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Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-03-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,901
Posted By Technosavant
Re: 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee & Dodge Durango RECALL - about 800,000 SUVs

This could explain something I've been noticing the last 2-3 weeks. When starting the vehicle lately the brake pedal is EXTREMELY firm- almost like the vacuum in the booster has leaked out. It's not...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 03-06-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Posted By Technosavant
Re: First world issue: AWY or AWB on '14 Overland with V8 or CRD?

T'were I to do it again I'd get the off road package. I had the plates installed and put the tow hooks on myself but am still rocking the 20" rims. When I replaced the tires there was exactly one...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 03-06-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,049
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Do Not install 2.404 & 2013 map updates

Well, that at least explains why I haven't seen any traffic updates on my system since the update.

Crap on a cracker.

I like the new maps more than I need the traffic updates, so I'll stick...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 12-22-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,788
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Who's got the Pentastar with the most miles?

Just shy of 25,000 miles.

Not one single issue with the powertrain.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 12-01-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,075
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Off road ability with 20" wheels without selec-terrain

It isn't necessarily the lack of Selec-Terrain that gets you. It's what that lack means. But to really explain it, a little foundation first...

There's three different four wheel drive systems on...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-28-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,561
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Vehicle Battery

There's also temperature considerations.

Heat kills batteries (it just isn't often noticed until winter when the cold had reduced the battery capacity to where it won't crank anymore). Under the...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-15-2011, 11:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,190
Posted By Technosavant
Re: wheels without TPS?

You have the V-6 according to your profile, and therefore you do NOT have the HD brakes (those are V-8 only). 17" rims should fit. I went with 18" rims on mine just to be sure and I don't remember...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 11-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Design flaws?

That's never been an issue for me at all. Can't say I think it's a flaw.

If you want a list of design flaws, there's a pretty comprehensive list of TSBs out there... that's a good place to start.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-26-2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,888
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Why no 20"s on the Off Road Adventure Group II ?

That's going to be a trick. A 50 series sidewall just doesn't offer much protection... taking a 20" rimmed WK2 off roading would basically be screaming aloud for a blown tire and busted rim on...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 10-25-2011, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,018
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Latest Consumer Reports

There's little doubt Chrysler is better than it was, but I am leery of putting too much trust in a report dealing with vehicles that are still very new. To me, "reliability" is the sort of thing that...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 10-24-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,299
Posted By Technosavant
Re: New Vehicle Prep Procedure

The first is likely a feature to prevent the assorted vehicle electronics from killing the battery while the vehicle sits in the back of the lot waiting for sale. When we bought my wife's Infiniti,...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 10-22-2011, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,299
Posted By Technosavant
Re: New Vehicle Prep Procedure

Most of that would go pretty quick. The road test would take the longest, but even then I imagine you're talking an hour or so of time per vehicle (depending on outstanding recalls/RRTs).

If...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-22-2011, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,569
Posted By Technosavant
Re: New Member With Head Unit Questions

1) The 730N nav also has dead reckoning (limited nav capability without a GPS signal), the ability to split screen audio/nav, and the nav setup is done by Harmon International, not Garmin. The voice...
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-13-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,211
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Ferrari Navigation

You two do realize that exotic cars routinely suffer from issues, quirks, and outright problems that would be inexcusable in a $20,000 Honda, right?

As I said, the look and feel of the Chrysler...
Forum: Engine Performance/Intakes/Exhausts 10-11-2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 17,951
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Accelleration in the v8 vs v6

I believe the rotors are the same size, but the calipers on the V8 models are larger (which is why 17" rims won't fit on a Hemi-equipped WK2).
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-11-2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,460
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Is the V-6 the best handling?

Best handling would likely be a V-6 RWD for weight reasons. However, if we're talking 4x4s, then the higher trim levels (with QTII or QDII) would be the ones to go with thanks to the Sport mode (with...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 10-08-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,825
Posted By Technosavant
Re: WK2 Slush Mats

The rears are small, but no smaller than most slush mats.

While I tend to swap in the rubber in place of the carpet come fall (already did it for this winter), I leave the cargo mat in all the...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-06-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,493
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

There's aftermarket. IIRC, the ones from the Tire Rack cost something like $40 each... if you buy the wheels and tires from them, they'll install the sensors for free (they don't carry Mopar rims...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 10-05-2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,544
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Feel road in steering

Ditto.

If you want to exorcise any road feel, switching to the 18" rims will help (the extra sidewall will filter out the small bumps). Beyond that, I might recommend something that says "Buick"...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-04-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,493
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Winter Tires & Rims?

