I have 2 problems with my '95 jeep cherokee sport. Hopefully somebody here can help me out before I take it to a mechanic and pay loads for him to look at it.
i got the jeep used last year with about 180k miles on it. It seems to run good and only has a few problems.
1. When driving on roads, hitting ANY bump, makes a clunking noise in the back of the truck. Even bumbs too small to feel while driving the truck. I've also had the rear slide out on wet roads when going at low speeds (like less then 20mph) and over rough pavement seams between roads and parking lots. Also the truck will sometimes rock back and forth or side to side when going at a steady 30mph on roads that seem mostly flat. Used to have old off-road tires on the truck but have new tires on it now and it did nothing to solve anything. I'm thinking the struts need to be replaced but am not sure.
2. Thier is an odd smell that comes from the engine. It's really noticable when I pull into a parking space and stop and when I pull into my driveway and stop, but rarly when its driving on roads or stopped at traffic lights. When I first started smelling the odor was when the power steering hose got a leak and I had a mechanic replace it. The smell came back and I found out he only put a flimsey hose on that coulden't handle the pressure. Then I had a friend replace it with a good one retrieved from a junkyard and all was fine for a month. Now the smell has started up again. Its the exact same smell, but unlike the previous two times, thier is no smoke from power steering fluid spraying on the hot engine and thier appears to be no loss of power steering fluid, the level is the same as when filling it after the 2nd hose replacement. So I got no clue whats causeing the smell. Anybody else got any ideas? Could the power steering pump be going bad? Thiers no difficulties in steering at all.
Friday, February 24th, 2006 AT 3:11 PM