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Old 09-29-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I am an Australian Wrangler owner in desperate need of some advice. I own a 2001 Jeep Wrangler that has a growing list of problems. The biggest problem by far for me is quoted price of replacement/repairs here in Aus. I am sure that I can save a packet buying direct from the US and shipping parts here.

Anyway, first to the problems in order of biggest to smallest problems:

1. Driver + Passanger side door tops: these are completely shot. Zips don't work on either plus some splitting and tearing of windows and fabric on the drivers side where my arm rests. Thinking about buying these UPPER SKINS FRONT WINDOWS 97-06 JEEP WRANGLER: eBay Motors (item 230486638123 end time Oct-09-10 13:50:07 PDT) Anyone had any experience with these good or bad? They are a great price compared with the $660 - $1,400 I've been quoted here.

2. Airconditioner: I have been told the 'evaporator' is shot? Anyway, when I have had it regassed the gas just leaks out. Quoted price for replacement part $1,000! Am I actually after an 'evaporator' or is it known buy another name in the US? Surely I can buy the part from an online US store and ship it here to Australia cheaper than $1,000.

3. Heater/Fan/AC switch panel: This one has me stumped. The fan is not working. Usual story, it was working on some speeds but not all, now doesn't work on ANY speeds - so it could be a blower/switch combined fault? In addition to that when I try to change the air-flow direction from my feet to my face it does nothing, the air flowing through the vents keeps blowing on my feet. Originally I was told that I needed to replace the entire panel (please see picture below) at a cost of $550 for the part alone. Do you guys think I need to replace this whole panel or is there another cheaper/better option?

4. Gas cap lock: Is that what you call them? We call them petrol caps over here. Anyway, the lock no longer works, the whole lock barrel just spins around when I put the key in. Haven't priced a replacement one here yet - not game to.

5. Console lock: The barrel out of the lock for the centre console flew out when I opened the console the other day. It's somewhere in the back now. I assume I would need to replace the entire console lid?

I am hoping that you guys can help with some advice, as the total parts cost for just the door tops, A/C and switches would be over $2,000 here, not counting fitting - most of which I can either do myself, or get a good friend to help with.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also if you know of any online jeep parts stores that ship to Australia that would be great as well.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:19 PM   #2
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Here you go, they both ship international.

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#1-Sorry I can not help you as I do not have any experience with this, many other do though.
#2-The evaporator is the part of the radiator that is inside the cabin of your Jeep. It is near the heater core etc. The best way to find out what to replace is run some dye in the system and as it leaks out you will be able to see the leak under a florescent light. You would not be able to tell it is coming out of the evaporator unless you had your whole dash ripped apart. Are you sure you do not mean the condenser, which is located in front of the radiator and one of the more common places for a leak.
#3-The fan speeds have been talked about extensively on the site so a good search will point you in the right direction. As for the air only blowing at your feet...well the whole system of where the air blows is operated by vacuum lines. Usually a line has just come off or the panel may be bad. Check for the vacuum lines first and make sure every one goes somewhere. You will track down an unplugged or cracked line pretty quick as it will hiss as it sucks air in.
#4-Stay away from the locking petrol caps as they cause more problems than they are worth. Search for fuel or gas cap and the cost should be under $10 dollars.
#5-The part that came out is called the tumbler. Take it to any local lock shop and they will be able to repair or rebuild it pretty cheap. The lid will not need to be replaced.

Last I heard the exchange rate is about 1:1 between US and Australian dollars although that changes daily, but not very much.
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Thanks for the replies so far. This is really helpful.

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The evaporator is the part of the radiator that is inside the cabin of your Jeep.
Yes, then this is the part that needs replacing. I took it to an air-conditioning mechanic who came highly recommended for being a straight-shooter who doesn't try to rip people off. He said he would need to pull the entire dash out to replace it so this is the part we're talking about. He actually suggested that I might be better off if he tried to adapt one from a different model car, given that the price of the original part ($1,000) was so expensive. But would rather just source the part from the US and ship it here.
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I don't have any answers for you but I remember ordering expensive things while I was in New Zealand and found out that if the declared value of the shipment was under something like 300 NZD then it shipped through just fine but if it was over it was pulled aside and waited for me to pay import fees. Often the cost of shipping separately on separate orders was much less than combining the shipping and having to pay all the fees. Not sure if thats the case there but its worth finding out if it helps you stay on budget.
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Australia is cool. You've got to get a snorkle on your Jeep to give it that outback look.
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Have you tried craigslist here in the states. Lots of stuff for sale. Maybe cheaper then their.
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Thanks for the great advice fellas. I will keep the import fees in mind. I think it should all be under $300 and I will get items shipped separately.

Not sure about the snorkel. They look good, but don't often do deep water crossings in her. Might come in handy if I misjudge when backing down a boat ramp.

I have been having a look and can find most things online easily enough, but I can't seem to find the Climate Control Panel anywhere. I can find them for newer models, but not for mine. Does anyone know where to find these?
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I have used this website in the past with some good luck. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market

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Also maybe try Trade Me I was often surprised by what I found there.

If you show off the snorkel and Chadwick it tell us in what direction the bubbles spin.
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In Australia you won't need to pay import on anything under AUD1000 But that includes the cost of postage and postage from the USA to Australia is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E.
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Thats not bad for imports. You're definitely right about the postage, reverse is bad too. Thats why I have a box in my friends attic with text books and a type writer. Not to mention NZ Post doesn't like me. I tried to mail a box home to Alaska from post office A, three weeks later and 142 NZD poorer it arrived at my post office box at post office B, 6 blocks away. My friend picked it up for me and confirmed that I had the address labels and forms right. So I'm not sure how they pulled that one off.
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Hi Wes,

Yes postage is expensive, but compared to the prices I've been given over here I could pay a truckload of postage and still be miles ahead on prices.
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I have been having a look and can find most things online easily enough, but I can't seem to find the Climate Control Panel anywhere. I can find them for newer models, but not for mine. Does anyone know where to find these?
Pull your panel & look behind it before you try to order the entire assembly. If anything needs to be replaced it'll most likely be the switch seen here. However, it may not be the switch. You could have a bad relay, resistor, or you harness could be toast. If you want the whole assembly they'll run about $100 bucks & can be found on eBay or the dealer.
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I bought my control brand new on EBay
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Being in Australia = very expensive jeep ownership one supplier locally is www.wooders.com.au I always avoid the stealerships if possible buying from US is very cost effective as most parts are readily available but you have watch the shipping costs these can add a lot to the over cost of the part your looking for and of course delays in freight as most parts in Aus are only available via stealerships anyway as jeeps are very popular.

For what I have learned most parts are suitable with the exception of areas where rhd vs lhd might cause some mirroring for example if jeep switched the alternator to allow the steering components A/C pump etc.

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