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Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Repair Questions (1997 - 2006)



  • rebel99rebel99 Posts: 11
    you might have a bent control arm, thats what happened to mine when i hit a ditch and now it veers to the left. my tire and rim and coil and shock and all that stuff is fine but the control arm is bent, thats all.
  • rebel99rebel99 Posts: 11
    i am a commericial fisherman, which means i am away from land for long periods of time. a buddy of mine recomended this shop and i was eager to get a body lift on my wrangler so i said screw it whatever and had them do it. great body lift, everything is awesome, except for some damn reason the 4wd is disconected. i dont know if they didnt reconnect it, or if i need a link extension or what. the lever moves freely, does not lock in anywhere and the dash lights do not come on at all.

    2000 sport 4.0 inline 6 with 3" BL

    any help is greatly appreciated :sick:
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Very plausible there with the bent CA. You should be able to visually inspect to check for this. I wouldn't think a pothole would cause this kind of steering issue, but ya never know.

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    If you got a BL w/o a motor lift, it may be why. You CAN get a bracket to hook this all in. I believe it is Skyjacker that makes it. OR you could get the motor mount lift and then everything should hook back together just fine. There is a site that has info about a TSB for clanking transfer case linkages, but it shows how it should look as well. You MAY be able to reconnect it. I know many with BL's that haven't done a MML and their 4wd shift lever works fine.

    Maybe that'll help. It is an easy fix...

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    It MAY be a warranty issue. Take it in and have them look at it. Even new vehicles can have issues. I had a 2 month old BMW and the computer controlling the dash died at night and I lost all exterior lighting for about 10 minutes (driving thru the desert at night!). It happens.

    But I suspect something is/was loose. If you take it in, tell em it pulls right when driving and have them drive it.

    Perhaps one thing to check - maybe it isn't really pulling and your steering wheel is just off center (usually caused by loose drag link (the bar coming from the steering box down to the passenger side wheel). This would give the appearance of having to 'turn' the wheel back to the left to get it to track straight. If you check that part that has 2 clamps on it (there are 2 - one is the tie rod -going between both wheels, and this one which is up by the frame just under the steering box), and then see if the clamps or that adjusting sleeve is loose, it may be something you can fix yourself easily. I had to recenter my wheel after doing a lift and changing my steering geometry a bit.

    Take a look at this site and near the bottom, you'll see the section on recentering your steering wheel. He says it a lot better than I do. :)

  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    Apparently mine would fall apart if it left the road :lemon: I have never "abused" my jeep...although taking it off-road could hardly be called abuse for a vehicle designed for it. I have to take it in for an oil change and tire rotation so I will have them take a look at it. As for taking it off-road, there are not many places in CT. where that is allowed unless you join some group and pay fees etc. It is the vehicle I use for work so I cannot beat it up much right now, besides I cannot do any maintenance myself so it would cost me a bundle to keep it up and running. The message about the bent control arm is one reason I am not taking it off-road right now. I do go on some very light weight trails but none that would damage my jeep. When you cannot do the repairs yourself you have to be careful. Thanks for the info though.
  • rebel99rebel99 Posts: 11
    well i looked at that website and checked everything out on my own jeeper. it all corresponds so either ill take it to the dealer where i bought it (but i imagine they'll say no because i put the BL on). if not i can put the little rubber booty on myself, its not such a hassle. and i need to get a link extender to reconnect the whole thing too.
    just wanted to thank you for you help

  • Yep...I had mine back to the dealer after owning it for just 2 weeks. They had to replace the rotors. This problem seems similar to that one except the rotor problem was noticeable when I braked. Yesterday it really vibrated and wobbled after hitting a small bump. I guess it could be a rotor problem again but I don't think so. My jeep only has 16,000 mi. on it. I know nothing about doing repairs myself and have no clue what to look for under my Jeep. The problem might be readily apparent to someone with knowledge of such things.
  • sky,

    I don't know how much air pressure you are running in your tires, but I solved a similar problem by reducing the air pressure from 35 psi to around 28 psi. I have slightly larger than stock tires.

