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Old 10-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Rubicon Common Problems / Maintenance Tips

I'm currently waiting for my 2013 JKU Rubicon and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for preventative maintenance and/or comments on common problems as I want to keep this one for a long time

I always change my fluids ultra-regularly which has helped me get vehicles well over 300k without major problems, gummi phledged seals and used dielectric grease on electrical connectors... any thing else you guys can think of?? Was also thinking of getting side steps to prevent stone chips as well... I don't want this baby to rust... any common rust points would be good to know as well... thanks

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Old 10-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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The only thing I can think of extended breather hoses. (tranny, xfer case, differentials). It helps keep the water out of your fluids if you go through high water. My 08 Rubi has been put through the mill and is still going strong. I rock crawl and go through water so I've also got the bottom completely covered in skid plates and have extended my breather hoses. I have 33" tires and went with a new rear bumper and tire carrier. Of course, the front bumper/winch had to come also.

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ACE ROCK RAILS
As far as a step I got Ace rock sliders. They work really well over the Rubicon rock rails. If you do a search you will see people go nuts for them. They are strong, low cost, made in USA, lifetime warranty, etc. Most side steps will crack if they look at a rock wrong. I carry a small touch up paint bottle in the Jeep for small dings. http://www.quadratec.com/products/92156_10XX_PG.htm

PAINT THE UNDER-CARRIAGE
I would recommend spraying the exhaust with Rust-Oleum high heat ultra spray paint(shows a grill on the can). I have seen some older ones rusted out pretty bad. You basically just want to take a red scotch-brite pad or 120ish sand paper over it real quick to prep it. That spray paint is nice because it is made to not need a primer. Also you don't have to worry about it getting on something hot and smelling nasty while it burn off.
UNDERCOATING
I did a bunch of searching about undercoating the Jeep. It left me thinking it was best off to just touch up what needs it. People were warning that water can seep under the undercoating and trap it in. There are a few small spots that will need some love when you get it from the dealer. I use the high heat stuff. One guy was saying that he used clear coat, so that you could see any rust if it was to form underneath. I have head not to spray the drive line, because it could though off the weight balance. I have also seen a couple post were people sprayed theirs with no problem. I personally chose not to.

If you go though some mud it's a good idea to move a sprinkler around under the Jeep to get as much off as possible.


Here is a few links of other things I have done

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/303...er-185750.html


http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ext...se-185089.html

Your going to want to get some floor liners. I took it a step further and bed-lined my tub by myself. Carpet and Jeeps don't seem to go well together. Raptor liner is super easy to clean.
U-Pol Raptor Bed Liner in tub - Shots - Notes - Reference Threads

SOFT-TOP WINDOWS
You need to baby your soft-top windows if you want to keep them scratch free as possible. There is a way to roll up your back window and hold it with elastic bands. You would be wise to never do that, or it will scratch them to hell. Here is what I came up with for window storage. I like it better then any of the store bought options.
http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-show-tell...f-sack-239689/

NEW OWNER STUFF
Being that you are getting a new Jeep I would remove the seat belt chime and do the, unlock all on first press of the key fob show here.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/man...le-155357.html

I would call up and get your free user manual. The number to call is on the user guide that came in the olive pouch. Unlike that guide the user manual fits perfectly in your glove box.
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FROM USER GUIDE - INSIDE COVER
If you are the first registered retail owner of your
vehicle, you may obtain a complimentary printed
copy of the Owner’s Manual, Navigation/Media
Center Manuals or Warranty Booklet by calling
1-877-426-5337 (U.S.) or 1-800-387-1143 (Canada)
or by contacting your dealer.
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ACE ROCK RAILS
As far as a step I got Ace rock sliders. They work really well over the Rubicon rock rails. If you do a search you will see people go nuts for them. They are strong, low cost, made in USA, lifetime warranty, etc. Most side steps will crack if they look at a rock wrong. I carry a small touch up paint bottle in the Jeep for small dings. MOPAR 82400890AB - Mopar® 1/2 oz Paint Pen with Brush Tip - Quadratec

PAINT THE UNDER-CARRIAGE
I would recommend spraying the exhaust with Rust-Oleum high heat ultra spray paint(shows a grill on the can). I have seen some older ones rusted out pretty bad. You basically just want to take a red scotch-brite pad or 120ish sand paper over it real quick to prep it. That spray paint is nice because it is made to not need a primer. Also you don't have to worry about it getting on something hot and smelling nasty while it burn off.
UNDERCOATING
I did a bunch of searching about undercoating the Jeep. It left me thinking it was best off to just touch up what needs it. People were warning that water can seep under the undercoating and trap it in. There are a few small spots that will need some love when you get it from the dealer. I use the high heat stuff. One guy was saying that he used clear coat, so that you could see any rust if it was to form underneath. I have head not to spray the drive line, because it could though off the weight balance. I have also seen a couple post were people sprayed theirs with no problem. I personally chose not to.

If you go though some mud it's a good idea to move a sprinkler around under the Jeep to get as much off as possible.


