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Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-17-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Vulnerable DEF injector wiring!

The DEF hoses are hanging there waiting to be grabbed by brush. The injectors are delicate and waiting to be hit by rocks, ice, water, brush, whatever. The skid plates do not protect any of it. I am...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-09-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Here is an update on the oil filter part number. I ordered two filters from moparonlineparts. They sent me two of the old part number filters instead of the new part number that I ordered. I will...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 03-29-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Any towing comparsons for 5.7L to diesel?

Ignoring that ridiculous 0 to 60 comparison, let's go back to the original question.

I went from a 5.3L V8 6-speed Silverado to the diesel Grand Cherokee. Fuel economy improved from 16 mpg to 23...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 03-28-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8,240
Views: 767,373
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Ordering Information and Pricing

Not for me. At 5,020 miles, almost all long highway trips in non-frigid temperatures and 1,200 towing, my oil life says 50% remaining.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-28-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,546
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Service DEF - See Dealer

Below are some photos of the protection I added for the DEF injector and hoses. I added a steel strap from an existing threaded hole towards the left-rear tire to an existing bolt further front of...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-28-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,431
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Diesel transmission jumping

i have only noticed this a couple times and then I was towing about 3,000 lbs. My vehicle is a Nov. 2013 build.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-27-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Towing

I towed my 3,000 lb trailer from Tucson to Death Valley and back (1,200 miles). Vehicle and diesel were great. I got 23 mpg compared to 16 mpg I would get with my previous vehicle (5.3L V8 2011...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-25-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,990
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: First oil change some info and comments

I checked with another dealer. They said that 68109834AA is the correct part number. They also said that the list price is something like $70. I said it would have to be about $40 to be close to the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-25-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,546
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Service DEF - See Dealer

Yikes! Glad you caught it. My hoses were tight before I added protection. I will try to take a photo soon.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I want to have some coolant on hand in case I have a leak. (Be prepared.) Here is my experience buying coolant:

The online sites show the coolant and will allow you to order the coolant, but they...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-22-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 48,950
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

1. I did. It does. The larger tire fits in the spare hole if you remove the plastic tray inserts. The lid closes.

2. I did. I checked with two dealers. Both said that the larger tires do not...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-22-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,990
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: First oil change some info and comments

We need to solve this mystery. A local dealer told me what Shannon's said, that 68109834AA has been superseded by 68229402AA, yet I believe that the opposite is correct as posted by philbytx. BTW,...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-17-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,363
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Fueling the CRD

The diesel supplement says to not open the fuel door with the engine running because the fuel system is pressurized. It has this warning:

Do not open the high pressure fuel system with the
engine...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-17-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,546
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Service DEF - See Dealer

Below is a photo I took under my vehicle when new. You can see that exhaust components are very vulnerable. From forum posts I have seen, it appears that several owners have had the injector damaged....
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-17-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 48,950
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

No, they are not the factory tires. They are Goodyear Wrangler All-terrain Adventure P265/65-18 (3% taller than the factory size). They are great.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-17-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I hope not. I plan on changing the oil myself. I am at 50% oil life, so you are ahead of me. I already bought oil (amazon) and a filter (factorymoparparts), and just ordered two more filters at the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-10-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,926
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: exhaust system regeneration process

Consider that at 55 mph in high gear on a highway the engine is not at a high RPM. The diesel supplement says "simply driving your vehicle at highway speeds for up to 20 minutes" will perform the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-09-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,990
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: First oil change some info and comments

About the oil level. When I check the oil level, after the engine has been off over night, the initial level when I first pull out the dip stick is low (even below the min level on the dip stick). If...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-09-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 48,950
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

In addition to the review, here are a couple photos from last week's trip to Death Valley.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-09-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 48,950
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

Since I have reached 5,000 miles, towed my trailer 1,200 miles and been camping, I figured I would give a review. For the record, it is a 4x4 Limited with ORAII.

