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Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-10-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By Ratchet
Re: The best forum

Well played sir! :)
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 04-10-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Pano roof rattle

I had a bit of a click/snap sound while driving down certain road surfaces. Also did it when I pull out of the driveway. Followed the sunroof alignment procedure Milous provided in symptom #4 in...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 03-21-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Diy spark plug replacement 3.6

Once you get the intake plenum removed, it's gravy. There are 2 bolts on the rear/passenger side of the intake that are a bit cramped to get to. The 2 nuts on the driver's side of the intake where...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 03-19-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Diy spark plug replacement 3.6

No. It is necessary to remove the intake plenum to gain access to the plugs on the driver's side of the engine. It is however a "coil on plug" based system just like the 5.7. But, the spark plugs...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 02-28-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 468
Posted By Ratchet
Re: add switched 12v outlet under front driver dash?

You can use the 12VDC outlet below the radio or tap into it's wiring all depending on what type of GPS you have. Will have to remove a few trim pieces, but you can easily run a wire from there to...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-27-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,999
Posted By Ratchet
Re: April, 2014 Consumer Reports - Annual Auto Issue

Yep, my 2011 wk2 with 100,000 miles on it has been such a burden *scarcasm*. Total value of parts (warranty parts and labor included) doesn't even go over $400.00!

As far as I'm concerned, I...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-20-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 100k!

Not doing any warranty extension on this one.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-19-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 100k!

JTS, the first year I had it, I managed to rack up 55K. I had a 150mile round trip commute daily. Between work and going to the beach almost every weekend, they rolled up quick. I moved back to my...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-18-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 100k!

Mine is 2WD-no air. Still runs like new. Just installed some new plugs this week. The originals didn't look bad, but they were definately tired. Jeep still runs great. Have developed a few...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-18-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ratchet
100k!

And I can say that's it's been a very impressive 100K. Job well done Jeep!


I wonder what happens to the engineers when a Wk2 hits 100,000? :)
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-14-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Loud Hitch

I normally leave my ball mount in the reciever due to towing quite a bit. I wrapped the ball mount with a 2-3 rounds of tape on the opposing ends where the hitch pin goes though the mount and then...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 02-14-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Seat back won't stay in place

Betting the clip below the one pictured is broken or stretched beyond it's "normal" limit. Very common problem. Depending on how severe the damage to the clip is, you may be able to repair with...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 02-10-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By Ratchet
Re: It's so steamy- Exhaust.

My 11 has been like that since day one. No worries. ;)
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 12-31-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Front Struts

I had to replace mine due to one of them blowing a seal at appx 40K. I went back with OEM struts.

Don't expect great wear from the OE tires....
When is the last time you had the alignment...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 12-23-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Bi-Xenon Headlight Housing

I've heard of some having success placing headlamp housings in an oven (not sure what temp) to soften the sealer enough to seperate the housing from the lense. However, with the auto leveling motors...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 12-12-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 707
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Parts Schematics

Or Chrysler Parts, Dodge Parts, Jeep Parts - Authentic OEM Car & Truck Parts Direct | FACTORY CHRYSLER PARTS (http://www.factorychryslerparts.com)
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 11-27-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee Fog Lights

On the passenger side of the engine compartment, there is a firewall access grommet that comes out behind the glove box.

Being the battery is under the passenger seat, it would be almost as easy...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-25-2013, 07:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Yeah, reconnecting the plug is a bit cramped. Glad it worked for ya. ;)
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-22-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Installation: Mopar cargo mat

Oh I remember those quite well. Now, if you go back to column shifters, that's a wee bit before my time.
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-22-2013, 07:49 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Installation: Mopar cargo mat

First, before you open the box.....

Knock 3 times on the box.

Decide on a name for your new mat. You will use this later within Uconnect.

Repeat the name 3 times.

Knock 3 times.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 11-22-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 903
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Heat not adjusting

Sounds like you have a temperature blend door actuator that is sticking.
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-21-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Installation: Mopar cargo mat

It was. Myself, along with some friends were on the way to go seal clubbing when the gasket failed. :(
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-20-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Installation: Mopar cargo mat

I will order the gasket soon. Hopefully my replacement camera will arrive before the install. A brand new Canon DSLR was damaged when the mat gasket failed. :mad:
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-20-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By Ratchet
Re: School Me - ECM & "Main Brain"

If the "brain" was damaged, I would also be concerned about the condition of the TIPM (relay/fuse center).
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-12-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Very nice. Congrats on your first itty bitty upgrade. ;)
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-08-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By Ratchet
Re: leaveing the a/c on

Back in the years of early AC compressors, premature damage could happen to the compressor. Times have changed and so have the clutches on compressors. For the better! Once the compressor stops...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-08-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

If you touch the start button (w/o depressing the brake pedal) after entry, it will activate accessory mode.

Upon entering the vehicle, yes, courtesy lights will be live, but the ignition switch...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-08-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Nope. Just make sure the ignition is switched off.
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-08-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Snapped some photos and made a very quick how to on the socket upgrade.

If you have a one piece floor mat for the rear passengers, you will need to remove it before reinstalling the console...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-08-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

You don't have to remove the entire center console. Just the back end of it. ;) The end cap portion of the console that faces the rear passengers will pop right off. DO NOT try to pry the vent...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 11-07-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee

Almost impossible to say on what trouble code the PCM has stored unless you have someone perform a diagnostic scan to retrieve the codes. I am not 100% certain, but I'm taking a guess and thinking...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-04-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,495
Posted By Ratchet
Re: making the 14 v-6 a little faster

Not trying to sound like a dirtball, but there is no replacement for engine displacement.
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-02-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Here are close ups of the two socket faceplates as promised. Upon further inspection, being the placement of the 2 slots in the original socket, I personally wouldn't attempt to modify it ifor 3...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-02-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

If cosmetics aren't a concern, you may be able to get away by drilling an extra slot. However, the face plates of the sockets are a bit different. The only reasons I opted for the upgraded socket...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 11-01-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Mine is a Limited Grand Cherokee. Inverter sockets fit multiple Chrysler vehicle platforms.

Original 2011 socket: ...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 11-01-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By Ratchet
Re: catalyst efficiency

Same with Jacko15. I haven't seen any converter issues as of yet. What type of fuel do you use and how many miles are on your Jeep? Converters have a nice federal warranty incase you were unaware....
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 10-30-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

The upgrade socket housing is exactly the same size as original. It snaps into the existing slot from the old socket housing. The outside dimensions are exactly like the original.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 10-30-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Ratchet
Re: my12 question about the flipper glass

Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 - Grand Cherokee Service Bulletins and Recalls (http://www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2_tsb.htm)

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page I linked.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 10-30-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,454
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Water leaks from Liftgate

If it's pooling on the cargo mat, open the liftgate and check the two rubber looms (appx 1.5" in diameter) that pass through the roof of the cargo area. Not the flipper glass. Make sure they are...
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 10-28-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Ratchet
Re: 2011 power inverter socket upgrade

Mine is a early build 2011 Limited. I feel it was an engineering issues with the earlier builds as the part number for the power inverter itself and the harness has not changed through the years. ...
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