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Old 07-29-2019, 08:00 AM
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NEED HELP: Instrument cluster fail to ceased engine?

Hi All,

I'm looking for some guidance on my 2001 Sahara TJ. I recently purchased the car from a private seller in CT and after a month of use, I realized that the instrument cluster was whacky (temp and oil gauge jumping up and down). After bringing it to the shop, they determined it needed to be reset and sent it to some guy in the Mid-West to fix it. Got it back... and the needles were right in the middle.

Here's the issue... after driving the car for 2 days, I started the car to a hard start. After driving a few miles, I heard a whirling/squeeking noise and then noticed the temp gauge climbing. At first I suspected that the instrument cluster was never fully fixed, but then I started smelling rubber and when I slowed the car idled like junk... and then the smoke came from under the hood... and before I could pull over to a safe place the car just stopped.

I brought it into the shop and the mechanic claims that the engine is shot and wants to charge me $7k to replace. But how does this just happen? Was this because they hooked up the instrument cluster wrong? The car was riding perfectly before this.

Please HELP! I've been dumping money into this Jeep and really would like to know how to discuss this issue with the mechanic if they are related.

Forever grateful for you all,

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Old 07-29-2019, 08:40 AM   #2
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2000 2001 4.0 have a crack prone head which forced a tupy redesign by Chrysler/Jeep

If the head develops the crack coolant level drops as coolant enters the crankcase and mixes with the oil

This coolant oil mix is a poor lubricant and destroys engine

Cluster did not cause this as it only reads data but being unaware of over temp and not monitoring oil level increase or coolant decrease may have contributed

If you continue to run overheated engine looking for safe place to pull over expect to risk major engine damage - live and learn but it will cost you

Original sale may have been after discovered crack in head
They change oil top off coolant and sell it quick - buyer beware - live and learn

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