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Old 05-15-2018, 09:28 PM   #3346  
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Lol... Had to ask. I have to be honest and admit that I have had to do that myself. Currently trying to reduce all my projects down to one or two for the same reasons. Finding that I am spread out too thin and not getting anything at all completed or have any time to just enjoy life.
lol... yeah... and owning an XJ is like having 4 normal vehicle projects in one...(that never ends)... lol
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Welp... My ZJ has been completely reliable until recently. I noticed odd things with the steering, and the power steering pump has always leaked since I bought this Jeep. I kept the fluid level where it should be but the pump started locking up intermittently. So today I dropped it off at the same shop that services our fleet of vehicles at work. The owner quoted me a great price to replace the power steering pump. Only reason I don't do it myself is I live in an apartment where we are not allowed to work on vehicles. He just called me and said the harmonic balancer had come loose and was about to fall off. I guess that is the noise I was hearing at start up (thought it was the power steering pump). I'm also having him replace a leaking freeze plug, replace the valve cover gasket, replace the gasket on the water neck, and do an oil change. Hopefully that is all they find for now. But I will feel better getting these things taken care of.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:19 AM   #3348  
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Welp... My ZJ has been completely reliable until recently. I noticed odd things with the steering, and the power steering pump has always leaked since I bought this Jeep. I kept the fluid level where it should be but the pump started locking up intermittently. So today I dropped it off at the same shop that services our fleet of vehicles at work. The owner quoted me a great price to replace the power steering pump. Only reason I don't do it myself is I live in an apartment where we are not allowed to work on vehicles. He just called me and said the harmonic balancer had come loose and was about to fall off. I guess that is the noise I was hearing at start up (thought it was the power steering pump). I'm also having him replace a leaking freeze plug, replace the valve cover gasket, replace the gasket on the water neck, and do an oil change. Hopefully that is all they find for now. But I will feel better getting these things taken care of.
lol my friend... that first line of your post is an infamous one of many a Jeep owner. Seems like we're always chasing one project after the next. I guess some is to be expected on any vehicle of our Jeep's vintage... but as I've mentioned before jeeps tend to be "needy children". If we didn't love these damn things we'd drop them in the bin and roll it out to the curb. lol.

Also same thing here... can't do much more than an oil change or minor work to it where I live either... so even though there's a lot I know how to do myself, am forced to have it done elsewhere... which sucks.
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lol my friend... that first line of your post is an infamous one of many a Jeep owner. Seems like we're always chasing one project after the next. I guess some is to be expected on any vehicle of our Jeep's vintage... but as I've mentioned before jeeps tend to be "needy children". If we didn't love these damn things we'd drop them in the bin and roll it out to the curb. lol.

Also same thing here... can't do much more than an oil change or minor work to it where I live either... so even though there's a lot I know how to do myself, am forced to have it done elsewhere... which sucks.
Here's a tip... As long as you are careful with the mess, most truckstops will allow you to work on your own car in the back corner of the parking lot out of the way. I have done several in frame rebuilds and transmission/clutch replacements in truckstop parking lots over the years.

But you have to camp with the vehicle until it is done. lol
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Here's a tip... As long as you are careful with the mess, most truckstops will allow you to work on your own car in the back corner of the parking lot out of the way. I have done several in frame rebuilds and transmission/clutch replacements in truckstop parking lots over the years.

But you have to camp with the vehicle until it is done. lol
Well my brake light switch was way out of adjustment so that was an easy fix...but I'll take that one as a blessing in disguise since if it weren't for that I may not have caught that the master cylinder had just literally started to go. So I caught it before it failed and F'd up the booster along with it. It was another expense, but it wasn't a dent, it was the brakes and you just don't mess around with something important like that.
Those that know me, know that I can be a bit retentive when it comes to my vehicles. People can think what they want, but I've always gone by the rule of that if you take care of your vehicles properly you're much more likely to catch something when it first starts to go.... then finding out once something blows up and makes an even bigger problem.... leaving you stranded or possibly worse. Even something as an unexplained drop in MPG could be the start of something. So I keep tabs on everything my vehicle is doing...or not doing. What can I say, I'm an IT nerd with attention to detail...
So while not spotless, the fact that I keep a pretty clean engine bay as well... is why I was able to spot this issue before it became a REAL issue. Especially since I'm taking her on a little road trip starting tomorrow.
She's old, but I've done a lot to get her in good nic, so I figure if I take it easy like I did the last time, she'll do good all the way there and back.
I'll still give a little peace offering to the Jeep gods before I leave just for extra insurance. lol.

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