Jeep shuts off when turning or when hot - need your advice -
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post #1 of 3 Old 02-18-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep shuts off when turning or when hot - need your advice

A few months ago I was driving my 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2x4 to run errands less than 3 miles from my home. When I returned from my errand, all of the coolant completely leaked out in the parking lot. I tried ever so slowly to make it back home but there was a faint ticking sound that became increasingly louder. When I turned into a gas station, the engine shut down completely and I could not turn the steering wheel at all. I let it cool down and attempted again to make it home and the clicking sounds returned and became louder and louder. The engine eventually shut off at every turn I made even after letting it cool for a bit. It was scary because I didn't want to hit anyone.

I don't know anything about how to fix vehicles. Do you have any ideas what the problems would be (as it is problem several) and can someone provide an guesstimate on how much this would be to fix? I borrowed a friends diagnostic tool but the code was ambiguous - check engine. If the cost to repair it is more than $1500 I'd like to consider selling it (if I can get anything, if at all for it) because it is an older vehicle. The vehicle has not been used since then and has been sitting in my driveway for the past several months. I hate to continue paying insurance if I'm not using it.

Thanks for your help,


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post #2 of 3 Old 02-19-2013, 10:45 PM
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Do you recall the error code Number? I've never heard of just a "check engine" code, there has to be something else. Most codes will begin with Pxxx Best case its the water pump that went... worst case is a cracked head or engine block. Water pump is pretty straight forward repair wise, the head is easy enough too, but if the block is cracked, you could always hit up the local junk yards. My advise if you don't know how to fix a vehicle, buy a Haynes or Chilton repair manual, grab some tools and go learn. It will save you TONS of money in the long run my friend. Here is a list of odbii trouble codes once you get it scanned again Hope this helps some
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-20-2013, 08:48 AM
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I would check the fuel pump too. My old ZJ used to stall around turns when the pump was going out.
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