Jeep Liberty Oil Problemsby Chris Orr
The Jeep Liberty is designed to use 10W-30 API motor oil when operating in normal temperature ranges. Oil and filter changes are recommended every 3,000 miles. When this schedule is not followed, engine problems may occur.
Dark Oil or Sludge
When the Jeep Liberty oil has not been changed in a long time or after heavy use, the oil filter stops filtering debris from the oil and it becomes dark with particles. These particles cause wear on engine parts. In extreme cases, the oil becomes sludge and clogs oil passages.
Milky or Watery Oil
Water drops in oil or milky oil is a symptom of a potentially more serious engine problem. A blown cylinder gasket, cracked cylinder head or engine block is allowing water to leak into the oil system. The engine needs to be checked as soon as possible.
Low Oil Levels
Low oil levels are a symptom of an oil leak. A leaky seal, broken gasket or worn piston rings or valve guides all could be the cause. If the piston rings are worn, the low oil levels may be accompanied by smoky exhaust.
- "Jeep Liberty 2002-04 Repair Manual"; Len Taylor and Tim Imhoff; 2004
Chris Orr began his career in 1988 as a sports writer. His work has appeared in "USD Vista," "UNLV Rebel Yell" and the "East Honolulu Newspaper" among other publications. Orr has a Bachelor Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Arts from the University of Hawaii in political science. He has worked in information technology since 1995.