I can't believe we're in a Jeep! My wife was done with a Honda Accord and we began looking for something new. I assumed she would be interested in an Altima, Maxima, etc... nope, wanted the 4 door Wrangler! The jeep came with a hard and soft top so I'll take the hard top off in a week after we get back from vacation. I bought a hoist that was recommended from this site so hopefully that will help.
We have an '08. Last night I tried to take one of the doors off just to start playing around. I got the wire disconnected, the strap loose and the bolts off the hinges. I was unable to get the door to move up and out of place. I only had the door to not quite 90* open, though (had another car in the garage). Is there a trick? Is everything just seated really well because the doors have likely never been off? What's the trick here?
Also, being a little new to Jeep I'm curious about reliability. The dealer is selling a bumper to bumper warranty for 3 years/36k miles for $1495. With 75k miles on the Jeep does this make sense? It looks like everything is pretty easy to get to and perform maintenance on so I'm not yet convinced. He gave me through the end of the month to make up my mind.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to my new weekend ride (wife's everyday ride)!!
To get the doors off, it helps to spray some PB Blaster in the hinges, wait a while, come back and swing the door back and forth while lifting up on it. It's pretty hard the first time, especially if the doors have never been off before. It will be a lot easier after the first time they are off.
and before you put them back in spray some lithium grease or another heavy type of lube (no KY). It'll help them come off easier next time.
I took my doors off for the first time last Friday. I was at about 45 deg, had to lift up towards front of the door towards near the hinges. Just gotta pull straight up and the door is a bit heavier than I thought it would be. I think I had one hand at the bottom of the door and the other on the window frame to keep it from tipping down when it came free.
I had a tough time getting mine off for the first time. I came across a good tip somewhere -- use a 2x4 as a lever. Grab a good sized 2x4 (3-4 feet), open the door, and slide the 2x4 under the door and into the cab. GENTLY pull up on the side of the 2x4 that is outside of the jeep and you should gain enough leverage to slide the door up. Probably a good idea to have someone else there to hold the door so it doesnt slide off hinges completely before you're ready (ask me how I know).
I agree with the PB Blaster. When taking the doors off I roll down the window and grab onto the handle on the inside, hold the bottom of the door on the outside and lift straight up. It was tricky the first couple of times but I take them off all the time now with no problem.
One more note. DO NOT put the torx head bolts on your hood and forget that you put them there. You might get half way taking your kid to daycare and notice only one left on the hood. I think I got a deal at $4 each after I called a second dealer and was quoted at almost $14 a piece.