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Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Repair Questions (1997 - 2006)



  • francosfrancos Posts: 3
    hello again: iwent outside to look at the lift .. there are brackets on the under side of the frame to me they look stock but i dont know what comes on a Jeep... thats why i thought that was part of the lift kit. and unless someone messed with the serial no# then it should be a 99 jeep tj... ( Hopefully) lol . now if it is a four inch lift will 35" tires fit on that?... i have a quadratec catalog and from what i can get out of it 35's only fit on a 6" lift... See i "really dont know. Please say that 35's can fit on a four inch lift... If they do then i have a 99 Jeep TJ like you said ... if not someone at the dealer is goona hear a rash of "POOP" from me.if everything is what you say it should be what would you recommend doing. Maybe putting a smaller tire like 33" or am i just fubared. Something tells me i should of just stuck with the Ford trucks ... i never had any problems with them and i went up to a total of 9" lifts with 38's. thank you so much for repleying again.. i hope to hear from you soon ...also the rattling sound i'm guessing was when they changed the torque conv... they stripped one of the nuts on the metal sheild that covers the bell housing...So when i was driving and appling gas that plate might of been vibrating really bad and the regular vibrating might of just made it worst, again im guessing at that what do you think? The tranny shifts fine nothing is binding up or getting stuck... I wish i knew more about Jeeps than i do... i really like this thing and want to keep it so you see i need to fix the problem or im never truely gonna enjoy it.... Franco
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You can fit 35's with a 4" lift and they'll be ok on the street but you can expect contact when the suspension articulates offroad.

    You can't really compare a Wrangler to a Ford pickup. The Ford has a totally different suspension and a much longer wheelbase.

    The best advice I can give you is to find a specialist 4x4 shop rather than a Jeep dealer, explain the vibration problem you're having, then have them put your Wrangler on a lift and explain to you what you have and don't have under there. Once you know the details of your lift you're then in a position to decide what alterations you may need to make.
  • bamafeverbamafever Posts: 4
    i have a 88 jeep wrangler-it will crank-and stay started for about 5 min or less--i have replaced the fuel filter and fuel pump--can't figure what the problem is--any suggestion anyone--the jeep was down for about 2 months-due to transmission problem--it ran for a week-now this-
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It could either be an electrical component breaking down, or fuel related. You need to check if you have fuel in the carb when it stops, and whether or not you have a spark at plugs. You could also check on the quality of the fuel in your tank. Water in ther bottom of the float bowl of the carb would be a good clue.
  • bamafeverbamafever Posts: 4
    i have removed the injector frrom carb and there was gas there. my carb does not have a bowl.
    i have not been able to find out if i have a spark any where as of yet.
    do you this that my coil could caused these problems.
    the fuel in tank is fresh since i just replaced the fuel pump and filter on friday.
    i had a reddish spark at the plug it died and stop at the same time.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    The spark should be a strong blue white color. Assuming that the plugs, wires, rotor and cap are all good then yes, the next suspect item would be the coil.
  • bamafeverbamafever Posts: 4
    hello again
    thanks for the help but i still have that problem
    i have good blue sparks now but when it dies i have gas present at carb.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Pull a couple of plugs after it dies. If they're wet with gas then either it flooded or lost spark. If they're dry then you lost gas to the cylinders.

    Check that the fuel tank is vented ok (leave the cap off while you test run the engine), and that any cold start enrichment device (choke) is disengaging after the engine starts to run.

    If you have the correct fuel/air mix, plus compression, plus a spark at the right time, it will run.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Can anyone give saharatj any suggestions/opinions regarding his noise problem?


    tidester, host
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,570
    There are little clips that are supposed to keep the brade pads from rattling in the calipers. Maybe yours are missing.

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  • mss3mss3 Posts: 2
    I just experienced an electrical problem in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. First as I was driving the AC stopped working, but the car continued to drive. When I arrived home I turned the car off, opened the gate and then could not start the car. All of the dash lights began flashing, the speedo jumped and the car would not start. It was as if it were posessed. If anybody has experienced this any help would be useful. I live in Italy and Jeep dealers here are not to be found.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    There are anti-rattle springs riveted to the rear of the disc pads, a claw shaped one on the piston side and a flat one on the fixed side. I guess they could have broken away, but it would be unusual for them all to fail at the same time.

    The calipers move on guides and bushings and they might have worn. You might also want to check for play in the wheel bearings. You really need to be 'hands on' to properly check this one out.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    What happened when you turned the key? Did the engine turn over but not fire, or was there a click but the engine didn't fire, or was there complete silence?
  • mss3mss3 Posts: 2
    The engine would not turn over an there was only a click. Other than the seat belt warning, and the "key-is-in the-ignition-and-the-door-is-open" warning there is not other sound. I moved some of the relays around and now it I get a rattle sound as if a relay is opening and closing rapidly. The Anti-lock brake relay felt warm after the car had sat for a day and I turn the ignition on for a while, but this may not mean anything.
  • releksreleks Posts: 1
    Hope I get some thought out responses to this,

