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Old 06-18-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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Brake Failure = Big body damage

I am a closing on ten year owner of an 89 wrangler. Solid jeep with 140K on it. Last night the E-Brake failed at the top of my dad's drive way, rolled 75+ yards and ran into a house at close to 40mph! (He lives on top of a hill) Everyone is fine and I was not in the car, but it suffered some severe body damage. (see photos) The frame appears twisted and the leaf spring was fractured from its stay. There is a confirmed half inch encroachment towards the front end by the right rear tire and appears that the axle is OK, but that due to the failure of the spring it caused the advancement. My questions are many fold...

1) Is there any way to replace/repair the spring? (I have many years of tools and experience at my disposal)

2) Does the body segment have any ability to be taken apart separately so as to avoid taking the whole car in?

3) Where might I find a replacement rear window for the hard shell? or where might I start looking?

4) And finally, has anyone else had the problem of the brake catch failing to seat properly only to find your jeep in the neighbor's lawn the next morning?

True to form the jeep left the yard under its own power without pause to the impression and disbelief of owners and police alike :-D

I was told that the Wrangler Forum was the best on the web for any and all help Jeep!!


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Old 06-19-2009, 12:58 AM   #2
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JCwhitney.com has tons of replacement YJ body pieces...Springs and stuff or quadratec.com or 4wd.com

Good friend of mine once told me...When something breaks, UPGRADE IT!!

i would have a body shop check the frame for you...

sorry for the unfortunate accident...

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Old 06-19-2009, 07:16 AM   #3
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it is somewhat common for the e brake to do that. there were several recalls on yj's for the e brake. needless to say you should never rely just on the e brake to keep the jeep in place. 1st gear or reverse since i'm assuming this is a manual trans.
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it is somewhat common for the e brake to do that. there were several recalls on yj's for the e brake. needless to say you should never rely just on the e brake to keep the jeep in place. 1st gear or reverse since i'm assuming this is a manual trans.
Does the dealer still offer the recall even with the bankruptcy? Ive checked for a "sticker" but cant find one. Yeah normally i never leave it like that, i had turned back around to put it in gear when the brake failed.
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recalls are a pain but they should still honor them unless yours was already done...they'll be able check using your vin. I don't think they'll fix the damage but at least your e-brake will work again...

also forgot to add to comment earlier watch craigslist for tubs...you might be able to pick up a whole tub in great shape to replace or part to fix your own.
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Time for some corner gaurds. I did a number on my passenger side rear too, couple rear years back on a tree, wheeling. I pounded it out as best as I could sealed up the bare metal so it would not rust. Then I installed some corner gaurds. You would never know there was a huge dent there. Take your time pounding it out to make sure the corner gaurd can mount square.
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I am a closing on ten year owner of an 89 wrangler. Solid jeep with 140K on it. Last night the E-Brake failed at the top of my dad's drive way, rolled 75+ yards and ran into a house at close to 40mph! (He lives on top of a hill) Everyone is fine and I was not in the car, but it suffered some severe body damage. (see photos) The frame appears twisted and the leaf spring was fractured from its stay. There is a confirmed half inch encroachment towards the front end by the right rear tire and appears that the axle is OK, but that due to the failure of the spring it caused the advancement. My questions are many fold...

1) Is there any way to replace/repair the spring? (I have many years of tools and experience at my disposal)

2) Does the body segment have any ability to be taken apart separately so as to avoid taking the whole car in?

3) Where might I find a replacement rear window for the hard shell? or where might I start looking?

4) And finally, has anyone else had the problem of the brake catch failing to seat properly only to find your jeep in the neighbor's lawn the next morning?

True to form the jeep left the yard under its own power without pause to the impression and disbelief of owners and police alike :-D

I was told that the Wrangler Forum was the best on the web for any and all help Jeep!!


I will progressively add more pictures later...
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