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Unread 01-04-2005, 04:46 PM   #1
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Grand Cherokee's best year

Hello all,

I am new to this forum (and to Jeeps). I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee (6-cyl) and I my radiator fan relay went out.

I got the part at an after market part store and then proceeded to attempt to change it.
To my surprise it was nowhere to be found.

I called up a local dealer and asked the parts department if this part was on my model.
They said that it was, and that it is burried. They told me that in order to replace this part, one must first take off the bumper and a couple other things to get to it.


Now I'm pretty pissed at Jeep for putting a part with a high failure rate in such a difficult location.

My question is "Is there any year for the Grand Cherokee which is easy to work on?"



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Unread 01-04-2005, 05:39 PM   #2
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Hello all,

I am new to this forum (and to Jeeps). I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee (6-cyl) and I my radiator fan relay went out.

I got the part at an after market part store and then proceeded to attempt to change it.
To my surprise it was nowhere to be found.

I called up a local dealer and asked the parts department if this part was on my model.
They said that it was, and that it is burried. They told me that in order to replace this part, one must first take off the bumper and a couple other things to get to it.


Now I'm pretty pissed at Jeep for putting a part with a high failure rate in such a difficult location.

My question is "Is there any year for the Grand Cherokee which is easy to work on?"

High failure rate? I DON'T think so!!! I have a '00 Grand Cherokee and didn't have any major problems with it yet....

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Unread 01-04-2005, 05:57 PM   #3
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this thread makes me laugh, is there any year of jeep made that is easy to work on?
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Unread 01-04-2005, 06:01 PM   #4
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Well, I used to own a 1985 Camaro, and I can attest, my ZJ is much easier to work on than it was...
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Unread 01-04-2005, 07:28 PM   #5
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Well, I used to own a 1985 Camaro, and I can attest, my ZJ is much easier to work on than it was...
Hey Warren, I currently have an 87 GTA, not too bad to work on. But that is because I removed the AC and all of the smog equipment also, and I mean all. Even the headers have no AIR tubes on them. Now my 95 Formula, that is a different story, I haven't even begun to play with that one yet because it is so crammed under the hood. But back on the topic. The few things I've done so far on my ZJ have been fairly easy. I have never done an easier full tune up. And the alt, radiator and WP were just time consuming, not really that difficult. I just did shocks last weekend and the only hold up was having to get the right right wrench(yes it was 18mm)for the rear bolts. I have had the dash apart a few times already, nothing really difficult there. So overall, I'd have to say working on a ZJ isn't too bad.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 07:34 PM   #6
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Now I'm pretty pissed at Jeep for putting a part with a high failure rate in such a difficult location.
CPS worst location ever
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Unread 01-05-2005, 09:00 AM   #7
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94 Baby,

the best year for them.


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Unread 01-05-2005, 11:15 AM   #8
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how did i know you would put 94.....some people.....
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Unread 01-05-2005, 11:29 AM   #9
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I'm still trying to figure out how that fan relay qualifies as a high-failure item. If I'm reading cbadal's post right, it appears this is the first time that part has failed on his Jeep...
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Unread 01-05-2005, 11:39 AM   #10
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my radiator fan relay went out.

I got the part at an after market part store and then proceeded to attempt to change it.
To my surprise it was nowhere to be found.

How do you know it went out if you don't even know where it is located to have tested it?
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Unread 01-05-2005, 12:25 PM   #11
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Unread 01-05-2005, 01:30 PM   #12
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94 is indeed the best and it helps to have a black one

The relay is hidden somewhere in the bumper. But you can trouble-shoot some of this circuit. The connector from the relay to the fan is located behind the passenger headlight. So you can measure 12v on the Dark green wire here, only after the temperature of the coolant is hot. Also check for ground at this location on the black wire with pink stripe. If the relay is not being supplied with power, then you are screwed because now you have to find this relay and trouble-shoot at its location.
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Unread 01-05-2005, 01:39 PM   #13
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in 94 i heard jeep made special lugnuts that fell off while traveling at high speeds!

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in 94 i heard jeep made special lugnuts that fell off while traveling at high speeds!

Yes that's true but they will fit on your Jeep as well.
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Unread 01-05-2005, 07:34 PM   #15
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Best Jeep is '94

I've had good luck with my '94 Laredo...160K miles later...I'd rather buy used than new. 5.2L is the best powerplant under the hood. Aside from the dreaded viscous coupler failure, and lack of AC, its been reliable.

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