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Trying to help my dad with his ailing Jeep Cherokee.

My dad's Jeep Cherokee is a 2005 model. He's not very good at taking care of it but my dad at 63 still needs to work to support himself and needs his car to get to and from work. Im trying to help out. He's had the check engine light on for months and went for inspection recently and obviously failed. I was able to sneak the car and run it over to Pep Boys for a free diagnostic. They said there were two vacuum leaks. That they could not give me an exact cost of repair because it is like finding a needle in a haystack. More labor intensive most likely than parts. Please help and let me know what I can do to narrow down this problem? Is there anything I can do on my own? Any help is appreciated!

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  • ANA Jul 27, 2009

    Thanks! Well I can tell you that the jeep also shakes as you begin to slow which I was told was a brake concern? Something about the rotors being warped? The engine also seems to run too hot...but then again I haven't checked if he has coolant or water in the radiator....I'm going to ask and see what other issues the car may have had recently and maybe that will help get a better picture?
    Thank you again.

  • ANA Jul 27, 2009

    Thanks again! I will do the thermostat and the brakes do need replacing anyhow. What is your thought on the local chain places like meineke etc?
    TY!

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The vibration when stopping or any grinding is most likely caused by worn or possibly warped brake rotors or a brake caliper with a sticking piston that is causing brake drag. As for the cooling system, check that there are no leaks on the radiator, radiator hoses, heater hoses, and water pump. I would spend the $7 - $10 on a new thermostat and replace it. Also check coolant levels and add coolant as needed. Hope this helped. Good luck.

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