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Old 01-16-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Just got some horrible news.

So my engine has been making this horrible squeaking noise. After replacing the belt...and then running the jeep with the belt off and a bunch of other crap...we decided that the noise was coming from the main bearings inside the engine. Plus I have a cracked head leaking coolant into the engine. Awesome..... so looks like I need a new engine. Anyone have one for sale? :-(

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That sucks man. Wish I could help.

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So my engine has been making this horrible squeaking noise. After replacing the belt...and then running the jeep with the belt off and a bunch of other crap...we decided that the noise was coming from the main bearings inside the engine. Plus I have a cracked head leaking coolant into the engine. Awesome..... so looks like I need a new engine. Anyone have one for sale? :-(
This is not 100% bad news. It's going to give you the opportunity to tear down an engine and try to fix it. Keep your costs low just incase it is, in fact, toast. When my Honda engine needed replacing I was devastated. But in the long run, I'm much happier with the new engine. GL. And don't rush.
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I don't have the tools or knowledge to repair the engine. I have a friend that is a master mechanic that is going to do the work for me. He just recommends finding an engine to replace it since the head is cracked and the bearings are bad. That would cost more to repair than to just get a used engine to replace it.
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If its your DD like mine is at the moment I can see how bummed you must be. The good news is you have a great reason for a fun project!

If you want to just swap out 4.0s there is a good amount of them on CL in my area, maybe yours too?

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll check out CL.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:29 PM   #7
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Coolant in the oil will do it every time. Which engine do you have?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:17 AM   #8
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Stroke it!

Well- maybe a motor swap via junk yard?
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Rebuilding might be more expensive but then you will have a fresh motor. Not another used one with who knows how much life left. And for a little bit more you could stroke it out like mentioned above.
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I'd love to rebuild it and stroke it if I had the tools and knowledge of how to do that. But I don't :-( I know just enough to get myself into trouble. Ill prob just look for an engine to swap in and then drive it til it dies. I still owe on my jeep for another 2 years.
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How do you know the head is cracked and it is not a blown head gasket? If all it is is a blown head gasket, it would cause coolant to get into the oil and wash the bearings out causing the bearing problem. But if you caught it quick enough, you could just be able to replace the blown gasket and the bearings and not be too bad off. Fact of the matter is you don't know what the problem is until you go in and look. If you end up changing out the motor, don't get rid of the one you have now. Take it apart yourself and have a machine shop take it and bore it and freshen it up. No one really has the tools to do this themselves, but I'm sure you have a basic set of tools, which is all you need to tear it down.

Just my 2 cents. Its what I do with old tractors, then turn around and sell them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #14
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My mechanic friend who I trust whole heartedly took a look inside the valve cover and decided the head was cracked. He said he has had to replace a lot of heads on these engines for cracking.

A little history about the jeep. I bought it in Sept of 2010 from a guy 9 hours away. I had a company inspect and test drive it for me since I could not. The inspection came back as everything was great and you're good to buy it. So I drove 9 hours and bought it. While driving home I got about half way stopped for some gas and when I turned the jeep on every light was flashing at me. So i popped the hood and checked the oil and it looked like he had never changed the oil the entire time he had the jeep...also it had no coolant. So I had it towed to a shop and flushed and filled. Ever since then I have had to add coolant to the reservoir about every 6 to 8 weeks. Flash ahead 2 years and I'm in the situation I am now.
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Rebuilding might be more expensive but then you will have a fresh motor. Not another used one with who knows how much life left. And for a little bit more you could stroke it out like mentioned above.
I did this on my camaro I have used a buddy's engine while I rebuilt the original. Yea in the long run it was more expensive but I now have the experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the engine and I got to do some upgrades. Love the engine now and I get bragging rights that I did all the work
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Ever since then I have had to add coolant to the reservoir about every 6 to 8 weeks. Flash ahead 2 years and I'm in the situation I am now.
I think that goes to show how tough these engine are...to run two years with coolant mixed with oil. That's better than I would have guessed.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:13 PM   #17
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So my engine has been making this horrible squeaking noise. After replacing the belt...and then running the jeep with the belt off and a bunch of other crap...we decided that the noise was coming from the main bearings inside the engine. Plus I have a cracked head leaking coolant into the engine. Awesome..... so looks like I need a new engine. Anyone have one for sale? :-(
You should try DAVEY's Jeep salvage its up in Northern Ohio

