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For starters I owned a Comanche about 4 years back. Here's what she looked like from start to finish lol


Now I just had my 1998 Audi a4 blow up on me. so I took that money from the scrap yard and got a transmission flush and oil change on my wife's 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio to prep for a 200 mile trip . when we got there we had to limp because I'm pretty sure a bearing is about to let go . so at this point I was on Craigslist in about 400 ads later I found this


http://albany.craigslist.org/cto/5357378551.html

I have fallen completely in love with it. when I got there I thought it was going to be a pile of crap but it actually wasn't bad. it has high miles but has proven it's worthy. The only issue I've had was the idler pulley ejection at 75mph and loosing the belt to bury her at 280 and the common slip upon sharp left turns. Got towed 26 miles to advanced. She's good to go. Made it home and have gone 2+ hours away since. Brand new tires in back 65% in front. Remote start!! Cruise control!!
So far I have spent
Jeep 470
Tow 210
Idler Pulley/belt 30
Alignment 80
Inspection/FUBAR fend patch 40

Future plans
Pads/rotors all around (slight pulse)
Shocks all around (touch bouncy)
2' lift
Rockers (ga. 10 steel)
Brand new Fenders
Hatch wiper (frozen solid)
Toy hitch recall (never fulfilled)
Drivers side hatch latch (doesn't latch)
Tranny flush left turn)
Valve cover/gasket (broke oil cap inside)
Key fob/program
Pass F window regulator (drive cable broke)
Drivers R widow switch
Install my stereo
Overhead display (is dead atm)
Brake booster (squeal on hard press)(brakes normal)
All new front control arm kit ( I replace everything at once not just one part)

Tax time I'll be doing most likely everything on the list. And I'll be doing 98% of the work myself.

My thread will be scattered but detailed. I'll upload lots of pics!
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Let me know what you guys think

Also I've read every post that untested me all the way back to 2012, I like to be prepared and informed!

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Old 12-29-2015, 08:47 AM
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Welcome and good luck with the project. Here are some problem areas of the WJ to watch out for when making repairs and upgrades.

- Front and rear lower control arms as well as upper a-arm bushings and ball joint
- shocks (I would suggest Bilstein which have a lifetime warranty)
- Broken wiring harness in driver's door (impacts all power windows)
- Transmission fluid - do a drain and refill instead of flush on vehicles with unknown service history (especially on the 42RE in your WJ)
- Ball joints/tie rod ends
- Electric fan heatsink problem (only on the 4.0 powered GC)

Post up questions as you go as there are tricks some can offer.
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Re: New member, new jeep. Build thread

Thanks for the response!
And thanks for the pointers,

Never read about the heatsink thing I'll have to look that one up in a bit, but heats usually hot, had to burp her yesterday after the overheat ordeal she never got burped.

The wiring harness has already suffered, and the po cobbed that lol. Will a back window work without a switch installed? I almost feel like it needs a regulator as well

As for tranny yes a drain, I never do flushes, I've heard of nightmare stories, plan on changing with new filter and make sure the levels are topped off. Don't wanna screw something perfectly working up lol


And I already plan on replacing most of the front end.

I plan on doing 90% of this work myself to same money, but I have a shop my buddy owns, so either way I feel comfortable if I need help or something ik I'm covered.

I know I have the 545 as she sits at 2900ish rpm around 72mph.

She runs beautiful and takes 80-90mph highway travels very well.


I'm definitely looking for any help with this overhead display, I wanna get that working bad
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Thanks for the response!
And thanks for the pointers,

Never read about the heatsink thing I'll have to look that one up in a bit, but heats usually hot, had to burp her yesterday after the overheat ordeal she never got burped.

The wiring harness has already suffered, and the po cobbed that lol. Will a back window work without a switch installed? I almost feel like it needs a regulator as well

As for tranny yes a drain, I never do flushes, I've heard of nightmare stories, plan on changing with new filter and make sure the levels are topped off. Don't wanna screw something perfectly working up lol


And I already plan on replacing most of the front end.

I plan on doing 90% of this work myself to same money, but I have a shop my buddy owns, so either way I feel comfortable if I need help or something ik I'm covered.

I know I have the 545 as she sits at 2900ish rpm around 72mph.

She runs beautiful and takes 80-90mph highway travels very well.

I'm definitely looking for any help with this overhead display, I wanna get that working bad
4.0 GCs often have overheating problems because the relay goes bad from heat.



The 545 RFE was NOT used behind 4.0. You have the 42RE i am not trying to be a pain either.

You gotta trust me on this one.

Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ - Transmission service and maintenace

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CHECKING THE TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL:

All WJ transmissions have a dipstick to check oil level. It is located on the right side of the engine (passenger side). The dipstick cap and fill tube should be wiped clean before checking fluid level. Dirt, grease and other foreign material on the cap and tube could fall into the tube if not removed beforehand. Take the time to wipe the cap and tube clean before withdrawing the dipstick.

MODEL 45RFE or 545RFE: (used with V8 engines only)
As for the overhead display - time to check fuses and wiring.
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Re: New member, new jeep. Build thread

I trust you I wasn't 100% sure myself. I'll be checking the fluid level in the next few days thank you for the link.

Do you by any chance no what fuse runs the overhead display or the?? wiring diagram for it
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Re: New member, new jeep. Build thread

Checked tranny levels, were low, no more slipping around corners.

Added Kenwood stereo, need to replace drivers speaker.

Had top rad hose blow out right where it connects to the thermo housing, has done a lot of expanding and cracked at the clamp. Slid down and good to go.

Just waiting till tax time to do some serious work on her.
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I trust you I wasn't 100% sure myself. I'll be checking the fluid level in the next few days thank you for the link.

Do you by any chance no what fuse runs the overhead display or the?? wiring diagram for it
Fuse #8 and #22 on the junction block feed the EVIC
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Thank you, I'll check them later when its a little warmer.
None of the buttons light up or do anything but the dome lights work if that means anything
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Thank you, I'll check them later when its a little warmer.
None of the buttons light up or do anything but the dome lights work if that means anything
Fuse #8 is used for the interior lights, so that one should be ok then. So have a look at fuse #22. If ok, then remove the EVIC and check the solders on the circuit board. Sometimes a solder gets loose and needs to be re-soldered. Maybe even the connector is not good inserted.
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Checking overhead fuse tom, thank you!

Ordered pass window regulator to fix window.

Working on burping rest of air out so I get my heat back again.
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Actually just ordered replacement evic, and new pump for front washers.

Making some progress slowly
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Finished burping her and adding coolant this morning. Heat is now extremely hot!

Also found short on wife's 95 cabrio that hasn't ran on its own power for two days, so a lot of stress lifted off my shoulder and a happy wife
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