The power at 2000 RPM is...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-09-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,526
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 WK2 3.0 so far NOT so good

My two cents:

Others who have had a bunch of errors had a loose battery cable or fuses not fully plugged in.

These are complicated vehicles with lots of stuff that can break or give errors. I...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-07-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

My odometer is at 5,010 miles today. Oil life says 50%. How about that? Most miles are long trips and moderate ambient temperatures. About 1,200 miles were towing.
The DEF level dropped from 45% to...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-07-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,048
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Towing MPG's

My 5.3L V8 Silverado got 16mpg pulling my trailer. My Limited V6 diesel gets 22mpg on the winter blend. That is 37% better fuel economy. It should be even better with the summer blend. And, the...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 03-07-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,009
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Mounting brake controller

No need to install a fuse.

I just drove about 1100 miles towing my trailer. The brake controller worked great where I located it.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-07-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,670
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: DEF Level at Delivery

My DEF level was at about 75% at delivery. I am now at 5,000 miles and am not so sure of my current level. The gauge jumped around the other day during a 600 mile drive. It was at about 45% then...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-07-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,624
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Transmission & Oil Temperatures

I had my first towing experience last week, so I thought I would add my experience (4x4 Limited; 3000lb trailer). The transmission temperature generally sat at 195F. I did not see it go above that....
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 02-14-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,009
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Mounting brake controller

I have a P2 and couldn't figure out any good place to mount it other than between the fuel cover release button and hood release lever. I did drill two holes and use two short screws hoping not to...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-18-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-12-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,926
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: exhaust system regeneration process

When I was out in the boondocks four-wheeling the other day, it occurred to me that I am doing lots of idling and very, very slow driving. What would I do if it said it needed regeneration? I was a...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-10-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Yoohoo!!!!! I went four wheeling today! Full-blown rock mode, removed front air dam, and spotter required. It was terrain probably far more difficult than most owners will ever do. I was glad I...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-08-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8,647
Views: 469,448
Posted By mtnmerlin
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-08-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 856
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Engine braking

I have noticed that taking my foot off the accelerator doesn't have the same slowing affect as does my V8 vehicles. Going down steep hills I usually have the cruise control off and use the paddle...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-07-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

I went with five. I am currently using the spare tire wheel but will switch to a wheel matching the other four when I do the first rotation. (I purchased the matching wheel off eBay for $150.) With...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-07-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: DEF Pressure Issues

I got the same error (P20E9) a week ago at odometer 1853 miles. It was in the middle of a 460 mile drive starting up after a stop. The message went away after 8 miles, but the malfunction light...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Oh, and I wanted to share this. I had my first "it's a diesel" moment.

I pulled up to a pump that was diesel-only. As I was inserting the nozzle into the filler hole the attendant came running out...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,146
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Production Scheduled to Trim?

My dad said that a neighbor picked up his Chevrolet truck in Detroit many years ago. So, I guess you used to be able to do it back in the olden days....
I too, wish we could now.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Ordering process?

If you hurry, you might be able to order and take delivery by 1/31, but don't count on it. The $500 is applied to reduce the vehicle price when you pay for the vehicle and take delivery.

The...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 1,243
Views: 88,110
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Welcome ALL 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel owners!

Interesting that others are getting better fuel economy than shown on the EVIC.

For the record, my test distances were 213, 589, and 326 miles. I was watching the EVIC and, as I recall, the value...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8,647
Views: 469,448
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: 2014 diesel production

And then remind him again when they get the vehicle.

They dropped the ball with mine. I have four ugly holes in the front where they put the license plate holder (I had told them not to do that),...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-20-2013, 05:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,221
Posted By mtnmerlin
Re: Mileage at delivery?

5 miles at delivery. Then my test drive was 1,122 miles home. (Rather brutal. I got a very bad case of food poisoning in San Antonio and ran into an ice storm southeast of El Paso. The newspaper said...
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