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Re: When it rains it pours - wallet is getting empty!

Thanks for everyone's input.

For macfan, totally disagree with you. Every vehicle I have driven I have put over 125K miles on them and have never felt "unsafe" - otherwise I would dump it for something else. A new (or newer) vehicle doesn't guarantee you wont have issues - hell, my tranny went out on mine when it only had 3K miles on it - ended up the factory put in a defective tranny fluid pump and it fried the transmission due to lack of fluid. They replaced it with a brand new one and warrantied it as such.

dmsfun - I understand I am paying more for having the dealer do the work, but 1) I don't have the time to do it myself and 2) as I stated initially, they do provide me with a loaner. If I take it to an independent, yes I might save some on the repairs but by the time I pay for a rental vehicle it would probably be a wash. Or the other option is to have a 3rd vehicle which I would have to pay to maintain and keep insurance on, so once again, probably a wash.

I probably misspoke about the camshaft. The issue was one of the lifter rollers sticking and wearing down the lifter, so they said the lifters would have to be replaced - seems to be a known problem with the Hemi from what I have read.

I will probably look elsewhere on the tranny. Dealer said I could probably save $1K if I had my tranny rebuilt, but that I would get a better warranty by replacing it, so I just need to decide if I want to spend another $1K for a warranty.

I still love driving my Jeep - she just hasn't been nice to me lately!

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Did you really just say timing belt!?!
The hemi don't have no stinking timing belt lol. In fact no WK does
LOL, JEff, my bad, of course pushrods don't, I meant serpentine belt... just did full 60k on one of my other vehicles with DOHC, still fresh on the mind.
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LOL, JEff, my bad, of course pushrods don't, I meant serpentine belt... just did full 60k on one of my other vehicles with DOHC, still fresh on the mind.
Lol its alright. I've made mistakes like that before
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dmsfun - I understand I am paying more for having the dealer do the work, but 1) I don't have the time to do it myself

I would honestly sell it, as these vehicles are very maintenance intensive, costly to repair if you can't do the work, and build quality is...not at the top of the list, let's just say.
On another post you said you still have stock shocks at 135k. They are shot by 50k, but you didnt replace worn parts, rather spent money on big wheels, tires and springs. Maintenence first is the golden rule for longevity my friend. I don't mean to come down on you, but If you have not done EVERY maintenence item and fluid exchange as recommended, things absolutely will be going wrong one after another. Other vehicles are not so intensive with maintenance costs; I've owned about 16 cars over the years. and the WK has easily been the costliest to maintain, with me dong the work.
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dmsfun - I understand I am paying more for having the dealer do the work, but 1) I don't have the time to do it myself

I would honestly sell it, as these vehicles are very maintenance intensive, costly to repair if you can't do the work, and build quality is...not at the top of the list, let's just say.
On another post you said you still have stock shocks at 135k. They are shot by 50k, but you didnt replace worn parts, rather spent money on big wheels, tires and springs. Maintenence first is the golden rule for longevity my friend. I don't mean to come down on you, but If you have not done EVERY maintenence item and fluid exchange as recommended, things absolutely will be going wrong one after another. Other vehicles are not so intensive with maintenance costs; I've owned about 16 cars over the years. and the WK has easily been the costliest to maintain, with me dong the work.
I hear ya on the suspension. I just finished upgrading mine with better components. Oh so much better
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Re: When it rains it pours - wallet is getting empty!

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dmsfun - I understand I am paying more for having the dealer do the work, but 1) I don't have the time to do it myself

I would honestly sell it, as these vehicles are very maintenance intensive, costly to repair if you can't do the work, and build quality is...not at the top of the list, let's just say.
On another post you said you still have stock shocks at 135k. They are shot by 50k, but you didnt replace worn parts, rather spent money on big wheels, tires and springs. Maintenence first is the golden rule for longevity my friend. I don't mean to come down on you, but If you have not done EVERY maintenence item and fluid exchange as recommended, things absolutely will be going wrong one after another. Other vehicles are not so intensive with maintenance costs; I've owned about 16 cars over the years. and the WK has easily been the costliest to maintain, with me dong the work.
First off, to clarify, the wheels and tires came on the vehicle when I purchased it new. The springs were added at around 20K miles IIRC. I have not spent/ wasted money on add-ons in place of maintenance. EVERY factory recommended service has been done on this vehicle, including the expensive 120K mile service that was just done a few months ago before all of this stuff started happening. The next items to be replaced on my list were shocks (I think you would get varying opinions on that 50K mile claim), brakes, and related components (hence me asking the previous questions), so unfortunately this all decided to happen instead.

If anything, maybe my post will help those with higher mileage vehicles decide if they want to keep it up or get rid of it; for now, I am keeping it and powering thru it.
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First off, to clarify, the wheels and tires came on the vehicle when I purchased it new. The springs were added at around 20K miles IIRC. I have not spent/ wasted money on add-ons in place of maintenance. EVERY factory recommended service has been done on this vehicle, including the expensive 120K mile service that was just done a few months ago before all of this stuff started happening. The next items to be replaced on my list were shocks (I think you would get varying opinions on that 50K mile claim), brakes, and related components (hence me asking the previous questions), so unfortunately this all decided to happen instead.

If anything, maybe my post will help those with higher mileage vehicles decide if they want to keep it up or get rid of it; for now, I am keeping it and powering thru it.
Same. I'm only at 77k now but my last truck went over 200k before I gave it back to my dad. I'm keeping this one too
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If anything, maybe my post will help those with higher mileage vehicles decide if they want to keep it up or get rid of it; for now, I am keeping it and powering thru it.
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The next items to be replaced on my list were shocks (I think you would get varying opinions on that 50K mile claim), brakes, and related components

OK, great to know you've had the important fluid changes and plugs done to schedule, etc., but shocks and brakes are indeed critical maintenance items. SToc shocks, unless specialty, are worn in 50k on most vehicles, and replacement will make a notable difference. Mopar shocks are not a quality component, they wear out quickly on such a heavy vehicle, and are absolutely not designed for use with lowering springs as they cannot keep up with the spring rate, which greatly accelerates wear. Add to that the MUCH heavier than stock oversized wheels and tires, and those stock shocks were without question worn out, before 50k. When shocks are not doing their job, driving dynamics are affected, as is safety, plus all the other suspension components wear is multiplied, i.e. control arms are probably shot too.
The only choices with SRT lowering springs is either Koni or Bilstein I've had both and would avoid WK Bilsteins; the SRT Bilsteins may not be so rough and bouncy, but never had those. Koni's are very well engineered for long lasting performance and have a lifetime warranty, but are over $1100 a set with shipping.
The WK is frankly not a quality built machine, at or near the very bottom of reliability, (still are, Jeep just finished 2nd to last among all automakers in the latest JD Power survey, with Fiat at the very bottom) and are expensive to repair and maintain. With all the costs involved for the dealer to repair your current problems known, I would seriously consider selling the vehicle now, i.e. for a low mileage one with known history, and an extended warranty. My WK extended warranty saved many thousands in costly repairs including rebuilding rear diff., front diff mounts, PS pump, water pump, crank sensor, and more.
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any updates on this?
Jeep is back home with new crank shaft and lifters. All is well at this point except for the occasional hard shifting. Looking for a dependable indy tranny shop to see what the price difference is going to be for a tranny replacement vs. the dealer.
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I agree had 220 on my 98 grand son use it now for a extra car when lo ts of snow hots 135k is nothing
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