Jeep Wrangler Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Jeep Wrangler 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

Some models are susceptible to rear main oil seal failures in dirty or dusty conditions. As dirt and dust collect on the oil seal, the abrasion wears through the sealing surface. A spacer is used between the bell housing and engine that has a small slot in the 12 o'clock position. Filling this slot with RTV silicone and cleaning the seal area can help prevent damage to the seal.

When normal alignment practices do not bring components into the alignment specifications, offset upper ball joints are available.

"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.

The AC evaporator may freeze after extended use of the air conditioner. The output may feel low due to the restricted evaporator. Once the ice buildup melts, the AC operates normally. A revised low pressure cycling switch is available which may fix this concern.

If a growling noise can be heard from the AC compressor while the AC is on, a revised compressor is available which should correct this problem.

A hum or moan can be heard when the AC is turned on if the system is not charged with the correct amount of 134a refrigerant (.9 kPag or 32 oz).

Jeep issued an emissions recall in late 2006 to update the powertrain control module (PCM) software on certain 1997 - 1998 vehicles. As part of the recall, the catalytic converter will also be inspected for damage and replaced as necessary. To see if your vehicle is included in the recall you can visit the Jeep website (owners' section) that allows owners to input their VIN number and check the recalls on their vehicle.

If the clutch is slipping when the clutch disc is 2/3 worn or if the clutch slave cylinder dust boot is torn, there may be insufficient clearance between the clutch slave cylinder and the clutch housing. A 5mm shim is available from Jeep that is installed between the slave cylinder and the clutch housing.

The throttle body may accumulate an oily, black residue in the bore and on the throttle plate causing hard starting or possibly stalling when coming to a stop. The throttle body should be cleaned during regular maintenance but do not spray cleaners directly on or at the throttle position sensor (TPS) as this can damage the sensor.

Due to warped front brake rotors or variations in the thickness of the rotors, brake pulsations may develop. The best method to reduce pulsations is to use an "On the Car" brake lathe (as long as the rotors are suitable for turning). "On the Car" equipment can correct variations (or "runout") in the rotor surfaces because it also corrects variations in other components (e.g. the hub).

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If the power steering pump pulley is not installed in the correct position on the pump shaft, the drive belt may make a chirping noise and sound as though it is coming from another component.

If a thumping or creaking noise is heard from the transmission tunnel area while driving over bumpy roads, a transfer case shifter repair kit is available which should correct this concern.

A no crank or no start condition may develop due to electronic lockup of the wireless control module (WCM), also referred to as the Sentry Key Remote Entry Module (SKREEM). When this module fails the remote keyless entry system will also not operate. The WCM is commonly replaced to correct this concern.

On the Rubicon models there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to correct a condition where the differential lockers disengage or unlock when the key is turned off and then back on. The differential lockers will remain locked with the new software when the ignition key is cycled.

Internal leaks in the speed sensor or speed sensor gear adapter (speedometer adapter) are common. A revised speed sensor (white in color, old versions are black), used in production since November of 1993, solves the problem. If leaks develop between the sensor and the adapter or between the adapter and the transmission housing (transfer case if 4WD), a revised speedometer adapter is available.