I am new to the world of Jeeps and to this forum.I see a great amount of Jeep wisdom going around and thought someone might be able to give me some assistance .
I bought this Jeep yesterday. It is a 1999 Wrangler SE with the 2.5 motor.
When I test drove the Jeep I did not hear this noise and not until I got it home and after the engine had warmed up I heard a slapping type noise coming from under the hood. At first I thought it was a fan rub or something like that,but the noise comes from inside the motor somewhere. One of my friends who is a Jeep fanatic listened to the sound and thought it was maybe a bearing in the water pump.I took it to a mechanic who listened to the engine with a stethoscope and he thinks it has something to do with the timing chain. After poking around a bit I found a thread in another forum about someone who had the same problems.
I ask the mechanic who is guessing it is a timing chain issue, what it would cost to repair it. He said about $1000.00 dollars. Upon hearing this I about cried.My wife is pissed off at me now and my male ego has been bruised. When I bought the vehicle I purchased it "As Is" and from a small used car lot, so the problem will probably fall 100 percent on my shoulders.
Any help other than the obvious " You should have been more careful buying this vehicle" would be greatly appreciated. I know I cannot afford a $1000.00 repair bill as I was just laid off.
Sorry to sound like such a numb skull on my first post, but I am not sure were else to turn. Maybe this repair is something I could do myself ...i dunno.Other than the engine problems I do love this Jeep and hope it is something that can be dealt with.