Here is a few links of other things I have done

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/303...er-185750.html


http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ext...se-185089.html

Your going to want to get some floor liners. I took it a step further and bed-lined my tub by myself. Carpet and Jeeps don't seem to go well together. Raptor liner is super easy to clean.
U-Pol Raptor Bed Liner in tub - Shots - Notes - Reference Threads

SOFT-TOP WINDOWS
You need to baby your soft-top windows if you want to keep them scratch free as possible. There is a way to roll up your back window and hold it with elastic bands. You would be wise to never do that, or it will scratch them to hell. Here is what I came up with for window storage. I like it better then any of the store bought options.
Soft-Top Window Storage with Towels and a Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack

NEW OWNER STUFF
Being that you are getting a new Jeep I would remove the seat belt chime and do the, unlock all on first press of the key fob show here.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/man...le-155357.html

I would call up and get your free user manual. The number to call is on the user guide that came in the olive pouch. Unlike that guide the user manual fits perfectly in your glove box.
I have the ACE rock rails and they are AWESOME. VERY HAPPY with them! I've had to bust out the can of Rustoleum on them. I think I have the gritty bedliner spray, and it's a pretty good match with the factory powder-coating.

As for the User Manual, DEFINITELY call up and get it. The handbook that comes in the canvas pouch is NOT the Owner Manual, which at first I actually thought it was!

The Owner Manual is HUGE. It's something like 600+ pages thick.
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While your waiting for Jeep I also agree you order the manual and read it cover to cover. There is a ton of useful things and helps guide you through all the misinformation you'll come across from some people.
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While your waiting for Jeep I also agree you order the manual and read it cover to cover. There is a ton of useful things and helps guide you through all the misinformation you'll come across from some people.
Exactly. Talk to 20 different people and you'll get 20 different answers...
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While your waiting for Jeep I also agree you order the manual and read it cover to cover. There is a ton of useful things and helps guide you through all the misinformation you'll come across from some people.
I'm not sure if you can get the "book form" manual until you have the title. You can for sure can download a PDF form of it here (no questions asked about ownership)My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road

The wrangler uses a part-time 4WD system vs your current Patriot, that uses a full time 4WD. If you drive around a wrangler on dry pavement with 4WD it will wear down parts. Basically you need some wheel slip when turning. It's something to look into if you don't know the difference.
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TRANSFER CASE BUSHING
You need to be gentle when going into 4WD. There is a small plastic bushing that can pop off if you give it too much of a jerk. It's designed like that to protect the T-case. You can get the part that pops off for under a buck(P/N 68064273-AA). I would check out the link below.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...eel-99139.html
NOTE: The first about 5 times I put my brand new Jeep into 4-Low it was very stiff. Then it loosened up.
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I'm not sure if you can get the "book form" manual until you have the title. You can for sure can download a PDF form of it here (no questions asked about ownership)My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road

The wrangler uses a part-time 4WD system vs your current Patriot, that uses a full time 4WD. If you drive around a wrangler on dry pavement with 4WD it will wear down parts. Basically you need some wheel slip when turning. It's something to look into if you don't know the difference.
Sure you can, I did. When I called the only thing the operator asked me for was my shipping info. In any case, once you place the order you should have a VIN# soon after, you can use that if they question anything.
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I'm not sure if you can get the "book form" manual until you have the title. You can for sure can download a PDF form of it here (no questions asked about ownership)My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road

The wrangler uses a part-time 4WD system vs your current Patriot, that uses a full time 4WD. If you drive around a wrangler on dry pavement with 4WD it will wear down parts. Basically you need some wheel slip when turning. It's something to look into if you don't know the difference.
I needed the VIN# and needed to have already taken ownership of the vehicle. I couldn't just order the vehicle and get the manual.
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I'm not sure if you can get the "book form" manual until you have the title. You can for sure can download a PDF form of it here (no questions asked about ownership)My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road

The wrangler uses a part-time 4WD system vs your current Patriot, that uses a full time 4WD. If you drive around a wrangler on dry pavement with 4WD it will wear down parts. Basically you need some wheel slip when turning. It's something to look into if you don't know the difference.
Ordered mine before Jeep arrived. Call Jeep Customer Service. I just told them I didn't have VIN handy.
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[QUOTE=Rooster76;2853110]I'm not sure if you can get the "book form" manual until you have the title. You can for sure can download a PDF form of it here (no questions asked about ownership)My Jeep: Jeep Owners Service Manuals - 4x4 SUVs, Sports Utility Vehicles, Off Road



Thanks for posting the link!
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Awesome, thanks guys!

I can't wait to get it... ahhh!! so exciting, I've wanted a Wrangler since I first got my license years ago...

Has anyone used the oil undercoating that has to get redone every year? that's what most website I check state should be used to prevent rust.
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I also purchased a 12 rubi in april,and i live in the snow and salt belt in canada.I went to canadian tire and had corrosion free sprayed under the jeep.The stuff creeps everywhere and sticks to under body parts for a coating of rust prevention.I have used it on several vehicles and it works if applied every year before winter..good luck with the jeep..
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I also purchased a 12 rubi in april,and i live in the snow and salt belt in canada.I went to canadian tire and had corrosion free sprayed under the jeep.The stuff creeps everywhere and sticks to under body parts for a coating of rust prevention.I have used it on several vehicles and it works if applied every year before winter..good luck with the jeep..
Great to know, how much do they charge you? and is it the same cost year over year? I read that they have to take the old stuff off?
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No you do not have to take the old stuff off ,they just recoat and it works great...also it costs 120.00 plus taxes here.Sometimes it goes on sale for 109.00 plus.I think you will be very satisfied with it..regards..

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