Jeep Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Jeep as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Engine oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and timing cover gasket are common.

A loud buzzing or whining when the transmission is in reverse may be caused by a regulator valve in the transmission valve body. A revised valve was released that does not resonate. Careful diagnosis should be performed because other causes can create the noise.

The ABS light can come on, indicating an ABS pump motor circuit fault. This is most likely to occur in warmer areas (above 90° F) and usually after a quick stop, like a refueling. If no faults can be found in the pump motor circuit after proper diagnostics, there is a revised ABS control module which should correct this concern.

Software updates are available to solve various Check Engine Light and warning light related issues.

The AC evaporator drain commonly clogs and causes water to leak onto the passenger side floor. A sloshing noise may also be heard from the water inside the heater housing. Decaying organic debris in the housing may cause an odor. A service bulletin (TSB 24-06-96) was released; it describes how to clean the drain tube without removing the heater AC housing.

A ticking noise may be noted when vehicle is cold due to an exhaust leak caused by broken exhaust manifold bolts. Replacement of these bolts and associated gaskets is necessary to fix the condition.

Water leaks may be noted from the front and/or rear roof area. Our technicians recommend to inspect the roof ditch and sunroof - Check all grommets and plugs, reseal roof seams, and replace the sunroof drain tubes if necessary.

Vehicles with manual temperature control may develop a condition where warm air is coming from the instrument panel outlets when cold has been selected. Our technicians tell us a revised air distribution housing is available to correct this concern.

Vehicles equipped with a MYGIG radio may encounter a dead battery condition. This can be caused by the radio not powering down properly. Flickering of the radio backlighting when the radio should be powered down would indicate a fault requiring replacement of the radio.

Water leaks may be noted from the front and/or rear roof area. Our technicians recommend to inspect the roof ditch and sunroof - Check all grommets and plugs, reseal roof seams, and replace the sunroof drain tubes if necessary.

The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops.  There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.

Due to the design of the reverse gear system in the AX-15 manual transmission, it may block shifting into reverse one out of every ten attempts. An updated reverse gear is available if the concern becomes more frequent.

The outer exhaust manifold studs can break and cause exhaust leaks, commonly noted as a ticking type noise. The outer studs, clamps, and nuts will need to be replaced and are now being tightened to a reduced torque value (20 Nm/180 in lbs).

If the power door locks are buzzing or are intermittently noisy, a new door latch assembly may solve this. The door lock actuators are integrated into the latch assemblies.