Stalling before and more frequently after changing radiator
Hi, I want to introduce myself before I ask for any help. My name is mike, I've been browsing these forums intermittently since about the middle of January this year while I've been looking for a good deal on a Wrangler but I seem to have grown fond of my ZJ recently after realizing how cold Wranglers are in the winter. I currently have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo(Straight 6) that is continuously on its last leg but I got it for $600 with 150,000 miles on it and no immediate issues so it's hard to complain. I've currently decided to sink some money into and fix it so I can make it last another few years but it seems like ever since I've made my decision to stick with it things have taken a turn for the worse. I work with computers for a living and I'm usually able to fix my automotive problems with nothing more than a few Google searches but I'm having trouble finding out what is wrong with it because I don't know the exact symptoms because there is so many of them.
If there is a solutions to any of the other issues below I’d appreciate help troubleshooting it however the most pressing issue is what I have under current issue below as it’s my main source of transportation to and from work. I had to walk two miles from my apartment this morning which was the last straw for me. I’m moving out of my apartment to my girlfriends on the 31st which is nowhere near walking distance so I need to figure out what’s going on with it before then. If you need any further information please just let me know, I’m trying to provide as much information as I can.
A few of my other issues that I figured I should mention in case they are related
Well, for the past few months my car has been stalling and smoking whenever the air is moist or it rains for a day or two straight but it only seems to stall at low speeds when I'm applying the brakes but the car shakes violently when it happens which causes my exhaust to rattle and it looks like smoke/steam is coming from the middle top of the engine. When I go to start it back up I have to floor it and throw it in drive so I can get it into a parking lot to come back to later when it’s dryer outside. I've also had an issue with my battery dying if I leave my car off for a weekend+ which I assume is an electrical issue because when I turn my headlights off with my car off they come back on and I have to turn them off and off again to get it to work. I've also had a radiator leak which escalated quickly over the past few days to a massive hole which caused me to replace it which leads to my current issues.
Two days ago I drove my car to my parents’ house and when I pulled in the driveway all the coolant that I had put in 15 minutes before was almost completely gone and the rest quickly drained out after parking. I went and purchased a new radiator from Advance Auto Parts and installed it yesterday which required me taking the fan out. After about two hours of work I finally installed the radiator successfully and had everything pieced back together. When I went to start it everything seemed like it was running fine for the first minute or so while I let it idle in the driveway to check for leaks. After about a minute I noticed a clicking sound from the EVAP service port. I’ve Googled it and read that it was a common issue with Jeeps and it’s nothing to be concerned about but couldn’t find a fix so I continued to let it idle. After about three or four minutes the car started smoking/steaming and shaking violently as I described above when it’s wet outside. I figured I’d let it sit for another 10 minutes and let the smoke and stuff clear out like it normally does when I leave it and it did but it continued to shake. The shaking stopped for a moment so I drove it up and down the street but now the car idles normal for second then drops off and starts shaking and then goes back to normal about a second later. Whenever I stop at a stoplight it will always shake when I’m breaking below 20 miles an hour and it’s not even wet outside like it needed to be before for it to have that same issue which makes me think it’s related in some way to the radiator or something that I could have touched when installing the new one.
If anyone has any suggestions of things to try please let me know, I’ve seen how knowledgeable most of you are when it comes to troubleshooting. Thank you ahead of time, I’ll be available to respond all day while I’m at work if you guys need anything further.
Edit: I also forgot to mention that when I'm driving above 50 mph and I let off the gas it jerks a bit. I haven't driven it extensively to pinpoint the exact speeds it's happening because I don't want to run it into the ground trying to troubleshoot it.
Edit 2: I also just remembered that my heat was not working either after changing the radiator.
Edit 3: I forgot to also note that the vehicle will shock me sometimes when I get out of it
Last edited by michaellindsay; 12-20-2012 at 08:12 AM.