'05 Limited Hemi, A few questions
A few weeks ago, picked up a new jeep. Financed, but no extended warranty.
133k on the dash, interior is mint, one previous owner. Doesn't look like it's had any trail time, like at all. So not a bad pick, so I thought.
A few questions/concerns:
1) There have been a few times that it simply has not started? I turn the key, everything lights up strong. I wait the 10 seconds I always do for the lights on the dash to die, and then turn the key and all I get is the engine turning over. Not a clicking noise, but the engine actually trying to start. It's like it's not getting fuel or not enough power. I looked at the battery, it's actually not even a year old, so wouldn't think it's that. It's definitely not the starter, since I am getting more than just a click. But what's weird is, it's just plain random. I was at walmart this weekend, had the tail gate open, put the groceries in, go to start it, and nada. Cranked it over 4 times before it started. I had a friend check the battery voltage, didn't seem like an issue. I'd be surprised if it's the battery, right?
2) Lights on the dashboard flicker, more like go bright and then dim. The only fix is, to turn my dimmer switch to off so all the lights are dim. I am taking a guess this would be the actual dimmer switch, yeah? How hard is it to replace these? Thoughts?
3) So, the tires were shot. I actually got them to take $750 off the down payment I was giving towards new tires. So I got some new tires for now, just 245/65/17 Definity AT's. What I noticed is, over 65 mph the steering shimmies and when i brake hard I can feel it too. The issue is, I just got a full alignment this weekend. It's a little better, but, I can still feel it. I didn't have that feeling in my old '05, so I know it can't be 'normal'. Any thoughts on what to look for? Or, should I just start replacing suspension pieces? Starting to get there in miles, prob for the best no?
4) Exhaust. Sounds like there is a hole in my exhaust or cat converter. I can't find the damn thing or see what's wrong with the exhaust, but I keep hearing the manifolds on the 5.7 crap out around 100-125k anyways. What doesn't say is, how does it crap out. They say to just replace them, but how would you know they are crapped out? I don't smell exhaust or anything when sitting the truck at idle. If I roll down my driver window, I can sometimes get a whiff of exhaust. I might just record revving my engine, you can hear it at times. When I rev, you can hear a solid drive, but the moment I let go, sometimes it sounds like it's backfiring or like a sputter right before it idles out the exhaust. It might just be me, and that's the sounds the Hemi makes.
This is my first hemi, actually my first V8 ever. I love the power, that engine runs strong as hell. I just paid Jiffylube a hefty price for (oil change, transmission change, differential fluids replaced, fuel system clean out, and coolant system change) everything for me (too damn cold for me to do myself, no garage and doing it on my drive way in the snow/wind would suck). I noticed like a 2 mpg gain after everything, so now I get a solid 15 haha.
First things first, I want to get her running completely strong. Then I will start with the other things like a lift and other mods.
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