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Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 10-20-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Dual Zone temperature problem - 2012 Overland

I would put my money on the sacrificial gear between the door actuator itself and the blend door post. Have seen quite a few of these things grenade. Being it's the passenger side, the repair can...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 09-19-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 976
Posted By Ratchet
Re: High mileage WK2

I'm at 109,000 on mine. 3.6 engine.
Nothing major so far other than maintenance items and a few things below.

AC door actuator
Front Struts
Rear door lock actuator
Driver's seat is has a...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 07-21-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 841
Posted By Ratchet
Re: How often should I need alignment?

The Hunter alignment systems are some of the best that money can buy. However, the tech using it can make it or break it. The new Hunter systems use heads that clamp onto the tire to prevent wheel...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 07-07-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By Ratchet
Re: HVAC blower cycling on and off

Sounds like the sacraficial plastic gear shattered that is part of the passenger temperature blend door actuator. Simple fix if so. Your actuator should be fine.

Short version: when the...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 07-02-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Ratchet
Re: a/c leak

I don't blame you. A second opinion never hurts especially if one cannot find the source of the leak.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 07-01-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Ratchet
Re: a/c leak

If they injected UV dye into the system, which they should have long before this point, traces of dye should be visible at the HVAC drain underneath the vehicle if the evap core is at fault.
...
Forum: Suspension/Driveline/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 06-09-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,005
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Wheel Alignment Specs JGC with Quadralift

Long story short, no vehicle will drive the same even if the angles are set dead spec identical on each one of them. Pending none of the suspension componets are worn/damaged, and a "radial pull"...
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 05-12-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Leak on front swing arm(bad shock?)

Indeed it does look like a failed strut. Should be covered with no issues.
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 05-05-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,608
Posted By Ratchet
Re: High Mileage WK2s

I'm at 103,000 on my Limited 3.6 Worst thing so far was a failed front strut. Few small electrical issues, but nothing that would stop if from running.
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 04-29-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Broken Tail Light - Replacement?

What year? The link below is for the earlier build WK2's.
2011-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Back Up Light - Mopar #57010275AF, #57010274AF (http://www.justforjeeps.com/20grchbaupla.html)
Forum: Tech Tips/DIY/How To 04-29-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,430
Posted By Ratchet
Re: Diy spark plug replacement 3.6

There are two 10mm nuts behind the throttle body. you can see them from the passenger side. It may be easier for you after you remove all the nuts, to grab an "e-torx" socket and remove the studs...
Forum: Grand Cherokee - WK2 - 04-10-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By Ratchet
Re: The best forum

Well played sir! :)
Forum: Trouble Shooting/Problems/Service 04-10-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
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: 7
Views: 1,430
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: 7
Views: 1,430
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: 827
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: 3,601
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: 1,159
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: 1,159
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: 1,159
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: 1,159
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: 531
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: 304
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: 529
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: 356
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: 603
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: 820
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: 1,047
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: 2,286
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: 15,470
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: 15,470
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: 1,040
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: 15,470
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: 15,470
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: 342
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: 2,286
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: 339
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: 2,286
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: 2,286
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: 2,286
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...
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