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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Buying a WK/XK?? (Read This)

So you're looking to purchase a Jeep WK (2005-2010), here are a few things that you may want to look at during your walk around and/or test drive. Keep in mind that you should always consider having the vehicle you are interested in buying inspected by a certified mechanic, so this post is in no way a substitution of that service.

Always ask about the last time the 4x4 was serviced, ESPECIALLY when it is around and/or approaching the service interval for the 4x4.

Always test every single electronic feature that is available on the WK. I will not list them all, because not all are available on every WK. But test everything from the power mirror windows and heated seats to the Navigation and A/C

Engage the 4x4 on an appropriate trail or gravel road, and ensure that it works properly. This means that is does not bind and buckle, especially during turns.

As you look underneath the vehicle. Inspect the seal on the transfercase, and differentials, and also inspect the area just below the engine to ensure that there is no oil leaking from them.

Many southern dealers will buy Jeeps from the North and sell them down south. Make sure the doggone Jeep doesn't have extensive rust damage.

Other common sense stuff includes checking fluids, brakes, lights, and tires (though every state I've been to requires a certain amount of tread before it can be sold).

Bones_WK: Suggests shifting the transmission between P,R,N,D - And listening/feeling for any delay as this could be indicative of a failing transmission.

Bones_WK also suggests listening/feeling for any clunking while driving, especially over pot-holes or speed bumps as this could be a sign of worn bearings or bushings/Upper or lower Control Arms/Ball joints - etc.

I'm sure I'll miss stuff - so for those who have purchased and own a WK, feel free to contribute on items to look/listen for when purchasing a WK.

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Unread 01-04-2013, 04:58 AM   #2
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Awesome thread. I'm going to look at an 07 Limited, Hemi tomorrow. I'll make sure to turn everything on! Thanks for the advice!
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Unread 01-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Check to see that the auto stick on the shifter is functioning properly.
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Unread 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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So you're looking to purchase a Jeep WK (2005-2010), here are a few things that you may want to look at during your walk around and/or test drive. Keep in mind that you should always consider having the vehicle you are interested in buying inspected by a certified mechanic, so this post is in no way a substitution of that service.

Always ask about the last time the 4x4 was serviced, ESPECIALLY when it is around and/or approaching the service interval for the 4x4.

Always test every single electronic feature that is available on the WK. I will not list them all, because not all are available on every WK. But test everything from the power mirror windows and heated seats to the Navigation and A/C

Engage the 4x4 on an appropriate trail or gravel road, and ensure that it works properly. This means that is does not bind and buckle, especially during turns.

As you look underneath the vehicle. Inspect the seal on the transfercase, and differentials, and also inspect the area just below the engine to ensure that there is no oil leaking from them.

Many southern dealers will buy Jeeps from the North and sell them down south. Make sure the doggone Jeep doesn't have extensive rust damage.

Other common sense stuff includes checking fluids, brakes, lights, and tires (though every state I've been to requires a certain amount of tread before it can be sold).

Bones_WK: Suggests shifting the transmission between P,R,N,D - And listening/feeling for any delay as this could be indicative of a failing transmission Loud clunk from shifting from PRND or P-D, P-R. R-D etc. are front differential bushings going bad.

Bones_WK also suggests listening/feeling for any clunking while driving, especially over pot-holes or speed bumps as this could be a sign of worn bearings or bushings/Upper or lower Control Arms/Ball joints - etc.

I'm sure I'll miss stuff - so for those who have purchased and own a WK, feel free to contribute on items to look/listen for when purchasing a WK.
Awesome stuff AJ - fixed a few for you.

Also note the 2005-2006 4.7 and Hemi issues about exhaust manifolds going bad. Turn the jeep on, and listen for exhaust leaks in the engine bay, open the hood and smell for exhaust fumes (both sides). Probably applies to anything over 70k to at least check

Turn the wheel while sitting still from lock to lock. Coast down the road truing the wheel some back and forth (safely) - pops or knocks could be the steering rack

Check door handles, these seem to crack and break easily!

Check hood and liftgate supports - easy fix but just be aware
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The WK I'm looking at has this problem. What's involved to fix it?

Bones_WK: Suggests shifting the transmission between P,R,N,D - And listening/feeling for any delay as this could be indicative of a failing transmission Loud clunk from shifting from PRND or P-D, P-R. R-D etc. are front differential bushings going bad.
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Unread 01-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #6
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The WK I'm looking at has this problem. What's involved to fix it?

Bones_WK: Suggests shifting the transmission between P,R,N,D - And listening/feeling for any delay as this could be indicative of a failing transmission Loud clunk from shifting from PRND or P-D, P-R. R-D etc. are front differential bushings going bad.
Just got off the phone with the dealer. Part's cheap... $35 but labor is 3-4 hours. Has anyone changed this themself that can give me an idea of what's involved? Also, if I find that I can't do it and it'll cost me $500 at a dealer, do I hurt anything by not fixing it? Or is it just that I have to hear the loud clunk when shifting into gear? Thanks in advance
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Unread 01-05-2013, 10:27 AM   #7
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You definitely want to fix it, mine was so bad it was smacking the oil pan. I had my buddy fix it for me so cant give insight on the job but many people on here have done themselves
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is the constant ticking noise a problem on all of them? wife 05 with 120k ticks when cold and gets quieter when warm although still making noise
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Unread 01-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #9
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You definitely want to fix it, mine was so bad it was smacking the oil pan. I had my buddy fix it for me so cant give insight on the job but many people on here have done themselves
Thanks for your help. We wound up not purchasing the jeep.
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Unread 01-15-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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A night time test drive if possible would be wise, some of the lights were out on the buttons for the climate and information center, and ended up costing me about $500 to fix by replacing all the controls, apparently you can't just replace the bulbs and have to replace the entire unit. There was no way to see that the controls were out since I test drove my Jeep during the day.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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A night time test drive if possible would be wise, some of the lights were out on the buttons for the climate and information center, and ended up costing me about $500 to fix by replacing all the controls, apparently you can't just replace the bulbs and have to replace the entire unit. There was no way to see that the controls were out since I test drove my Jeep during the day.
My whole climate control unit is dark. Have been waiting to get to the dealer to get an estimate, but I guess now that it costs 500 I'll be turning on my interior lights for now.
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A night time test drive if possible would be wise, some of the lights were out on the buttons for the climate and information center, and ended up costing me about $500 to fix by replacing all the controls, apparently you can't just replace the bulbs and have to replace the entire unit. There was no way to see that the controls were out since I test drove my Jeep during the day.
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My whole climate control unit is dark. Have been waiting to get to the dealer to get an estimate, but I guess now that it costs 500 I'll be turning on my interior lights for now.
Hey guys I found this on another forum. Haven't watched it yet but it helped out a lot of people so far.

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Unread 01-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #13
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Nice video! Too bad I didn't see that before the stealership jacked me
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Unread 01-22-2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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So the steering racks, exhaust manifolds on V8s, and electrical gremlins are basically the only common problems with WKs? I'm considering a Hemi model myself, but I want a dependable vehicle that I don't have to throw money at when it gets a little age on it.
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Unread 01-22-2013, 09:37 AM   #15
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you will also most likely have to replace the suspension (shocks/ struts/ ball joints) when it gets some miles on it. my 05 has 120k and rear shocks did nothing and front struts barely do anything anymore. not a ton of money but still only has 120k....
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