hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,333 miles

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1998 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 072013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


Rear drive shaft sheared in two at a weld joint located between the shaft main tube body and universal joint part. The failure appears to be associated with an improper weld seam (weld on apparently a third of the circumference of the shaft tube appears not to have been completed). I don't know if the welding process was done manually or by machine and if by machine how many other shafts are similarly affected. I will mail a more complete copy of a write-up of the incident as well as photographs (I sent Chrysler. I contacted Chrysler and they have not followed up on the incident (other than a voice mail acknowledging receipt of a letter from me and they would look into the matter. That has been close to 5 months of no response.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 221999

Wrangler 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 65mph, heard what sounded like a bomb had blown up under vehicle. Heard metal against metal rattling & then a loud bang. Vehicle stopped completely on highway. Had vehicle towed to dealer. Was informed by mechanic that the drivetrain had exploded. The dealership refused to repair due to not being under warranty.

- Newton, MA, USA

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