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Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 07-09-2016, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 790
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Towing

I use Sport when towing, with heavy utilization of the paddle shifters in the mountains...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 06-11-2016, 01:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Cat Recall

Given that it's an emissions issue, the standard warranty covers the SCR Cat for 8 yrs/80K mi. Don't know whether that time frame resets with the installation of a new one via the recall...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-21-2016, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 838
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: New Wrangler to get EcoDiesel and ZF 8 speed transmission

What's the weight difference between the Motori and the 6-cyl gasser? I'm guessing that's gonna be one heavy front end for a Wrangler, particularly if you add a winch...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-18-2016, 11:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,770
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Installed GDE tune... not really noticing a difference... anyone else?

Originally, I was worried about service-related issues also, as I also have the 8/120 extended service contract. But I bought the Jeep to be a tow vehicle to replace my 2000 WJ, and really missed any...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-18-2016, 12:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,770
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Installed GDE tune... not really noticing a difference... anyone else?

Just installed mine a few days ago. Subjectively, I can feel the difference in the torque/power curves, but it's subtle. WOT is impressive, but I hardly ever ran the Jeep WOT before the swap, so it's...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-15-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: What are you paying for Diesel

Behind the Redwood Curtain in far Northern California, where all our fuels are barged in by one company, and every station charges the exact same prices regardless of brand: $2.59. Didn't change one...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 03-24-2016, 02:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,697
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Auto dimming mirror question

The auto-dimming mirror is probably my least favorite 'feature' on this vehicle.

I guess if you live in the city and/or drive on busy highways all the time, it works satisfactorily. But if you...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 03-07-2016, 02:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 424
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Brakes and rotors issue

The rotors on my 2000 WJ warped before I got to 20000 miles. I replaced them with Stillen cross-drilled rotors and never looked back.

Looks like they don't currently list rotors for the 2014 WK2,...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 03-07-2016, 12:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Roof side rails

Yakima, and I believe, Thule also make crossbars that clamp onto the roof rails if you don't want to bolt on a more permanent roof rack system.

I'm using a Yakima RailGrab setup and can carry a...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-05-2016, 02:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,341
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Towing Mileage

Mine is a 19 ft Bambi, and with an equalizer hitch there is no sway at all. I bought this GC planning on eventually up-sizing to a 23 ft AS; I'm guessing it would handle up to a 25 footer with no...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 03-02-2016, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,341
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Towing Mileage

These Jeeps are great for towing.

I'm averaging 16.5 to 18 towing a 4900 lb Airstream. Got my overall best and worst mileages in the same day: 23 mpg from Crater Lake to Medford, OR (basically all...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 02-02-2016, 04:09 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 57,583
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: green diesel engineering tune

I asked GDE about the "High Idle" option, and got this reply from Keith:

"The high idle is mainly for winter operation to help the cabin/engine warm up quicker. 60 seconds after the start it will...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 02-01-2016, 01:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,995
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog light bulb replacement

No problems yet (well, the lenses haven't melted, anyway) with a XenonDepot kit with Phillips bulbs... I installed the kit without using the relay harness. I don't imagine the 3000K bulbs burn any...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-31-2016, 08:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,995
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog light bulb replacement

Here's what it looks like from about 25 feet in front of the Jeep.

Taken at about 3 ft above ground on the left, 1 ft above ground on the right.
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-31-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,995
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog light bulb replacement

If you live in an area that has a lot of fog (as I do), the 3K HIDs are awesome. They are considerably brighter than the halogens, and there is less noticeable backscatter due to the longer...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-30-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,995
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog light bulb replacement

There are a lot of good write-ups in the Interior/Exterior/Visual forum.

LEDs and HIDs are popular.

If you are going to perform any modifications other than a simple bulb replacement, the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-29-2016, 03:56 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 57,583
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: green diesel engineering tune

I don't care so much that they could identify the tune - I wouldn't think the tune itself would cause any direct warranty issues, anyway.

I'm more worried about a tech reflashing my ECM when it's...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 01-29-2016, 03:36 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 57,583
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: green diesel engineering tune

I was wondering this, also. These ECMs seem to be available at various Mopar parts stores for less than the GDE premium, even with the core charge...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 12-25-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Rats!

This was an overnight job - I had used the Jeep on the day before. No babies (or droppings for that matter). Caught the dirty (wood)rat last night with a baited trap placed under the vehicle. We're...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 12-24-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By Halfdeaf
Rats!

So I started my Jeep for a run to the store for some last minute goodies...

When I tapped the brake pedal to start the engine, there was no travel in the pedal. Started the engine, put it into...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-04-2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,886
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Help me see the "savings" of diesel?

