Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have reported 151 problems related to differential unit (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Jeep Grand Cherokee based on all problems reported for the Grand Cherokee.
I pulled in to my brothers driveway there was snow on the ground. Put the car in park turned it off and exited the car. It started rolling forward so I jumped back in the car and put on the brake then moved it backwards a little and exited the car again. Again car in park and shut off. I walked in front of the car and found my brother. Asi was walking back to the car, it rolled forward again about 8 feet and hit my nephew's car sending it through the garage door. The next day I has the car towed to the dealership as I was afraid to drive it. Results from the dealer were nothing wrong. They told the the care had what's called and open differential and if the on wheel skidded the car would roll forward. I told them I had never heard of anything so absurd and their comment was that I needed to read the owner's manual and make sure I use the parking brake. I talked with the dealership owner and told him about it. He also told me that he had never heard of anything like this either. I asked that he talk with his sales people and have them tell their buyers anpbout this. I then talked with a customer service agent at Chrysler who told me she had never heard of such a thing. As a follow Chrysler sent a survey to me regarding their customer service . I recounted this situation and have heard nothing. I will never purchase another Jeep and if I could cancel the lease right now I would do so. This is very dangerous. I had been standing in front of my car just before it rolled forward. In addition, my car insurance premium was increased by $50 per month because of this accident?????? when I did nothing to create the problem. These vehicles should not be on the road with dangers like this. People could very easily be killed or very injured. I have told numerous people never to buy this car because of its danger.
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While off road very far into the desert of arizona I was traveling with my permanently disabled wife. We were on desert trails and the trail lead into a soft silt type dry wash. When I tried to put this Jeep into 4x4 low range a message popped up in the interment cluster that said "service 4 wheel drive". The Jeep would not shift to 4x4 low range and lock the differential and drive through the dry wash to safety. This problem is directly related to the "safety recall n23 / NHTSA 13v-175 reprogram final drive controller module" that a jep sevice center had preformed. The final drive controller module (fdcm) (n23 / NHTSA 13v-175) re-programming that I had performed at a Jeep service center caused this potentially fatal problem that could have left my wife dead. If we hadn't had water to drink or if it would have started to rain we(she) could have drowned in the wash while being trapped in the Jeep, because I could not place the Jeep in 4x4 low range and lock the differential to drive the Jeep out of a potentially fatal situation.
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This is a common problem that is found all over the Jeep forums and internet, these Jeeps are known for the rear differentials failing and having to be replaced before the differentials fall apart and could cause a major accident, the differential will begin to fail by making a loud whine gear noise from the differential. This vehicle has never been off road and there is no reason for the entire differential to be destroyed like this, this is horrible quality and should be replaced by Chrysler. This is not a user error, but a part manufacturing error or design error. This being so common it should be a recall. A woman and child in the car driven daily to school should not fail like this jeopardizing both lives.
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Car made a whining noise at 35-45 m. P. H. Bought new tires and alignment. It turned out to be the rear differential. It was rebuilt for $1200. One week later it made a higher pitched whine. A Chrysler employee told me that beginning in 2005, Chrysler outsourced for cheaper bearings,and they were defective. He said they are no longer made. A whole new diff and axles had to be installed for another $2800. It still whines at all speeds now. Chrysler said "live with it!', and expect it to fail repeatedly. The case had been set wrong at the factory as well. There are hundreds of these cases on-line,but Chrysler refuses to acknowledge them.
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The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While turning on the vehicle, it failed to start. All of the lights on the instrumental panel were illuminated. The contact stated that after 3 attempts, the vehicle finally started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transmission and the rear end differential were serviced prior to the failure. The contact stated that the failure was related to the previous service repairs that were made. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 80,200.
I am writing because the front driveshaft differential assemble in my 2004 Jeep failed on January 4, 2008 after I put it into 4 wheel drive for the first time. I had it serviced the day before at a goodyear store. On January 10 the repair company determined that the problem was caused because two new tires, purchased from and mounted by the same goodyear service company, had been placed on the front and two of the existing tires with tread had been placed on the back per goodyear's instructions. The two existing tires were lower in tread than the new tires by about an 1/2 to 1 inch and they said this caused the failure. I checked this with a local Jeep dealer and they said that this would happen and that the tire company should have known this. When I brought this to the attention of the tire company that mounted the tires on December 1 and also did the service, they said they did not know about this potential problem and that I should have purchased four tires from them. The tire people had given a price on four tires but said that there was enough tread on the two front tires to continue to use them for a few months. They decided to move two front tires to back and put the two new tires on the front. The mechanics said that the problem was caused by using the four wheel drive with these tires. There is nothing about his in the owner's manual; it says "proper operation of four wheel drive vehicles depends on tires of equal size, type and circumference on each wheel. Any difference will adversely affect shifting and cause damage to the transfer case. " all tires meet this. Jeep/Chrysler said the car was out of warranty and even thought Jeep new about the problem; they said they were not responsible for fixing it or providing information to their customers about the problem. The goodyear tire company is stevenson tire services in fremont. (510) 792-3363. I have all of the receipts, repair check list and owners manual.
