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Old 06-14-2013, 03:17 AM   #1
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What maintenance to watch for after buying JKU?

I'm at 120 miles right now brand new. Is there something I should do or be aware of that's not in the manual? I'll read it this weekend.

Oil change shortly after breaking it in perhaps? Anything else?

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:11 AM   #2
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Check your oil often.

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Old 06-14-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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i dont know if this quilifies but i would extend the breather tubes ASAP is really easy and it wont cost you more than 10$ i was scared of doing it but once i got started it was more easy than i thought. you dont wanna do some mile off roading or crossing a lil water and find yourself in a world of shit with water inside your gears or trans
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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There are places to put all your bolts in the back cubby. Ignore those and get a small ziplock. If you ever need to get to your jack they will fall out otherwise.

Get a locking lug for your spare tire.

Get a floor liner (weather tech, or quadratic style)

GOING DOORLESS
NEVER take you hand off the door after you remove the retaining strap. Otherwise you will learn what you cowl is. After your mirror puts a dent in it.

REMOVE THE SEAT BELT CHIME
I also like the option that unlocks all the doors with on press on the key fob.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/man...le-155357.html

PAINT MUFFLER AND EXAUST
I recommend spray painting the exhaust and muffler if its still shinny. It will likely flake off some and need retouching in small spots over time, but adds a layer against rust. Mine now looks brown and rusted with baked on mud, but a can rub that off and still see the black paint underneath.
PROCESS
I took a red scotch brite sanding pad and sanded real quick it all. Some 100 grit sand paper would be about the same. Or you could just spray and have more chipping. I used rust oleum high heat ultra rattle can spray. It has a grill pictured on the can. Normal spray paint will bake off. I also hit up small bare spots that the factory missed. I would leave the driveline bare so the service dept. cannot say it caused any type of vibration. Getting a can of Rustoleum Rust reformer is a good idea too. If you see any areas with rust hit it with a spray of that. You'll want it after you put scrapes on your skid plates.

EXTEND BREATHERS
I did a thread on extending the breathers. It's a good idea before off roading through water.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/ext...se-185089.html

SNATCH STRAP
If your doing any serious off roading then go with someone and get a recovery snatch strap. A toe strap (that look identical in most cases) or chain isn't a great idea.

4WD BASICS
Dont drive in 4WD on pavement unless its very wet or slippery. Look up Part time vs Full time 4wd for more explanation.

Going through small puddles (6"+) at high speed can hydrolock you engine with the splashes. If that's your thing you should get a snorkel.

Dont yank it into 4wd. Try to use firm constant pressure. There is a plastic 50 cent part that will pop off if you use too much force. It's there to protect the t-case, but will leave you stranded if you don't know how to fix it. I'll try to find an informative link when I get to a computer.

Get mud off ASAP. A sprinkler is a good way to get the stuff underneath.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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4WD BUSHING
Sorry about that last post. I kind of went off on a crazy rant there and forgot the post was about maintenance, vs new jeep advice. I shouldn't watch TV and post on my phone. Anyways here is the post about the 60 cent bushing for the 4WD shifter you may want to keep in your jeep.. P/N 68064273-AA . http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...eel-99139.html

FREE PRINTED OWNER MANUAL (white cover)
I would call up and get your free user manual, warrenty info, and radio manual, if you just have the CD right now. The number to call is on the user guide that came in the olive pouch.
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FROM USER GUIDE - INSIDE COVER
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GREASE DOOR HINGES
You could hit up the door hinges with some white lithium grease if you take them off. They should be good, but it wouldn't hurt anything. Seems like that is under maintenance for after 6 months or a year.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:58 PM   #7
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change the oil sooner rather than later for the very first time, maybe 3000 miles vs manuals 8000, you'll be amazed at the metal sh!t collected in the reservoir.

also for a brand new jeep, drive it hard in the city e.g. punch it from light to light, the transmission assuming you have an auto, will learn your driving style and set itself to that. If you granny it until the break in period is over, you'll forever be in granny mode until you reset the computer, then you'll have to repeat the procedure to get it right.
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also for a brand new jeep, drive it hard in the city e.g. punch it from light to light, the transmission assuming you have an auto, will learn your driving style and set itself to that. If you granny it until the break in period is over, you'll forever be in granny mode until you reset the computer, then you'll have to repeat the procedure to get it right.
Do you have to do this all the time? I definitely granny it to save gas but would like the option of a "fast start" when I need to.
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all the time until it is broken it. the transmission is an fantastic MB piece of art, and is adaptive. On the '11 and '12 there were 3 break in periods, 0-300 miles, 300-500, 500-1000 miles.

You'll surely have noted if you got your auto new, it was/is engine braking, gears are shunting, mpg are not as stated etc.

If you "train" it up to 1000 miles, that is when the computer(s) releases all control and has learned your driving style.

So yes and no, punch it from light to light, and / or through traffic like you stole it, and after 1000 miles, it will set at that shift point hard acceleration setup where after you can granny drive it, and punch it when needed and it will perform. If you granny it from day one till it is broken in, it will drive like a granny. You can reset the whole system and let it relearn if you do go over 1000 miles and it still doesn't feel right.
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GOING DOORLESS
NEVER take you hand off the door after you remove the retaining strap. Otherwise you will learn what you cowl is. After your mirror puts a dent in it.

DAMN dent in jeep
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[QUOTE=Rooster76;3860344]There are places to put all your bolts in the back cubby. Ignore those and get a small ziplock. If you ever need to get to your jack they will fall out otherwise.

Get a locking lug for your spare tire.

Get a floor liner (weather tech, or quadratic style)

GOING DOORLESS
NEVER take you hand off the door after you remove the retaining strap. Otherwise you will learn what you cowl is. After your mirror puts a dent in it.

Damn dent in my jeep from takin door off
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GOING DOORLESS
NEVER take you hand off the door after you remove the retaining strap. Otherwise you will learn what you cowl is. After your mirror puts a dent in it.

DAMN dent in jeep
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all the time until it is broken it. the transmission is an fantastic MB piece of art, and is adaptive. On the '11 and '12 there were 3 break in periods, 0-300 miles, 300-500, 500-1000 miles.
Thanks so much for this info! I bought it new (12 miles) and am around 400 now. I'll definitely start punching it.

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