NHTSA — Power Train: Driveline: Differential Unit Problems

8.8

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,806 miles

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 032002

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 11,226 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle is "hopping" up to stop signs/stop lights. The steering wheel shudders when applying brakes at 50-60 mph. The differential was faulty from day "one", and has been disassembled and reassembled/ parts replaced up to four times. It will be fine for awhile then the whinnying/whistling/groaning progressively gets worse until I fear for my safety and take it back to the dealer for repair again. I believe this repair is faulty from the factory. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis****761448

- Higganum, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 172002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Rear differential leaking, causing loud clunking noise.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 082002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer applied brakes and without warning brakes made noise and skipped. The rear axle seals were leaking. Left front out side mirror was loose. The right front window rattles. The rear hatch light was inoperable. The brakes pulsated and the rotors were resurfaced. Shock absorber makes noise when hitting slight bumps. The vehicle rattle in front at 15-30 mph. The front tires were wearing out due to misalignment. The vehicle was hard to start after warmed up.

- Yakam, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
During slow speed turns in reverse or forward, strange grinding and honking noises come from front of vehicle in axle and steering area. Can also feel the grinding sensation. Have contacted dealer service department several times and am told there is a pending recall for this problem, but that they haven't received it nor have they received the replacement parts necessary to fix the problem. Appears to be very similar to NHTSA tsb service bulletin numbers 0300101A & 1900401 (NHTSA item numbers SB625612 & SB621896). Were assured by service manager that problem will not harm vehicle in long-run, and that we can drive it normally until recall items are received at service department. We're concerned however about safety factors and possible long-term damage, especially as we've been given no eta on when we can have the vehicle fixed.

- Dallas, GA, USA

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