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Old 01-03-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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New issues with cold weather

Now that the arctic chill has reached Northern Virginia, I'm experiencing some minor issues. My steering is squawking from the firewall area with every turn and the heat doesn't seem to be what it used to be. Any suggestions? Do the cowling scoops really work?

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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If you look under the dash by the pedals, there is a rubber bushing where the steering column comes through the firewall. Spray in that with white lithium grease and turn the wheel around to lubricate it. Mine did the same thing as soon as it started getting below freezing. I did this, and it's been completely silent since.

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x3 on the bushing. Cold weather hit couple Weeks ago. On mine I just need to reapply the lube every few Weeks.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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Thanks, worked great and its quiet, except for my chattering teeth. Any hints on getting more heat? or is it a Jeep thing...
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Thanks, worked great and its quiet, except for my chattering teeth. Any hints on getting more heat? or is it a Jeep thing...
I put heated seat covers in mine
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:09 PM   #6
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Put your doors and top on, that should help
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #7
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Thanks, worked great and its quiet, except for my chattering teeth. Any hints on getting more heat? or is it a Jeep thing...
No, compared to some ragtops I've driven, they're not too bad. You could try blocking part of the radiator with cardboard, that can help quite a bit. If are running a lower temp thermostat than 210 you could switch to a higher temp one. Other than that stocking cap, gloves, and a really warm coat are the way to go

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Old 01-04-2012, 11:16 PM   #8
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Is your heater core possibly clogged? I know my 2004 gets me pretty comfortable after the engine hits 210.

No kidding about the Arctic chill. I just wish there was some snow to go with it. Where in NoVa are you at? I'm in western loudoun
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:14 AM   #9
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Ft Belvoir but grew up in Herndon. 4 years in San Antonio made me soft when it comes to the cold...

I was thinking maybe the heater core was clogged, but in moderate temps it blows plenty hot. Maybe a rad flush won't hurt.

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