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Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Repair Questions (1997 - 2006)



  • nworbekimnworbekim Posts: 17
    yah, i had the rattling start early in the winter, and as time went along, i'd find kernels of dog food laying in the floorboards, i figured the mice were carrying dog food from the pens into the wrangler...

    i set a few traps, caught a few, and it stopped... the rattling has stopped...
  • jeeper57jeeper57 Posts: 1
    Hi I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 6cyl I hit a big chuck hole and my gauges all quit working speedo, fuel , and check engine light came on so I pulled over and shut it off waited a min and started it back up the gauges started working again but check engine still on so turned off again waited a min tried again and all is working what could this be Thanks
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You probably just jolted the main electrical connector on the back of the instrument panel.
    However, to be on the safe side you should check for codes. AutoZone will do it free if you don't have your own reader.
  • anv1190anv1190 Posts: 4
    Ive been having some trouble with me heat in my '97 4.0l 6cyl. Where is the wiring for the heat or maybe the core?? under the dash or under the hood??? cant find an outline or manual anywhere on the internet.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Have you tried our Online Repair Manuals?

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  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Can you elaborate on the issues? Not blowing hot? Only certain speeds work? Only certain vents? Details would help. It may not be as complex fix as you think.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Ive been having some trouble with me heat in my '97 4.0l 6cyl.

    That's a shame, but it doesn't describe anything to which a meaningful answer can be given.

    Where is the wiring for the heat or maybe the core?? under the dash or under the hood?

    Most of the wiring for the HVAC is in the dash, though some is in the engine compartment.
    The heater core is located inside the HVAC housing behind the dash.

    cant find an outline or manual anywhere on the internet.

    I can help you with that, go here: Jeep Manuals
  • nav30nav30 Posts: 3
    It was the cat. I replaced both the cat and muffler; now the jeep is fine. Thanks Mac and Paul. :)
  • I have had a 1998 jeep wrangler for the past 5 or 6 years. A few years ago it started to have problems after start up. After driving about 100 yards it will start dogging out and sometimes lurching forward. Seems to do this almost every time i start it up. If i happen to be sitting still when ever it happens the RPM's will just go real low and quickly come back up and this will happen for maybe 5-10 seconds and then stop. It seems no one has ever heard of jeeps doing this, so our mechanic has had to look far and wide with very few answers.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I can think of a couple of things it might be but first, have you had it checked for codes?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    But did the dealer cover it? :)

  • Ok, Im having a problem with my 4wheel drive linkage. The other day the old man and the kids went out 4wheeling and the shifter went loose. I have a 97 wrangler only a 4 cylinder. When they got home and after taking it apart we found that the shift bushing (factory rubber) was cracked and off. We have since replaced that but now after replacing the bushing with the new plastic one (they do not make the rubber ones anymore) we can not get the dang thing to stay in 4wheel. It just pops out. Please let me know what you think. :mad:
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    I have a Jeep Wrangler X with only 24,000 mi. on it. The only problems I have had with it so far is badly warped rotors that I noticed the day I drove it off the lot. They fixed it but after if was out of warranty I had a similar problem that I had to pay for. No problems with it since but I have not put very many mi. on it. I was just wondering if those that own 2006 Wranglers with more mi. on it then I have, have had any problems that I should look for down the road.? I also notice that the windshield seems like it is easily chipped. I have two cracks, one on the drivers side and one on the bottom of the drivers side. Both happened while driving on the highway and a car and or truck kicked up a pebble that hit it. I am 60 and never had this happen to any of my other vehicles that I have owned over the years. Are they fragile or what? One would think that since many take them off-road and its likely a rock will hit it, the windshield would hold up better. Just my opinion.
  • I have a '03 Wrangler and apparently the rear wiper switch was broken. When I pressed it, my dashboard lights including the light in my gear box shorted out immediately. My gauges, turn-signals and other misc. items on the instrument panel still illuminate (i.e. symbol indicating brights are on). I checked and double-checked all the fuses and everything looked ok. I just got back from the dealer and they said the rear wiper switch caused a short circuit in instrument panel cluster and for $900 (+ labor) they can replace the entire instrument panel I would have thought a fuse would pop before the instrument panel short circuit. Does anyone have any other knowledge / experience of this happening? Thanks and happy trails.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    edited May 2010
    Does anyone have any other knowledge / experience of this happening?

    No, although I'm sure it must happen occasionally; and you're correct, it's not a fused circuit.

    My first choice would be to look at the circuit board and see if it was something obvious and easy to repair (or have repaired), like a blown circuit ribbon that could easily be soldered.

    Next, I would consider fitting a used instrument cluster (which must be from an '03).
    There's one on eBay at the moment for $200.
    If that option wasn't available to me I'd purchase a new cluster from one of the many online Mopar dealers. It's part # 56047016AB and seems to sell for around $580.

    Finally, if you tell your current dealer that's what you're going to do he may also sell you the cluster at a competitive price.........and of course you need to replace that faulty switch (part #56007249 / MSRP $21.00).
  • rlm4rlm4 Posts: 2
    Well, after much worry, I made a fist, and hit the top part of the instrument panel. Not hard enough to hurt your hand. I am a woman, so start easy, then just try it. It worked for me and something I have to do periodically. I will be driving down the road and every gauge on panel goes suddenly off. ... Oh by way, the gas gauge is not to be trusted. Count your mileage and fill up with gas by that. Also put it in shop to fix low air flow through vents. They could not find anything wrong with it as in the vents being obstructed. So in cold weather, it doesn't get warm for about 10 to 15 minutes and even then I have to dress warm.
  • hswintekhswintek Posts: 12
    edited May 2010

    ANY HELP ON THIS --- WE ARE STUMPED ??????????


  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    A better way is to remove the black plastic around the cluster, remove it, then clean the contacts with a qtip and rubbing alcohol. Apply some dielectric grease to keep good contact and reinstall. Some have mentioned that giving the pins a slight twist will help ensure a better connection too.

    I have cleaned my pins exactly once on my 97 and I've had NO problems, other than the gas gauge going up/down, but that is due to the sending unit in the tank itself. I'm too lazy to worry about that - it's correct 95% of the time. :)

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910

    Please don't SHOUT!

    You could check that the pedal still engages the master cylinder push rod, and that the slave cylinder is still properly located and connected to the release fork.

    However, personally I'd take it back to the mechanic to let him take care of it.
  • Thanks for the info!! I found an auto electronic specialist in the area and they are going to diagnose the problem and at the very least give me a second opinion. If I need a new cluster, I will try negotiating the retail price down to something more economical. Thanks again.
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