View Full Version : need jeep help

01-07-2013, 01:53 AM
Alright guys the lady friend is looking at a 03 liberty about 150xxx on it has the 3.7 L. I told her to many miles but you know how arguing goes and it's her money. Anyway it will not crank has good battery and new starter. Now I haven't looked at it yet but what could it be so when I do I know what to look for:try. Any help will get me some serious brownie points and you know how hard those can be to acquire. Thanks guys

01-07-2013, 07:51 AM
Ignition switch
Wiring Harness

Any number of things, From the description/miles and issue...... You need to knock some sense into her and keep looking, My XJ was running when bought......

01-07-2013, 07:57 AM
Have you look at ignition switch

01-07-2013, 01:39 PM
Haven't looked at it at all yet. Only asking 2 grand for it so if it is something simple it could be a good buy and keep her happy for awhile. Problem is idk how to go about looking at it if I fix it before I buy it they will certainly want more money if not how do you know if it's easy or not?

01-07-2013, 01:52 PM
how do you know if it's easy or not?

You won't know until you check it out, And if you don't know how/what to check you could be flushing money down the drain......

01-07-2013, 02:09 PM
See how I do know how but like I said if I fix it they will jack the price up

01-07-2013, 02:11 PM
Wait do you have a seized engine:hammerhead:

01-07-2013, 02:20 PM
No it's not even trying to turn over. Going to look at it this week and will report back with what I find.

01-07-2013, 02:30 PM
Gut feeling is a starter relay or ignition switch

01-07-2013, 07:25 PM
pretty sure there is also a fuse in the underhood fuse box on those trucks for the starter .

01-07-2013, 07:39 PM
Ok the girls description of what is wrong and owners differ. He is saying that it's trying to start but won't. Says you can turn it backwards by hand but not forward. Tells me head gasket or timing belt. Asked him to pull the plugs and try to turn it see if it spurts any water out which would tell me head gasket. Timing belt I won't touch it to big of a chance for valves to be bent. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or any other ideas

01-07-2013, 08:08 PM
there is no belt on the 3.7 ,but there is 3 chains and it could be the problem .I dont think a head gasket would stop it from turning foreward unless it has filled up with water .

01-07-2013, 10:05 PM
Yea we will have to wait and see what he says after he pulls the plugs. Not touching it if its a chain.

01-07-2013, 11:11 PM
Having pulled and rebuilt the 3.7 in my KJ, I hope you get it cheap. While your at it, count the bolts on the transmission pan, 13 bolts is the 45rfe, meaning a better tranny.

01-07-2013, 11:20 PM
Yea I'm just gathering information at this point in time to put a case together of why she should not buy it. But you know how girls are they do what they want. If it is a head gasket i will fix it for her other then that she is on her own.

01-08-2013, 08:48 PM
I know what you mean about them doing what they want.
But you might want to take a look at reliability ratings from someone like consumer reports. As I recall, Jeeps in general have terrible reliability ratings and I think the Liberty is no exception.
I think you'd be smart to run far and fast.

01-08-2013, 09:19 PM
Yeah my thoughts exactly. I appreciate you guys all reassuring me in this though makes it a lot easier to walk into the snake pit. Im known for picking my battles but one with this much money involved is certainly one to go after.

01-11-2013, 05:25 PM
Headgasket get to fix that now just so excited.

01-25-2013, 04:59 PM
Jeep is up and running. Picked it up cheap fixed it cheap and got a happy girlfriend. Cant hardly beat that can you?

01-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Good for you. A happy girlfriend is a GOOD thing.