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This Week In Jeep:
Jeep Grand Cherokee rated as one of the worst in recent crash test
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was among eight SUVs the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) recently subjected to its small overlap front crash test, which mimics a particularly violent and dangerous type of collision. Unfortunately for Jeep and Ford, they were the only ones to earn the rating of “poor,” the worst of four possible ratings.
In the test, a vehicle is propelled at 40 miles an hour and strikes a barrier with just the outermost part of the bumper on the passenger’s side. It is designed to mimic the impact of a vehicle with another car or a tree or pole with just the outer part of the bumper. The passenger compartment on the Grand Cherokee was crushed inward in the test. The crash test dummy’s head sunk into the front airbag so far that it hit the dashboard. Also, the side airbag failed to deploy while driver’s side door also opened. That allowed the dummy’s head to move outside the vehicle. Leg injuries were seen as likely and head injuries possible. In a statement regarding these recent test results, FCA said, “All FCA (FCAU) US vehicles meet or exceed federal safety standards, and are engineered to address real-world driving situations. No single test measures overall vehicle safety.” The Grand Cherokee did however get a point back, when it earned a rating of “marginal,” the second worst rating possible, when the same crash test was performed on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
And Speaking of things going wrong on a Jeep….
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has at least ONE active recall. However if you go to a site like cars.com, you’d think i was lying. The truth of the matter is that their are actually FOUR active recalls for the 2018 model year wrangler. The latest involves The intermediate steering shaft, which may not have been properly welded causing a split where the external spline is formed. If the weld seam splits, the steering wheel may loose center positioning, causing a loss of steering responsiveness, and increasing the risk of a crash. To date there are only 539 vehicles in this recall, so i think its safe to say that its going to be limited to the brand new JL models, but don’t quote me on that. FCA will of course be notifying owners very soon, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the intermediate steering shaft, free of charge. The recall notices are expected to begin going out sometime in mid July. What about the others you may ask? Well the other three recalls involve the Cruise control not shutting off, or in some cases, increasing the vehicles speed, with no response from the system when depressing the brake or the cancel button. Scary huh? Well if accelerating out of control into rush hour traffic is not your thing, then you might want to call the dealer to make sure you’re not on the list. And as if being unable to stop wasn’t bad enough, the second to last recall for the 2018 Jeep wrangler is for incorrectly installed transmission park rods.
Contributor Segment: Steve 4.3 LXJ – Dana 30 Part 3
I have two things I want to discuss tonight… Magic Buttons and the wheeling event I went to the first weekend in june… How to use those Magic Buttons in your RUbicon You would be surprised at how many people don’t know how to use them. Sway Bar and Axle lock
Krawlin For Cops
So many exciting things to mention I got to use my new winch for the first time Wheeled with a JTS listener Rick who by the way Rocks it when he wheels and guess what color his Jeep is… I also got to meet The Bearded Jeeper a Jeep YouTuber I met the Jeep Mom who I inspired to go to Moab by herself I don’t think I dropped any F-bombs or any swear words Then After the day of wheeling I was able to hook up with Brandt the founder of this event. They raised $42K for the MD & PA Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors They raffled off a Cherokee and other great raffle prizes. There were tons of vendors and I handed out the JTS cards BTW. Tony and Josh there were sooo many Jeeps there over 500 Jeeps and it was so amazing to see all them I actually have some videos on my YouTube Channel. This event has grown into a really big event….
Interview with: Pete Sohren
- Host on History Channel “Truck Night in America”
- 11 Trophy Truck podiums in SCORE and BITD races
- Trophy Truck winner at the Henderson 400 and Texas 250
- Oversaw more than 30 customer wins with Baja Racing Adventures
- Very opinionated, but an all around good guy
Tech Talk With Jeep Talk:
WJ Spring Ejection
So there you are, The Jeep is all loaded up with dogs, a canoe, camping gear, the wife, or girlfriend, hopefully not both, and all the other stuff needed for your offroad adventure. You’re at your destination, driving down the trail with your sway bar disconnected on your coil- sprung Jeep, you hit a seriously twisty section. You’re way off camber, totally flexed out, when you hear the tell tale “Boing, pop, clang”, and all of a sudden your Jeep is leaned awkwardly to one side, and it’s not because of the terrain. Your spring just fell out. Now I’ve seen this happen a couple times on the front of XJ cherokees, and even (n rare occasions) the front and rear of TJs, JKs, and ZJs even. But it seems to happen the most to lifted Grand Cherokee WJ’s. So what do you do now? Your Jeep is leaning uncomfortably to one side and your coil is laying in the dirt taking a nap. This is not the time for sleeping on the job mister spring! It sucks, but it’s a fairly easy fix…. if you know what you are doing…. and I’ll do my best to guide you through a few ways to get your Jeep going again with all four springs right where they need to be. Usually Jeep coils are retained by an upper stem, where we usually find a portion of the suspension that limits up travel, typically referred to as the bump stop. On the opposite end, the lower side of the spring, the part that’s resting on the axle, usually has a clamp of some kind, often referred to as a spring retainer. If the lower clamp is missing, or your Jeep does not have an upper stem (like on the 99-2004 Grand Cherokee WJ’s) the spring can fall out a lot more easily.
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