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Old 06-08-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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Question Questions on Leaks and Paint

I'm new on WF but I've loved these cars since I was 12 years old and finally got one at 26. I didn't have much cash to work with but I said screw its time to get one. Of course the one I got is needless to say has seen better days.

It's a 2002 Dark Blue with 154k , 4.0 Manual with Brown vinyl seats. it came with both hard and soft tops along with a ski rack that bolts to the spare.

The only previous owner was a highway driver and replaced the Master Cylinder, Clutch, and gave it new stock sized tires. I have a deluge of questions because I'm a beginner with some experience but nothing really advanced (never owned a truck). But I have some concerns with some elements namely the body/paint and this leak which I think is comming from the power steering.

The drip is right in the middle there, I think it's comming from the top area

This is just a sample of the paint bit it looks like this pretty much everywhere in the front including the windshield area, hood, hood hinges etc. Never seen this much pitting before.

Both full doors with this corrosion on them. It seems just way too much for a 2002.

This I've seen but still seems like so much for someone who never took it off road.

Obviously need a new Oil much rust!?!? This also leaks a bit.

Is it difficult to replace an oil pan and gasket? and is this excessive paint wear normal?

When traveling around 55-58 mph I get a Death Wobble so bad I think I'm going to lose fillings in my teeth. And lastly there is an odd thing with the trim level, the body doesn't have the "X' on the side but the registration and title says it's an X. hmmmm.... Thanks guys.
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I can't really help you as far as how to fix the rust problems, but if the jeep has carpet in it, you probably need to pull that back as well and inspect the floor pans. Front and rear.
Being that you live in the upper NE, the roads are constantly covered with salt/sand for extensive amounts of time since the winters can be rough there. Therefore, I bet the body shops around that area are a dime a dozen and they know what to do.

As for the excessive paint chips on the grill, it seems extensive to me. The PO must have drove the highways constantly in cold weather, never washed the jeep after the snow melted, and must have tailgated gravel trucks on the highways!!

At some point during jeep ownership, you will BUST A NUT!!!
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:22 PM   #3
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Id say "dirt" highways! Looks like a lot of little chips. Its possible that they never washed it. All the bug spots and dirt would hold moisture up against the paint and really wear it out fast.

Not sure on your leak, you'll need to trace it to the highest point...
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Here's a better picture, it looks like that pipe thingy in the back (getting the real techinal terms here. lol )

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oil pan- easy to do just a little time consuming.

Rust at the rear of jeep-- Best thing to do is cut it out and put a new piece of metal in that spot sand it seal it and then get full corners to cover it. You could even cut it out-seal it and then full corner it out.

To the rust on the door--- roll window down, take the inside trim and panel off. I would then sand the door down then repaint it. That will fix it.
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