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Old 07-06-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I have a few extremely newbie questions (no laughing or rolling of the eyes allowed). I have purchased a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and a couple of things are driving me crazy. First, does the ignition key unlock/lock the center console box? It looks like the original center console and the ignition key will turn the little locky doo thing (I'm female, sorry) but the box will not open and it doesn't appear anything is actually being unlatched in any way. Secondly, what is a good carpet glue? There is a strip of carpet that needs to be glued down and it's fairly large, not just a little piece. Finally, do most people purchase a regular tire for the spare? Mine is one of those temporary ones. Thank you for any help or advice. --Donna

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the ignition key should unlock alll.. your doors, your trunk, your center console and your glove box.

for the center console and your glove box, it does not go all the way, it only goes in halfway so it might not seem like its the right key but thats the way they made it. For the center console, when you unlock it, take the key out and press the actual metal part where the key went and pull up, that is the button to open it.

Dont mind the nuts and bolts but pull the lid up while pressing the shiny button for the key down.


No carpet on my rig is glued, what are you referring to that needs to be glued?

We all use full size tires for our spares. Some dont buy a big spare tire when they upgrade to big tires but i have never seen any one use a small skinny tire like they have on the cars.


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Good heavens - you solved a silly problem but one that was really bugging me. I can now open my center console box. Thank you.

The carpet runs along the passenger side, just below the door. It actually fits up under the little rim at the bottom of the door. It is loose the entire length of the door. I notice on the driver's side that the same spot has a black plastic cover along there and wires go into it. but I didn't think a cover went along the passenger side. I am not certain how to insert a picture in this note as you did.

I will get a regular tire for my spare!! I also would like to have the manual for this jeep as one didn't come with it. Is there a place to order one? Thanks again,
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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i'm pretty sure you can find a manual on ebay.. i havent cracked mine open a single time since i bought my rig. I mean whatever i need, i search the forum and i find it all here.

Next, the carpet.

This is where your tools for your jack go. The original jack (under the passenger seat) is made to go under the axle (next to the wheel) so its very uncomfortable to get to it. This is why jeep used 2 long rods (that join to form 1 long rod) to extend it so you can comfortably lift your jeep, and change your tire.

These 2 rods usually stay in a long baggy underneath that carpet. There should be 2 velcro loops there that hold it tight. The Carpet simply pulls off, you connect the rods with the velcro loops and then you put the carpet on top of it. There should be velcro so the carpet stays in place.
The jack that comes with the jeep is the black one here with the yellow circle and note the long rods that connect to it with the handle wrench... (left jack on these pics)





Here is how you post a pic (my fav is photobucket), if you are still having dificulties email me the pic and i will post it for ya.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/wf-site...-pic-8794.html
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:24 PM   #5
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I understood completely what you said and I'm getting irritated at the guy who sold me the jeep. There are no rods at all - they are gone - which means if I had a flat I would be hosed. And I also feel annoyed that he probably switched the full sized tire for a weiny temporary as well. What now? Should I order the rods from a dealership or something? I live in a rural area but there is a jeep dealership within 30 miles. I would rather do it myself though.

Otherwise things are going well with my new jeep. I did search the forum for the issue about heat in and around my foot and center console and I found the exact issue, however, I didn't understand much of the lingo. I'll leave that for another day I suppose.

You have been a great help and I see the value in this forum rather than a manual!!
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I would go with a friend to a junk yard and look for a jeep from there (leave the friend IN the jeep while you go search around the junk yard). At the dealership you are looking to pay gold for stuff. Dealerships charge 3 times what something is worth.

This is basically the entire jack set. (ebay search jeep jack or something) you can see the baggy.. 2 rods inside, the tire wrench and the jack.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...spagenameZWDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-Wrangler-TJ-YJ-CJ-oem-bottle-jack-set-lug-wrench_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ42614QQihZ012QQi temZ220251889503QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1997-2006-Jeep-Wrangler-Bottle-Jack-Set-W-Tools-OEM_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ42614QQihZ011QQitem Z320270918535QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/OEM-JACK-TOOL-KIT-JEEP-WRANGLER-TJ-2000_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6763QQihZ016QQitem Z260258353934QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
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I was wrong - the rods are there under the carpet in a black bag with velcro holding it. How terrible of me to dis the guy who sold me the jeep. Anyway, the carpet looks terrible hanging down though - and I see no velcro on it. Tell me where it would be and what it would attach too! You can tell this is my first jeep...I appreciate your patience.
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hey no problem we've all been there

i just took few pics, i'm sorry for my mistake, its actually a button, not velcro that holds the carpet together. Here are the pics, Look for a black button



this is how the tools are held by the straps. The actual jack and the wrench go under the seat. On the image above ^ you can see the end of the wrench sticking out.
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I have seen temp. spares on the back of wranglers before,It does look odd
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Super! You are right - I found the button and see the whole assembly for the jack, including the rods. I would not have figured this out on my own, I thought the carpet was just sagging! The temp tire looks puny and dumb. I don't know why I didn't notice it before. Thanks again!

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