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Bought my 2006 Jeep Commander, 5.7L Hemi, three weeks ago and already trouble.

How many people have had to change the starter? You have plenty of juice from the battery and all you get is the click of the solenoid when you turn the key.

Other issue. When I first start the vehicle and then back up, there is a lot of vibration in the front end. It quickly goes away, but it really worries me. I don't know if it has to do with the AWD or power steering. I'm leaning toward the AWD because it feels like its pulling and/or jerking when I turn the wheel. Unfortunately when I test drove the vehicle it had already been running and I only backed it up a short distance at the end of the test drive.

I bought my Jeep from Cadillac of Naperville (DO NOT BUY FROM THESE CHEATS) and they assured me that they took it to a Jeep dealer to be serviced and refused no recommended repairs. However when I got the Jeep home I took a much closer inspection of the vehicle and found that the service interval had been reset, yet the oil had not been changed, the air cleaner was filthy but clearly marked on the box that it had been checked. After purchasing the vehicle they gave me one bent key and refused to supply another. When I asked for a full tank of gas they sent me off the lot with an empty tank. I also found the black fascia trim under the front bumper to be disconnected and loosely sitting in the front bumper.

Does anyone have the homelink system? I have tried every way in the book, several times, and no luck linking my garage door.

I'm starting to wonder if I should have bought the much roomier Dodge Durango?
 

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I would check the battery connectins as well as the starter connections, to see if they are loose.

As far as the opener. On mine (Craftsman opener) I had to teach the homelink in the truck ( with an exsisting opener) and then teach the homelink opener. The opener had a learn button you hit and then hit the opener in the truck, to teach the opener. This is for an opener, that is a rolling code type of opener. You can go to the himelink website for specific instructions, by brand of opener and vehicle type.
 

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Programming HomeLink

NOTE: When programming a garage door opener, it is
advised to park outside the garage. It is also recommended
that a new battery be placed in the hand-held
transmitter of the device being programmed to
HomeLink for quicker training and accurate transmission
of the radio-frequency signal.

The Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) features
a driver-interactive display which includes
HomeLink system messages. The EVIC is located on the
bottom of the tachometer.

1. Press and hold the two outer HomeLink buttons, and
release only when the EVIC display shows “CHANNELS
CLEARED” (after 20 seconds). Do not hold the buttons
for longer than 30 seconds and do not repeat step one to
program a second and/or third hand-held transmitter to
the remaining two HomeLink buttons.

2. Position the end of your hand-held transmitter 1-3
inches (3-8 cm) away from the HomeLink buttons.

3. Simultaneously press and hold both the HomeLink
button that you want to train and the hand-held transmitter
buttons. Do not release the buttons until step 4
has been completed.

NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers
may require you to replace this Programming Step 3 with
procedures noted in the Gate Operator/Canadian Programming
section.

4. The EVIC display will show “CHANNEL X TRAINING”
(where X is Channel 1, 2, or 3). Release both buttons
after the EVIC display shows “CHANNEL X TRAINED.”
NOTE: If the EVIC display shows “DID NOT TRAIN”
repeat steps 2–4.

5. Press and hold the just trained HomeLink button and
observe the EVIC display. If the EVIC display shows
“CHANNEL X TRANSMIT” (where X is Channel 1, 2, or
3), programming is complete and your device should
activate when the HomeLink button is pressed and
released.

NOTE: To program the remaining two HomeLink buttons,
begin with Programming step two. Do not repeat
step one.

NOTE: If your hand-held transmitter appears to program
the universal transceiver, but your garage door
does not operate using the transmitter and your garage
door opener was manufactured after 1995, your garage
door opener may have a multiple security code system
(rolling code system). Please proceed to steps 6–8 to
complete the programming of a rolling code equipped
device (most common garage door openers require this
step.

6. At the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit)
in the garage, locate the learn or smart button. This
can usually be found where the hanging antenna wire is
attached to the motor-head unit.

7. Firmly press and release the learn or smart button.
(The name and color of the button may vary by manufacturer.)

NOTE: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate step
eight.

8. Return to the vehicle and firmly press, hold for two
seconds and release the programmed HomeLink button.
Repeat the press/hold/release sequence a second time,
and, depending on the brand of the garage door opener
(or other rolling code equipped device), repeat this
sequence a third time to complete the programming.

HomeLink should now activate your rolling code
equipped device.

NOTE: To program the remaining two HomeLink buttons,
begin with Programming step two. Do not repeat
step one. For questions or comments, please contact
HomeLink at www.homelink.com or 1-800-355-3515.
 

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I really need to stop being lazy and do this! I tried it one time, read through all the instructions and couldn't be bothered getting out and pressing the smart button on the Garage Mechanism. Sheer laziness... like my mirrors... I have them programmed with the memory key, and one is slightly out of whack, so in my laziness, I adjust the passenger mirror most mornings to use it instead of moving it once and spending 2 mins resetting my memory positions for the seat and the key...

Stupid I know... but we all get a little lazy at times.

However I had no problem spending 2 hours detailing the Jeep last sunday, cleaning everything. I have priority issues I guess!! LOL!
 

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I had some issues with my 06 XK not long after I got it.

I took it in to have the window regulators and motors replaced due to the TSB that was issued. When I got it back, all was fine. However 2 days later, I went out to start the Jeep and nothing but the clicks you talk of. The radio etc all powered up, but the clicks and the Jeep wouldn't start.

I got jump started and went back to the dealer. They ended up having to replace the battery and reflash the electrical system because in the process of replacing the regulators and motors, the system ended up giving the sunroof a signal that it wasn't closed, therefore the sunroof kept trying to close, thus draining the battery.

If your XK is still under warranty, I would take it in and have the system reflashed and see if that is the issue. Mine sounded like it was the starter, but it just didn't have enough juice left to turn over the starter in the battery, due to the sunroof draining it.

I hope this post is more useful than the one above! :)
 

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might be a bad battery cell. mine went bad at 30k. sometimes theyll star, but not as easily
 

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I'm starting to wonder if I should have bought the much roomier Dodge Durango?
The Durango is roomier? Must be a newer model. A friend has one and was quite unhappy with its tow capacity compared to others.

Now, sorry to hear your having issues. First welcome to the forum! :D

Sorry to hear you dealt with a crap dealer on your purchase. If I was you I would take it to a Jeep Dealer and have them give you a once over and compare it to the checklist the other dealer gave you and see if you have some legal ground to get things resolved.

The best of luck to you on this one.
 

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What's with this fuelly thing. You guys really get that bad of mileage? I get 16.1 from the 5.7 Hemi.
 

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What's with this fuelly thing. You guys really get that bad of mileage? I get 16.1 from the 5.7 Hemi.
Some of us have the bigger tires but no computer to set the speedo, the computer will fix our bad reports with a more accurate mpg.
 

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My best mileage in my HEMI ever has been 14.1 mpg... I just enjoy the power too darned much! But this isn't a mileage thread is it...it's about fixing the guy's starter issue.
 

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It was in fact a bad starter. Still have the issue with the vibration in the front end. The dealer said it's probably a bad u-joint. I guess the oil in the diff needs changed every 30,000 miles or your going to have problems with the Quad Drive II
 
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