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Unread 07-26-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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Just bought Jeep needs Serpentine belt?

Okay so I bought a Jeep a 2001 WJ for $2,000 it needed tires bad so i took it to get tires yesterday and they asked if i wanted an oil change so i firgured what the heck. Well after he was done the guy said I need a new serpentine belt and said they'd do it for $140 but i looked at it and it is a little cracked should I replace it? Also My left rear tail light stopped working all together it was dim and i put a new bulb in it and now it doesn't work at all? What should I do?

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Unread 07-26-2009, 09:47 AM   #2
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new serpentine belt and said they'd do it for $140
that sounds like a great deal for a belt that costs about $30 and 5 mins to change.

As for the rear brake light, I would check all fo the connections 1st. Verify your grounds are OK.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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5 minutes might be a little long. Maybe 1 minute slip off and 1 minute slip on.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 11:10 AM   #4
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Hell yes, I'll replace serpentine belts all day long for $140 a belt. Two things any driver should know, how to change a tire and how to change a belt.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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okay i replaced it. it was $45 at autozone and took 20 mins but was a pain in the *** to get around the A/C compresseor. Thanks for the help now if only i could get my tail light working i can go get this thing registered monday morning. Any ideas?
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Unread 07-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #6
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take the housing off, check the connections on the bulb socket, then check the cicuit board for cracked or burnt connections. if none of those apply, get an new taillight housing like every other wj owner has to.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 03:27 PM   #7
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Dude, the belt is super easy to do, 10 mins max....just need a wrench and the routing diagram it under the hood.... paying that much labor is insane...$25 for a decent belt and about $40 for a good one at any local parts store.. I recommend the Goodyear Gatorback...
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Unread 07-27-2009, 07:55 AM   #8
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man i want that guys job!!!! 145 bucks!!! thats like 10 bucks a minute labor!!! where do i sign up?
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Unread 07-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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alright i found the problem, apparently this is a common problem with the 2000 grand cherokee is when your headlights are on the left brake light doesnt work but when they are off it works fine. so i just gotta buy new lights.
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Unread 07-27-2009, 01:38 PM   #10
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alright i found the problem, apparently this is a common problem with the 2000 grand cherokee is when your headlights are on the left brake light doesnt work but when they are off it works fine. so i just gotta buy new lights.
wait whaaaaat? that doesn't make any sense- what in the light would just cause it to not work when the headlights are on. It really sounds like a bad ground somewhere.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 07:18 AM   #11
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where are the grounds for the light at?
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wait whaaaaat? that doesn't make any sense- what in the light would just cause it to not work when the headlights are on. It really sounds like a bad ground somewhere.
it's the housing shorting out, it's so common you may as well buy a new set of tail lights when you buy a wj.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 05:36 PM   #13
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it's the housing shorting out, it's so common you may as well buy a new set of tail lights when you buy a wj.
I stand corrected, I didn't know this. Thank you Ratmonkey, learned something today.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 06:06 PM   #14
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I stand corrected, I didn't know this. Thank you Ratmonkey, learned something today.
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it's the housing shorting out, it's so common you may as well buy a new set of tail lights when you buy a wj.
yup wj's use a circut board type for the rear 1 plug 3 bulbs Controlled by Switches and relays and puters lol
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