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Old 12-28-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I'm excited to be getting started here. I've been reading this forum for a while now, and thought it was about time to join.

I recently bought a 2005 LJ with 115k. It's clean and runs well, but has its share of problems that I'd like to deal with quickly.

1. Oil Leak - either from the OPDA, the rear main seal, or the oil pan (or maybe a combination of all of them). Not too bad, enough to leave marks on my garage floor when parked for a day or two.

2. Transmission crunches a bit going into 2nd gear. Doesn't feel like a sychro issue, so I'm going to start with a fluid flush.

3. Check engine light came on for a P2096 code, which was fixed already by reflashing the computer at the dealer (only $95) and the problem hasnt come back.

I haven't decided whether or not to make this jeep my daily driver. It depends if I can get these few bugs worked out quickly.

Anyway, glad to be here, and look forward to learning a bit as I go.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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Well a quick update:

I replaced the OPDA gasket and haven't seen a single drop of oil on my garage floor since! Whoop whoop! Gotta love a cheap fix ($11.00 total including shipping). While the OPDA was out, I found some minor wear on the gear face. Probably not abnormal for 115k miles, but I'll probably end up replacing the OPDA soon, just in case.

Changed the fluid in the transmission with Penzoil Synchromesh that I got from the local auto parts store. Didn't make a hill 'o beans difference to the shifting issues, though. I'll just drive it for a while and see if it gets worse. I've read a couple posts that said this was a typical problem due to a unigue design of the sychros. We'll just wait and see, I guess.


I also had to adjust the drivers side headlight. Apparently, the person who replaced it previously never felt the need to adjust it, and it was pointing up toward the sky. Another free fix.

I also had to adjust the parking brake. It was barely engaging when the handle was pulled almost all the way to the top. I took the rear wheels off and removed the disks so that I could really see how that adjusters were working, but it was clear that I could have done this job from under the jeep without even removing the wheels. Hindsight is 20/20! But I can't complain, because it was another free fix!

I don't know why the previous owners never kept up on the minor maintenance. Drives me crazy!

The more things I fix, the more I love this thing!!!

Still to do: replace the shocks. I hear about Bilsteins and OME. Anybody ever just replace stock shocks with Rough Country 2.2s? Just a thought.
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats! Nothing like the lj I have a o5 as well. Please send me a write up on the e brake if that's not too much haste. Again welcome
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:24 PM   #11
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Sure, this is not the way I did it, but I think it should be easy. The pic below was taken from the back, looking at the left wheel. There is a rubber grommet just below the axle. If you take out the grommet, you should see the adjuster. Just use a flathead screwdriver and rotate the adjuster (up I believe) until it feels like the shoes are contacting the drum. Probably only 2 turns or so, then check the parking brake lever, and keep adjusting until you are happy. Like I said, this isn't the way I did it, so let me know if it works.


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Sure, this is not the way I did it, but I think it should be easy. The pic below was taken from the back, looking at the left wheel. There is a rubber grommet just below the axle. If you take out the grommet, you should see the adjuster. Just use a flathead screwdriver and rotate the adjuster (up I believe) until it feels like the shoes are contacting the drum. Probably only 2 turns or so, then check the parking brake lever, and keep adjusting until you are happy. Like I said, this isn't the way I did it, so let me know if it works.
Awesome thanks a lot. Will do tonight. U said drums?? Your jeep doesn't have all 4 disks??
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I do have 4 wheel discs, but the rear discs have an inner drum with shoes just for the parking brake. The parking brake system work the same way as rear drums, but with a few less parts. If you were to remove the wheels, calipers, and discs, you would see the parking brake shoes underneath all that. Kind of like this, but this image is not from a jeep.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:16 PM   #16
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Oh alright sweet. Thanks again!!

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