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praetorian 09-11-2012 01:31 PM

2001 Grand Cherokee
I am from wisconsin and am looking for a used Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are a plethora of them here in southeastern wisconsin. But the problem is that the snow and salt takes there toll on them. I have looked at probably 50 of them. Heres the thing. I found one that a girl brought here a few weeks ago from Phoenix. (She just moved here) Its in my price range, has low miles (for a jeep of that age) and since its from Phoenix, the car looks great on the underside. There is only one problem our mechanic pointed out. The CV boot on this one is ripped. Inside, it looks clean, but that boot needs to be replaced. Also, the girl who owns it states that over 65 there is indication of a driver side wheel bearing issue. I asked a different mechanic what this would entail, and he says..>Sure replace the wheel bearing, and the CV boot, but when your doing that they also have to replace the Drive Shaft? Is that necessary to do that? Any opinions other than..."Dont buy a 2001 Grand Cherokee" would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time.


dr.lee.baugh 09-11-2012 02:20 PM

Re: 2001 Grand Cherokee
Alright, I won't suggest you not buy a 2001 GC...though I would certainly recommend you do a background check on the vehicle (often out of state vehicles have an undesirable history, that is why they are selling out of state...)

Instead, I will suggest that you may get a better response if you post in the correct forum.

This is for WK's (2005-2010) grand cherokees. You want the WJ's:

Good luck!

Frango100 09-11-2012 06:50 PM

Re: 2001 Grand Cherokee
Welcome to the garage.
Depending on how long the CV boot is ruptured, road dirt can/will have entered and done its destructing work on the metal surfaces inside the CV joint. It can even be that its the joint which is making the noise and not the bearing, but thats just a guess of mine.
Only by opening the CV joint up and feeling for play and looking for wear and damage to the surfaces will tell you if only a boot is needed, or a whole axle with CV.
Check heating and AC for proper functioning, because when it has the automatic temp control system, problems can occur with the blend doors and a repair (when done right) is quite expensive.
What engine does it have?

Gus9890 09-16-2012 07:00 PM

Re: 2001 Grand Cherokee
I've never heard of having to replace the drive shaft, I think they're trying to shaft you. Wheel bearing and CV boot are easy fixes. Have it looked over really good (helps if you got buddies that are wrench heads) and go from there.

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