8 Early Warning Signs Your Jeep Has a Problem

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Has your Jeep been acting up? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. We’ve heard stories of owners having problems after 100 miles and lucky ones who get up to 10,000 miles free of any issues.

Your Jeep usage will clearly have a significant impact on how quickly you’ll experience problems, if you’re wheeling it hard expect fairly consistent snags, if she’s clean and only used at the weekends you might be one of the lucky ones.

There are a few common areas that will usually require addressing. We decided to pull together some of the issues and hopefully help make your Wrangler day a brighter one!

Leaky Hardtop

We’ve heard lots of stories about this. Water will start to leak from the top corner of the passenger side door, splashing on the seat and the door arm rest. It seems to come from the top part of the hard top. A few drips is normal in intense rain but if this keeps happening take it to your dealer.

Fuel Overflow

The 2005 and 2006 Wrangler TJ models have an issue with the fuel system. There is no way of fixing it, it’s a flaw in the design of the tank. Essentially the pump will keeping pumping fuel out onto the side of your Jeep! There is a work around for this issue but it’s not perfect!

  1. Insert the pump into your tank
  2. Stuff plenty of paper towels around the nozzle to cut off the pathway of gas to the escape tank
  3. Start pumping!

Steering Knock

When it gets hot, you might have felt the steering column knock, like there’s a loose bushing. If you hit small divits in the road or swing the wheel from one direction to another it can also happen.

GroundHawg from Wranglerforum.com solved the problem by pumping up the boot located on the steering shaft with regular black chassis grease.

Transfer case clip breakage

Lot’s of owner report the clips breaking on the transfer case linkage. Purchase some extra clips from your dealer just in case. Locating it can be a small problem, follow the front drive shaft back to the transfer case, the lever is next to where the shaft comes out of the case.

Ticking Noise Due To Broken Exhaust Manifold

The outer exhaust manifold studs can break in the Wrangler and cause exhaust leaks, you’ll experience a ticking type noise. The outer studs, clamps and nuts will need to be replaced.

Engine Not Starting Due To Wireless Control Fault

This issue can develop due to electronic lockup of the wireless control module (WCM). When this module fails the remote keyless entry system will also stop working. The WCM will most likely need replacing.

Engine Oil Leaks

If you start noticing a burning smell 1-3 miles after starting your Jeep, you may have a leak. It can be expensive to fix, especially if you have to replace the gasket. Take it down to your dealer and get it checked out.

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