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Old 02-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #1
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Hey everybody,

I'm new to the forums and could use some advice.

I've owned two jeeps over the last 10 years, sadly, with no exterior modifications (just don't have the cash flow). My first one, a '93 with 130k, is now enjoying the muddy terrain of West Virginia at my folks' place.

I just paid off the loan on my current Jeep (Man, does that feel good), used '95 with only 59k miles, and I'm looking to keep her in good shape.

Feel free to respond to any or all of my questions, if you have the time.
Thanks guys.

-Oh, and my mechanical experience is pretty low. I've changed my oil, installed Tuffy center consoles and wired stereos, but that's about it -

1.) Should I get new Shocks - Will I notice an improvement in my ride? I live in LA and the streets are absolute crap. If not shocks, what's the best way to improve the bumpiness? - This is more so for my girlfriend, however I could be starting a job that requires me to commute farther than I'm used to and it would be nice to have a less jarring ride.

2.) Cracks in my Heater Hoses ( The ones running from my engine to my firewall, left side) - Are these as easy a switch-out as they look, or should I have my mechanic do it? He mentioned something about draining and replacing fluids when he pointed them out.

3.) Radiator leak on top - I've noticed crusty dried coolant around the top of the radiator for a while, but I've never had overheating issues. After a fluid top off from my mechanic, coolant is making its way out from the areas where the dried crusty stuff was (Usually a few moments after turning off the engine, I'm guessing it's a pressure release issue?) Is this a critical fix? Or should I just keep an eye on my Temp gage?

4.) Anything else I should watch out for as she ages? My 93 certainly had her share of issues, but she's still alive and driving like a beast.

5.) If I do get the job that requires me to drive more, I'm going to look into getting a newer jeep -- maybe even one from this decade! What do you think is a good asking price for my 95 with only 59k and, other than the issues I mentioned, is in fantastic condition. The KBB is way the frik under what I think it is.


Again, thanks for the help.
Cheers.

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Old 02-19-2010, 03:23 PM   #2
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1.) Should I get new Shocks - Will I notice an improvement in my ride? I live in LA and the streets are absolute crap. If not shocks, what's the best way to improve the bumpiness? - This is more so for my girlfriend, however I could be starting a job that requires me to commute farther than I'm used to and it would be nice to have a less jarring ride.
YES. Shocks are good for about 50k miles, so yours are probably played. If you will be using it mostly hiway miles, I would recommend sticking with hydraulic rather than nitro shocks - still work offroad but snoother on the hiway.

2.) Cracks in my Heater Hoses ( The ones running from my engine to my firewall, left side) - Are these as easy a switch-out as they look, or should I have my mechanic do it? He mentioned something about draining and replacing fluids when he pointed them out.

Definitely change the hoses, flush out the radiator, new anti freeze and hoses. It's a whole lot easier to change the hoses in your driveway than off to the side of "The 10" at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.

3.) Radiator leak on top - I've noticed crusty dried coolant around the top of the radiator for a while, but I've never had overheating issues. After a fluid top off from my mechanic, coolant is making its way out from the areas where the dried crusty stuff was (Usually a few moments after turning off the engine, I'm guessing it's a pressure release issue?) Is this a critical fix? Or should I just keep an eye on my Temp gage?

See #2. Flush it and new antifreeze, and pick up a new radiator cap. If your temp gauge is around 190 or 200, chances are your thermostat is good. If it still leaks, there are some stop leak solutions at the auto parts places which I would try before trashing the radiator.

4.) Anything else I should watch out for as she ages? My 93 certainly had her share of issues, but she's still alive and driving like a beast.

Check and/or replace your belts, change all the fluids, make sure your tires aren't dry rotting (check manufacturing dates) and treat her nice. She ain't a young girl so be gentle with your right foot.

5.) If I do get the job that requires me to drive more, I'm going to look into getting a newer jeep -- maybe even one from this decade! What do you think is a good asking price for my 95 with only 59k and, other than the issues I mentioned, is in fantastic condition. The KBB is way the frik under what I think it is.

BLASPHEMY!!!! A Jeep from THIS decade? Don't let HER hear you say that!!!!!!!!!! But if you do decide to sell, I've seen a bunch around Palm Springs in excellent shape, all YJ years and they run $5k to $8k. Around here in Boston, not so much, $3.5k to $5k


Again, thanks for the help.
Cheers.
Oh yeah, Welcome to the forum. Ask all you want, just don't drive it down a boat ramp and leave it underwater for 3 days.


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Oh yeah, Welcome to the forum. Ask all you want, just don't drive it down a boat ramp and leave it underwater for 3 days.

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Oh yeah, Welcome to the forum. Ask all you want, just don't drive it down a boat ramp and leave it underwater for 3 days.

Thanks for the welcome and the advice. I'll pick up a manual and get to work. My 93 has had a few feet of snow inside, but never fully submerged. Ha.

If I can get a smoother ride out of her, I definitely won't be selling.
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Thanks for the welcome and the advice. I'll pick up a manual and get to work. My 93 has had a few feet of snow inside, but never fully submerged. Ha.

If I can get a smoother ride out of her, I definitely won't be selling.
Pull the floor plugs and let it drain. As for the ride, as a leaf sprung vehicle, it's never going to get all that smooth, new shocks or not. The ride of a YJ has been characterized as teeth loosening, spine jarring and like a brick on wheels. Still, you get kind of used to it. As for the maintenance, you're well covered above, and the nice thing ios, there's enough room under the hood to house a small family, so accessing most things is relatively easy. A Haynes can be had for less than $20 on Amazon, and the factory service manual is available as a download in a few places.

Good luck with the new rig.
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If I can get a smoother ride out of her, I definitely won't be selling.[/QUOTE]

Thats the big??
If you have handled the ride so far
should be no problem
Shocks are good ,tire psi is very important
but you know that already
It a jeep thing
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If I can get a smoother ride out of her, I definitely won't be selling.
Thats the big??
If you have handled the ride so far
should be no problem
Shocks are good ,tire psi is very important
but you know that already
It a jeep thing[/QUOTE]

Well, I'll be going from a 10-15 minute commute to a 45-60. The thought of spending 2 hours in stop-and-go LA traffic every day in my 95er is enough to make me consider a newer model.

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