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Unread 04-29-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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advice on family vehicle. So many problems since we brought home

me and my wife just recently bought a cherokee for the new to us family vehicle. Next thing we know misfire codes. I changed plugs, and got the cam sensor replaced. It was good again for two weeks then starts to over heat. We found out the Radiator was filled with gunk, so I bought a new radiator. it was good again then the misfire code pops on again Misfire in 1-3 Cylenders. then we find out the Radiator we bought started leaking in the driveway. So now it sits at Dodge i ordered the insulators for the injectors. My issue now is the Radiator i bought was from Autozone. the one they wanted me to buy was a four hundred dollar OEM one from o reilly. now that im in the same place i was im lost. has anyone else had any issues with using anything other than OEM. please guys help me out and those of you to say search yes ive been doing that. its getting aggrivating my wife is due any day now and im ready to sell this thing. it put my Jeep CJ rebuild to a Halt.

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Unread 04-29-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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The cooling system consists of more than just the radiator. You mentioned that the old radiator was full of gunk, so you need to 100% replace the cooling system components and chemically flush the block.

Cheap parts are cheap for a reason. If you plan on keeping any vehicle for an extended period of time, use the best quality parts you can afford. However, a decent Jeep radiator doesn't cost $400, more like $125-175.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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I hate radiators with plastic side tanks. Radiator Barn or DPG Offroad will have all-metal 3 core radiators for around $230 shipped. Or you can do a 2-core for a little under $200.

Sounds like you are doing the right thing on the injectors.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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thats what i said i wasnt going to pay 400 for a radiator. everywhere in town was at 110 for radiators including oreillys where dodge was going to get it from. those were in the works i was pricing that stuff now as in water pump and heater core. but has anyone else had trouble with autozone radiators. that one had lifetime warranty so just get pulled out and take back.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 04:05 PM   #5
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thanks ill check that out. lesson learned about plastic sides.
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I second the advice for the DPG Offroad radiator. Best $230 I've spent on the jeep. On 100 degree days the temp never gets above 210*.

We need a bit more info on the jeep... Year? Engine? Trans?

Once these maintenance issues from the previous owner are sorted out, this Cherokee can be a very reliable rig.
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I also recommend doing the Prestone flush kit. If your heater core isn't leaking, you can usually flush it out pretty good and be fine. They aren't much fun to replace. Autozone parts have been hit and miss for me. I try to avoid their parts on stuff that can leave me stranded. yeah, you get the lifetime warranty, but it doesn't help you much when you are stranded on the side of the road.
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