Our shop has serviced countless Jeep Wranglers through years of intense off-road enjoyment across brutal trails, through deep mud pits, and over rocky terrain. Jeep owners expect and embrace a certain degree of noise, leaks, and breakdowns as part of the adventure with their tough and rugged Wranglers.
However, even hardcore owners eventually face extensive repairs when critical components inevitably begin wearing out after years of heavy use in harsh conditions. Through experience working across Wrangler models from the classic 1987 YJ all the way through current JL Rubicons, our master technicians have amassed specialized expertise related to these iconic 4×4 machines. We keep a meticulous record of every common issue presenting in our service bays.
Here are five of the most common problems we end up fixing for local Jeep owners across model years to keep their precious rides functional through the years:
Electrical Havoc from Failing TIPM Units
The Totally Integrated Power Module controls virtually every major system from fuel delivery to airbags to automatic transmission shifting. But consistent reliability has not been so “totally integrated” into the TIPM’s function. Owners endure no-start conditions, random horn honking, sliding door openers, and even shifting issues when the computer module corrupts. Our expert Jeep technicians methodically diagnose TIPM issues to determine if rebuilding or replacing the component will restore proper Wrangler functionality.
The Infamous “Death Wobble”
Few sensations terrorize Wrangler drivers more than the steering wheel violently shaking after hitting potholes or slamming on brakes. The “death wobble” occurs when loose steering components allow too much play and oscillation. Determining the specific worn part at fault requires meticulous inspections of tie rod ends, control arms, ball joints, steering stabilizers and more before replacements restore stability.
Problematic Automatic Transmission Operation
Consistent trouble shifting properly plagues certain Wrangler model years, evidenced by reverse slamming into gear and other symptoms. Pattern failures trigger manufacturer recalls for extended warranty coverage on replacing prone transmission and drivetrain hardware. Our technicians proactively monitor active recalls to inform owners still waiting on official notifications when repairs become eligible.
Backfiring Engine Pops under Acceleration
The Jeep community accepts a certain degree of noise from their trusty inline 6-cylinder and legendary V8 powerplants. But backfiring pops and bangs during throttle tip-in signal internal issues. Dialing in the ignition timing provides some relief, but continued backfires after replacement plugs still require fuel mixture adjustments so engines run clean.
Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Failure
The tiny TPS relays critical airflow data to engine computers, where any inaccuracies cause extensive drivability hiccups. Symptoms like surging, sputtering acceleration, shifting delays and reduced power often trace back to a bad TPS begging for replacement. Our electronic diagnostics quickly pinpoint faulty sensors to prevent damage to other components.
As a top-rated mechanic shop among Wrangler communities, we’ve assisted thousands of owners in keeping their Jeeps running strong well past 100,000 miles. Don’t hesitate to call us at the first sign of issues delaying your next epic adventure!
Whether you need rapid fixes to get back on the road like throttle position sensor or ignition timing adjustments, or more involved repairs like transmission rebuilds or engine removals for cracked cylinder heads, our shop has you covered. We know every obstacle you face is another weekend of adventure lost with friends and family. That’s why we provide quality repairs at fair prices on even the most complex issues other shops attempt to avoid.
Don’t leave your Jeep’s fate to just any repair shop – our Wrangler specialists have the parts, knowledge and genuine dedication to the community required to keep your truck running strong for years. We can’t wait to hear all about your next epic journey off the beaten path!