...
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Manual transmission difficult to put into gear. Do I need a new clutch?

I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, manual transmission (the 6 cylinder model, I believe 4.0L). It has 4 wheel drive. I've lent the car to some friends recently who were 'rusty' with their manual ...
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Jeep TJ death wobble troubleshooting

After 4 wheeling the other day I realized I had the dreaded death wobble. I think it's worth mentioning that I am a college student, and I don't really have ideal conditions to work on my jeep, but I ...
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Brake lights, but no tail lights

I've got a 2001 WJ 4.0, The right brake light wasn't working, so I installed a new bulb, but I must have done something in the process because now all my brake lights work but I have no running lights....
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What tire size will provide a softer ride and less oversteer?

I am currently tasked with replacing the tires on my grandparents 07 Jeep Wrangler X with a 225/75/16. To preface this, it will never go offroad! My mom drives my grandma around on Sundays to the mall ...
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Fault code 27 with engine light on '94 Jeep Cherokee

I own a '94 jeep cherokee 4.0 liter. The 27 code indicates the injector circuit is not syncing with the input signal. How do I trouble shoot this?
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Electronic stability control on 2017 Grand Cherokee

My 2017 Grand Cherokee is equipped with electronic stability control. According to the manual, the idea/intent is to apply selective braking and reduce engine power as needed to keep the car on its ...
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Best way to wash a soft top?

I'm completely restoring my Jeep's appearence. I got my doors stolen a little over a week ago, so I bought new ones which have to be repainted. I'm taking this opportunity to restore all of the Jeep ...
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Thumping noise after pad and rotor replacement

I recently had my front pads and rotor replaced on my 2012 Jeep Patriot but within one week I heard a thumping sound when breaking. The repair shop warrantied out both the rotors, and when the ...
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Fixing vibrations caused by replacing springs?

I am slowly restoring a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 97K miles to use as a winter/light towing vehicle. I had some sag in my coil springs and leaf springs and the shocks were shot. So I had my ...
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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission issue

70,000 miles. Every once in a while when my wife is driving, randomly the "transmission above temp" comes on and the engine revs. She puts the truck in neutral, shuts the truck off, then back on. ...
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Wrangler JK transfer box options

Apologies for a very Jeep-centered question, that may not interest everybody. Here goes: I own a 2009 Wrangler JKU (pre face-lift), equipped with the 2.8 TD engine, Chrysler NSG370 six-speed manual ...
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Replacing interior lights with LEDs (2003 Jeep Liberty)

I replaced the bulbs in the interior dome lights in my jeep with LED's. In front, there are two lights - driver and passenger. In back, there is one. The old lights were too dim, the new LED's are ...
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2011 Jeep Liberty ran without oil, did this cause my engine to blow?

I have a 2011 Jeep Liberty and the oil pan rusted out and it was driven for a while without oil. The oil pan was fixed a couple days later. This happened in April 2014, in Oct 2014 the engine started ...
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AC clutch engages but still no cold air

I've been reading for a week or so about how AC systems work and problems they could have. One consistent thing I've read is to check how the compressor clutch reacts when you turn on AC - if it ...
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Questions About the “Death Wobble”

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler (4 cyl) that has been infected by the infamous "Death Wobble". If this term is too slang then here is an article that can explain it better than I could hope to. I would ...
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Radio static with wheels at certain position

I have a 2002 TJ wrangler and the FM radio has a severe static problem. When the vehicle is in motion, there is a pulsing static that increases in frequency the faster I'm going, as if it is the ...
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2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo hesitate/jerking + multiple CEL codes

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cheerokee Laredo 4.0. I don't know much about cars, and recently had bought this Jeep off of a private owner that had said it had no problems but now after owning it for 2 1/2 ...
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97 Jeep Cherokee check gauges light came on and then my battery gauge dropped down to 9 didn't lose any power?

