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Old 03-14-2019, 06:13 PM
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Some days - it's two steps forward, one step back - others - it's one step forward, two steps back
Today was the later.

It was supposed to be in the 60s today - what they said earlier in the week. They revised it down to 59. Something about that one degree ..
I hoped to take advantage of the warmth and start looking at the front suspension, u-joints, brakes, put my eyes on the steering box - etc. - just wanted to jack it up and poke around under the front end.
Well - my little 1.5 ton light weight aluminum floor jack was not up to the challenge - it only goes up to 14-inches - which is about 1/2-inch higher than my frame rails. Don't have too many blocks of wood laying around.
So - I'm looking at a new jack from HF.

Do you guys like pittsburgh - https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...ump-61282.html
or the daytona - https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-...nge-64240.html

anyway -
so I thought I would try the blower motor resistor.
Thanks to https://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/199...s-high-103155/ -
so I took the glove box off - removed the shroud (which didn't have any bolts (warning?)
and could easily see it - unscrewed the two screws - pulled it out - nice and easy.
Could easily tell it needed replaced - and particularly made sense why level 3 on the fan wasn't working.


so - I went to plug the new one in....who can tell where is going?

This is what the plug looks like:


Yeah - that's not looking too good. Question is - did the resistor going cause this - or the fan - or something else? Since the fan still works on the other speeds - I guess this happened when the resistor went bad.
Anyone else had this happen to them?? Do I splice in a new plug or do I go back farther to this green plug?




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Old 03-14-2019, 06:17 PM
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Can anyone identify these ?

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Old 03-14-2019, 08:08 PM
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New plug for the resistor costs as much as the resistor - I am annoyed
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:50 AM
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I just picked up that Pittsburgh jack you sent a couple weeks ago for $79, has worked well so far
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:27 AM
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So i got the Pittsburgh jack this morning, two more 6t jack stands, and a pair of chocks.

I was under the jeep last night and discovered the front left u joint is SHOT. So i also stopped at Advance and got a set of MOOGs to replace both. Seems that if one is bad, i should do both.

Now that I can lift the front wheels, I can see about fixing this. Never done this before.

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Old 03-17-2019, 05:38 PM
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Got the new jack home and lifted the front of the jeep
Set it down on the jack stands
Got both front wheels off - and started with the driver's side where the known bad U-joint is located.
Rotors look original and are flaking around the edge pretty bad - so now I'm researching those
(seems everyone has a different go-to)

Forgot I needed that big socket - video said 36mm
$20 for just the socket at the auto parts store or a set from "cheap tool store" for 50... - I went that route.

Got cotter pin out - cap off (and washer) then 25" breaker bar with the end of the handle of my new jack -
pry bar through the lugs against the ground - and a screw driver stuck in the edge of the rotor...

No Go

SO - another trip to the store for some PB Blaster
and apparently I'm going to need a torque wrench for putting it back together.

I also got the pigtail to finish the blower motor resistor from O'Reilly's for ~$30 and some butt connectors - so I can finish that.

No one said this was a cheap hobby.

Wife is gone this week so I'm on full time dad duty - so will slow my progress.

If anyone wants any pictures of any of this - let me know.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:47 PM
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broke the breaker bar - got it replaced today and got a second - the new "icon" version - we'll try again tomorrow
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