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Unread 04-30-2014, 07:50 PM   #16
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I have a 2/14 build date on my Laredo 4x4 and so far so good. I just crossed 2k miles.
Same on the 2/14. Limited 4x4 perfect first 1900 miles.

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Unread 04-30-2014, 10:50 PM   #17
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Thanks for posting. I have 3/14 build date. Just picked it up last Friday. Im still in the break in period (180 miles so far) so I'll monitor this and post and call if I see any issue. Nothing yet. it would be interesting to know if the entire CV boot failed or the clamp wasn't tight enough.
Definitely monitor it. The issues seem to have started with the 3/14 build dates.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 12:52 PM   #18
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Who is the vendor who supplies the cv axles? Sometimes there are tags on the shafts. This sounds like a supplier problem, not a chysler problem. Did the outer clamps come off or were they missing?? Or did the boots tear??
The outboard clamp on the outer boot on front CV joints (most have both off) seems to either have slipped off from either grease under it at assembly or clamp not being secured tight enough at assembly OR the clamp was never "cinched" down to begin with. The clamp is a one piece unit siilar to a watch band that folds twice inward to close up and tighten. It has 2 notches to act as the "clasp". Appears to be a custom assembly plant type tool that would do the "cinching". Everyone's are a mess after failure so we would need to see a "failed" one cleaned up if we wanted to play Columbo (which I like to do btw).
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Unread 05-02-2014, 09:48 AM   #19
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Thumbs up Yikes

First post on here and I find out my car has an issue. Ran out to check and it looks good. Thanks for the heads up and I will definitely keep an eye on it.

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Unread 05-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #20
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My baby has the same build date and so far, so good...on everything knock on wood. My only gripe is I'm still running temp tags after 5 weeks of ownership. Of course this isn't an issue with the Jeep just a slow dealer and/or DMV.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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Just checked the front wheels and there is some grease build up on the inside of the rims. Just picked up my 4x4 Limited (build date 3-14) on Wednesday, guess I will be stopping by the dealership next week to find out what they are going to do....Hopefully this is the only issue with my first Jeep.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 02:42 PM   #22
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Hey everyone, this will be my first post on this forum. My family just picked up our brand new 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi with the Quadra Drive 4X4 last week. This was a special order and was built 4/14. Two days ago I noticed a few patches of grease inside of the front passengers side wheel and saw that the CV boot was slinging grease everywhere, just like the photos above. Took it into the dealer today and they replaced the half shaft. I just wanted to chime in and say I had the same issue so it will be interesting to see how many more pop up. Luckily I am OCD about maintaining my vehicles and caught it with only 160 miles on the vehicle. Disregarding this failure the rest of the vehicle is awesome! Got the blue and brown interior which in my opinion is spectacular!
Hi Chris, when you say they replaced the half-shaft, is that the same thing as the entire axle? Thanks!
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Unread 05-03-2014, 02:47 PM   #23
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Hey Everyone. Got my jeep about six weeks ago, and a week after getting it while installing front mudflaps saw the faulty clamp on the cv. Dealership had to order new driveshaft, so my car was at the dealer for 3 days. now it has been for two weeks at the dealer for a faulty diesel tank, and they told me yesterday that because of it being on backorder it will take 7 - 10 days before they would receive a new tank for me. This is making me wonder how good their quality control is.
Hi FreakyK, could you please clarify was is a new driveshaft or axle the dealer replaced? I have the same issue, and I just want to be sure of everyone's fix which seem to be replacing the axles. Thanks!
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Unread 05-03-2014, 02:57 PM   #24
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^^^^^^^

Just wanted to butt in....the front on the JGC only has 2 half-shafts (L & R) coming out of the differential so that is basically the only replaceable item. Those two axle assemblies do not have any orderable sub-parts.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 04:46 PM   #25
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^^^^^^^

Just wanted to butt in....the front on the JGC only has 2 half-shafts (L & R) coming out of the differential so that is basically the only replaceable item. Those two axle assemblies do not have any orderable sub-parts.
Thank you again! lol!
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Unread 05-03-2014, 06:35 PM   #26
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I'm in the grease club too. Overland with a March 2014 build date. The driver's side came apart within the first 350 miles of owning it. My dealer said it was odd and they replaced the entire assembly. Today I found grease again, this time it's on the passenger side (1500 miles on the odo).

I'm glad you posted about this, at least I'm not alone and it's particular to this build. Hopefully it doesn't come back with the new shafts.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 08:03 PM   #27
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Another data point for you: got the same issue, both wheels, 1000 miles, 3/14 build date. Stupid question, is it safe to drive like this? My buddy who knows cars says it's safe to drive for a while as long as it's not making a noise, but seems like people are making special trips to the dealers to get it fixed.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 08:37 PM   #28
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Another data point for you: got the same issue, both wheels, 1000 miles, 3/14 build date. Stupid question, is it safe to drive like this? My buddy who knows cars says it's safe to drive for a while as long as it's not making a noise, but seems like people are making special trips to the dealers to get it fixed.
Your buddy is basically correct. A CV joint will click and/or grind when it is dry and in final stages of physical failure. However, grease may (unlikely tho) get onto brake pad/rotor surfaces causing a separate safety issue.

Net, net, no reason to push it. Personally, I would b-line to the dealer to make sure you get in line for parts although these parts are shared across a few vehicles and years so there should be some stock built up. Nobody knows if this is a small bad batch of axle assemblies like a few hundred or worse. I think they make like 1,600 or so JGC's a day so since build dates seem to have spanned early March to mid-April numbers could be pretty big.
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Unread 05-04-2014, 12:19 AM   #29
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Net, net, no reason to push it. Personally, I would b-line to the dealer to make sure you get in line for parts although these parts are shared across a few vehicles and years so there should be some stock built up. Nobody knows if this is a small bad batch of axle assemblies like a few hundred or worse. I think they make like 1,600 or so JGC's a day so since build dates seem to have spanned early March to mid-April numbers could be pretty big.
Thanks for the info, I'll take it in soon.
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Unread 05-04-2014, 05:57 AM   #30
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Has anyone who has had the issue with the front CV boots, checked on the rear boots? I didn't even think to check my rears before it got towed away to the dealer.
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