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You should try DAVEY's Jeep salvage its up in Northern Ohio

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This is what i would do also. The best part is you are in OH so thats a plus.
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My mechanic friend who I trust whole heartedly took a look inside the valve cover and decided the head was cracked. He said he has had to replace a lot of heads on these engines for cracking.

A little history about the jeep. I bought it in Sept of 2010 from a guy 9 hours away. I had a company inspect and test drive it for me since I could not. The inspection came back as everything was great and you're good to buy it. So I drove 9 hours and bought it. While driving home I got about half way stopped for some gas and when I turned the jeep on every light was flashing at me. So i popped the hood and checked the oil and it looked like he had never changed the oil the entire time he had the jeep...also it had no coolant. So I had it towed to a shop and flushed and filled. Ever since then I have had to add coolant to the reservoir about every 6 to 8 weeks. Flash ahead 2 years and I'm in the situation I am now.
Sounds like it probably had a cracked head when you bought. The coolant was probably in the oil. I would be pretty peeved with the inspection company.
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A little history about the jeep. I bought it in Sept of 2010 from a guy 9 hours away. I had a company inspect and test drive it for me since I could not. The inspection came back as everything was great and you're good to buy it. So I drove 9 hours and bought it. While driving home I got about half way stopped for some gas and when I turned the jeep on every light was flashing at me. So i popped the hood and checked the oil and it looked like he had never changed the oil the entire time he had the jeep...also it had no coolant. So I had it towed to a shop and flushed and filled. Ever since then I have had to add coolant to the reservoir about every 6 to 8 weeks. Flash ahead 2 years and I'm in the situation I am now.
Damn, too bad you didn't act on it right away. I'm pretty sure those inspection companies would be liable for major repairs like that...they'd have to be in order to instill confidence in the buyer to even use them. Was there a contract or anything that you signed?
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #22
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In retrospect I should have said something right away to the inspection company but like an idiot I didn't. Idk if there is a statute of limitations on something like that. But yeah I was not happy with them. Daveys jeep may be a good option for me. Ill have to check that out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #24
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I found a 4.0L from a 2006 Jeep with 32K miles on it for $1600. I wouldn't have any problems with this engine fitting in my 2002 Jeep would I? I assume it doesn't matter that mine is a manual does it? I wasn't sure if maybe they changed any of the electronics or if I would have a problem with my PCM working with a 2006 engine. What do you guys think?
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Should be a direct swap since your 02 also has coil-over-plug.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:51 PM   #26
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My jeep is in the shop this weekend getting a new engine. Lets hope all goes well. Possibly a new clutch too!
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Let us know how it goes.

I just went through a cylinder head repair myself; cost me about $1800 (including tools, rental car for 3 weeks, new cylinder head, new gasket set, new radiator, new water pump, new serpentine belt) and 35 hours of my life.

Still have a few minor difficulties post-repair (noisy fan) but I'm hoping for the best.
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Well while it was in the shop it's getting a new radiator and a new clutch. So I'm getting all that done for $1500 including the cost of the engine. Not a bad deal.
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Well while it was in the shop it's getting a new radiator and a new clutch. So I'm getting all that done for $1500 including the cost of the engine. Not a bad deal.
That's a smoking deal. If I ever need a engine swap I'm goin to that shop. Even I the shipping kills me. Lol
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #30
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Just got the jeep back. Got a new engine clutch radiator and water pump all for $1500. The jeep runs like it's brand new. Couldn't be happier! :-)

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