You don't NEED the sensors, but the warning light will remain lit.

I went ahead and got the sensors.
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,211
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Ferrari Navigation

One of the problems with using a smartphone/tablet for nav is that if you are using a cloud based map service (as with Google Maps or the Garmin Streetpilot app for iOS, for a couple of examples), if...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-03-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,861
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Tire Inflation With Nitrogen

The superlight elements like H and He would probably leak out of the tires relatively quickly due to the size of the atoms/molecules.
Forum: Audio/Visual/Navigation 10-03-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,211
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Ferrari Navigation

IMO, the display and graphics on the Jeep systems are junk. It looks very 5 years ago and is in need of a user interface update with higher resolution screens and nicer graphics.

However, in terms...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-02-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Yet another tire question

I think there's a couple folks using the Dueler A/T Revo 2s and they like them well enough.

I'm not sure what you mean by "be good enough to run all year and not be an 'all season'" because if a...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 10-01-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,861
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Tire Inflation With Nitrogen

Ditto. I figure the 22% difference more than makes up for it by providing a far wider variety of places to top off the tires without having to go to the dealer.
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 09-29-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 912
Posted By Technosavant
Re: looking to buy set of 20 inch overland wheels.

Where do you live? There might be folks (like myself) who haven't offered them for sale officially, but would entertain offers rather eagerly if pesky things like shipping weren't an issue.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-28-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,749
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Towing 2012 JGC Behind Motorhome : Procedural Question

There's no difference between the QTII and QDII systems in this respect. The little neutral button for the transfer case is right at the 12 o' clock position of the SelectTerrain knob. The procedure...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-28-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,213
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Anyone interested in Mopar wheels

If you were closer, I'd swap you if you wanted a set of 20s.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-28-2011, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,388
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Hit and Run

And what would it look like three years down the road?

If the paint layer is cracked, anybody want to guess what's going to happen when that area weathers a bit? Yup... paint flaking.

Even if...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 09-26-2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,497
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Headlights too bright?

The actual front/rear angle of the vehicle does not change when the quadra-lift is at a different height. Therefore, at most there will be a half inch difference between normal ride height and aero...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-26-2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,388
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Hit and Run

There's no way paintless dent removal can do something that big... the paint and clearcoat would be cracked underneath, even IF the guy managed to get the dent out.

I feel for you; my wife's...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-24-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By Technosavant
Re: You know it's the end of summer when...

I generally try not to hit the tree rats, but I don't go swerving (more likely to cause an accident that way), but even slowing down won't save an animal too stupid to get out of the way and stay...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 09-22-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,566
Posted By Technosavant
Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

This.

Generally, all seasons are fine. However, occasionally people may not have the luxury of working from home or just taking it easy until the roads get cleared off. Sometimes you HAVE to be...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-21-2011, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By Technosavant
Re: V6 with no cover

I know plastic manifolds are cheaper, lighter, and generally just fine for the job, but DANG, they're hideously ugly.

Good looking aluminum valve covers and plenums are way better... I know why we...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 09-21-2011, 07:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,566
Posted By Technosavant
Re: What tires are you running for the winter?

For those winter days when the weather is too bad for the black helicopters? :D

I also run the Blizzak DM-V1 on a set of 18" Sport Edition rims. IMO, they are indeed superior to the Forteras in...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-20-2011, 08:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,017
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Question about switching from 20" to 18" for the winter

All are reasons why I went to 18".

The 20s are more expensive at every turn, both for tires and rims. The 20s are more vulnerable to damage from the potholes that tend to develop in winter and to...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-20-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,017
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Question about switching from 20" to 18" for the winter

No problems at all. I have the 20" rims on now, and in the winter I swap over to an 18" wheelset (Blizzak DM-V1). Outside diameter is just about identical (there's a grand total of one revolution per...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-17-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,276
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Motor Trend's WK2 Long-Term Update

I'm not sure what you're wanting. Long term updates are NEVER long articles; 3 paragraphs is more than most magazines give, and this one is more positive than Chrysler might have ever received...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-16-2011, 09:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,448
Posted By Technosavant
Re: how to fish a Ferrari Enzo out of the ocean

You can't give some people anything nice.

At least there was a helpful Jeep on hand to clean up the mess.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-16-2011, 09:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By Technosavant
Re: Charge monitor, electro-mechanical servo oddity

Yup.

Power steering is less important the faster you're going. Some cars even have variable assist power steering, which drops the amount of power assist as speed rises in an effort to preserve...
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