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Old 11-26-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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Angry turkey day nightmare!!

so I hope ya'll had a wonderful turkey day! myself on the other hand, not so much. I let one of the kids drive the jeep for a quick spin, comes back with a hissing tire! so I figure what better time for the kid to learn how to change a tire. turns out one of the lug nuts is stripped, the aunt decides to call AAA for help they send out 2 kids who then decide to whack at the nut/bolt with a claw hammer and then " torch that bolt till its cherry hot and we will whack at it some more" then they "get an emergency call" boom they are gone. ok so I go ahead and put a plug in it, no biggie. Take it to a tire place the next day to get it cut off, only to find out the bolt is a hard to come by part...so they get the spare on it and only have 4 nuts on. then by luck I find someone selling (4) 30x9.5r15 all terrains with 85% tread left. so hopefully picking those up tomorrow. sorry for the rant just thought I'd share

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:03 AM   #2
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Wow, that's why I go out of my way to never let anyone touch my Jeep unless I don't have a choice. At least your issue is an easy fix once you get the part.

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:23 AM   #3
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i spent my thanksgiving in my friends moms garage preparing my new motor to go in the jeep.. worked till 6am the next morning and the jeep still wasnt starting because ive never had to set a distributor before and it was a bit of trial and error.. got it running yesterday but its got a bad sounding clacking that we've yet to trace.. my turkey day was a bit of a nightmare too
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:01 AM   #4
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The lug bolts are dealer only. That is a joke.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:53 AM   #5
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The lug bolts are dealer only. That is a joke.
The studs are available in lots of places. My local Napa and Oreily's carry them. Also, if you do an internet search you can find many places that carry them.

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Old 11-26-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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Dealer didn't have them either...sounded kooky to me as well. But I should have them Monday and with some nice wheels and tires
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:42 PM   #7
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sorry for the rant just thought I'd share
All of us combined have very wide shoulders. Lay it on us, we can take it.

The main reason I replyed is to bring up the dangers of heating a wheel with a tire mounted. I believe I read recently just how explosive that is.

And one more comment; a claw hammer, really. I don't think a claw hammer has any business around a jeep. It's a wood working tool. So I guess that was the best they could do on Thanksgiving Day.

Hang in there buddy, things will turn around soon.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:52 AM   #8
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Gave my son a lesson in changing tires the other day on my wife's PT cruiser. The usual stuff...get the floor jack under the car, begin jacking on the frame (verify that he got it on the frame)...get it started jacking....begin loosening lug nuts....WHAT can't get them loose....get breaker bar out....still can't get them loose....stand on breaker bar....still won't loosen....then started wiggling up and down while standing on the breaker bar and finally.....POP....got it loose. Just about every lug nut was like that. Try to get those off on the side of the road with the stock jack? FORGETTABOUTIT! My neighborhood mechanic is going to get a chewing for using the hammer ratchet to tighten my lugs. If they can't do it with a torque wrench I take my business somewhere else. Just happy that my wife didn't get stuck on the side of the road and have the AAA guys try and get them off.....I can only imagine what tools they may have tried on it.
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The studs are available in lots of places. My local Napa and Oreily's carry them. Also, if you do an internet search you can find many places that carry them.

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I stand corrected. I have had to buy a few things lately that the auto parts places could not get and guess I forgot that they could get the lug bolts. Regardless, none of the parts stores stocked the bolts but the dealer did have a few in stock. That worked for me but I was not able to get them on a Sunday when I needed them.
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just wanted to point out the bad luck continues..the wheel/tire set i bought wont fit my JK. incorrect stud orientation. but at least i got my stud replaced. side note* tire/wheel set are for sale in the for sale thread if anyone is interested.
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i spent my thanksgiving in my friends moms garage preparing my new motor to go in the jeep.. worked till 6am the next morning and the jeep still wasnt starting because ive never had to set a distributor before and it was a bit of trial and error.. got it running yesterday but its got a bad sounding clacking that we've yet to trace.. my turkey day was a bit of a nightmare too
Set the balancer to 0 degrees with the #1 Cylinder at top dead center on the compression stroke. Drop your distributor in and whereever the rotor falls you make that your #1 plug wire. Follow the correct timing order after #1 and you are good to go.
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yeah i got it set, i was trying at 6am with no sleep lol.. now im trying to figure out what this loud clacking is from.. i'm hoping its behind the timing chain cover.. that would be really really relieving right now..
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yeah i got it set, i was trying at 6am with no sleep lol.. now im trying to figure out what this loud clacking is from.. i'm hoping its behind the timing chain cover.. that would be really really relieving right now..
This is on a 4.0 engine? Rocker arms clack when loose and exhaust leaks around the manifold sound similar as well. Good luck
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:56 PM   #14
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Not to hijack but.. we pulled the valve cover and checked the rocker arms and push rods.. everything is nice and tight.. exhaust got welded up where any cracks were showing and its torqued to spec.. the sound is definitely coming from the front of the motor. We used a mechanics stethescope..
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The main reason I replyed is to bring up the dangers of heating a wheel with a tire mounted. I believe I read recently just how explosive that is.
Here ya have it...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/deat...ers-45955.html
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:38 PM   #16
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And the Thanksgiving problems continue....
Went to climb in the truck to head for work....Flat tire right rear
No problem, white shirt-dress kakis...change 305-70-16 install
spare from under truck...yep full of dried, caked mud
Get this done head to shop to drop off for repair.....
Right Front has screw in it....Just screwed my day LOL

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