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Old 09-16-2008, 01:44 PM
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Red face Newbie here

ok, keep in mind that this is my first Jeep ever...I've never worked on cars myself, but I'd really like to learn more about my jeep and how to fix as much as I can. I bought a 2000 4.0 cyl a couple months ago...the clutch just went, completely, so I had that fixed and taken care of at the shop. Once I got it back, though, the shop owner told me that I should really replace the fan belt, spark plugs, brake fluid, etc. pretty soon. I figured that these are things I could handle by myself (or with someone to help - I've helped my dad when he did the brake fluid on his car). When I bought the jeep, though, the owner didn't have the owner's manual because it got rained on or something. Where do you recommend I get an owner's manual and/or a repair manual? Which repair manual should I get? Are there any good sites on doing repairs yourself? Any help would be awesome. Thanks.

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Welcome. Yest, those repairs/maintenance are all fairly simple and straight forward. The FSM (Factory Service Manual) can be found here and will tell you how to do each and every thing to your Jeep.

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Old 09-18-2008, 07:35 AM
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thanks so much!
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:22 AM   #4
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Welcome! Unless you have a rust box like me these guys can walk you through pretty much anything. Enjoy, PS- Even if you don't know it yet, you are already hooked!
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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Welcome to WF. If you can read, motivated and are willing to save yourself some serious money, you picked the perfect vehicle to learn to service. You simply will not find an easier or cheaper vehicle to work on.

As the others have said, get yourself a repair manual at the autoparts store. A Chilton's or Hayne's manual will run you $20 and have everything you need from a "novice" point of view. That will cover the majority of the issues and maintenance items. If you have more cash to invest, I suggest a shop manual.

Reinvest the money you save and buy new tools. You will really be surprised how simple it is to work on a Jeep. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. There are a lot of people on here that can help you.

Good luck.

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Old 09-18-2008, 04:59 PM   #6
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Jeep TJ Web Site of Stu Olson - N7QJP

stu's got all kinds of good write ups with pictures. i've learned quite a bit on there.

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