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Hello from Whittier, CA

Hello everybody, I'm Alex,proud new owner of a high mileage '06 Hemi Limited Commander.
Loving the jeep so far. As can be expected with a vehicle this age, it does have some issues. Biggest issue is a clunk when I shift from P to drive or reverse. I went to an AAMCO to have it checked out, they told me that three differential mounts had collapsed. They wanted a $1000 to replace them, that figure includes service to the differential (new fluid).

Now I searched the forum, and found that the front differential Bushings often cause this problem. I have a couple of basic questions and I hope some of you will be able to help me with this.
1: Are bushings part of the mount?
2: how many front differential mounts/bushings are there?
3: Does $1000 sound reasonable to you?

Thank you!
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Can’t answer any of those questions...but WELCOME!! I’m north of you, Bay Area, it’s nice to have more CA folk on here!
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Hello everybody, I'm Alex,proud new owner of a high mileage '06 Hemi Limited Commander.
Loving the jeep so far. As can be expected with a vehicle this age, it does have some issues. Biggest issue is a clunk when I shift from P to drive or reverse. I went to an AAMCO to have it checked out, they told me that three differential mounts had collapsed. They wanted a $1000 to replace them, that figure includes service to the differential (new fluid).

Now I searched the forum, and found that the front differential Bushings often cause this problem. I have a couple of basic questions and I hope some of you will be able to help me with this.
1: Are bushings part of the mount?
2: how many front differential mounts/bushings are there?
3: Does $1000 sound reasonable to you?

Thank you!
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I believe there are 2 front differential bushings - upper & lower. Typically it's the upper front differential bushing that wears out when you start hearing the front end clunking. However that is not necessarily the only thing that could be causing the issue - could be sway bar links and or some other front end component going bad like the bushings in your front upper or lower control arms.

And $1,000 sounds ridiculously expensive if it is in fact a front upper differential bushing issue.

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The jeep needs some tlc, but eventually i will put some pictures up. I took it to a couple of places and they are telling me it looks like the motor mounts are no good. When the mechanic pressed the gas i could see the hemi jump up on the driver's side. Maybe ill have that fixed first and go from there. I have a k&n airfilter coming and im replacing the oil with full synthetic. Right now i have to really work for it to get 10 mpg in the city. I should probably look at the state of the spark plugs as well to see if i can get that up a little. Thanks for all the info big blue, ive got lots of reading to do.
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The jeep needs some tlc, but eventually i will put some pictures up. I took it to a couple of places and they are telling me it looks like the motor mounts are no good. When the mechanic pressed the gas i could see the hemi jump up on the driver's side. Maybe ill have that fixed first and go from there. I have a k&n airfilter coming and im replacing the oil with full synthetic. Right now i have to really work for it to get 10 mpg in the city. I should probably look at the state of the spark plugs as well to see if i can get that up a little. Thanks for all the info big blue, ive got lots of reading to do.
My pleasure ElKomander, let me know how it goes.


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Well, I installed the K&N filter. Dropping off the kids this morning the MPG on the dashboard hit the magical number of 10.5 for a second, an all time city mpg high for me, up from 10.3 . I just put 17 gallons in the jeep so I'm monitoring how far those will take me. Also, I just figured out that my tires are a little bit larger, 245/70R17. Using the GPS on my phone it seems like I'm going a little faster than my speedometer reads, so I think it was never adjusted for the bigger tires. That means my actual mpg is a whooping 3% better compared to the readouts, right?
After I get all the fluids changed out I might try the flashpaq. This beast is not made for stop and go city driving (Its a schoolbus right now) but I'd like to get the most out of it
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Using the GPS on my phone it seems like I'm going a little faster than my speedometer reads, so I think it was never adjusted for the bigger tires. That means my actual mpg is a whooping 3% better compared to the readouts, right?
After I get all the fluids changed out I might try the flashpaq. This beast is not made for stop and go city driving (Its a schoolbus right now) but I'd like to get the most out of it
Adjusting the speedo for the larger tire size will help.


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Took my jeep to get a third opinion. Engine mounts are fine, however i do need all the front differential bushings replaced. They quoted me 400 on parts and a 1000 on labor. Wow... Using the websites big blue provided i was able to find the three parts for around 190 including shipping... The same parts from crown automotive are about $80. Does anyone have any experience with those? Im hoping not to have to do the same repairs 10000 miles from now. Maybe i should just stick with the factory parts. Now ill i havd to do is find a mechanic who will do the job for a more reasonable amount.
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Took my jeep to get a third opinion. Engine mounts are fine, however i do need all the front differential bushings replaced. They quoted me 400 on parts and a 1000 on labor. Wow... Using the websites big blue provided i was able to find the three parts for around 190 including shipping... The same parts from crown automotive are about $80. Does anyone have any experience with those? Im hoping not to have to do the same repairs 10000 miles from now. Maybe i should just stick with the factory parts. Now ill i havd to do is find a mechanic who will do the job for a more reasonable amount.
That labor quote sounds extremely high to me.

I even question the parts quote based on what you found.

You might want to look for a more reputable shop that has more reasonable labor rates.


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