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Old 12-21-2010, 01:10 AM   #1
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New Owner with a lot of questions...

Greetings all,

I recently purchased a 2000 Jeep Sport with about 84K miles on it. I've had it about a month and love it. Just have a few questions, some probably dumber than others:

1. It came with a hard top and the full doors. What's the best option for a soft top? Do I need to get the half doors?

2. What are the maintenance milestones I'm approaching or anything anyone would suggest doing when purchasing a used car? It had a single owner, who by all appearances kept it well maintained.

3. The air bag light just started coming on intermittently, but from other threads that seems pretty common. Last night after a ton of rain the yellow engine light came on and I got the no bus message. I read about degreasing, but was just wondering if it was a non-issue.

Again, appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone has.


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Old 12-21-2010, 01:19 AM   #2
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1. Nope, you can run full doors with the hard top. However, if you're looking to get a soft top, note there are a lot of parts required that don't come with the hard top. You'll need door surrounds, the frame & windshield bar, and a rear tailgate bar and side latches.

2. Used car, I would do the basic - plugs, oil, differential fluid, transmission flush, seafoam. I like to know that everything has been done and done right.

3. Hmm... this one I'm not positive about. Could just be a loose connection in the gauge cluster. Removal is simple. Pry up the long bezel running across the defrost. Unscrew three screws holding gauge cluster in at the top. Remove two screws underneath the steering wheel where that panel is. Remove two screws for the metal panel behind it. Remove two remaining gauge cluster screws and then pull outward. Put some degreaser on it.

It's got a Willy's body, a Chevy engine, Ford axles, GM transmission, and Dodge steering components... it must be a Wrangler.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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As listed above

2. Used car, I would do the basic - plugs, oil, differential fluid, transmission flush, seafoam.

I would also do the following - change the PS fluid and flush the radiator. Dont forget to change the xcase fluid. Air filter - distributor cap/rotor - flush the brake fluid. I would also pull all 4 wheels look at the brakes while you are flushing the brake fluid - make sure the rear wheel cyl are not leaking and look at the condition of the rotors, drums, pads and shoes. Something else I do is buy some gunk engine de-greaser and spray down the engine and the goto a quarter car wash to get all the funk out of the engine bay. Becareful if you do that so you don't spray the distributor cab.

The above might be a bit much but once I get a new vehicle I like to get acquainted with where it is maintenance wise.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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^^^ I agree with you here 100%.

When I get my new TJ, Lord willing, I will follow this process. Maybe not all in one weekend but very shortly after purchase.

There are dealerships that do a lot of this for you. The place I'm looking at specializes in Wranglers and they fix all common problems before reselling. They just add it to the price. Which is fair in my eyes. They replace everything from pinion seals to rotors to pumps.

I will need to research thoroughly how to clean an engine bay. I am absolutely clueless at this point. But that's another story
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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Pharank - engine degreaser works great - I always leave my engine running when I do it. And down directly spray the distributer. Another thing I just thought of - I have a garage and the car wash is up the street. I would hesitate to spray down the engine and then have it outside in the cold weather.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:38 PM   #6
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chief, I have seen all of the cleaners at auto zone and whatnot... its just, mechanically I don't know where I'm able to "scrub and clean" lol.

I have never turned a hose to that area of my Jeep except for cleaning the underside of the hood. I would prefer to clean it the best I could/can. I like things clean! except for the exterior... I don't mind dirt on her! But after a few days it starts irritating me and I have to clean it.

It ha nothing to do with liking sparkly clean Jeeps / not liking it dirty. Something subconsciously just says, agh enough!
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:20 AM   #7
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Thanks a lot. Really appreciate the advice.

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