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Old 06-14-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Exclamation Who can offer me advice?

I am a newbie, owned my Jeep for a couple years now and despite my never ending desire I haven't been able to off road or do much other than commute the gorgeous beach side Pacific Coast Hwy in my baby.

I have a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport Automatic that has had some strange off and on issues lately. Firstly, about 2 months ago it started leaking transmission fluid pretty heavily... Every day when I would check it would seemingly be a different sized puddle, either bigger or smaller, but every time it sat parked for longer than a few hours it would leak. Nothing was different though in the way it operated. That went on for about about 6 weeks, I checked all my levels all the time, and everything is normal, nothing was dropping and it was running consistently the same. About 2 weeks ago I noticed the leaking stopping, but at the same time I noticed when I was reaching about 50 MPH it would make the loud reving sound/wicked rocking/vibrating of the entire Jeep until I reached over 50 MPH, then it would stop and run as normal. After a week of this happening off and on, randomly (not every time) it began to make a clanking/knocking sound every time I started it if the engine was cold, then after it heated it up it wouldn't do it again, but as the time has gone on the clanking/ticking/rocking/clicking sound has gotten worse, and now happens every time the engine is started, and continues the entire time the car is running. When I accelerate it gets quieter, but speeds up. Popping the hood I can't tell where it is coming from (mostly 'cause I am a girl, and am unfamiliar with engines and what not... lol) but its definitely louder on the right passenger side of the Jeep, I can tell when its idling. My dad doesn't know much about Jeeps but he said it sounds like the transmission. It sounds and runs great other than the annoying clanking, topped with the suspension squeaking lol...

I am getting married next weekend, so all of my extra expenses are going into that, so I really cannot have it looked at for a couple weeks until I have some money, so I guess the main reason I am posting this is in hopes for some advice on whether or not I should continue driving it? As I said I really only commute in it, although its my only car, but I live in a beach town so I really only drive 10-20 miles a day.

Does anyone have a similar history? I am so afraid of janky mechanics too! HELP! I need advice.

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Old 06-14-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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Well I have a 1999 TJ Sport Automatic sitting in my garage with a giant transmission leak too so your not alone. Mine is from the Rear seal on the tranny. The seal is cheap and I have the tools so its not that big of deal.

Best bet is to climb underneath and see where it is leaking. It may be a simple transmission pan leak and you or your father can climb under with a 1/4" rachet and 5/16 socket and tighten up the bolts. Just be very careful to not over tighten hence the 1/4" ratchet.

If the tranny has been leaking and you haven't added any than I'm sure that the tranny is running low. Warm it up, set your parking brake, and put the transfer case in neutral. Then check the transmission fluid level. It should show down pretty low.

The knock could be engine related, when's the last time the oil was changed and have you checked it lately?

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. The leak has slowed to almost nothing as of lately, but I will look and try to find. I have checked before but I honestly never know what I am looking for.

I check the fluids every day to every other day cause my Jeep seems to burn through tranny fluid, power steering, and coolant about every 5 months so I am always checking levels. I checked the tranny fluid 2 days ago, like you said and its level is sitting just below the max line.

I got an oil change about 1500 miles ago, and last week I added the Lucas Oil stuff and it made the Jeep feel and run great, however it did not effect nor change the knocking/clanking sound it makes every time I start the engine or accelerate while driving.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Well, nevermind. I was off to work and right after I turned on to the highway a rod shot through the motor and its scrap now. Punctured the motor, through the oil pan. My baby's heart is broken
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