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#1385 of 1888 Re: Engine Performance problem with my 1998 Jeep Wrangler [kategaunt]
Oct 13, 2008 (9:33 am)
kategaunt, your problem describes exactly a resolved problem with my '97 sport. It turned out that there was play in the distributor (not the cap) The play affected the timing. For example, when I went up an incline at high speed and gear and hit a small bump the car would "cough" and loose power. I went to the dealer spent about $425 ($200 for the new distributor) and now it runs perfectly (knock on wood). - R
#1386 of 1888 Re: Engine Performance problem with my 1998 Jeep Wrangler [rolfc]
Oct 15, 2008 (5:14 am)
Are we talking about an electronic whine in the speakers or a high pitched sucking sound? The only sucking sound mine makes is the gas tank draining when running uphill with 33's.
A squeal is likely bearing or other rotational rub (axles perhaps). A high pitched whistle would indicate a vacuum leak like Mac said. There are a LOT of ways to interpret your 'noise'.
An independent may be able to help and save you lotsa $$. The Jeep is NOT an overly complex vehicle to work on. Even *I* can do it!
#1387 of 1888 no oil pressure
Oct 19, 2008 (1:12 pm)
about two weeks ago my wife hit a rather large water puddle on the road in her 2004 jeep wrangler. about ten minutes later the instrument panel dinged and the check gauges light was on. the oil pressure read low (L). since then it would happen when taking off after a short idle. i replaced the oil pump with no avail. any ideas?
#1388 of 1888 2000 Jeep Wrangler won't start in the rain.
Oct 25, 2008 (5:06 pm)
Every time it rains, my car won't start. I replaced the battery and the starter recently. I know the battery works because the lights/radio/wipers all work fine. As soon as the sun drys the car, it starts and runs fine.
Oct 27, 2008 (11:13 am)
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#1392 of 1888 Re: 2000 Jeep Wrangler won't start in the rain
Oct 29, 2008 (8:28 pm)
If i go through a puddle it takes out my starter. I replaced my first one and 3 months later i need to replace again.
If i go through a puddle the starter goes.
Its not like im driving driving through lakes and I thought jeeps can go anywhere?
I have a 2door 2006 unlimited (long wheel base) manual.
i love my jeep but this is troubling and expensive.
#1393 of 1888 Re: 2000 Jeep Wrangler won't start in the rain [skratka]
Oct 30, 2008 (5:21 am)
I've driven my 97 through mud holes a few feet deep, and other than frying my TPS once due to stupidity, I have had ZERO electrical issues.
I suspect there is something elsewhere in the system that is causing the problem. You sure it isn't the PCM getting hosed and causing problems with the starter?
There are documents out there to waterproof your electrical. While not necessary, it may be beneficial to look that kind of stuff over to help you look over your electrical to see if you find a weak link in your system. Personally, I'd be checking the wiring setup going into the PCM and the starter. Perhaps mac would have some input as well.
#1394 of 1888 Re: 2000 Jeep Wrangler won't start in the rain [erickpl]
Oct 30, 2008 (8:13 am)
Perhaps mac would have some input as well.
Only that the post, and the previous one it concurrs with, make no logical sense.
Wranglers have design flaws that let water leak through the latest hardtops, sometimes through the rear window on previous model hardtops, and QC issues that sometimes allow water around poorly fitted door seals, heater seals, and windshield rubbers. A/C condensate drains have also been known to back up and dump water on the passenger floor.
However, I know of no issues that prevent starting after a shower (even with a new battery and starter) as in the earlier post, and after driving through a puddle (and with a new starter) as in the last one.
It's highly unlikely that the battery or either starter was at fault, and that there's more to this than has yet been explained.
General rule..... throwing parts at a problem rarely benefits anyone except the parts supplier. A logical diagnosis and testing of suspect components should be the first step, even if you have to pay to have it done. Mostly however, you can take a battery, alternator, starter etc., to an auto parts store and have it tested free. You can even take the whole vehicle to AutoZone and have any computer trouble code read free.
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