hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,893 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty cooling system problems

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 092014


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle overheated and the engine coolant spilled out. The check engine warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle stalled, but restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new water pump and radiator. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 052009


  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact smelled a burning odor of coolant. The temperature gauge displayed a high temperature. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane and the vehicle was turned off. The contact allowed the vehicle to cool down for thirty minutes before restarting it. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the radiator, radiator fan, and cooling temperature sensor were replaced. The failure continued to occur after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 195,000.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012009


  • 35 miles
I own a 2002 Jeep Liberty and within the last year I have replaced the serpentine belt, spark plugs, temp, brakes, rotors, all fluids have been change yearly, thecoils to spark plugs, etc. Alot of things have gone wrong. It has about 82,000 miles. It's overheating, shaking, my engine is burning all the coolant and oil as soon as it hits the engine I can hear it boiling under the hood now and it's not safe to drive anymore. I've had it towed to see what's going on, but I was told that my engine is shot and he has no explanation to why except that its burning all the fluids put in it everything else looks fine and is new thanks to me because I've been trying to figure out what is wrong with it and really to find out there is nothing I could do about it. So I called your Jeep dealerships and they say its not common for that to happen so is this a safety issue or is this engine defective? please help me I've done everything I could do.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #6

May 152009


  • miles


Air conditioning compressor fails to engage. I had to replace the compressor once already in 2007, service tech said the spring in the compressor must have broke. Needed to replace the compressor. Now 2009, and again having the same problem, the A/C compressor will not engage. Going to have it repaired this week !

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 102008

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact's vehicle was repaired in 2007 according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V288000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). One year later, while attempting to make left turns, he heard a loud popping noise coming from the rear driver's side tire. He has not had the vehicle inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The upper part of the radiator also produced a hairline crack, causing radiator fluid to leak from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who found the source of the leak at the radiator tube. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 81,000. Updated 10/14/08. The lower ball joint failed. Updated 10/15/08

- Espanola, NM, USA

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problem #4

Aug 222008


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While starting the vehicle, the electronic cooling fan blade separated and penetrated the shroud. A piece of the blade penetrated and stuck in the insulation of the hood. The dealer was notified and gave the contact the run-around. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 06V199000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan) for the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic or dealer at this time. The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 113,000.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the blower motor connector failed intermittently. Once he removed the plug from the blower motor, he found that the motor was corroded and sustained heat damage. The cables have all been burned. The current and failure mileages were 79,000.

- Moberly, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 022005

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Jeep Liberty, with 40,000 miles, A/C compressor is out and apparently not covered under warranty. This is a premature breakdown of this item. We are being told the repairs would exceed $800, which in itself is excessive.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lower all joint recall in Jan.04. Sept 04 I have it in the shop again for ball joint problem.also had the A/C tensioner fixed twice.this is an 02 Jeep Liberty sport.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

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