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  • lenny smith
    lenny smith - 1988 Jeep Comanche - Steering & Suspension - 12/29/2013
    Tighten tilt wheel assembly
    I have removed the ignition,turn signal switch ,and lock plate, I still cannot access the 4 screws that hold the tilt assembly.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You can get to 3 of the 4 using a 1/4" drive flex socket and that will get it tight enough.
  • mds1309
    mds1309 - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/6/2013
    Was driving yesterday at approx 45 mph. Suddenly the steering wheel did the "death wobble" until I slowed down.
    I have noticed in the past month or so that my steering was not as responsive as previously. Seemed like I had to turn the wheel further than I used to( more play in the wheel). As I said above, the wheel started shaking back and forth until I immediately slowed ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Worn track bar and / or bad tires in front. try rotating the tires and see if problem goes away, but no matter what have the front suspension and steering checked out for worn parts, especially the track bar (aka lateral stabilizer rod) which often gets ignored.
      HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2013 mds1309
      Thanks so much for your help!!
  • jpellis79
    jpellis79 - 2006 Jeep Commander - Steering & Suspension - 12/5/2013
    I have a 2003 Mitsubishi galant and it has a loud knocking sound whenever I hit bumps in the road! Any clues?
    Sounds like something could be broke but can't see anything that looks broken.
     
  • jpellis79
    jpellis79 - 2006 Jeep Commander - Steering & Suspension - 12/3/2013
    I was wondering how to tell if my struts on my jeep need to be replaced?
    My front suspension feels like it jitters when I hit bumps!
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Loom for fluid leaks around the area of the piston rod of the strut but do not put much faith in that being your cause. Struts has gotta be the most oversold part there is. Don't jump the gun and misdiagnose this. Get an experienced mechanic to road test it and lend an opinion. I could drive your car once and within minutes know if it needed struts or not and so could other experienced mechanics. Not everybody are experienced and / or are biased into getting the strut repair
      HouseCallAuto
      12/4/2013 jpellis79
      Thanks for the input
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/2/2013
    What type of power steering fluid is used in this vehicle?
    Upon researching online apparently there are two different types of power steering fluid for this vehicle. It depends upon if it has a belt driven or electric power steering pump. I cannot find any official jeep info on this and the owners manual does not ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/2/2013 Jimm
      Belt pump (mechanical)
      Mopar® MOPAR® Power Steering Fluid +4
      p/n 05166226AA

      This fluid is same as Valvoline ATF +4 fluid (the formulation is equivalent to the OEM / Mopar fluid MS-9602 type)

      3.6L (early build 2011 models*)
      All 5.7L and 6.4L

      Electric pump
      Mopar® MOPAR® Hydraulic Power Steering Fluid meeting MS-11655
      p/n 68065924AA
      This fluid type is available in the aftermarket as; Fuchs EG ZH 3044 or Pentosin CHF 11s

      3.6L (2011.5-up model years*)

      *CAUTION: There is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) pump available on later build 2011 3.6L vehicles which require a different fluid (early build 2011 3.6L vehicles have a mechanical pump). Do not mix power steering fluid types. Damage may result to the power steering pump and system if any other fluid is used. The mechanical power steering pump systems on this vehicle require the use of Power Steering Fluid +4, which meets material specification MS-9602 or equivalent. The EPS pump system uses fluid which meets material specification MS-11655 or equivalent. Do not overfill.
    • Jimm
      12/2/2013 Jimm
      Sources of information = www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2_maintenance, and the following Jeep website; www.jeep.com and page 536 of the 2011 Grand Cherokee vehicle owners manual in the Maintenance section lists these power steering fluid types for the 3.6L and 5.7L engines;

      Component Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part
      Power Steering Reservoir – 3.6L Engine
      MOPAR Hydraulic Fluid or equivalent meeting MS-1165, such as Fuchs EG ZH 3044 or Pentosin CHF 11s.

      Power Steering Reservoir – 5.7L
      Engine
      MOPAR Power Steering Fluid +4, MOPAR ATF+4 Automatic Transmission
      Fluid or equivalent licensed ATF+4 product.

      page 536 'MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE'

      Note: the multi ATF (MS9602) - Full Synthetic. Meets Dexron III G/ III H/ II D/ II E, Mercon, Mercon, Mercon V, JASO 1A, Chrysler ATF +3 / +4, Diamond SP III, Diamond PSF 3, ZF TE-ML 03D/04D/14A, MB 236.9, MB 236.10, Shell M-1375.4, Texaco N402, Subaru HP ATF SOA868V9241
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 12/2/2013
    What type of power steering fluid is used in this vehicle?
    Upon researching online apparently there are two different types of power steering fluid for this vehicle. It depends upon if it has a belt driven or electric power steering pump. I cannot find any official jeep info on this and the owners manual does not ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/2/2013 Jimm
      Belt pump (mechanical)
      Mopar® MOPAR® Power Steering Fluid +4
      p/n 05166226AA

      This fluid is same as Valvoline ATF +4 fluid (the formulation is equivalent to the OEM / Mopar fluid MS-9602 type)

