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Old 10-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Fairly easy things that can be done yourself.

Any suggestions on what I can do myself to help make my Jeep run solid? There is nothing wrong with it, I just want to do everything possible to keep it running good and learn how to do things myself. I just changed my oil and am ready to learn something new.

I am not a well seasoned "car guy" so pretty much everything I do will be my first time. I have minimal tools and a garage...that's it.

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Old 10-07-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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DIY oil changes and tire rotations for one

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Old 10-07-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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Plugs and wires. Check all. Your fluids. What jeep?
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:41 AM   #4
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how many miles are on it? if you don't know when it was done replace all the fluids in everything.
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It is an 03 X and has 53k on it. I have no records and don't know what is in it or the last time it was changed. I put Mobile 1 Synthetic and a Mobil 1 oil filter in it last night. Not sure what to do next.
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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I'd change the rest of the fluids, grease the zerk points and change out the air filter. While you're under your jeep greasing the zerk points, do a good inspection of the undercarriage. I'd assume that your spark plugs haven't been changed yet, but with 53k on it, you're ok for a little while. If you have a soft top, I'd get some Aerospace 303 protectant and apply it to the soft top - that stuff works magic and really protects that top.

If you're going to change your spark plugs, I went with Champion 7034 platinum plugs and I have no complaints at all....just make sure the rubber boots are seated properly over the plugs when you put them back over the plugs.

You might want to add a bottle of fuel system cleaner to a pretty full gas tank...opinions vary on whether most of that stuff does anything - but a bottle like 5 bucks.

Here's a good link to some semi-basic maintenance:
Jeep.US41.org

If your soft-top windows look a little hazy, you might want to buy a Mother's headlight Restoration kit and use that stuff on your windows...then follow up with a good application of Pledge (yes, the furniture polish...sounds crazy, doesn't it?) on the soft top windows.
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I'd change the rest of the fluids, grease the zerk points and change out the air filter. While you're under your jeep greasing the zerk points, do a good inspection of the undercarriage. I'd assume that your spark plugs haven't been changed yet, but with 53k on it, you're ok for a little while. If you have a soft top, I'd get some Aerospace 303 protectant and apply it to the soft top - that stuff works magic and really protects that top.

If you're going to change your spark plugs, I went with Champion 7034 platinum plugs and I have no complaints at all....just make sure the rubber boots are seated properly over the plugs when you put them back over the plugs.

You might want to add a bottle of fuel system cleaner to a pretty full gas tank...opinions vary on whether most of that stuff does anything - but a bottle like 5 bucks.

Here's a good link to some semi-basic maintenance:
Jeep.US41.org

If your soft-top windows look a little hazy, you might want to buy a Mother's headlight Restoration kit and use that stuff on your windows...then follow up with a good application of Pledge (yes, the furniture polish...sounds crazy, doesn't it?) on the soft top windows.
opinions may vary but facts don't. modern gasoline is much better than it used to be. you don't need it.
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most likely your front brake pads are due for replacement at 53K miles.
you can easily replace those pads with just basic tools and save a few hundred bucks not having it done.
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You can do all of the routine maintenance in your garage with a basic set of hand tools... Get the Factory Service Manual if you can, as it will give you detailed procedures for maintenance items, or a Haynes/Chilton manual for a good general idea of what you are getting into. Make sure to invest in a good set of Torx sockets and metric tools as well. Most of the original MOPAR fasteners will be torx or metric...
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zdragon is right. DIY as much as you can and get the good stuff. I had my front's redone the other day, at 132 K no less, and found that my calipers are still going in strong. I replaced the rotor's 1 for 1 and replaced the pads with the newer ceramic type's. Now, after 200 miles, the brakes are quiet as a church mouse and grab like a Marine after a beer ! And Wheel's is also right. Get the Factory Service Manual (forget about the Haynes book !) and go thru it before you go anywhere near any servicig you want to do. Have the Manual there and dry run it before you put a tool to anything (You'll be surprised at what you'll learn from this) and then go step by step. And remember; If you have any parts left over something IS VERY, VERY WRONG !!!
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Ok so I have to ask what is a ZERK point?

[QUOTE=Kyle03Sport;1638156], grease the zerk points and change out the air filter. While you're under your jeep greasing the zerk points,
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A zerk point or zerk fitting is another name for a grease fitting. Where grease is purged into a greasable assembly. You may find them on ujoints, balljoints, control arms, swaybars, and especially steering components. You will want to use a couple pumps of the grease gun to fill them with some decent grease. Personally i would recommend any grease with a red color (easy to remember rule of thumb). Chevron is a good brand to go with. This type of grease will work well under high temperatures. Im sure everyone else on WF can recommend another type of grease that they use, but this is what i use on the heavy trucks at work and thats what i use on my jeep. Hope this helps! Let us know if you can use any more help, thats what we are here for!

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