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.