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Old 02-10-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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2002 Jeep Wrangler 6 cylinder

I own a 2002 Jeep Wranger 6 Cylinder. Actually, it is my wife's vehicle.
On the occasion that I was in it, I would sometimes hear a small "pop" sound. It *was* of no concern.

The last time I rode in it (two days ago), I heard it twice. Once, same as always. Next time, a little louder than usual. I even asked her if something was in the back compartment (that might have slid and hit the fender well) and made the noise.

I haven't had time to investigate it but this morning while she was on her way to work, she called me and said the popping noise was louder than it had been.

I told her I would check it tonight.

When she got to work, she called me and said that as she travelled further, there was a pretty loud POP. And, she thought the front-left was riding lower after the noise. When she got to work, she got out and checked and it is lower than usual (not significantly but she can see it).

I know this is hard to diagnose without looking at it - UNLESS it is something that happens alot with Jeeps. And that is what I am hoping for. I haven't seen the Jeep since this happened but I'm hoping someone can give me a headstart or point me in the right direction.

Anybody else have this problem and can you tell me what it might be?
Coil broke? Some other suspension part? Other?

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Old 02-10-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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places like firestone charges 20 bucks to look at it.. the best thing to do is take it to a shop.

its 99% rare that springs would break. it could be many things.. if you got pics that would help.

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Old 02-10-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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No pics yet as I have yet to see the Jeep.
We are taking it, conincidentally, to Firestone immediately after work.

So I doubt I'll get pics or anything.

Normally, I would fix myself but I just have the time right now - unless it is something simple.

I can say this. We had a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. It was a 4 cylinder but it took a beating - and that was the first year of the re-design!

This 2002... several nickel and dime problems (that many owners have experienced so they are not isolated), it seems. Probably be our last Jeep now that we have a child...

Still, if any body has an idea, I'd still appreciate any comments. Have a great day guys!
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:55 AM   #4
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After work, I went to swap vehicles with the wife so she didn't have to drive it. I quickly looked over the Jeep and immediately saw it was a broken Stabilizer Bar Linkage.

On the afformentioned 1997 we had, both broke and I replaced them. So I was not surprised to see that Jeep has not came up with a better idea on this poor design (IMO).

Anyhow, called the parts store. Stock. Had it out and new one in within 45 minutes.

Just wanted to let everyone know. Have a great day everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #5
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I would buy monroe.. same company as rancho.. well actually I did.. its 30% beefier than the stock.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:30 AM   #6
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I bought Moog. May not be as beefy as the Monroe you bought but definitely beefier than stock (stock is crap). And it has a grease-fitting.

The lack of a grease fitting on the stock unit is 99% of the problem, IMO.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #7
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Moog has great stuff, id say better then monroe
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
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MOOG & TRW are pretty much the better ones for TREs

98TJ / Hi-Lined / Zip Lockers / 35s

Family Rig / Tow Rig: 08 Tundra & 16ft Trailer
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