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Old 07-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Talking New Jeep Owner- I promise to keep dumb questions to a minimum!!

Hey Guys!

Very happy to announce that after doing plenty of lurking in the forum I've pulled the trigger on a Jeep of my own. It's a 00 TJ Sport. 4.0L, Automatic. 130k miles
It's pretty factory now except for some custom front and rear bumpers and 2 pairs of hella lights. The previous owner also added the insta-trunk, which I really like. I spent the weekend cleaning it up and getting it ready to drive.
It does have some pitting in the passenger side front fender and a hole in the drivers side fender but when I bought the jeep he gave me a new drivers side fender he never painted or installed. I got a quote for $370 for a passenger side fender and the painting of both, leaving the install to me.

It came with the hard top, soft top, bimimi top and two sets of doors- one full from the factory, and a half set of aftermarket doors. Its' been well maintained and runs great. Only little flaw I've found is that the A/C blower only works on the highest setting. Haven't dug into this one yet but it's a little weird.

He had a set 5 of brand new General Grabber AT2's that he gave to me with the jeep. I didn't want to put them on the stock rims, as they have some corrosion on them so I ordered MB Chaos 5's today. Should have the new tires/wheels on by the end of the week.

New stereo is on its way too...Polk db651's for the sound bar and a Pioneer deh-x8500 for the dash. The front speakers were swapped out recently with some cerwin vega 4x6's. They will serve the purpose for now I think.

I'll get some pics up shortly (who doesn't like to look at Jeep's right?!)

A few questions...
-does $370 seem fair to buy one fender and paint two?
-I haven't noticed the A/C vent issue in other jeeps I looked at, common problem?

Thanks guys!

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Old 07-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Welcome...

I'm not sure how much to paint a fender but you could always do a cheap version and bedline them black like some others have done.

As i said, not sure about the fenders...

For your blower motor...most likely just the blower motor resister which is located under the kick panel on the passenger side under the glove box. About 50 bucks for a new one at napa or wherever.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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How about some pictures?

Yep, as Owen said, a common problem is the blower motor resistor. Lots of good info including how to with pictures on the forum.

Sounds like a great jeep that you will enjoy. Welcome to the forum and don't worry about asking questions. That's how most of us learn too.
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Ya. Dont worry about questions. This is what forums are for. Welcome!! If you get picked on. We have your back!
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:13 PM   #5
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Check out the Dorman blower motor resistor replacement. You can get it from RockAuto, but I got it from Summit Racing for like $20 shipped. Easy fix.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, took the first ride tonight (wife and toddler to get ice cream). It was a good ride but took me a while to get the carseat in. I had some AC this morning but during the ride this afternoon... hot air. I tried to recharge it with one of those $44 can's of magic from the auto parts store. Nothing. Hopefully another easy fix to a common problem. Off to the search engine...

As for pics, I should have the wheels and tires on by the end of the week. Hopefully the audio system done this weekend.

Thanks for the support guys, I'm really looking forward to the Jeep world - I've been stalking it from a distance for years!
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Definitely don't worry about dumb questions.. they haven't kicked me out yet.

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:32 PM   #9
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Well for your car seat dilemma, I've found that the easiest install is through the back( if you have a soft top). Just unzip, throw it over the rear bench, and you can strap down the anchor point and get the shoulder belt through the seat all from the back. Much easier than through the passenger seat even if you have the slide/tilt seat up front.
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There are no dumb questions ! If you need to know, ask. If you don't get the answer you want, ask again. Everyone is going to have an opinion. Take the info they give you and do your homework with it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:42 AM   #13
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Welcome to the forum, I too have a 2000 TJ Sport and love it!
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Welcome.

I'd definitely save yourself a few bucks on the fenders. 370 seems a fair price to buy one and paint two, however, you can get a fender online for 220 I believe. Set aside an afternoon to paint & swap them out. Be careful not to spin the nutserts. My opinion is they look great bedlined. That's a good way to save yourself about 150$ for your sure to come jeep addiction fund while also adding a rugged look. Just my .02

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A/c Problems as well im a newbie also and have been needing that answer!
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welcome newb. we all have to start somewhere.
Just don't ask how to get better gas mileage ::: ha ha ha :::
Greetings from Appleton, Wisconsin.

I agree, bedline the fenders!
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Just don't ask how to get better gas mileage ::: ha ha ha :::
Greetings from Appleton, Wisconsin.

