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Unread 08-28-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Suspension Problems: Do I need to wash my jeep with gasoline and dry it with a match?

Howdy everyone,

I am the proud driver and owner of a 1994 Jeep Cherokee ST 4x4 with a I4 engine. My little cheap jeep has been my daily driver for two years going from Palmer Alaska to Anchorage 5/7 days a week, 60 miles one way. Recently I noticed that the rear passenger side has been bottoming out, to the point that the tire is grinding against the wheel well, when I have a passenger in the vehicle or any decent amount of weight in the back.

I have replaced all the shocks, the tire size is 235/75R15, and now the passenger rear end is only bottoming out and tire grinding when I am going about 55 mph+ and hit any type of pothole or road divot, with someone riding shotgun or any decent amount of weight in back. Everything underneath looks good, no cracks in the leaf springs, leafs are a bit straight (maybe worn?) but its only the right side doing this.

Does anyone have an idea of what might be going on here that would result in one side bottoming out to the point of tire grinding. I only ask because I am tired, have been trying to wrap my head around this for 5 days (without ******* over 400 dollars for new leaf springs and these are the cheap ones too! . I am really at the point where the idea of washing my jeep with gasoline and drying it with a match seems like a reasonable solution.

Please help before this idea becomes a reality.

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Unread 08-29-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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You are most-likely going to need new rear leafs. What do your rear leaf springs look like? Sagging rear leafs is very common, especially for a 20-year old vehicle.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 01:16 AM   #3
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Sounds like you need some new leafs to me. If they seem straight with normal weight they are surely a bit worn.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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Ok, I guess I will just have to bite the bullet on this one and give the leafs a try. Might be a week or so before the project is ready to be done and gets done. Things are so expensive up here in Alaska, LOL.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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I dont know much about about Cherokees but in the YJ world they just get a spring set from an S-10 and it works just fine. Maybe someone on the Cherokee boards can help you out. Cheap in the JY and most have never had a full load on them so they have pretty good arch still left in them. Might be worth a try before winter sets in.
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Unread 08-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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You could also try a set of Add-a-Leafs (overload springs) for a cheaper, temporary fix until you can afford a set of new leaf springs.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 03:46 AM   #7
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You should have properly check the suspension parts( springs both sides, tie or strut bars) i think something is wrong in suspension. Go through this store if your car need any parts : http://www.360tuners.com/loweringspringsandparts.aspx
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Unread 08-31-2013, 05:41 AM   #8
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Cracks in leaf springs are not always visible.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 12:37 PM   #9
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I dont know much about about Cherokees but in the YJ world they just get a spring set from an S-10 and it works just fine. Maybe someone on the Cherokee boards can help you out. Cheap in the JY and most have never had a full load on them so they have pretty good arch still left in them. Might be worth a try before winter sets in.
Yup I might have found a couple leaf springs for you in Wasilla junk yard for $90

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