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98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
07-03-2016, 10:33 PM
Post: #1
98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
hello,
tomorrow I'm going to look at an 98 grand cherokee & was wondering what issues to look out for ?
he claims it has lockers
I know these unibody frames are susceptible to rot
rig is supposedly clean in & out
heres the beast 33's & 8" of lift
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any help is greatly appreciated & thanks

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07-04-2016, 02:09 PM
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RE: 98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
That body style looks like a Cherokee not a grand cherokee. Easy way to tell if it has leaf springs in the rear.
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07-04-2016, 09:54 PM
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RE: 98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
(07-04-2016 02:09 PM)taz03 Wrote:  That body style looks like a Cherokee not a grand cherokee. Easy way to tell if it has leaf springs in the rear.

Ok thanks it had leaf rears

thats odd my son just bought my parents 98 grand cherokee laredo 7 it has leaf rears, coil spring front

I'm not a jeep guy so its all a learning process

it was in really bad shape, not sure when he took the pic
I couldnt get it to move forward without a loud popping noise & it felt like the front end was locked up

so back to shopping

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07-05-2016, 12:54 PM
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RE: 98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
#1 thing to look for, rust. Don't be afraid to tap on the unframed rails up and down to check for weak spots. Usually by the leaf spring mounts in back and lower control arm mounts in front. Driver and passenger floorboards like to rot out into big holes as well, but they aren't too bad to fix.
#2 newer models like 2000 and 2001 have a weaker head casting and it's common to crack the head if overheated, causing coolant and oil to mix. Also, they have a low pinion front axle and distributor less coil on plug ignition, which could be good or bad depending on your preference. Old remix models are a little more finicky as well. Best model years in my opinion are 91-98 or so.
#3 buying it modified means you run into someone else's problems.... Check for pinion angles and driveshaft, if the front suspension is set up properly (death wobble), if they screwed up any bolts or anyrhing while lifting it and if it has been beaten on and shows abuse.
Lots of other odds and ends, jeep stuff, hatch probably won't open rear wiper won't work, ac probably won't work, 4.0s like to tick but as long as it isn't piston slap or a broken piston skirt I don't worry about that, they are extremely durable motors,
Ummmm and make sure 4x4 works lol!!!

And there's more to look out for as well that I could go into. If it is a grand cherokee, it will have a similar but different set of things to look out for.
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07-05-2016, 03:53 PM
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RE: 98 grand cherokee issues to look out for ?
(07-05-2016 12:54 PM)Ayreonaut Wrote:  #1 thing to look for, rust. Don't be afraid to tap on the unframed rails up and down to check for weak spots. Usually by the leaf spring mounts in back and lower control arm mounts in front. Driver and passenger floorboards like to rot out into big holes as well, but they aren't too bad to fix.
#2 newer models like 2000 and 2001 have a weaker head casting and it's common to crack the head if overheated, causing coolant and oil to mix. Also, they have a low pinion front axle and distributor less coil on plug ignition, which could be good or bad depending on your preference. Old remix models are a little more finicky as well. Best model years in my opinion are 91-98 or so.
#3 buying it modified means you run into someone else's problems.... Check for pinion angles and driveshaft, if the front suspension is set up properly (death wobble), if they screwed up any bolts or anyrhing while lifting it and if it has been beaten on and shows abuse.
Lots of other odds and ends, jeep stuff, hatch probably won't open rear wiper won't work, ac probably won't work, 4.0s like to tick but as long as it isn't piston slap or a broken piston skirt I don't worry about that, they are extremely durable motors,
Ummmm and make sure 4x4 works lol!!!

And there's more to look out for as well that I could go into. If it is a grand cherokee, it will have a similar but different set of things to look out for.


Many thanks, all good stuff to know

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