Jeep Cherokee Bump Stop
Usual Symptoms and Quick Fixes for Your Jeep Cherokee Bump Stop
If you've already lowered your Jeep Cherokee, and are now reaping the benefits of better handling and slightly better performance, then you already know just how important your bump stops are. Simply put, they help make sure that all that lowering doesn't result in your undercarriage bumping and grinding with every road hump and stumbling block you come across. Now, bump stops are built to be strong because of the intense pressure that they're under constantly. However, this stress does get to them eventually, and when that happens, you'll feel the effects in a rather powerful way. Here are the few symptoms you can look and listen for to give you ample warning when your bump stops are about to give way.
Squeaking noises under the jeep
The first sign of trouble comes heralded in by squeaking noises under your Cherokee. This often signifies a weakening of the bump stop's spring or a lack of proper lubrication. Either way, it's really loud. Now, the problem will be that it might be hard to distinguish from problems with the suspension system itself-because that system also makes the same noises when breaking down. The way to tell it apart is in frequency of noise. Suspension springs are built to last longer, and will rarely wear out before the bump stop's spring does. In any case, once you hear noises, it's best to bring it in for checking with a qualified mechanic.
Scrapping under carriage
The final sign that your bump stop has completely failed is when your lowered undercarriage starts hitting every single protrusion on the road as you go along. That's because, clearly, the bump stop is no longer living up to its name. While the suspension system might help take a little slack off the lowered Jeep, it isn't enough-especially at higher speeds. A complete failure like this is really beyond repair. Okay, so you could still repair the bump stop-hypothetically-but why bother? It will likely just keep breaking down with increasing frequency. The only option you really have left is to replace it with a new one.