definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,600 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler engine problems

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 082009


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a local shop where the contact was informed that the oil pump drive gear was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 42,000 and current mileage was 49,000.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 082010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact was traveling 10 mph when all of the warning lights illuminated on the dashboard and the oil pressure indicator displayed a reading of zero. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact had the oil pump drive gear replaced. There were no prior warnings of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 50,000.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #3

Apr 052010


  • 30,000 miles
On March 13, 2010, my 2005 Jeep Wrangler displayed a check engine light. The code was P0302. When cleared, the code did not return and the Jeep ran normally until approximately March 26, when it went into a "limp mode" (rev limiter moved to 2500 RPM) after being revved to 4500 RPM. When restarted, the vehicle ran fine, although the check engine light came on. The code was P0344. When the code was cleared, it did not reappear. However, revving the engine to 4500 RPM in all gears except reverse (N-1-2-3-4-5-6) reproduced the above results without fail. On March 28, a replacement camshaft position sensor was ordered by myself, and was installed on April 2. after the install, revving the engine to 4500 RPM once again put the vehicle into a "limp mode". I made the decision to take the Jeep to South point Chrysler Dodge Jeep in austin, tx. On May 6, I was informed that standard diagnostics could not find the issue, and the dealer requested 4 hours of tear-down time to inspect the camshaft area for damage based on recommendations from Chrysler. Upon approval, it was discovered that the oil pump gear and camshaft were heavily damaged possibly due to causes outlined in NHTSA item # 10013784. When Chrysler was contacted for this, they informed me that, along with the fact that the VIN of my Jeep is outside of the VIN range of the tsb, there was no "definitive proof" that the oil pump gear had damaged the camshaft as opposed to vice versa and they would be unable to assist in the repair cost. I am requesting an expanded tsb on this issue, as there appears to be more problems here than Chrysler is willing to admit.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 022009


  • 86,000 miles
2005 Jeep Wrangler (tj in Canada). Check gauges light came on while driving on highway. Drove to get off at exit. Car stalled and would not restart. Towed to dealership. Gears on oil pump were stripped and no oil got to engine -as a result engine seized. Apparently there was a service bulletin but it seems that the serial # on my oil pump is not within the range of the bulletin. At 138,000 km I have to replace an engine (outside of warranty).

- Mississauga Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #1

Jul 012006


  • miles
I bought my 2005 Jeep unlimited with 6,000 miles on it. I have been to the dealership seven times to have it fixed. My major complaint is it surges out of control when taking my foot off the brakes from a stopped position. It does it in drive and in reverse without warning. The dealership has no solution. I also have a problem with the steering wheel shaking once I hit a small bump in the road, as small as the reflectors that line the middle of streets. There are times the steering wheel shakes so hard that I have to let go of the steering wheel. They have replaced my steering stabilizer arm, I've had the rotors turned I've replaced the brakes.replacing the stabilizer arm seemed to help for a short time. My other issue with this lovley death trap of mine is when I run the A/C the whole thing bogs down like I'm pulling an eighteen wheeler out of a ditch. The dealership solution was to come in and test drive another Jeep to see if I "actually have a problem". when I take my car to the dealership they keep it for at least two weeks and the problems are still there.my advice to other Jeep owners with these problems is to always take the back roads and always leave a car length of space all the way around your Jeep, and never use the A/C!these problems began at about 10,000 miles and my Jeep just rolled over32,000 miles.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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