Codes P1281, P0118 and P1391

Tiny
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  • 2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO
  • 220,000 MILES
Is this going to be expensive? Grand Cherokee Laredo. Three bad sensors, power steering leak, left taillight out. Worth $1,800.00?

The codes are p1281. P0118 and p1391.

Power steering takes about 3 weeks to empty.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 AT 2:40 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

The vehicle's condition really is what is dependent on the repairs. If it is in good condition, I would say fix it. Prices are through the roof right now on used or new vehicles.

Note: No engine size was indicated, so I went with the 4.0L 6 cylinder. If that is incorrect, let me know.

Code 1281 Engine operating temperature takes too long to be reached -- Likely needs a thermostat.

Code 1391 - Intermittent loss of crankshaft position or camshaft position sensor signal. This may or may not be a sensor issue but rather a wiring issue.

Code 0118 - ECT-related issue (Engine Cooling temperature Sensor) Could be the sensor or wiring.

Interestingly, 1281 may be the result of 0118.

If they have checked these components and verified it is a sensor-related issue, I feel it would be worth the cost. However, I don't know the vehicle's condition.

As far as cost, I attached 4 pics below. Each one provides the part cost (dealer part cost which is extremely high) and labor hours. I'm not sure what the labor rate is where you had it checked, but you would add the labor together and multiply it by the shop's hourly rate.

Again, the part costs indicated or original equipment parts which are much higher than you could get them for at a parts store. If you want to save labor, I can help you through replacing the parts.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe

See pics below.
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, Joe, they took it to a mechanic and verified it is the sensors. I'm going to purchase the vehicle, do you think the power steering leak is hose or something worse? It takes a while to drain.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 AT 12:26 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

It certainly can be a hose. Other things can be the pump, reservoir, or rack and pinion gear. If you get a few pics of the leak, upload them for me to see. Maybe I'll be able to tell.

Also, if you are purchasing this vehicle, offer less. Tell the seller because of the repairs needed and because you can only hope the repairs take care of the problem, you'' pay him $1,400.00 or $1,500.00. If this is a "Sold as is/No warranty" sale, remember the old saying, Buyer Beware." If you haven't had your shop or one you trust, check it, I recommend having that done. It has many miles and there is one thing I question. In most cases, the crankshaft and camshaft position sensors don't fail at the same time. Instead, it is caused by a stretched timing chain. However, I can't confirm that for you. THat's why I suggested having it checked by your own shop. I just don't want you to be taken. LOL

Let me know if you have questions and how things turn out for you.

Take care,

Joe
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 AT 4:10 PM

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