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee started making horrible "wobble" noises from rear of vehicle at approximately 30,000 miles. Paid $660 to replace completely worn (all) bearings. Repair shop (progrear, san diego, CA) said this was a very common repair in zj Grand Cherokees.
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: the contact stated while driving 60mph, smoke emerged from the front end. The vehicle was driven to the nearest dealer for inspection. They determined the front differential unit had begun to smoke due to extreme heat buildup in the differential; although, no flames were visible. The vehicle was towed to the residence where it remains.
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Tie rod ends replaced . Cooling fan sensor , front wheel bearings, rear differential completely rebuilt, what's next? will never buy a Chrysler product again!!!!!!!!.
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We have this roaring noise in the rear end which is so loud you can't hear the radio if it's on all the way. Also have trouble with the surging at high speeds or going up a hill. Almost didn't make it home the last time we drove it 40 miles away. Since my husband has a heart condition we have not driven it any more. After reading the letters that have had this rear end noise fixed and it comes back not sure what to do.
Consumer noticed a chirping noise coming from the front wheels that disappeared when the brakes were applied. The dealer was unable to correct the problem the consumer was referring to. The consumer had a list of problems that needed to be corrected on the vehicle and they were: rotors and pads front and rear, emergency brake shoes, wiper blades, muffler and tail pipe, oil dip dip stick, right axle boot,emergency brake pivot, the back glass needed to be adjusted, the fuel pump module was replaced, the rear differential bearings were replaced. The consumer was told by customer service there were 2 outstanding recalls on the vehicle and the problem she was describing sounded as though it was related to one of the recalls.
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Jerking in differential, dealer said they don't know what the problem is, it has been like this since I bought it new in 2005.
Consumer stated: the seal was completey gone in front of the differental. No lights came on. It was making a grinding noise like rocks were in the wheel.
I was performing an oil change on the vehicle. As soon as I crawled under it to start, I noticed the right side of the front differential where the axle tube mates, was covered in diff oil. I took the vehicle to the dealer and was told it was "normal seepage". I find it hard to believe a gasket can only hold fluid for less than 6000 miles before leaking. Dealer refused to correct it.
Rear axle pinion gear and bearing failure due to retaining nut backing off. If left unfounded failure of drive train and rear axle lock up would occur. Initial thought by mechanic universal joint was bad. Further investigation found retaining nut backed out, ring and pinion gear and axle bearings chewed up as result of nut backing off.
99 Jeep gc limited 30,000 miles. Replaced rear end. Replaced rotors and pads 3 times. Replace transmission sensor. Replace hood rams. Needs new front differential.
Premature rear differental failure @40,000 miles.
Vehicle has been to the repair shop several times for rear end repairs, the rear end was replaced with another.
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Problems with the differential on vehicle. The vehicle would vibrate while driving 50-65 mph. The differential unit was replaced.
The vehicle's brakes and rotors have had to be repaired often. The consumer was told that the rotors were too small for the vehicle. The consumer heard a pop noise when taking off or stopping intermittently. The vehicle shimmied at 60 mph and when the vehicle slowed down. Oil leaked from the front differential. The vehicle door lock made a bad grinding noise when the consumer used they key to access the vehicle.
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee loredo exhibits the following problems: 1) lurch when shifting from park to reverse along with a noticeable 'thump' noise 2) humming noise at highway speed (65-75 mph) that graduated into a sudden 'pop' noise. This issue caused a loud grinding noise which I am now trying to deal with. Dealership informed me that this was a common problem in 1999 and 2000 model year for rear differential due to diffential supplier to Chrysler overtorqueing differential components. 3) driver's side door lock failure.
Rear end made a loud noise and after that the rear differential is very loud. It is like a grinding whining noise. After problem started occurring I have had minor transmission slips in first and second gears. This is the third occurrence of this problem in as many years. The first two times the warranty covered it but is has since expired. This vehicle has never been driven off road or towed anything or experienced a heavy payload. Doesn't seem right for this part to keep going bad like this with only highway/city light-duty driving.
I started hearing a grinding noise from the rear of the vehicle, and was told that the rear end had to be replaced. This included the differential unit, along with the carrier bearings, and wheel bearings.
Upon accelerating consumer noticed a loud noise coming from under vehicle. Dealership serviced vehicle, and determined differential needed to be replaced at 8,000 miles. The problem returned at 40,000 miles. The consumer found two other incidents where the rear differential failed in the 1998 Grand Cherokee.
My 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (gc) limited 8 cylinder quadradrive has given me nothing but problems since I bought it in October of 2002. I had the transfer seal replaced due to it leaking, the differential makes noise, the all wheel drive does not work (all wheel drive only works in low), and the tires lock up and make a noise when I am turning. It seems that their are other 1999 Jeep gc owners out there with the same problem. How about a recall to fix this problem?.
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|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Transfer Case problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||