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Unread 09-21-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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The Wifes Jeep WJ "build"

I am the proud new owner of a 2003 Grand Cherokee Laredo!

So this really isnt a build thread. Its more to keep record of progress im making on the new Jeep; maintenance issues im resolving, as well as getting help and advice for future issues.

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Interior and exterior are IMMACULATE
Recently replaced window regulators and heater issue.
Newer tires
Tranny shifts like a dream
Part-time and full-time 4WD

This will be my wifes Jeep to nicely compliment my TJ.






Now the quick fixes I could use advice on.

1. Slight clunk over bumps - I believe thats a shock issue, am I right?

2. Auto transmission fluid change. Ive done it on my manual, but have heard that its different on automatics. Is it still a DIY capable job, or should I just have it done professionally?

3. Steering wheel gets a slight shimmy between 40-50 MPH, not enough to be worried, but its going to bug me... Fixed with alignment and maybe a new stabilizer?



Thanks for looking and helping, I am super pumped. This is going to be my wifes daily driver, but will be so nice to take on trips and whatnot. So spacious.

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Unread 09-21-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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Unread 09-21-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
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No way dude!! Congrats. Now we WAY too much in common.. ha ha ha
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Now the quick fixes I could use advice on.

1. Slight clunk over bumps - I believe thats a shock issue, am I right?

2. Auto transmission fluid change. Ive done it on my manual, but have heard that its different on automatics. Is it still a DIY capable job, or should I just have it done professionally?

3. Steering wheel gets a slight shimmy between 40-50 MPH, not enough to be worried, but its going to bug me... Fixed with alignment and maybe a new stabilizer?



Thanks for looking and helping, I am super pumped. This is going to be my wifes daily driver, but will be so nice to take on trips and whatnot. So spacious.
1) It could be the shocks, but it could also be control arm bushings or sway bar endlink bushings. See if you can rock the Jeep back and forth to recreate the clunk, then see if you can isolate it that way.
2) You can DIY. A gasket, filter, and ATF fluid is pretty much all that is needed. Is somewhat messy because there is no drain plug, so you loosen the pan and let it leak out, then you have a pan full of fluid at the end.
3) If it goes away at higher speeds, I would suspect a tire is out of balance.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 01:47 PM   #5
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1) It could be the shocks, but it could also be control arm bushings or sway bar endlink bushings. See if you can rock the Jeep back and forth to recreate the clunk, then see if you can isolate it that way.
2) You can DIY. A gasket, filter, and ATF fluid is pretty much all that is needed. Is somewhat messy because there is no drain plug, so you loosen the pan and let it leak out, then you have a pan full of fluid at the end.
3) If it goes away at higher speeds, I would suspect a tire is out of balance.
1. Ill rock it and see what I can get. If I cant isolate it from rocking it back and forth, what would be another good way to isolate the noise. It sounds like its coming from the front... Its the same noise my wifes Mustang makes and the struts are bad on it, leading me to believe shocks, but ill give it a try and get back to you.
2. Any good links to a write-up? For some reason i thought that when you changed automatic fluid you had to shift through the gears or something like that...
3. Ill probably just have them balanced and rotated. If I still have issues, ill check to see if the stabilizer is still good, if its shot, its a cheap replacement.


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1) Another good way to determine the noise is to replace every bushing Or at least remove the various parts and inspect bushings. I have rarely found a bushing that was causing a noise, that wasn't obvious that it was needing replacement.
2) Sorry, not from me...they're out there though. Only thing you'll do while changing an automatic that is special is when filling it up, you need to have it on level ground. Once you think it is filled enough, start the engine and put it in neutral. That is when you check your fluid level. It needs to be precise. Too low and it'll shift poorly, too high and it'll cavitate and give you air bubbles, and shift poorly.
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Once you think it is filled enough, start the engine and put it in neutral. That is when you check your fluid level. It needs to be precise. Too low and it'll shift poorly, too high and it'll cavitate and give you air bubbles, and shift poorly.
Thats what I was thinking of... Perfect. I dont think I need a write-up now. Thanks again.
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Nice. You finally got a real jeep haha. Its too bad the V8 WJs have so many other problems(blend door, etc) because the V8 ZJs are way more fun than an I6.

You planning on doing a full vehicle fluid change(diffs, t case, trans, oil, coolant flush)? i do on every new vehicle to ensure it wont come back to bite you later
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3. Steering wheel gets a slight shimmy between 40-50 MPH, not enough to be worried, but its going to bug me... Fixed with alignment and maybe a new stabilizer?
Did the same with mine. I replaced the SS with Monroe and went back after 2 weeks. Replaced it with OME and it fights it better. Then 2 months later I replaced all y Shocks with Monroe Reflex(front) and Monroe Senesa-trac(Rear), and it cured it...

CONGRATS with the JGC!
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Congrats on the dub. May I recommend the Rancho SS, I picked one up from Summit for $50 and it was well worth it, that is if you wind up needing it!
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Thats what I was thinking of... Perfect. I dont think I need a write-up now. Thanks again.
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You planning on doing a full vehicle fluid change(diffs, t case, trans, oil, coolant flush)? i do on every new vehicle to ensure it wont come back to bite you later
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The seller is my co-worker, and I have known him for awhile, so I know for a fact he took care of it. I saw the Jeep every day for months before I bought it... He informed me yesterday that in March he took it to the DEALERSHIP for a complete fluids change (tranny, diffs, t-case), had a full tune-up, new tires, new battery, plugs, wires, etc... ALL changed 7 months ago. I am a lucky bastard. And I got SUCH a good deal on it. Im literally terrified he will back out once he realizes how cheap he is giving it to me for.
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Don't forget to clean up those headlights for her. Also might consider swapping the fog bulbs for high beam bulbs and buff up those lenses too.
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Which reminds me, anyone want to change my dif/tranny fluids for me? I think I want to go royal purple on the trans. Let me know!

BTW, B, my 2005 has almost as many miles as yours and it doesnt have leather.
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Don't forget to clean up those headlights for her. Also might consider swapping the fog bulbs for high beam bulbs and buff up those lenses too.
Yeah, headlights are first on my list, followed by a complete detail, buff and wax, shampoo, leather treatment, engine clean, tire balance, figuring out that pesky rattle, and then little things here and there. Brakes may need an overhaul soon, but overall its in damn near perfect shape, so ill repair as needed.

I like the idea of the highbeam fog lights, so its just literally a fog bulb to highbeam bulb?
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