      3.6L (early build 2011 models*)
      All 5.7L and 6.4L

      Electric pump
      Mopar® MOPAR® Hydraulic Power Steering Fluid meeting MS-11655
      p/n 68065924AA
      This fluid type is available in the aftermarket as; Fuchs EG ZH 3044 or Pentosin CHF 11s

      3.6L (2011.5-up model years*)

      *CAUTION: There is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) pump available on later build 2011 3.6L vehicles which require a different fluid (early build 2011 3.6L vehicles have a mechanical pump). Do not mix power steering fluid types. Damage may result to the power steering pump and system if any other fluid is used. The mechanical power steering pump systems on this vehicle require the use of Power Steering Fluid +4, which meets material specification MS-9602 or equivalent. The EPS pump system uses fluid which meets material specification MS-11655 or equivalent. Do not overfill.
      Jimm
      12/2/2013 AutoMD Member
      Thanks! What official Jeep documentation says this? The owners manual says use MS11655 or equivalent and the reservoir cap says use approved fluid. Mine has the mechanical power steering pump and the manual makes no notion to use anything different than MS11655, so I don't know how myself, or any mechanic, is supposed to know to use MS-9602?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Jeep Liberty - Steering & Suspension - 11/16/2013
    Why do I feel a vibration under the gas pedal and a loud patter sound when I accelerate?
    Problem just started car has 110,000 miles. Recently been at the mechanic for a hole in the radiator. couldn't afford new radiator so mechanic suggested product from the store that I put in which is supposed to plug a leak. Is this related or separate problem?
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 10/22/2013
    Clumping noise in back of jeep when driving
    I have replaced shocks and brakes and bearings. What is the easiest way to change rear upper control arm bushings. Do you have to support axle when removing control arm?
     
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  • raeofsunshine
    raeofsunshine - 2006 Jeep Commander - Steering & Suspension - 10/5/2013
    Something is making the vehicle slow while I am driving down the road. Rotors/Tires/Brakes?
    I had the rotors replaced & resurfaced 3 times in 3 years, so many problems. Now. Just had front struts replaced and I feel something is slowing the vehicle down while I'm driving. I'm losing 2-3mpg. Mechanics say they can't duplicate. Also, hear a bad squelch ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      10/4/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Your front caliper or calipers could be hanging up. Also a restricted brake hose can also cause this problem.
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Chang front and rear axle fluids and add friction modifier. Purchase what is needed from Jeep parts dept only so there is no mistake. Your differentials are binding in a turn and causing noise from the side clutches inability to slip when they are under load as they should. Most times just replacing the differential oil and adding the friction modifier will solve the issue.
  • raeofsunshine
    raeofsunshine - 2006 Jeep Commander - Steering & Suspension - 10/3/2013
    Front Coil Struts replaced - Now a "springy" noise when going over deep dips.
    Replaced struts with OEM part. At slow speeds over bumps vehicle makes the noise. Also, when stopping suddenly vehicle dips forward and makes same noise. Seems to come from both front left and right wheels.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Have the person who did this job recheck their work, unless you are saying you did the work? Maybe coli spring insulator rubbers were left off. Maybe the coil springs are not indexed correct to the spring perch on one or both sides?
  • jbeniamino
    jbeniamino - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2013
    When turing the left or right the front tires wobble
     
    • tec13
      9/25/2013 tec13
      replace the tire or bent rim
  • angelgirl.com
    angelgirl.com - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 9/5/2013
    My jeep makes a rough noise when I move the 4wd handle.
    its a 1996 grand Cherokee limited no work has been done for its problem it happens when I drive it an move the 4wd handle it has 3000000 miles I noticed 2 days ago you can hear the noise yes check engine light is on no other lights on has no code cant drive it to ...
     
    0 answer
  • j59p59
    j59p59 - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 8/14/2013
    Front wheels shake bad
    when my jeep hits rough road or when applying brakes at high speed the front wheels shake bad until i slow down, checked ball joints, rods, all seem tight. think the steering box is gone. some fluid on top of steering box, tried to adjust but no luck in taking ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Very first thing to do is rotate the tires front to back and see if any changes are apparent. Check the track bar.
  • obtwwop
    obtwwop - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Steering & Suspension - 7/30/2013
    What does the front lower control arm "adjustment" do to the ride of the vehicle?
    just turned 200k and am in the process of changing the suspension back to "like new" condition. I'm using federal mogal throughout. Chilton book said finger tighten upper & lower control arms until suspension is back on ground. I painted the cam adjusters and ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/29/2013 Jimm
      Once the new suspension ansd steering components are installed, then the wheel alignment should take care of any ride or handling concerns.
      The short answer to your question is; it depends - if the adjusters are rotated so the front wheel camber is affected outside of the specifications for your vehicle - then you will affect both the ride, handling and tire wear.
    • John's Auto Repair
      7/30/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Those cams determine camber and caster adjustment.I would get a front end alignment
  • domestickat
    domestickat - 1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Steering & Suspension - 7/28/2013
    When I apply my brakes my jeep shakes from side to side
    It feels like the body is going to snap off the axle
     
    • Fuellnjected
      7/28/2013 Fuellnjected
      Extremely bad brake shudder. Have the discs / or drums machined.