    I have a 2000 Wrangler (Sahara) that I purchased brand new. I love this car & I never had any problems w/ it. A couple of days ago the check gauges light came on then it went out (immediately). It was due for some minor things so I bring it to where I usually do, they check it out fine.
    The next day the same check gauge light comes on w/ a drop in oil pressure. I just changed the oil but I check it again & I have plenty of oil. I bring it back & they find it only has 8-9 lbs of oil pressure. In addition they find metal shavings & pcs in the oil pan. I'm told I need a complete engine rebuild or a new engine.
    This engine only has 70,000 miles on it, has been maintained & not abused. Has anyone else had this or heard of this problem b :confuse: :confuse: before? Any thoughts suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Unfortunately this sounds as though either one of the shell bearings broke up, or the oil pump failed (or both). I'd guess at the shell bearing.

    Three options are open to you. One, replace the engine, either new, rebuilt or secondhand. Two, rebuild your engine. Three, drop the oilpan and repair as necessary.

    If it was me, and I'd be doing the labor myself, I'd pick option three. It would involve dropping the pan, replacing the shell bearings on the rods and mains, replacing the oil pump, then reassembly. Obviously the crankshaft journals would be checked before going ahead, and there would be a small risk that there might be some debris remaining in the oil system.

    However, if I was paying for labor I may well end up choosing a new or reconditioned engine with a warranty (but that's just me).

    Good luck!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Sounds like either a high resistance connection somewhere, or a faulty relay, possibly the ASD (Automatic Shut Down relay).

    If it's a connection it could be anything from the battery itself, to maybe the PDC (Power Distribution Center). Unless it's something very obvious you'll need to get to work with a good multimeter and the electrical diagrams in the FSM (Factory Service Manual).
  • skyking49skyking49 Posts: 112
    I just had a new hard top put on my 06 wrangler. The Jeep is new but the top that came with it had a discoloration problem.
    They told me not to drive it for 24 hours because the back windows needed to dry first. The rear window is about an inch out at the bottom. I can put my little finger between the window and the rubber. Is there an ajustment I could make. I hate taking it back to the dealer but I might have to...its been very wet lately in Ct.
  • drewmeisterdrewmeister Posts: 168
    Sounds a little confusing. Why would the windows need to dry? When you say that the rear window is out, do you mean the rear glass (hatch) door is open at the bottom?
  • drewmeisterdrewmeister Posts: 168
    ...remind me never to accept a ride with meswbesttj

    This is a Jeep, not a Mustang. The ultimate off-roading machine was not designed to go that fast. With a short wheelbase, stiff springs, and the aerodynamics of a gas station, all it will take is one little rise in the road that you may not even see, and that TJ will become total carnage.

    Our Jeeps were designed to do amazing things at 5mph, and highways are just the long boring stretches between trails.
  • drewmeisterdrewmeister Posts: 168
    Appreciate the advice. I'm going in Monday to have them drive it.
  • kevaelkevael Posts: 2
    Tonight when I went for a drive, I could not get any air flow in the cab of my 1997 Wrangler. Regardless of the fan setting, no air flow was present. I tried adjusting the temperature and various vent settings. I do not have an owner's manual. I would like to start by replacing the appropriate fuse. Does anyone know which one is responsible for the fan or air flow? If it is not this simple, what is the next step. Thanks in advance.
  • bamafeverbamafever Posts: 4
    hi mac24
    i finally got my jeep to run
    it was the engine control unit ( computer )
    i replaced it and it runs great.
    but had replaced just about the entire electrical
    thanks for the info
    john & trisha
  • kev4kev4 Posts: 1
    I have a question but not sure if I really want to know the answer due to the actual solution to the problem. My 2000 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 makes a strange, with lack of better terms, gurgle sound when I shut it off. I constantly am looking underneath for any sign of a leak. It even gives a hint of antifreeze at times after I shut it off but once again no sign of any leaks. Fluid levels are good, but the sounds and smells make me really nervous. I would appreciate the advice and help if anyone has it. Thank you.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Glad to hear you got a good result in the end. :)
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It's probably either the refrigerant in the condenser (in front of the radiator), or the coolant returning to the radiator from the expansion tank.
  • ufmikeufmike Posts: 4
    I am trying to check my transmission fluid. There are two bolts near one another. Which one is the fluid level check and which one is the fluid fill? I have a 97 jeep wrangler sport. There are two bolts in question one is higher up than the other, and the higher one is a longer bolt. Also the owner's manual says to use 75W-90 GL5 transmission fluid. Would 80W-90 GL5 work O.K?
  • chuck1959chuck1959 Posts: 654
    What's carpeting doing in a Jeep Wrangler anyway? I don't blame Chrysler's attitude. The Wrangler was never designed to be used like a regular vehicle. It's best suited for what it's designed for....going through the mud, crossing creeks, hunting, climbing trails etc.
  • My 98 Wrangler is doing the same thing and it is getting worse. I use to restart it within a few miles of the house, then it was fine. Now I often have to restart it more than one. No check engine light. Mr. Tire already cleaned the fuel system and replaced spark plugs/wires.

    Did you ever get your's fixed?
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