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Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Repair Questions (1997 - 2006)



  • Thanks, I will ask if he did that.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    First, does it have ABS, as that can sometimes complicate things. Second, the reason you have no pedal pressure is that there is still air in the system. To begin to fix this you first need to know where the air is. You need to isolate the front calipers and rear cylinders from the rest of the system. You do this by clamping each of the flexible hoses, two front and one back, with either a special clamp made from round rod so that it won't damage the hose, or some locking pliers with something in the jaws to protect the hose.

    Correct tool

    Shadetree tool

    Now when you depress the pedal it will either be solid, or will sink to the floor again. If it's solid then the air is trapped in one or more of the calipers or cylinders. You can then release the clamps one at a time to establish one(s). If the pedal is still soft then the air is either in the master cylinder, ABS pump, or the hard brake lines.

    The Wrangler doesn't have an unusual brake system, and this technique can be used on almost any vehicle.
  • tammypptammypp Posts: 1
    can anyone tell me how to replace the tip and slide cable in my 2000 sport or tell me where i can get this information its nothing more than a pain to get the kids in the back seat my husband removed the seat but didn't want to take it all apart not sure it would go back the right way he found the cable and it is broke inside the seat maybe a diagram of how the cable runs through the seat if anyone can help
  • 99tjguy99tjguy Posts: 2
    I am going through the same problem right now with my 99 Wrangler. I have found the key release broken and have a new one to replace it. The problem I have now is that I still can't get it to turn did you resolve your issue??? How??? to
  • mcleodmcleod Posts: 2
    Hi everybody. This is my first time on this board and I had a question about oil pressure on my jeep. When I first bought it the oil pressure was reading 40 when first started and read about 50 when driving 55 60 mph. About 2 weeks after I bought it I noticed the oil pressure was creeping toward 55 and 60 going same speed. Now this is my first Jeep and I admit I do not know alot about them. I am not sure if this is normal or not. It does not seem normal but as previously stated I do not have alot of knowledge on them. Any help would be appreciated.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Probably nothing to worry about, but to establish a baseline change the oil and filter. Remember, oil pressure will be lower at idle than at speed, and will be higher when cold than when hot. Changing the oil and filter will eliminate the possibility of a problem with the filter, and the possibility that the seller might have put some kind of additive in the oil.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Yes, it could be the plugs and wires (and the cap and rotor). You should also clean the inside of the throttle body. The fluctuating oil pressure gauge could be caused by a faulty sender.
  • mcleodmcleod Posts: 2
    That's what I was thinking and it's good to hear someone else opinion. Thanks for your help.
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    This link should be helpful.

    Click here
  • jt828jt828 Posts: 12
    GOD I LOVE MY TJ ;) sounds like you need something else :cry: :cry:
  • jt828jt828 Posts: 12
    whats the deal with the heavy duty warn steering stabilizer?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    GOD I LOVE MY TJ sounds like you need something else

    You've lost me there. :confuse:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    whats the deal with the heavy duty warn steering stabilizer?

    The standard Wrangler stabilizer is perfectly adequate for tires up to at least 33". It exists to dampen any kickback through the steering if the tire strikes something at speed.

    A steering damper can also dampen oscillation caused by worn or loose steering components. People sometimes fit a larger damper instead of fixing the original problem.
  • danooodanooo Posts: 2

  • Have you ever fixed it??? Mine started that way now I have intermittant horn wipers or signals....please help!!
  • And I forgot, if I hit the steering wheel in the middle, sometimes they will all be functional again! Dont ask how I figured this out!! :)
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    And I forgot, if I hit the steering wheel in the middle, sometimes they will all be functional again! Dont ask how I figured this out!!

    You might get a reprimand from Tom for Jeep abuse........ he encourages people to hug their Jeeps. :blush:

    Actually, by hitting the wheel and getting a temporary fix you've pretty much confirmed the diagnosis, which is either a badly grounded or faulty clockspring. The clockspring is a device contained within the steering wheel, which allows an electrical connection to be maintained between the controls and airbag in the wheel and the rest of the vehicle, while still allowing the wheel to rotate. A common precursor to this problem is allowing the wheel/column to get wet.
  • I'm having a bear of a time getting and keeping the zippers on my '98 Wrangler moving. Does anybody have any tips on what to use to get them unstuck and keep them sliding with ease? Any favorite products? Tips? Techniques?
    Please help! Thanks!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    There's various products out there, probably most easily obtained at camping or marine stores, or Walmart. Most commonly available in the form of a stick of hard wax.

    To get them unstuck try very hot water first, or something like WD40 as a last resort.
  • texasjeeptexasjeep Posts: 270
    I heard to just use candles. Rub it all over the zippers. I just had to replace 2 of my zippers. I guess too much dust and dirt gets in there and causes problems.
  • coomesacoomesa Posts: 1
    Intermitently will not start and when does runs good at idle but give it gas and acts like it wants to die. Have put new fuel tank, filter, pump and plugs, wires, etc. Other times can get in and fires up and runs like a champ.
    Could this be an alternator not giving enough juice or is it something bigger? Any hekp would be great!!
  • I recently put a 4" suspension lift and 33" tires on my 03' wrangler and the only problem that I have is when I hit about 30mph, or hit a bump the front tires shake extremely bad. Need some serious help!
  • mdljmtmdljmt Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Wrangler with a 4cly. When driving and hitting a bump the engine will cut out. I think it is a electrical problem.
  • i reciently returned to sweden and imported my 2000 wrangler se with order to register my jeep in sweden i had to make some changes, european signal lights etc ,but they also need specs to show that the noise level complies to european standards.
    has anyboby any ideas of where i could get these as the alternative is to bring it to a lab which will measure this.
    it is a standard se with no modifications and jeep europe has been unable to help me.

    so if anybody can help me with knowledge of the noise output for a 2000 jeep se i would be very grateful.
  • Hi fellow Jeepers, I'm new to this site. wasn't sure how to post my question/problem?
    has anyone encounterd a oilly/hydrolic type fliud leak from a thin black rubber hose up under the driver side wheel well , behind the gas cap?? anyone? ,anyone?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    When posting a fresh question, just go to the bottom of the page and enter an appropriate title, then your message, then post it. Always try to give vehicle details like year, model, engine size, etc. Replying to a previous message with a new question makes a future search difficult.

    The hose in question is probably the breather pipe for your axle case. It allows the air in the axle to expand and contract as it heats and cools, and the hose is routed up high to prevent water intrusion. The hose could be partially blocked, or the axle could be overfilled.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    What Mac said. If you have fluid coming out of that, think of this:

    - Did you recently change the fluid? If so, it is probably filled too high.
    - Did you recently drive through some muck? If so, you may have gotten some junk in the hose.

    You can remove it from the back of the axle fairly easily and see if the hose is blocked with anything.

  • thanks for the quick responses (both of you). i have not had anything done to the jeep when i noticed this lek. it was 2 months ago , and the thin hose had a clear plastic cap that was cracked. i assumed from cold weather. i live in nashua NH. i was in 4 wd through some snow of and on? the jeep is '01 sport 56k excellent cond. ?? any more sug. or confident in last ans.??
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    The easiest way to be sure is to follow the path of the hose to its point of origination.
  • does it sound like a major concern, the jeep is driving and shifting just as it was before(great)??
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