I'm so confused I had just left my house and got 3 blocks away and my check gauges light came on, then my battery gauge dropped down to 9v. My Jeep didn't lose power, and the radio, heat, lights and ...
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Jeep electrical/charging problem

I have an electrical problem with my 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The alternator whines and the battery gauge drops to zero. I put a new battery in and a new alternator and it didn't fix the problem. any ...
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1993 Jeep stalls on acceleration, floods, hard to start

My 1993 Jeep Wrangler has about 200,000 miles, in good shape. It usually starts right up, but it's started intermittently flooding, so that I have to crank and crank with the accelerator all the way ...
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2006 Jeep Commander - heat problems

My heater blows cold air at idle. and warms when driving. my temperature gauge goes up when the air is blowing. What could it be?
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Window glass in 2002 Jeep Liberty is stuck in regulator even after clips removed

I am attempting to remove the window glass from my driver-side front door so I can replace the window regulator. I have removed the two metal clips that hold the glass in the lift plate. Now the ...
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2012 Jeep Patriot Heater Core Leak

Purchased late 2012 new from dealer. My son reported "hot oily amber drips" on his bare rt. foot while driving home from the beach. I investigated and it very much appeared to be coolant leaking from ...
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2006 Jeep Liberty - AC clutch won't engage

The AC clutch on my Jeep Liberty 2006 won't engage. Here is what I have checked so far. Fuse 14 in the passenger cabin 21 in the engine compartment are ok AC relay ok When I jump the AC relay I ...
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Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward

On a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I'm seeing the vehicle stall occasionally after I back out of my driveway (~40 feet) and shift into forward. It doesn't exhibit the problem every time, but it seems to ...
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What do I risk if I don't fix my leaking evaporator core on my 2004 Jeep GC?

The shop just tested my non-working AC, and recharged the freon - so, for now, it's working. Cost $118 all in. However, they tell me I have a leak in my evaporator core, and that it will take 16 ...
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High beams work, low beams do not. What is wrong with headlight?

I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ and the high beams work but the low beams don't. I replaced one of the relays under the hood and the high beams started working but the low beams still don't work. What ...
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Hard cold starts only

98 Jeep Cherokee (XJ), I6, 173k mi When trying to turn the cold engine over, I have to crank things for at least 3-5 seconds. In some cases it will not start on the first try. After starting it runs a ...
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Could an air leak into the valve cover produce creamy brown oil?

I've read multiple threads on diagnosing the creamy-colored-oil issues, but I don't feel like those answers fully pertain to my problem. Most threads indicated that one day the car started acting ...
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Jeep Wrangler spark-plug issue

I just got the spark plugs changed because my 2009 6 cyl. Jeep Wrangler (with 70,000 mi) was throwing code for a misfire. After the change, it doesn't run as smoothly as before. It chugs and skips, ...
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Why doesn't the brake caliper piston retract when brakes released?

Just got myself a project, an '89 Jeep Comanche. Both front brakes were seized up, so I put in new brake hoses, calipers, & pads. The passenger side brakes work mint now, but on the drivers side, ...
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Should I use a shorter accessory belt?

I've had the A/C discharged on an older truck (2001 Grand Cherokee 4.7L v8), and soon I plan to remove the entire A/C system, specifically, the compressor. Is there anything that I should be ...
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Hood on Jeep Grande Cherokee 1998 doesn't close easily

This vehicle recently had its radiator changed and ever since the hood won't close. I've found that if I shift the level manually, it will close, but otherwise it won't. The spring appears to be ...
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My Jeep is making a squeaky noise when I apply the brakes and when I drive slowly it makes a clunking noise

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I just bought it two weeks ago so I don't know much about it. They guy I got it off of said it has brand new brakes, rotors, and calipers. When I apply the ...
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jeep compass 2012 with 4wd locker on, only one rear wheel spins

With my Jeep Compass 2012 when 4wd locker is on (I see it ON on the panel as I pulled locker), So I noticed that when I was parking at full of now parking lot, my front wheels stopped spinning, and ...
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2004 Jeep Liberty overheating

My car overheated on the drive in to work today. I'll describe the symptoms... I've been dealing with a minor coolant leak for about a month now. I top it off once per week, about 1L of fluid. The ...
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Brakes not working after being parked up for 3 years on Jeep Grand Cherokee

After parking my jeep Grand Cherokee 1997 for 3 years, I've decided to get it back up and running. My problem is that the brakes are not working. I can pump the pedal but then it looses pressure again....
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98 jeep cherokee wont start. get one click then everything shuts down no more dash lights or nothing

replaced the starter a month or so ago and has started fine, until today.... i turn the key and all power is lost. i tried jumping it, charging the battery, hot wired the starter and still nothing.... ...