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1998 Jeep Wrangler engine problems

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #6

May 232001

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles


Mechanic stated that the oil pump came loose because it wasn't correctly tightened at the factoey. This caused the crankshaft and bearings to burn up. The oil pump should not have come loose @ 26000 miles, it is a weekend vehicle it is also out of warranty.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 072000

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Car died suddenly in busy hwy rush-hour traffic, gage showed over1/4 tank gas, almost got rear-ended w/sudden loss of power, gas pedal not responding, lights still worked..tow-truck driver said he had seen lots of G.jeepchekees died suddenly w/gas-gauge showing gas in tank&when a bit of gas was added, they started.we added qt.gas and our car started, still showing +1/4tank.this sudden death could have caused serious accident plus we had to leave car and exit in middle of very busy road..maybe Wrangler have same problem as gr.Cherokee?this is very scary and was fine and no warning before it died.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 221998

Wrangler 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Block assembly and intake and exhaust valves at #4 cylinder failed.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 181999

(reported on)


  • miles


Driving at approximately 50 mph engine totally shut down/inoperative without any warning, causing a loss of control.the consumer had to pull emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. Prior to this incident, consumer had problems with the check engine light coming on every 2-3 months, but dealer cannot determine what was causing the problem.

- San Franciso, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 081998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Engine had a clatter noise and short block was replaced. Ever since, there has been excessive vibration whenever vehicle is running - does not have to be moving. Previous engine did not have vibration. Other vehicles test driven to compare do not vibrate as strongly. Dealer states this is a normal vibration and will not do anything about it. Rear axle housing had oil leak due to axle tube not seated properly into center housing. Complete rear axle assembly was replaced. No problems with this.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 151998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Engine ear main seal malfunction.

- Cary, NC, USA

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