2000 Jeep Cherokee from North America
Love the vehicle, especially when driving on dry roads
Weird sounding rumble in the back somewhere when you start to it up, but goes away when the vehicle heats up or begin to drive. Also have noticed the sound at red lights, but it will go away if I put it in neutral.
Also, I will slide at certain spots and lose control of the vehicle. This has happened today on a wet slushy road. I was driving about 20 miles per hour, went it to a bend applied a little break and slid right off the road. This has also happened once before.
I drive slow and apply the break very gently, but I will still slide out sometimes. I have the tire pressure on all four tires set at 35psi. Is this too high? Should I lower them? The tires are new and they say Laredo on them. I purchased the vehicle two months ago and I am starting to get scared to drive the vehicle.
I have used the 4 wheel drive, but I'm not sure if I suppose to use it on wet roads with leaves on them or very light covered snow roads. My driving has been conservative especially since the slid out, but I'm still losing control. Any thoughts?
Very nice vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th December, 2007
7th Dec 2007, 11:46
Noise you are hearing at start up and at stops from rear is the fuel pump. Pretty normal unless extremely loud.
Sliding off the road could be the transfer case locking when you don't want it to allowing the vehicle to shift balance, or lock the drivetrain causing slide. Sometimes these vehicles will have a brake caliper stick causing a wheel to lock, but if this is the case it would pull the steering wheel when going straight also. Sounds like the viscous coupler in the transfer case is causing the slide off problem. Pretty expensive to repair.
7th Dec 2007, 15:22
This sounds like an accident waiting to happen. I would drive it only as fas as a mechanic and have the suspension system checked out.
7th Dec 2007, 17:01
My 99 Jeep Cherokee Sport has the same rumbling and from what I can tell its from the exhaust because its the stock system with 90,000 miles on it. I think its the muffler vibrating due to worn exhaust mounts but I'm not sure.
I engage 4 wheel high on slick roads or roads with wet leaves often. You will have a little trouble stopping in the adverse conditions due to the high center of gravity and little weight over the rear axle without 4x4 engaged.
It will not damage the system at all because 4 wheel high was designed to run in light snow/rainy conditions. 4 wheel low is for deep snow or mud only and your Jeep must not be in motion for it to engage. The system is on the fly and 4 wheel high can be engaged while your in motion as long as your below 45mph-50mph. The only time you will damage the 4x4 system is if you engage it on dry road or attempt to engage it at highway speeds.
Also, the stock replacement Laredo tires are OK, but I didn't like them. I opted for the largest size aftermarket tire for my 99 Sport and now its very stable on the highway and in the rain/snow.