    Since you drive only on good roads, the less pressure probably will not hurt handling and might help reduce the bounce.

    Let them down to 28 psi (use a good gauge) and see if the problem goes away. If for some reason you want more tire pressure, you can then raise it a little at a time until you find the problem coming back.

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I'm curious. Have you noticed any drop in gas mileage since you reduced your tire pressure?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • tidester,

    I can't really say. The tires are 30" compared to the 28-1/2's that were on it new.

    I noticed the tendency to bounce right after I got them. I figured with bigger tires, I could get by with a little bigger foot print. It would soften the ride a little, not get me in trouble with wear, and would tend to reduce bounce. So, I really don't know how much mileage was affected by the reduced pressure. Remember also, the bigger tire size changed my odometer by about 5%, making it look like my mileage went down.

    I keep good gas mileage records. Correcting for the odometer error, I get about 14.2 mpg with all town driving.

    Tire wear is even and the bounce went away.

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Thanks, WD! I agree - the bounce issue would likely be a higher priority.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I have an 1988 yj with a 2.5 when starting and running gas shoots up and out of the side port inside of the throttle body .What would cause this? It shoots up about 6 inches or more. Any help would be great thanks.
  • Update- It happened to my wife yesterday. She was driving along and hit a man-hole cover...just the regular ones you see on the highway or back road. The Jeep immediately started vibrating, steering wheel shaking, front end vibrating as well as the front tires. It only lasts about 2 or 3 seconds. Naturally she let off the gas right away and after 2 or 3 seconds the Jeep returned to "normal."

    We cannot recreate the problem at will. It does not happen every time we hit a bump.
    One would think that if something was disconnected etc. that it would happen more frequently. I have a feeling that if I take it to the dealer they will not be able to recreate the problem and I will pay a service charge for nothing. I guess that is what I will have to do though. At least it will be on record in case something more serious happens. I just wish I could find the problem myself. Could something be lose or disconnected and still only effect it on once and a while? The jeep is stock and I do not know what type of suspension component would effect it the way it has I would agree that it could have been the brakes but this happens when we are not under braking. I was hoping that someone has had this problem and could tell me what the problem was. Thanks for your time.
  • My 2002 jeep wrangler idles at about 1500 at start up for about twenty seconds. Then it slows to normal idle speed. It has just started doing this. Any ideas. Thanks, JIM
  • Mine drops from 40 to 20 or as low as 10 psi after it warms up. I have had it in to Jeep to repace the oil pump and check the main bearing clearance. The chaeked and said my oil pressure really does go that low. I have 10W 30 in it now. Several differenct shops including another Jeep say don't worry about it, but I don't want it to sieze up when I'm in the booneys!

    QUESTION: Has anyone actually had one of these fixed? Jeep garage says a new engine.
  • My car is at the dealers right now. They tell me my problem is severely warped rotors and metal to metal brakes. As I said in other posts the dealership replaced the rotors a couple of weeks after I bought it because they had a "bad batch." How could they go so quickly? I hope they don't try to charge me for this. My jeep only has 16,000 mi. on it. Surely they do not go bad every 16,000 mi. What do you folks think?

    Not under warranty....364.00 out the door. I hope this does not happen every 16,000 mi.
  • I have a 2006 Unlimited, and had the rotors go bad at 7,000mi. The dealer fixed them no charge (like I was going to pay), and now at 12,000mi they're going bad again. Unfortunately I'd be happy with your 16,000mi. :-(.
  • This should be something that they fix at NO cost, especially since my 3 year warranty is not up. I think I will contact someone in consumers affairs in my state of Ct. I would like to know how many others have this type of problem and why most vehicles do NOT have this problem. There has to be some kind of defect.
  • Was wondering,,,have 33 inche tires on my 99 question is, if I go to 35's does the rearend support this...not sure if I have to change the gears before going to this size tire....Thanks
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