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bharkin 08-05-2010 08:24 AM

99 Wrangler Sport with some rust
I am looking at a 99 Wrangler, under the hood there is some rust on the the brake booster, brake lines, battery tray, etc. Is this a sign to stay away or not so bad?


Thanks for the help!

MAMMOTH 08-05-2010 08:35 AM

Is it surface rust or are things falling apart?
Lots of my older vehicles have a light coating of rust on things, but don't appear to be eaten away.
I'd make sure the frame and undercarriage aren't rotting away.

bharkin 08-05-2010 08:39 AM

I'm going over this afternoon to look at it, I found it online. From the pics I've seen, it looks good. I plan on a thorough inspection, but I have never owned a Jeep before and was just wondering if the amount and location of the rust on the engine was something to worry about.

bairy 08-05-2010 08:39 AM

Looks somewhat normal to me.. (NY & OH)

MAMMOTH 08-05-2010 08:46 AM

Went out and looked at my friends 97 and it has similar rust.
It wouldn't deter me from buying it.:thumbsup:

Coop02x 08-05-2010 08:52 AM

Like others have said, I would make sure the frame, tub, or other major components of the vehicle didn't have anything that was rusting through. Some surface rust isn't that big of a deal; you can just clean it up and put some paint on it.

If it has carpet, be sure to take a look up under it to make sure floor pans are in decent shape.

Good luck! Hope it works out for you!

herbiehind 08-05-2010 08:56 AM

x2 the lines are easy replace . use a welders' pick or hammer on the frame and listen to the steel . if it sounds like a bell everywhere it's good it it goes to a different pitch and there is scale there then you gotta look closer and see how soft .

Nonya 08-05-2010 09:29 AM

Its a sign its a real jeep LOL They ALL need the brake lines replaced because they rust badly. The local jeep dealer told me to buy a aftermarket kit because the replacement jeep lines will just rust again. I had to use buy the factory lines because i have ABS and no aftermarket company makes replacement lines.

I would check the frame VERY carefully, the 97 i bought had a bad frame and it was hard to see until I really checked it out. Looking for another jeep I checked the frames 1st and you would be suprised the low mileage jeeps i found with major frame damage.

The frames on these TJ's are fully inclosed along the center section. The HUGE INSANE holes in the sides of the frame allow dirt water salt etc into the frame but there are no drain holes to let it back out. SO after a while you can imagine the damage.

Look closely inside the large hole near the rear wheels on the side of the frame. If there is all kinds of rust and debris inside i'd stay away from it. My 97 was FULL of rusted metal from the inside of the frame....seems jeep didn't paint the inside!!!!!!!! or dip the frames for rust protection like you would expect.

PS ya know Toyota replaced the frames on low mileage trucks that had rust damage.

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