Facts About Jeep Grand Cherokee Suspension Issues

Your suspension system in your Jeep Grand Cherokee absorbs the bumps and impacts so your ride is smoother and fewer components of your vehicle are injured on rough highways or byways. If your suspension system is giving you the blues you need to fix it fast.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Suspension problems are often caused by worn parts like shock absorbers, u-joints, ball-bearings, bushings, and springs.

Recognizing Problems with The Suspension

Jeep Grand Cherokee Suspension Problems Checking
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Before your suspension system gives out and starts causing damages to other parts of the vehicle there are usually warning signs.

Pulling and Drifting

If the vehicle is pulling to the right or left or will not stay on a straight course and has a tendency to drift to one side then something is amiss with your suspension system.

This could be the result of a tie rod ends starting to wear, and other suspension components being broken or worn. 

You know your vehicle is not supposed to pull to either side so when it does check it out and see what is causing the drift.

Difficulty When Steering

If your vehicle is suddenly harder to steer, or does not respond to your steering commands like it once did then it is time to crawl under that bad boy and see what is wrong with the suspension system.

Any changes in your steering, loose steering, overly tight steering, noises and popping when you steer, and crackling sounds can be indications that something in the suspension system has gotten out of whack.

Rides Rough

If your Jeep suddenly rides so rough you think you must be riding in a log truck on a dirt road then you need to check out the suspension system.

Your suspension system absorbs the shocks and bumps of the road so you can ride comfortably. When your shock absorbers or springs have become compromised then they do not absorb the shock and you are left with a rough ride.

Grinding, Popping, and Whining Noises When You Are Turning

When you are turning if you begin to hear unusual noises you can bet that something in the suspension system is just not right.

Every little noise you hear has a meaning. That does not mean that every noise you hear is a tragedy about to happen. It simply means that if you are hearing new noises you need to investigate and find out where the sounds are coming from.

The Vehicle is Not Sitting Even When Parked

If you park on a level area and one side of your Jeep Grand Cherokee is sitting lower than the other side then something is wrong with the suspension system.

Service Air Suspension Immediately Warnings

If you are not driving your Jeep Grand Cherokee on a very regular basis there is a chance that when you start it up the first thing you will see on the control panel screen is a service air suspension warning.

This warning may be nothing more than a little glitch because the vehicle has not been used in a while. You can reset the air suspension and then see if the service immediately light goes away.

Resetting Your System

The first thing to do when wanting to reset your suspension system is to disconnect the positive battery cable. You will want to leave the cable disconnected for no less than five minutes but no more than fifteen minutes.

After you disconnect the battery pull the F05, F50, and F87 fuses. These fuses control the air suspension compressor, the air suspension Mod and the air TT/Susp.

Leave the fuses out for no less than five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Reconnect the fuses.

Reconnect your battery cable.

Start the vehicle and check the quadra lift system by changing the ride height selection.

If this does not get rid of the warning light then take the vehicle to a suspension specialist and get it thoroughly evaluated.

Did You Know?

The parts of your suspension system are supposed to be regularly maintained and replaced to prevent issues.

Shocks and struts should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles unless you do a lot of offroad or adventure driving. If you do offroad driving consider replacing the shocks every 20,000 miles.

Bearings, bushings, tie rod ends and other suspension components should be checked each time you change or roate the tires.

Related Questions

What Are The Most Common Problems With The Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Stalling issues are the most common thing that Jeep Grand Cherokee owners complain of.

Can You Reset The Air Suspension On A Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Yes, you can do a reset on the Quadra-Lift air suspension. The easiest way to do a reset is to disconnect the positive battery cable and leave it disconnected for five minutes or more.

Can I Get Rid of My Air Suspension System?

You can get rid of the air suspension system but you have to replace that with some type of suspension system. Struts might be a good alternative.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of different things that can go wrong with a suspension system. This is especially true of a vehicle that is used for offroad adventure driving, rock-climbing, and creek fording. If your Jeep Grand Cherokee is giving you suspension problems take the time to repair the problems while they are small so they do not grow into big issues.

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