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Old 06-16-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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Just bought a Wrangler

Ive always wanted one, and just bought an old 97 wrangler se with 128000 miles (its slow as hell, but if i want to go fast i have an 09 mustang bullitt). anything i should know / check / replace. it seems to run good, and i just changed the oil with a synthetic blend high mileage oil and high mileage oil filter. what a pain that was, any tips on easier ways to get to the oil filter? its nice how the exhaust is directly under the filter. not only do you have to try to avoid gettin burned, but oil drips all over the exhaust after pullin the filter. im not scared to do minor mechanic work since its an old car, and am somewhat mechanically inclined. any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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Hey I am in the same situation! Just bought my first wrangler 2000 se. Any info is appreciated!!

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Old 06-16-2010, 10:46 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. Congrats on your Jeep.

On my 97 SE I always loosened the oil filter and removed it from the top passenger side. You can also put a rag on the top of the exhaust if you don't like smelling burning oil. Don't forget to take the rag off or you may end up with a burning Jeep.

Check to see if the plugs and wires have been replaced. I personally would change the differential fluid, transfer case/transmission fluid and do a radiator flush. Later when the brakes need replaced I would change the brake fluid.

Anytime I buy a used vehicle I always do a run through and change all of the common maintenance items and always assume the guy before me isn't as picky as I am.

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I would not waste money on synthetic oil. All oil is good using the correct viscosity and keeping it changed regularly. Valvoline makes an oil for over 75,000 miles and still not synthetic. Oil filters are always a bugger on most anything it seems. Check your serpentine belt for cracks and plugs and wires, etc. Have fun.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:49 AM   #5
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Also, don't forget to wave and be prepared to spend all your extra money on your Jeep because they make everything you can imagine for them!
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:07 PM   #6
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im not scared to do minor mechanic work since its an old car, and am somewhat mechanically inclined. any advice would be appreciated.

its jeep, not a car
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:30 PM   #7
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Don't forget to have the brakes checked. IMHO that's the first thing to do after buying a vehicle. If they fail while you're driving, you're kinda screwed, lol!
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:39 PM   #8
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welcome to the family.

I get an oil based spray coated on the bottom of my jeep about once every year, since wranglers do tend to rust quite a bit under there. this helps keep moisture out, and your jeep in one piece.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:43 PM   #9
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I have a 98 Sahara and would highly suggest you check the radiator and the hoses coming from the engine to the heater core. This is going to sound dumb but, with the hood open, sniff around the top of the radiator. If you smell sweet radiator fluid then look around the top piece/cap that covers the top of the radiator. If you see any kind of green crust have the radiator checked. Mine went right around 100k miles.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #10
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Summer is here and it seems like all I do is wave...lol
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:30 PM   #11
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lol....sorry, used to my mustang
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #13
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Okay is a jeep not a car and its not old I have a 97 and for a toy I don't thank its old but my pocket's are not fat either!
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Just be aware that stock JK owners usually do not wave. It is nothing personal though.
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Check the drivebelt (serpentine). With that kind of mileage, it may need replacing. Much easier to do it in your driveway than getting towed in while on the highway.....Cha-ching!
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My 2 cents....should have bought a YJ.
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lol....sorry, used to my mustang
hah no problem just givin you bit of a hard time i hope you love your jeep

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