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Old 11-02-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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Guess what's under my hood?!

No really, guess, I have no idea.

I had the Jeep checked out by a mechanic when I bought it, but I know there are a lot of "mods" done to it. I know for sure there is the cold air intake (Which some say is worthless...?) and a Flow Master exhaust. I think all the stickers that came pre stuck under the hood may give a hint to what's been done.

I think the tires are 31", I know they're definitely not stock.

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I was about to go get an oil change today, and then I thought, nothing a noob like me couldn't handle. Any direction on this idea, or should I just Jiffy Lube it?

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I dont see any pics, but ill give it a shot...

Is it a rooster?

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:00 PM   #3
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That is a cold air intake. Gotta love the under-hood stickers. Tires look like 31's. what do they say on the sidewalls?
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I my self hit the "Jiffy-Lube".... in and out in less than 30 and I am on my way.... I have found in doing it myself start to finist is about 2 hours... NOW before the do-it-yourselfers rag me... here is the procedure....

Change clothes to the "ratties"
get the gear oil etc from the garage (to the AP if I didn't have the oil in the garage)
drain, replace blah blah...
dispose of old oil (legally of course)
dump clothes in washer (dont have a garage to work in)
shower and clean up.

It is worth the premium to me to pay some one for the hour and a half


and it looks like your cold air intake ain't getting no cold air....
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and it looks like your cold air intake ain't getting no cold air....
Que?

Running out to check on the tires.
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King Of Beers... there's definitely pictures, or a Jeep!
I'd prefer people didn't think I was riding a cock!
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It is worth the premium to me to pay some one for the hour and a half
Your logic has won me over. Maybe 3000 miles later on a lazy Sunday I'll give it a shot.
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No cold air on the "cold air kit" because of the filter being inside the engine bay like that...especially right above the valve cover.

I can tell you have no AC. At first I was like "why does the engine bay look so empty on the passenger side?"
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No cold air on the "cold air kit" because of the filter being inside the engine bay like that...especially right above the valve cover.

I can tell you have no AC. At first I was like "why does the engine bay look so empty on the passenger side?"

Of course he has AC.... It is clear that it is on and running FULL BLAST!
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Nice TJ and I really like the color. Do the oil change yourself, or watch your buddy do it for you the first time.
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Looks like the 2.5,as far as oil get out there and get it changed 15,20 minute job not bad.
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yeah the tires look like 31x10.5x15 BFG A/T's because of the tread pattern. The cold air intake isn't getting cold air because it is right above the 200+ degree engine. You can definitely handle changing the oil. I'm 16 and did it myself with my dad watching me making sure I didn't screw something up the first time I had done it. It took me about 45 mins but most of that was being super careful with not spilling oil everywhere when moving the old oil into the used containers and I gave it about 20 mins for the pan to drain completely. I'm not sold on the10 minute oil change. I feel like that's not enough time for all of the oil to completely drain out. Plus I just happened to have free time so it wasn't worth $40 to me to get someone else to change the oil.

read Jeep.US41.org/oil for everything you have ever wanted to know about changing the oil in your jeep, what type of oil, filter, synthetic vs non synthetic, why NOT to take it to a Jiffy-lube, and a step by step how-to with pictures tha is quite humorous.
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Haha, yeah, I lucked out on the no AC bit really. Everybody thinks their Jeeps are worth a couple more grand than they are in Northern VA, and when a 6cyl finally popped up, I had an craligslist ap on my phone that let me know. 3 other people within half an hour had not even LOOKED at it, because they found out it had no AC!

I told the guy selling they must have not wanted a Jeep.

I suppose if the cold air intake isn't doing any good, that's O.K with me, as long as it's not doing any harm. Gave into the jiffy lube road for tonight, but will definitely get hands in the next 3k.

Plus I was able to get the O.K on my engine, again, just for piece of mind.

And I love the color as well, thanks bc40ton. It really came down to whatever 4.0 liter popped up clean and cheapest in the area, IMO, I lucked out big time (searched for over 2 months!)
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King Of Beers... there's definitely pictures, or a Jeep!
I'd prefer people didn't think I was riding a cock!


Seriously though, nice looking Jeep!
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thats the 4.0L straight 6. cold air intake(which, like said above, isnt getting cold air), and its pretty easy to tell if you have a aftermarket exhaust. and for the oil change- its honestly your choice. do it yourself and save the labor cost, or pay jiffy lube and have convenience(although i find jiffy lube "too convenient", i think they cut corners and dont do a good job). and stickers are stickers-just because somebody put a flowmaster sticker on the car doesnt mean the car has flowmaster exhaust system.
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and it looks like your cold air intake ain't getting no cold air....
Thats not a cold air intake.....thats a hot dust intake.
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Haha, yeah, I lucked out on the no AC bit really. Everybody thinks their Jeeps are worth a couple more grand than they are in Northern VA
It really came down to whatever 4.0 liter popped up clean and cheapest in the area, IMO, I lucked out big time (searched for over 2 months!)
sooooooo true. The local Jeep stealership wanted $18,500 for an 03 with 80,000 miles on it. I don't get why they're so expensive here. I lucked out when I found mine on cragslist in Fairfax. We even knocked a couple grand off because it needs new brakes, factory sub blown, and my dad is just a pro negotiator like that.
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I my self hit the "Jiffy-Lube".... in and out in less than 30 and I am on my way.... I have found in doing it myself start to finist is about 2 hours... NOW before the do-it-yourselfers rag me... here is the procedure....

