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Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Repair Questions (1997 - 2006)



  • I need to replace the windshield wiper switch on my 2001 Jeep Wrangler, how easy is it to do? How do I do it?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    You may just need to replace that stalk that has the wiper controls. probably has em a bit cheaper than the dealer. OR you could possibly find the setup at a local salvage yard. I've bought quite a few parts for my 97 from the salvage yard - including my windshield frame that matched my paint perfectly. :)

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Mac is probably right. The vent doors that divert air flow are probably to blame.

    The 97's slide control is less sophisticated that he gives it credit for.

    You have a choice of:
    fresh air to face OR
    fresh air to feet OR
    fresh air to feet with defrost

    The only recirc air you have is when A/C is involved.


    After having taken apart my center console stack to do that switch mod, I looked at the HVAC and the slider switch for the temp portion. It is purely mechanical at the controls. If I were to take apart the unit and look at the upper selector, I'd expect to see something similar, but I'm not 100% sure on that.

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Have you gotten any more info about this?

    The BANG almost sounds like a locker in the diff gave.

    But have you tried putting it in 4wd to see if you can get moving THAT way? If you STILL can't move, I'd just about say the chain or something in your t-case or your linkage to your t-case from the transmission went out.

  • i own an 03 rubi, and was wondering stock, could i put 33's on the front with or without spacers. i love the way the 33's fit and look on the back end. :)
    thanks jason
  • took my rubi to the shop the other day and was told the front driveshaft needed to be rebuilt at a cost of $300 :surprise: the front driveshaft only has 2 u-joints(i think??),why is it so expensive???? :confuse:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Sounds expensive to replace a single 'u' joint, but reasonable to supple and fit a completely rebuilt shaft. It all depends on what you did to the old one. The double cardan joint at the transmission end is a pretty expensive item on it's own. To be fair, why didn't you ask them what was involved and how the price would break down into parts and labor?
  • .i originally took it into the shop to look for a metal on metal rotational noise that started at about 15-20mph and could be heard during deceleration with clutch disengaged. i thought it was a u-joint but couldn't find it.took to shop to locate said front drive shaft needed to be rebuilt to cure problem. when i looked at the double cardan joint today i was to see the slop in the driveshaft side u-joint. thinking i can replace the 2 driveshaft joints but cannot find reference pics for cardan joint. still think its high dollar to replace at max 3 u-joints.
    i bought 2 brute force u-joints today for $38,,,is there that muchlabor involved for the cardan universal?? :confuse: :confuse:
  • burntupburntup Posts: 64
    This might help.
    Trust me it is not as easy as it looks.
    But what the heck it's already broke.
    ..might as well get out the big hammer and beat your drive shaft into shape.
    Good luck.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ......cannot find reference pics for cardan joint. still think its high dollar to replace at max 3 u-joints.

    It's the ball centering joint, labor and parts, that adds to the cost. Check out the link burntup gave you, and have a look at this one too.
  • mac24 & burntup thanks for the good info.
    next silly question...i am thinking of removing the DS and taking it to the shop. the jeep is the only wheels i have, so am wondering can i remove the driveshaft and still drive the jeep without any problems???
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    No problem at all.
  • texjeeptexjeep Posts: 3
    OK here is great issue. 97 Wrangler, turn on the ac, cold air comes out of the defrost and heater vents but will not come out of the panel ac vent? Air conditionor works, cold air, but will not come out of the panel vents?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Sounds like an issue with one of the diverter doors in the HVAC unit.
  • I have a 99 sahara and the only speed the fan works on is setting 4. When I put it on setting 1,2, or 3 nothing happens. What might be causing this?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    While it's possible that you may have a faulty switch or bad wiring, it's much more likely that the resistor pack is at fault.

    The resistors are used to control the lower three speeds and the pack is located in one of the HVAC ducts, accessible in the passenger footwell.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Perhaps, but it'd be VERY VERY close both from a height/clearance standpoint and from a backspacing point.

    The stock Moab wheels on the Rubi have a 5" BS vs the 5.5" BS. if you are going with 33x10.5, you'd be fine. 33x12.5's may cause some problems.

    Your height MAY be an issue - it WILL be an issue offroad.

    I'd probably opt for a budget boost (spacer lift) to fit the 33's.

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Search back a few pages. This was covered recently and there are some answers there.

  • cornutcornut Posts: 2
    Hi i am new to the whole online forum stuff but I am having a real problem with my 2003 wrangler. When driving through town or at a max speed of 45mph my jeep runs fine. When I go about 50mph or faster and I hit a small bump in the road my jeep shakes viloently and i have to pull over and start out slow again. I took it to the dealership before I got deployed and they replaced some parts in the steering and tested a lot of other stuff, and eventually told me that it was my tires. now that I am back from my deployment I want to get my jeep running good but I don't want to waste money on tires if it wont fix the problem. Any suggestions.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Sure sounds like death wobble.

    There are many known causes, but nothing concrete.

    Tie rod ends for play and wear
    ALL joints in your steering
    Trackbar connections
    Tire balance
    Tire alignment
    Pitman arm

    Is your jeep lifted? If so, what steering components have been replaced?

  • burntupburntup Posts: 64
    Never had this happen with stock size tires.
    Used to have a similar problem back in the big tire days.
    14x35's and bigger...balancing took pounds of lead not oz.
    Just a little bump and the old Jeep would shake like a washing machine on speed.
    Maybe you can borrow a set of tires and wheels to test out the tire out of balance theory.
    Hey if you were out of country a while you deserve a new set of tires and wheels at the very least. Treat yourself and welcome home.
  • cornutcornut Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice. I have already had the Steering stabilizer replaced, so maybe the alignment and new tires will work.
  • moe14moe14 Posts: 2
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Sorry for smart alec post above, but I couldn't resist. :)

    Seriously, please turn off the caps. I don't like being yelled at this early in the morning. :shades:

    If you follow your upper radiator hose to the metal area just behind the fan... remove that assembly (after draining the coolant). It is in there. I'll even shoot a pic of my 97 SE's engine to show you (but the engine needs a SERIOUS cleaning... you've been warned! :)

    A Haynes manual would cover that basic one for ya, but a Factory Service Manual would be GREAT if you plan on more detailed repairs/maintenance down the road.

  • moe14moe14 Posts: 2
    Sorry about the caps, and thank you very much. A picture wont be necessary I know exactly where your talking about. Thanks again.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Here it is. It is behind the grey portion. Even though you didn't need it, others may have a similar question, so posting the pic is worthwhile.


    Removing the hoses and sensors is step 2 (draining is step 1). Remove that front bolt. Remove assembly. The tstat gasket may be holding it on, so using a rubber mallet to strike it gently will break that t-stat housing loose.

    You'll need a new t-stat gasket when you reattach everything, so you may as well put in a new t-stat at the same time. :)

    Hope that helps.

  • ztaijiztaiji Posts: 3
    hey, I need help please -
    I have an 1998 wrangler and my gauges wouldn't work for about five minutes while driving, they do now but I dont want this probelm happening again, also, theres a rattle under the jeep and its annoying. so if you guys have any answers with the gauges and rattle please reply. thanks

  • burntupburntup Posts: 64
    The most likely problem is with a 13-pin connector that plugs into the instrument cluster.
    The repair kit from Dodge is about "a buck and a half" installed.
    Cheaper it you you can cut and solder.
  • ztaijiztaiji Posts: 3
    alright im gonna try it out thanks. How about that rattle? Its near the muffler so I dunno if It's loose or what?
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