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Old 11-30-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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Questions on a new to me tj.

Hey guys,
So i just recently purchased a 2006 Wrangler 65. 4.0 6spd 29k miles. Stock except for a 2" spring spacer lift. (which i believe yall call that a budget boost?) This is my first Jeep, but it just seems like there is something off about it. Kinda has a dead spot in acceleration right after a shift into 2nd or 3rd gear, sometimes when accelerating with 50% or more throttle, it feels like the is a slight driveline vibration until about 3000 rpms. Also there is a very slight vibration/noise that starts at 60mph, the vibe/noise stops when i lift off the gas. Any Ideas wat it may be? No CEL, havent checked for codes yet..

Im really hopin theres no real problems with this thing, It has a warranty through the dealer i bought it from. I just dont wanna have to deal with all this with the newest vehicle Ive ever bought. Still like it though.....

Any help would be appricated.

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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the vibrations might be a u-joint. put the jeep in neutral, set the parking brake and crawl under it and try to move the driveshafts. if they move at all look into replacing the u-joints.

for the dead spots, i have an 02 with an auto. ... it is a huge "dead" spot from around 1600-1700 till about 2500ish.

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the vibrations might be a u-joint. put the jeep in neutral, set the parking brake and crawl under it and try to move the driveshafts. if they move at all look into replacing the u-joints....
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:27 AM   #4
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Since you have a warranty get it back to the dealer quick. For vibration, start with the simple stuff like wheel balance and alignment. For the flat spot play with the search function here..there will be a lot to read and lots of suggestions. Congrats on the new TJ and welcome to the site.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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So i got the jeep back from the dealer today. They say there is nothing wrong, that it operates as the vehicle was designed. And i personally think they are full of it. I know its a jeep and not a cadillac but theres no way this is how its soppose to drive. Still vibrates at highway speeds, Still vibrates/ accelerates rough when in 3rd, The lack of power for about a second or two after it is shifted into 3rd(also in 2nd but i normally take off in 2nd so its not as noticable). And ive noticed a very obvious clunk in the rear of the vehicle when the weight of the jeep shifts from side to side(backing out of my driveway at an angle, entering at parking lot thats not even with the road at angle, etc), that the tech couldnt hear. Also have noticed that while shifting the trans is noisey.

I went to college to be a tech, and am fairly knowledgeable around cars so im pretty sure this isnt in my head. My cousin was a tech for a few years before we went to the same college i did and then started working in a resto shop. But he told me the type of warranty i have was known as a aftermarket warranty where he worked and that the company always low-balled the dealership on the price so they really didnt like doing them. Is that right? Is the dealership bullshitting me?

Needless to same im pretty pissed at my new to me jeep, And the service department where i bought will eventually be pissed at me for bringing it back so much until they fix it right.

So if anyone has any ideas, it would be greatly appricated. Im more concerned about the driveabilty problem more than the vibrations.

Sorry this is long and kind of a rant....
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:26 PM   #6
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Yea definitely keep bringing it in back in and document it in case of lemon.

Transmission yea I think its going to be noisy, mine is noisy but I dont know how it compares up to yours.

It definitely shouldn't vibrate and did you check the U-Joints? the lack of power I cant comment on. However the clunk could you describe it a little more? Also make sure you dont have anything in the back of the jeep like underneath your rear seats...I definitely had a baseball bat there that would always clunk and I brought it to the dealership. I was definitely embarrassed.

but bring it back, are they atleast not a used car dealership?

Also whats a Jeep Wrangler 65?
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Yea definitely keep bringing it in back in and document it in case of lemon.

Transmission yea I think its going to be noisy, mine is noisy but I dont know how it compares up to yours.

It definitely shouldn't vibrate and did you check the U-Joints? the lack of power I cant comment on. However the clunk could you describe it a little more? Also make sure you dont have anything in the back of the jeep like underneath your rear seats...I definitely had a baseball bat there that would always clunk and I brought it to the dealership. I was definitely embarrassed.

but bring it back, are they atleast not a used car dealership?

Also whats a Jeep Wrangler 65?
2006 was the 65th anniversary - so 65 = 65th anniversary

And lemon laws won't cover you - they only cover new cars. the big thing I can say, is while I do believe that you're Jeep is experiencing some problem - understand that these things do clunk and clank and can make you worry. The "warranty" you got is something like a US Fidelis scam, or the Best Buy service plans. Basically covers nothing, and they're going to try to dick you over every time. Best thing to do is check your u-joints and go from there. There are enough people on the form that will help you out if you have cold beer and warm pizza
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Lemon Laws cover used cars too, they were created because of all the shady used car dealerships, well I dont know if that was the sole reason.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:59 PM   #10
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Im pretty sure the u-joints are good. Checked those when i crawled under the jeep before i test drove it. As for the lack of power for a couple seconds after the 2-3 shift, i noticed today that the clutch pedal seems to hang up at the very end of pedal travel. i noticed that the pedal tapped the bottom of my foot right as the lack of power stopped. It almost feels like the clutch is slipping without the rpm increase, or the computer is cutting timing or something.

As for the clunk in the rear , i figured a jeep would make some noise but im pretty sure this noise is alittle more than a normal banging around. This weekend im going to check jack it up check all suspension components and mounting points. And there is nothing under the rear seat or in the cargo area. To me it sounds like there is way to much slack in the R&P, which i doubt, or maybe loose suspension components. It is only heard on bumpy driveways/roads, going over uneven surfaces at a slow speed.

For the warranty i have, the dealer said it was soppose to not be a scam type deal like you see on the tv. But he could of been blowing smoke up my ass for all i know. Which would really suck because im paying extra on my payment every month for that warranty.

And it is a 65th anniversary edition, and from what ive read its got a d44 in the rear and i really dont want it to be a lemon because ive already become kinda fond of this perticular jeep even though it has been annoying the hell out of me.

I'll keep yall updated, and if i can find the cord for my camera i would post up some pics.

Thanks for the help guys...
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It varies from Jeep to Jeep, but with a BB you will sometimes need a T-case drop. 1/4" to 5/8" will fix it. Just stack washers between the frame and bracket until its gone. This will help get rid of vibrations and let you concentrate more on the dead spots in the throttle.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:50 PM   #12
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Basically what everybody said. About the clank is it loud? How about checking the control arm bolts it happen to me before. I still have a very smooth clank when I back from my driveway at like almost no speed
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Also make sure the exhaust is not tapping the shock I had this problem
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:40 PM   #14
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what's up everyone. I know i havent been on in awhile, but ive been really busy. Jeep still has the problems, but ive gotten used to most of it. The rear end still has the knock/clunk when the weight shifts or uneven terrain at a low speed. control arms and trac bar are all tight so maybe something in the rear??? And i now need the boot that is on the output of the transfer case to the rear driveshaft. so has anyone got one of these that has done a sye? 60 bucks just seems alittle steep so id like to find one used if i can.

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