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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:34 pm    Post subject: TJ Known defects Reply with quote

while looking up the water under the dash defect I came across a whole list of known defects for the TJs , just wanted to share what I found

1997-2005 Jeep Wrangler: Reliability
Trouble Spots
Consumer Guide's® Auto Editors have scoured repair bulletins and questioned mechanics to search for commonly occurring problems for a particular vehicle. In some cases we also give possible manufacturer-suggested solutions. In many instances these trouble spots are Technical Service Bulletins posted by the manufacturer, however, we have our own expert looking at additional vehicle problems.

Doors: The doors may not unlock with the key, requiring replacement of the door latches. (1997)
Fuel gauge: The gas-gauge needle may not point to full, may show 1/8 to 1/4 full when the tank is empty. (1997)

Fuel odors: The gas tank may fill slowly or the pump nozzle will keep shutting off due to a problem with the fuel-tank venting system. (1997)

Manual transmission: High shift effort on 5-speed manual transmission may be remedied with a replacement shift shaft lever and shift detent plunger. (1999-2000)

Steering problems: Fluid leaks from the power-steering reservoir. (1997)

Water leak: Water may leak onto the passenger-side front floor due to leaks in the heater and air-conditioner housing or from a problem with the evaporator drain tube. (1997)

Consumer Guide® Estimated Repair Costs
This table lists costs of likely repairs for comparison with other vehicles. The dollar amount includes the cost of the part(s) and labor (based on $50 per hour) for the typical repair without extras or add-ons. Like the pricing information, replacement costs can vary widely depending on region. Expect charges at a new-car dealership to be slightly higher.

Item Name Repair Cost

A/C Compressor $375
Alternator $315
Automatic Transmission or Transaxle $930
Brakes $270
Clutch, Pressure Plate, Bearing $2,165
Exhaust System $220
Radiator $300
Shocks and/or Struts $190
Timing Chain or Belt $200
Universal Joints $220

NHTSA Recall History
1997 w/manual steering: Driver's airbag-wiring harness can break when steering wheel is turned to "full lock" position; in crash, airbag would not deploy.

1997: Airbag could deploy inadvertently when ignition is shut off.

1997: Airbag-control module on some vehicles contains an error that can delay deployment in certain crash situations.

1997-03 w/Bestop hardtop and roof rack: With some rear shell roof racks made for use with aftermarket Bestop hardtop, cockpit cover may not stay latched and could separate from the roof rack.

1998: Front-seatbelt shoulder anchors were not properly heat treated and hardened; in a crash, occupant may not be properly restrained.

1998: Power-brake booster-vacuum reservoir diaphragm can split or tear; may cause increase in engine-idle speed and loss of power brake assist.

1999: Instrument-panel ground-attachment screws could loosen over time, possibly affecting gauges and/or defroster.

2001: Some of the owner's manuals for these vehicles are missing instructions for properly attaching a child-restraint system's tether strap to the tether anchorage.

2001-02: Water may leak into the ignition switch, causing a short circuit and possibly a fire.

2002 w/4.0-liter engine: Debris can accumulate in the intake and exhaust manifolds, increasing the risk of fire.

2005 w/42RLE automatic transmission: Cup plug that retains park pawl anchor shaft may be improperly installed; if it changes position, vehicle may not be able to achieve -Park+ position.

Defects on older jeeps
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Location: Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Virginia

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow....haha, nice find

I've had problems with the floorboard leaking, and the fuel pump cutting off.

Keep the vents off when not in use, and pull the nozzle out, then put it back in and both problems are solved, lol. Mr. Green
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