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1998 Jeep Wrangler engine problems

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 022003

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles


1998 Jeep Wrangler, 4.0L. These two issues are on service bulletins, but should be recalls. The first issue occurred as my wife was driving when the valve springs snapped, stopping the car in the middle of the interstate. Discussed in detail on service bulletin 182298, initially issued before I even purchased my car. It was very frustrating to find out that Jeep was aware of such a dangerous issue and did nothing to prevent such failures from occurring. The second is a very widespread and documented problem when the main instrument cluster spontaneously stops working, including the speedometer, odometer, air bag indicator, fuel gage, oil gage, etc... discussed on service bulletins, 081599 I believe. You cannot tell your speed, how much gas you have, etc... another implication is that the odometer is incorrect on many Jeep.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #5

Apr 292001

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Out of town business trip. Stranded.....driving at 65mph, loud metal to metal thud under hood. Oil gauge dropped to 0, engine died, wouldn't start. No warning lights or gauge activity prior. Towed to out of town dealer. Stated oil pump failure, caused rod to go through block. Had towed back to purchase point dealership, confirmed oil pump failure. Oil changed 1 week prior as part of usual maintenance. Attempted to have Chrysler warranty as engine was more than properly maintained. Prior problems, dash cluster, exhaust system replaced do to failure. (exhaust replaced week prior to engine failure) dealership believes diamler-Chrysler should warranty engine. Diamler-Chrysler declines.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #4

May 052001

Wrangler 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 70mph and heard loud noise, and back in lifted up. Front had dropped, and driveshaft was defective. Had it towed to dealership, and mechanic told him that crankshaft needed to be replaced. Consumer states drive shaft bounced off of street and hit floor board ripping hole in floor next to driver's foot.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 221998

Wrangler 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Block assembly and intake and exhaust valves at #4 cylinder failed.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 011998

Wrangler 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine valve failed.

- Aliso Viej, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 231998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Clock spring in steering column shorted out also, engine controller, and horn failure.also air bag and cruise control lights came on.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

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