I own a 2001 JGC with 128K miles. Now, I'm not a mechanic nor an electrician so some of the posts above are greek to me although I can piece together some problems. I appreciate boards like these because we're a family of Jeep lovers who just want to fix our rides and keep life moving. Out money can go to better things like families rather than money hungry, ill-trained mechanics & dealerships that just don't give a flying...monkey.
My engine light is on (the one that looks like an engine not the words). I can't romp on the gas in order to gain speed to enter onto a highway or else it starts to flash then a few moments later the Jeep starts to rumble and shake. The only quick fix is to either pull over on the road or pray that I get a red light so I can turn off the vehicle & turn it back on. That seems to make it better. So I have to granny the gas EVERY time get into my truck. Wintertime is the worst & summer isn't so bad. If its nice weather out and I don't drive my truck all weekend, there MIGHT be a chance that the engine light will turn off by itself.
Another thing is that once in a blue moon (maybe 4 times over the past 2 years)when I tried to start my truck, it either started and no gauges, lights or anything was on or it would do some other weird thing that isn't normal but along those lines.
The problems started when my transmission went out (I had no reverse gear at all) and I got it completely rebuilt (about $2k). The transmission place said it's nothing they did. So I took it into a local garage that does VERY good work (these are the guys we are wanting mechanics to be like). They are honest, they fix it, they try to help the customer out, not drain all of our money. They told me about a possible recall that they researched on the internet & told me to go to a dealership because they didn't have the proper equipment / skills to handle such a task. I took it there only to be told that I needed <insert long list of B.S. parts / services here>. Now, as I stated before, I'm no mechanic but a rack & pinion (spelling) is needed for something that seems to be misfiring? I don't think so...so I'm hesitant on going back but don't know where else to turn. BTW, that local garage, did check the valves and spark plugs / wires but those were in good condition.
Thats my story, I'm frustrated and don't know where to go to for help. If anyone has any advice or knowledge, please advise.
And to share a GOOD, HONEST mechanic shop from one Jeep lover to some others:
They are located in Clifton, NJ.
Good luck everyone!
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