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Unread 02-03-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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I'm new to this and not very car savvy so bear with me please!

I just bought a used 2003 Grand Cherokee. I work in an office park with lots of speed bumps and everyday when I would drive over them, there would be this somewhat wretched sound coming from the front left wheel well. Never thought anything of it because it was only when I went over speed bumps.

Driving down the highway the other night, hit a pothole and now something is broken. Car pulls a little to the right and whenever making a sharp turn or going over a bump it makes an even worse sound, like a scraping or crunching. Not sure how else to describe it. I've been told it could be a few different things, snapped coil spring, shock absorber mounts or a blown strut. My husband and his friends are pretty good with cars in general so can someone tell me if this would be an easy fix or would I be better off going to a mechanic?

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Unread 02-04-2014, 12:10 AM   #2
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I am sure once they get under the WJ they should find the issue and should be able to fix it.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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Could be a few things. I agree with js - someone needs to crawl under and look. Without doing that, we're all just guessing. If in doubt of the repair, a mechanic would be the safe choice.
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pictures would help us but if your husband knows cars he will most likely find the issue quickly. shouldn't be to hard to spot if something has broken free
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Unread 02-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. We brought it to the guy I bought it from today. On the phone he was trying to tell me it was my own fault and basically **** out of luck but I've barely had the car for a month, hopefully he'll fix it for me.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 03:09 PM   #6
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I've been told it could be a few different things, snapped coil spring, shock absorber mounts or a blown strut.
Your WJ does not have struts. A broken coil spring, depending on where it was broken, would not make the noise or cause a pull to the right, and/or would cause your WJ to sit unevenly. Broken shock absorber mount would be clanking all the time.
Sounds like bad suspension bushings or, more likely, bad tie rod ends to me.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 03:25 PM   #7
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...We brought it to the guy I bought it from today. On the phone he was trying to tell me it was my own fault and basically **** out of luck but I've barely had the car for a month, hopefully he'll fix it for me.
Huh? That seems like a bad idea. Is he a mechanic? Did you agree when you purchased it that he would take care of future issues?

If you constantly hit speed bumps and found something broke after hitting a pot hole after a MONTH of ownership, I'd have to agree that this is totally out of the previous owner's hands UNLESS he knew there was something wrong and agreed before selling that he'd take care of it.

I'm not trying to be rude but it seems strange you expected the previous owner to take care of the problem. Better yet, it seems strange that you'd even bother to call the previous owner, let alone let said PO fix the issue...

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Unread 02-06-2014, 04:04 PM   #8
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I bought it from a car dealer/mechanic. The lemon law in Mass would've covered it if it had happened before 1/24. I called the guy hoping he'd help me out considering it was just 6 days over the 30. My husband said whatever it was that broke, should not have broken so easily.

It ended up being a mount connected to the sway bar, or something along those lines. He just welded it back on.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 04:08 PM   #9
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I bought it from a car dealer/mechanic. The lemon law in Mass would've covered it if it had happened before 1/24. I called the guy hoping he'd help me out considering it was just 6 days over the 30. My husband said whatever it was that broke, should not have broken so easily.
That makes so much more sense now!

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It ended up being a mount connected to the sway bar, or something along those lines. He just welded it back on.
Interesting. Sound like perhaps it broke where it mounts to the axle (see pic below - the vertical bar that mounts right in front of the spring). Did you check the underside of the vehicle for rust before you bought it?

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Unread 02-06-2014, 04:20 PM   #10
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Broken endlink mount at front lower spring perch, sounds familiar, Seen it before
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