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Old 10-20-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question Check gauges/overheating

I'm new to the wrangler and ran into a problem today. The check gauge light came on then the temp gauge shot into the the red. When I pulled over there was some smoke coming from the hood and there is some brown fluid on the engine and hood. Any ideas what this may be? Im hoping it just needs coolant but looking for input

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Well find were the coolant came from. Maybe your radiator cap went bad. Did you put a hole in your upper radiator hose?

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Just a few more inches Red. You can take it.


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I haven't done anything yet, I'm letting it cool down and waiting for daylight tmrw
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Could be just a bad radiator cap. simple fix. Just start doing checks then turn it on and check for leaks. It might be your thermostat too.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:19 AM   #5
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Check your engine oil before you fire her up. If the dipstick shows a gray/milky substance - blown head gasket. Don't start her up. Not the end of the world, but needs to be fixed before you run the engine.
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IMO itīs a broken thermostat.
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Hard to say with the limited description. The cooling system isn't hard to maintain, but your key pieces will be:
1. Good radiator - replacements are MUCH better than OEM and not too expensive.
2. Good thermostat using the temp recommended for a TJ. Cooler temp will NOT help.
3. Good hoses
4. Good water pump that flows IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
5. Clean lines, including the heater core area. A reverse flush would be good to get it all cleaned out too.

If you have a crack in your head, it will be more work, but parts are not too pricey and finding friends in the area to help should not be hard. Even local 4x4 groups will help for pizza and beverages.

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