The diesel may be a $4500 option if you are planning to buy an Overland anyway, but if you want to drop one into a Laredo, you're out of luck; you need to upgrade to a Limited, which is an $8000 "add...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 12-02-2015, 03:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,886
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Help me see the "savings" of diesel?

From a strictly economic standpoint I could never justify the additional cost of buying the diesel when I was looking to replace my 2000 WJ - it's almost a $15000 option (Base Laredo vs Limited...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 11-04-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,532
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog light bezel removal

The easiest way to access the fog lights is to pull the lower front air dam, unless you have a Summit. There are 7 twist-to-turn fasteners, then just pull it forward.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 09-29-2015, 11:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,328
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: High pitched noise from HVAC blower motor

I developed a high-pitched whistle after changing my cabin air filter.

Readjusting the CAF door cleared the noise...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 09-20-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,701
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Towing with Grand Cherokee Diesel

Towing a 4900# Airstream trailer, I consider this Jeep to be (more or less) an ideal towing vehicle. And I generally overload: the back of the Jeep is full, and I carry a RocketBox and BasketCase on...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 09-09-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,103
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Wind resistance or fish bite?

I wouldn't think you'd notice it so much with the Hemi, but in my 2000 WJ with the 4.7L V8 you could sometimes feel a 'ghost bump' when the A/C compressor engaged.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 09-02-2015, 01:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 937
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Summit air suspension not lowering to Park setting

It could be coincidence (not that I believe in coincidences), but when I started the vehicle on the morning after my AS failed to drop, the driver's side 'Auto' temperature had dropped to "LO" from...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 08-30-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,404
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Replacement Fog light bulbs on 15 Altitude

If you want the bulbs brighter to actually work better as fog lights (as opposed to 'bling'), swap out the OEM H11 bulbs with PIAA Ion Yellow bulbs.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 08-30-2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 937
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Summit air suspension not lowering to Park setting

My Limited failed to lower once yesterday.

Seemed to work OK today...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 08-16-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Fog lamp replacement guide

I believe the Overland is like the Limited, in which you can easily access the fog light receptacles by removing the lower fascia (there are 7 half-twist fasteners).
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 08-04-2015, 03:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,473
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: FYI...When to change your oil............

I used nothing but synthetic oils every 5000 miles in my 2000 WJ 4.7L and got 200000 miles out of the engine before it blew a head gasket...

When I bought the diesel, I got a lifetime oil change...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 08-04-2015, 02:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,975
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: 2014 Projector Fog Lights

When I replaced my H11 fogs with HID lamps, I found the easiest way to access the sockets was to pull off the lower fascia (7 quick-turn fasteners).

Summit owners, however, can't do this...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 08-03-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,740
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: First Tow with Diesel

This is definitely a great tow vehicle - other than the cooling issue.

Last year on a trip to Kings Canyon, CA towing a ~4900# Airstream, I was running right at the red line on water temp and...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 07-05-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 21,866
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: WK2 rear brake turn LED's installed. VLED V3 Triton with pics

Not to hijack the thread, but a good way to get rid of water in the lens is to flush it out 3 or 4 times with alcohol, then leave it in the sun a bit to let the residual alcohol evaporate from the...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-19-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 430
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: To Overland Expo Pulling Trailer

17.3 mpg is great! I get up to 16.5 (mtns) to 18 (fwy) towing a 19 ft Airstream Bambi. I love this version of the JGC as a TV (way better than my 2000 WJ).
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-11-2015, 02:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,744
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Ecodiesel Lifetime Oil Change Contract $1200. Deal Or No Deal?

I got a lifetime contract for $800 through my dealer when I bought the vehicle. No mileage constraints and up to 4 changes per year.

I think even $1200 is a good deal, depending on who is...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 05-06-2015, 02:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 687
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Weight Distributing Hitch descrepency 2014 & 15

My 2014 has the trailer anti-sway feature.

Personally, I feel OK towing my 4900# TT without a WDH with this vehicle (the newer JGC is a much more stable towing platform than my 2000 WJ), but the...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 05-01-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 819
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Hid in Foglight Projector

The HIDs are way brighter than the stock halogens.

Due to the design of the enclosure, there is a sharp cutoff of the light projected by the fogs, which was less noticeable when using the...
Forum: Interior/Exterior/Visual 04-23-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 819
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Hid in Foglight Projector

I got my HID fog kit from XenonDepot. The install is pretty easy in a 2014 Limited (just pull off the lower fascia). You will need to use canbus harnesses but I didn't use the relay harnesses. The...
Forum: 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0 04-22-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,899
Posted By Halfdeaf
Re: Trailer hitch requitements

The other nice feature of a WDH other than the anti-sway is the actual weight distribution. A WDH will will essentially make the TV/Trailer act more as one unit, especially in crosswinds or in...
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