Water can leak near the A-pillar, at the front edge of the driver and passenger side doors. An improved seal is available.
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2002 Jeep Wrangler Problems
The throttle position sensor (TPS) may fail causing intermittent drivability problems like hard starting, stalling, and/or hesitation when accelerating. A failed TPS will require replacement, proper diagnoses should always be performed before replacing any parts.
Leaks at the front and/or rear differential pinion seal and from the transfer case are common. Leakage from the transfer case normally occurs at the case-mating surfaces and require removal of the transfer case to reseal.
Loose or worn suspension and steering components can cause a wobble or shaking in the steering wheel. It may happen at a certain speed and subside as the vehicle accelerates through the range. Tire balance can contribute to this as well.
A ticking type noise may be noted from the engine area due to an exhaust manifold that has cracked where the pipes are welded; cracked manifolds should be replaced.
2002 Jeep Wrangler Recalls (Recent)
Summary: BESTOP AFTERMARKET REAR SHELL ROOF RACKS,MANUFACTURED BETWEEN APRIL 27 AND MAY 20, 2004, DESIGNED FOR USE WITH THE BESTOP HARDTOP MADE FOR THE 1986-1995 AND 1997-2003 JEEP WRANGLER. THE COCKPIT COVER MAY NOT STAY LATCHED TO THE ROOF RACK BECAUSE THE LATCH BRACKET MISPOSITIONS THE ROTARY LATCH TO THE COCKPIT COVER. AS A RESULT, THE COCKPIT COVER MAY NOT STAY LATCHED TO THE ROOF RACK AND COULD SEPARATE FROM THE ROOF RACK. THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REAR SHELL ROOF RACKS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES BY DAIMLERCHRYSLER.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, WATER AND IMPURITIES CAN ENTER INTO THE IGNITION SWITCH, CAUSING A SHORT CIRCUIT.Learn more »
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The design of the intake and exhaust manifolds allow for debris collection in the area of the number three cylinder. This may cause a fire hazard. Dealers will install a manifold shield to modify air flow characteristics to prevent debris accumulation.
2002 Jeep Wrangler Questions and Answers
My problem is the instrument panel on my 2002 jeep wrangler, it does not work sometimes(nothing) then I tried disconnecting the battery terminals then reinstalling them, all is fine till the next t...
When turning at a reduced speed there is a popping/grinding noise that is coming from the area of the front right side/tire, but when driving in a straight line does not happen. What could this pos...
the jeep starts, idles, and runs fine but when driving on the hwy (65+mph) at about 2000 to 2250 rpms the engine hesitates, jerks almost like it misses pass that point its fine and also before too....
What all is involved with changing from a 2.5 to a 4.0 engine. We are unable to locate an engine replacement at 2.5 so want to know where we can find out about what all is necessary to change to 4.0
2002 Jeep Wrangler Reviews
I've owned my '02 Wrangler SE, 2.5/Auto since 2006, purchased with 30k on it, one owner. It now has 62k.
Obviously, it's a Jeep, it rides like one, slow, wanders, solid axles, etc, etc, etc. Being a Jeep aside, the TJ is pretty livable as a daily driver compared to a YJ. Even with a 3-speed auto & 4.56 gears I survive on the highway and Boston/NYC traffic, I just don't do much passing. Of course the 4.0L would help, but you don't really want to be exceeding 70 for safety's sake.
The TJ is better in the snow than any other vehicle I've driven, including Subarus and 4x4 Chevys. Absolutely unstoppable with the right tires.
The problems I've had: Dry rotted hoses. And seals. Granted, she's 8 years old now, so I expect it to a degree. Drivetrain has been pretty good overall. The auto transmission is not a good choice, I plan on replacing it with an AX-5 as soon as it dies. (The auto played into the below-book price I paid for it as well.) I have had a persistent P0455 "Gross Evap Leak" from one source or another. Rough road conditions, i.e. New England construction season can make a habit of eating your sway bar drop links. Replace them with aftermarket greaseable zerk type links for longer life. Expect noises and rattles throughout the vehicle for the duration of the time you own it. The A-pillar leak is annoying. I'd blamed my Besttop Two-Piece hard top. If your Wrangler wears the Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tires, expect to hydroplane at any speed above 30. I suggest BFG A/Ts for all on-road driving conditions.
I love my TJ, but I can't say anything nice about the JK Wrangler. The Chrysler 3.8 is a boat anchor. This is coming from a AMC 2.5 I4 owner. Instead of buying a new Wrangler, I'll probably just continue to keep the rust off this one and rebuild, starting with a manual trans swap, and then swapping either a 4.0 and boring it to 4.6, or a Chevy V8.
I purchased my 2002 Wrangler in 2006 with 48k miles...She ( yes SHE) now has 102k miles. I cannot complain one bit I knew what I was buying. The gas is horrendice , the ride is not quiet, the Jeep looks like a town house going down the road. But If i wanted alll those things I wouldn't by a Jeep. I plan on driving her untill the wheels fall off or my wheel stop spining. People say "that car just doesnt look dependable" ...I say lets compare repair cost's . My jeep has only seen a repair shop for tires and balancing ...Any other repairs can be done by a mechanicaly knowledge individual ( which I am) . Hands Down owning a Jeep is like having a dependable partner by your side.
I purchased my '02 Jeep Wrangler in fall of '01 and it's given me no issues. I do follow the recomended maintenance schedule that is published by Jeep and though it's probably costed me the price of another wrangler. I feel that not having a jeep payment for the past 5 years is well worth the cost of maintenance. Looking forward to pushing another 100k miles on this reliable little jeep.