I've searched this forum and Google and can't find anyone with a similar Jeep problem as mine. I hope you guys can help me understand what could be going on.
As I was pulling my vehicle into my garage I put my car gear in park and my car made a loud screeching noise that wouldn't stop. The ABS and emergency Brake light both came on immediately. So I moved the gear to reverse and the loud noise stopped (while in reverse). I then shifted the gear from reverse to drive and heard the screeching noise in between the switching of gears, then no screeching when put in drive gear. I knew I had to turn my car off. So I attempted to put the gear in park again and the loud screeching noise happened again and didn't stop. So I put the gear in neutral to turn it off in a neutral gear but the loud screeching noise happened while in neutral as well!!! About 4 minutes had passed, I had to turn the car off because it has a current overheating issue and I could smell it getting hot. So I turned it off in neutral instead of park or drive...hoping that was my safest option. Now I'm too afraid to turn my car back on.
Does anyone know what the problem could be?
I'm going to take my car to a mechanic, but I've taken it all year long for other things related to "car starting problems". They couldn't solve the starting problems. I am low on funds right now, and too afraid to start it up because I could make the problem worse. I need to have some sort of an idea what the problem could be. My Jeep has been stressing me out all year. I've planned to keep it forever because I am a Jeep lover (love the old Jeep Cherokees from the 70's). Thought my 2002 would last forever if I took care of it. This is my only transportation. Please help :-( I've never had ANY issues with my Jeep in 10 years
outside of a defective fan/ radiator overheating in 2006/07 (?) which was a recalled part. I've had problems every other month this year, 2012. I've listed my Jeeps details and problem history below since a few issues were never solved by my mechanic.
2002/Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo/128,000 miles/V6/Great running condition for first 10 years
YEAR 2012 PROBLEM HISTORY:
Jan (10 months ago) -
Car wouldn't start if parked on a slight/barely incline parking spot. Checked alarm removable chip no problem there. Had to barely tap gear shift forward with finger while in park, then it would start. Mechanic said it started for him with no problem. NOTHING WAS FIXED. I just cross my fingers when I leave work and stores.
April (7 months ago) months -
Jeep overheated if idling for 5 minutes or more with AC on (like stuck in traffic jam). Mechanic put a new radiator fan and fan relay in.
May (6 months ago) -
Heard tires grinding. Got new brake pads and new rotors on all 4 tires at Goodyear. Plus an oil change and fluid top offs.
June (5 months ago) -
Car would not start if parked on a flat surface (previously had prob on slight inclines only). Barely tapping gear shift forward with finger no longer worked. Tow truck man pulled the emergency break handle up. Then my car started.
Sept (2 months ago) -
Jeep started overheating AGAIN if idling for 5 minutes+. Or, if I drive 30 minutes with AC on. Mechanic put 2nd "new" fan relay in. IT DIDN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Now I can't be stuck in a traffic jam or a drive-thru.
Sept (2 months ago) -
Car would not start again. Tapping gear shift with finger didn't work. Lifting emergency break handle up didn't work. Searched web forum and learned that if I put the car in neutral it will start. It worked. Started the car in neutral twice per month in Sept and Oct 2012.
Nov (1 1/2 weeks ago) -
Check engine light came on. Took it to AutoZone for scan. Code P0422 Small evaporation control system leak. Got a new gas cap. New cap didn't solve the problem. Saw on a web forum that someone disconnected battery to reset car. A friend did that. The check engine light went off. Has not come back on.
Nov (Last week) -
1.4 year old Die Hard battery died (Sears Auto said the 100+ degree Las Vegas summer temps drains batteries). A friend cleaned the connectors with WD40 and put the new battery in.
Nov (Yesterday) - The ABS, Break light and gear screeching problem that's describe in the post above.
I've listed my 2012 Problems/History because it's weird that I've gone 10 years of no problems
then BAM my car is breaking down. I know it's an old vehicle, but it looks brand new, I use only quality gas, and it's well maintained every 3,000 miles.
Thank YOU in advance!
Amanda - A Sad Jeep Lover