Okay so Ill try to keep it short. On Saturday the 25th I bout a 98 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with the 4.0.
It has a few problems I need some help with. I'm new to Jeeps and to 4x4s, this will be my first one that runs.
So a list of what I know to be wrong with it right now.
Steering box has excessive play, and will not center properly.
Head lights are shot. (Drives side is yellow, and leaks. Passengers side is broken.)
Fan clutch is locked on all the time.
Steering wheel is falling apart.
4x4 works but has a hard time shifting out of 4x4 in to 2wd. And gets stuck in 4x4 low. Suspect cable / linkage needs service.
Runs great, but will some times bog about 1 min after you start it. Will back fire threw intake if you gas on it when it bogs. But it runs great, has good power, idles good, and starts right up. No idea why its doing this?
Its getting crap fuel mileage. 13.4mpg.
Header is cracked. Not sure what to replace it with.
Spare tire is shot. Going to get a new one.
Alarm keeps going off at random. I think I traced it to bad sensor for the dome lights in the hatch. Not sure if this fixed it yet thou.
Speakers are all blown.
Head liner is sagging in spots.
Rust hole in passengers rocker near front fender. Going to have this fixed for $300 by a local body shop. Its the only rust any where on the truck.
Drivers seat lower cover is ripped. Need to get a new cover. It has leather.
Needs a tune up and oil change.
Valve cover gasket is leaking.
Brake pads are thin and so are the rotors. I have new ones already, just need to install them.
Hatch glass lift shocks are bad.
Both Diff covers look like they have a slow leak.
Oil pan gasket looks to be leaking.
Oil filter adapter gasket looks to be leaking.
What I have already done.
Replaced front sway bar mount bushings.
Cleaned TB and IAC.
Seafoamed motor and fuel.
Removed stupid side steps.
Cleaned it up.
Adjusted trans kick down cable.
Fixed bad sensor on rear hatch glass.
Added steering wheel cover until I can find a good used wheel.
Now for the questions.
I need to replace the steering box.
What should I replace it with? I have read where people use the box from a Durango. Why do they do that?
Is a reman box okay?
Should I replace the pump to?
Why dose the motor want to die some times about a min after its started when under light load? I have never had a car do this that ran fine and had no other problems.
What should I about the fan clutch? Replace it? convert to electric?
The good things about this Jeep.
It runs great.
4x4 works, even though its stiff and hard to shift.
Power every thing and it all works.
Its only got 152k on it. Not bad for a 98.
New tires. Good for now.
New thermostat and housing.
New lift shocks on the hatch. (Just not the glass)
Key less entry.
No rust under the truck or on the body except for one small spot I'm getting fixed.
Power sun roof, and it works.
Over all I'm happy with the truck for what I paid for it. And I expected it would need some TLC being 16 years old and all.
I paid $2,400 plus tax title and plate for it at a local dealer. $2,782.65 out the door.
Here are some pics for you.
And here is its only real body problem. Rust on the rocker and fender is beat up from some one driving while a tire shredded.
I plan to have the rust fixed and find a good used fender that's already the right color so I don't have to pay to get it painted.
The truck will be pulling DD duty for the wife and be used as an off road play thing on week ends. I want to lift it and get it to a point where we can take it camping and to some of the off road parks around here and such.
I also plan to remove the tow bar crap from the front of it and I already removed the stupid side steps that came on it.
So want do you think, did I pay to much for it?
I had a hard time finding a good Cherokee in Michigan that was not covered in rust.
Thanks for the help guys!