Change clothes to the "ratties"
get the gear oil etc from the garage (to the AP if I didn't have the oil in the garage)
drain, replace blah blah...
dispose of old oil (legally of course)
dump clothes in washer (dont have a garage to work in)
shower and clean up.

It is worth the premium to me to pay some one for the hour and a half


and it looks like your cold air intake ain't getting no cold air....
I used to change my own oil until I got sick of it. I have to agree with N39 except the 2 hours. I can do it in 1.75 hours with all the above procedures. Not worth my time to save $10.
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and stickers are stickers-just because somebody put a flowmaster sticker on the car doesnt mean the car has flowmaster exhaust system.
Yeah, I understand. But from what I've checked out on it, most of those stickers have matched up with parts... hence the theory there.

I've got an Avett Brothers sticker on the back, but none of those guys playing in the Jeep, could probably afford to get a nicer one of that was the case
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I'm not sold on the10 minute oil change. I feel like that's not enough time for all of the oil to completely drain out. Plus I just happened to have free time so it wasn't worth $40 to me to get someone else to change the oil.
From what it looked like, they had a pump to help speed things up pushing oil out? I really don't know, but I was there for about 30 mins. Thanks for that link, it'll be useful in the future.

Ol' JL has never really done me wrong in the past. They've always told me the same things to do with the car that my buddy mechanics have said would be a good idea (honesty,) they're always quick, and they're always really nice. If anything, the customer service would be enough to keep me coming back, that's really what any business should be about! But I'll stop here before I hijack my own thread.
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last time i went to jiffy lube was 3 years ago in my '04 f-150 because i was lazy. 2 days later i reached down to grab my $150 fixed blade from between my seat and consaul and it was gone. no one else had been in my truck. ill never let that happen again.
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some of those stickers like the olympic 4x4 and things like that could be where the previous owner ordered those awesome lookin seat covers, lights and mount on the front, black panels on the side, and so on and so forth, nice looking jeep..not sure why people are takin 2 hours to change oil.. im 20 and it takes me bout 10 mins tops and im talkin draining the oil till not a single drop comes back out, and not even changing clothes cause i dont get any on me lol just sayin
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I have been changing my own oil for around 40 years.My Dad taught me how when I was a little kid,and I have never let anyone perform any task on any vehicle I have ever owned that I am able to do myself!Around $15.00 for oil and filter,about 20 minutes time.As a youth I worked at Jiffy Lube for a short time,and I can honestly say that what I saw while there would be enough to prevent me from ever considering that as an option!Nice TJ!
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gold tj-amen! much cheaper to do things on your own if you know how to do it and more satisfying, if there is something i need done to my vehicle that i cant do, i get someone i know and can trust to help me do it
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IMO stay away from Jiffy Lube or anything like it. Let them learn on somebody elses vehicle. Besides doing it yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment and it's easy.
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just get a wrench its very easy to change oil
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If you start doing your own oil changes get a grease gun and do it with each oil change. I think there is something like 7 spots to grease on the front end of a TJ.
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And why did you remove the soft top from the frame? You can just fold it up into the back of the Jeep leaving it attached to the bows.
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And why did you remove the soft top from the frame? You can just fold it up into the back of the Jeep leaving it attached to the bows.
Because I know not of these things! Hence why I'm on the forum! Will definitely be trying that out for my morning commute!
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Yea do the oil change yourself as I have found it very therapeutic after a long day at the office. $15 and you will know it is done right with top notch products. The oil is the life blood of your engine and will last nearly forever as long as you take care of it. This forum will help you out a lot and you will not be disappointed in the people here. Just ask questions after searching for the answer.
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Not once have I EVER taken my Jeep somewhere to have my oil changed...my buddy did it for me once since he already had it on the lift doing some tune-up work for me (changing plugs...which had I realized even with the coil rail, they were super simple, I'd have saved the $35 and done it myself...lol), but I was right there with him rotating the tires and doing a few others things to it.

I can change my oil in roughly 15-20 minutes and for about half the cost of the Jiffy Lube place depending on what kind of oil and filter I use... plus the main reason I do it myself, I know it's done right. Or if something goes wrong, I know I'M to blame...and I'm not gonna rig it in order to avoid getting in trouble/having to pay to fix it right. I'll admit, the convenience of taking it to the Jiffy Lube is tempting...but is it worth sacrificing your engine for convenience (in the event they strip the oil plug out, forget to tighten the plug, put in the wrong oil, wrong amount, etc)?

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