This was posted by a friend and I think it’s a great starting point for any new off-roader.

4wheelparts Guide

Posted by mechanic, filed under Information. Date: August 29, 2014, 9:10 am | No Comments »

This was the look of the Pumpkin being transported to the school for the kids. Funny how a full half of a Cherokee will fit in the back of that trailer. And with the axle and wheels on it no less!!

I’ll be getting more pictures of the progress soon!

Posted by mechanic, filed under Uncategorized. Date: May 25, 2010, 2:36 pm | No Comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog about Jeep life. Life has been keeping me busy… with that said.. a friend of mine is a going to have his shop students work on Pumpkin. He’s a teacher and thinks it would be a great project for the kids to get dirty with. I can’t agree more! It will be fun for them. So soon updates will be coming with new photos of the progress, more info about the students and such.

Posted by mechanic, filed under Pumpkin. Date: April 2, 2010, 12:00 pm | No Comments »

31  Jan
Photo gallery

I got an email from Tim asking to see some pictures of my Silver XJ with the Moab wheels. These are just a few. Still working on the project. These have BFG AT 31’s with a 3.5″ lift. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery

Posted by mechanic, filed under Information. Date: January 31, 2009, 2:41 am | No Comments »

Needed to rotate the tires before winter comes in. BFG AT’s were beginning to “cup” a little bit.

Posted by mechanic, filed under Maintenance. Date: November 2, 2008, 4:51 pm | No Comments »

Well… it finally happened. The dreaded blower motor problem. But it wasn’t as bad as one might think (other than dealing with cold mornings!).

One thing that was nice was this great little write up on GLXJ .
I did have to order the part from Autozone as it’s NOT a stock part (silly people). Duralast CR158 is the replacement which is only $39.99 but takes about 3 days to get.

Blower Motor Resistor

Posted by mechanic, filed under Maintenance. Date: October 6, 2008, 9:40 pm | No Comments »

Oil change (actual 122,540)

  • Replaced oil filter with Mobile 1 M-301
  • Replaced oil with Mobile 1 Drive Clean 5000 5w30 (5 Quarts)
  • Lucas Oil Treatment (1 Quart)

Replaced throttle body with big bore unit
Recharge K&N air filter (stock dropin)
Topped off washer fluid
Fuel treatment additive
Greased all zerk fittings (front end/drive shaft)
Installed Pioneer DEH-P4900IB w/iPod cable

Posted by mechanic, filed under Maintenance. Date: August 30, 2008, 10:24 pm | No Comments »

I got an email from Matt asking about how to get the lift gate gas struts out and replaced. This might be a simple thing but not until you’ve done it once or twice.

So, this is usually a 5-10 minute job to replace both gas struts, and I do recommend replacing both at the same time. That gate coming down on the head will leave a bump!

Have a friend with you holding the gate in the up position. Work on the first strut by removing the (2) 10mm bolts at one end. Then with a small screw driver, on the ball end, you’ll see a “clip” retrainer holding on the ball. Facing you there will be a small divit for getting the screw driver in and pulling the clip out part way. This will allow the strut to be removed. Replacement is done in reverse, just pull the clip out part way put the strut in place and lock the clip down. Then it’s just putting the bolts back in for the opposite end. Now, switch spots with your friend and do the other side.

Matt – I’ll try to get pictures up tomorrow as a reference. And thank you! I try to get to all questions and as our parents told us, “there is no such thing as a dumb question”. If you don’t ask, you’ll never learn. So ask and I’ll try to get to them all as quickly as I can. And happy jeeping!

Posted by mechanic, filed under Information, Maintenance. Date: June 30, 2008, 9:58 pm | No Comments »

Based on this comment I thought I would give a little extra tip while answering the question.

Tony is getting a 112 error code with his 05 TJ 4.0L. Nice thing about the 4.0L, it’s the same in every Jeep it finds a home in. So, while it’s not very common this sensor dies, it is possible. I’ve had it happen with a previous motor swap. The “new” donor motor did have a bad sensor. It’s a quick and painless R&R (remove and replace). If you have an Autozone in your area, the website calls the sensor a “Air Charge Sensor”. Don’t ask, I still don’t get how they come up with different names than a service manual has. Part number is: SU3036 and is price at $27.99.

IAT sensor location

If you click on this picture for a larger version, you’ll see I’ve highlighted the sensor itself on the 4.0L intake. If you feel adventurous, you can follow Dino Savva’s instructions for relocating the IAT to the air box. I personally have not done this mod yet, but I’m sure I will in the future when I have more mods to do under the hood. Right now, it’s bone stock for me.

Hope that helps and gives a bit more insight to the IAT.

Posted by mechanic, filed under Information. Date: May 18, 2008, 9:03 pm | No Comments »

Odd thing, you always want to know that the blood in your motor is always flowing. The only way to know that is the oil pressure gauge. Mine decided to have issues recently. On cold start it would go to 40-50psi and under acceleration, it would peg out over 80+psi. Knowing that I normally run 40psi cold and 25psi on hot idle, I started poking around the net for a reason. After finding more than one comment on NAXJA about high oil pressure gauge pegging out and it being caused by a bad oil pressure switch, I figured it was time to replace mine. Autozone had it in stock (#PS401) for $46.99. It is mounted just above the oil filter on the 4.0L motor. Using a 1 and 1/16″ socket to remove the old one, the new one already came with pipe dope on the threads. This is to make a good seal, remember this is under pressure. Total time for R&R was about 15 mins, that includes cleaning up and toping off fluids. An easy fix, a bit pricey for such a small thing, but well worth it to make sure you can see how your motor is running!

Posted by mechanic, filed under Maintenance. Date: March 22, 2008, 10:32 pm | No Comments »

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