I agree, bedline the fenders!
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Or if a CAI, Chip, etc will gain any additional power. They will not unless the loss of weight from a lighter wallet improves it.
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Yeah I certainly didn't buy the Wrangler to compete with a prius, if anything I'll be making it worse. Just got a call that my wheels arrived, whoo hoo!! Can't wait to see those on there.
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Welcome from Yazoo City, Mississippi! I too am new here, but have been jeeping (and wrenching on my jeep) for about a decade now. And I *would* pay that for another fender and paint if the guy is any good.

The AC blower resistor is out on your jeep. It steps down the current to the motor, so when it goes out you only get the full load, so only high speed works, with the other three not getting any current at all. (I am certain that I have used the wrong terms, but the description is only meant to describe what happens and not how.)

Follow the links at the end of each video; there are three in all. I watched several and this one was the most helpful. It is NOT as easy as people make it out to be if you are a large-handed fellow such as myself.

The photos and camera angles on some of these videos are ridiculous. This fellow does a much better job of helping you locate the resistor and then getting to it and removing it. I had to do two of them on my jeeps, and I ended up agreeing with him about when to plug or unplug the harness in the process. It is very easy to do this and it takes little time - if you have done it. But this guy makes it almost like you have.

The dealership will have this in stock probably and it is not expensive, even by "stealership" prices. I would get one from them and not aftermarket, but that is just me. It really does not matter as it is a stone-stupid bit of technology that any decent company can produce well.



My recent experience says DO NOT USE A WRENCH. Use a .25" ratchet drive with the proper socket. Watch these a few times and get a flashlight and investigate behind your glovebox.

You remove the glovebox by pulling the strap sideways out of its slot on the glovebox lid and NOT from the upper end on the dash. No screws are removed when doing this. Once the strap is pulled the box drops out into your hand.

The resistor is the black (or "dirt colored" if your rig has been wheeled much) connector very low on the right side, behind the big green connector. With work you *can* get in there to work on it. I did everything from below while looking down through the box. My wife kindly shined a light for me from the driver's seat.

I also chose to remove my floor light as this kid did, which seriously opened up room for my hand to get up in the space. These are plastic, so a lot of torque on the screws at install is not good. Only as much force as needed to loosen them.

Careful removing the red clip - they break.

Follow this kid's instructions, which are great. I would disconnect the negative terminal of the battery (black cable) while doing this, just to be safe.

BONUS: The kid did a great job including examples of how to remove the blower motor itself, which is actually easier than the resistor. I plan to pull mine and clean it up.

Good luck and have fun. And definitely get your fender and get them painted if the price is right for *you*...
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Wow, thanks!!! love the detail. I am hoping to get the part from the dealer tomorrow. I forgot to grab it on my way home today.
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Well for your car seat dilemma, I've found that the easiest install is through the back( if you have a soft top). Just unzip, throw it over the rear bench, and you can strap down the anchor point and get the shoulder belt through the seat all from the back. Much easier than through the passenger seat even if you have the slide/tilt seat up front.
Ditto...had two in my 04 TJ...one for my newborn and 1 for my 21 month old. Works awesome going through the back. Don't get discouraged the tj works great with kids. Mine now are 9 and 10 and LOVE the jeep/
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Getting the carseat in thru the back is the way to go, no doubt! thanks guys.
Also- I got my speakers installed in the soundbar tonight Polk DB651's. They sound great even with the factory radio. I have the new headunit but I'm waiting on the wiring harness to arrive. Should make a vast improvement.
Have an appointment to get the wheels and tires on saturday morning - I CAN'T WAIT!!!
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Ditto...had two in my 04 TJ...one for my newborn and 1 for my 21 month old. Works awesome going through the back. Don't get discouraged the tj works great with kids. Mine now are 9 and 10 and LOVE the jeep/
X3 that's how I put my daughters seat in my 03 she is only 2 but she loves riding it is when we go topless she looks all around and love the air blowing around

Don't worry about questions that's why we are here. All of us can remember our first jeep. I have only 3 years but its an addiction it will get into your DNA and may spread to other family members or close friends. It will also cause your wallet to lose weight. But it sure is fun. Can make random drives for this or that more interesting. ENJOY & Welcome to the club
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I say bedline those fenders. Saved me a ton of money
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