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Old 09-10-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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newbie seeks walk-through on routine maintenance procedures

Hello,
I need basic layman's terminology walkthrough on these required routine maintenance. I need photos with arrows and exactly what tool to use or grease to but.
We have a 2006 jeep wrangler unlimited with the 4.0 engine.
It has about 33,000 miles on it. It is our only car and we are very strapped for cash for taking it to a garage if a certain procedure might be within our skill level.
I did internet googles and searches on this forum. No paydirt.
I checked the library for those fat manuals but nothing looked at my level.

1. Inspect/replace PCV every 30000 miles.
2. replace spark plugs every 30000 miles.
3. inspect M/T fluid, top off every 30000 miles.
4. inspect transfer case fluid, top off every 30000 miles.
5. inspect/replace drive belt every 45000 miles.

I have been using my grease gun to faithfully lubricate the steering linkage tie rod ends and suspension ball joints. But I would also like a walkthrough on that to make sure I am doing it correctly with the proper grease.

Thanks

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You did not include oil and filter changes. I do mine every 3,000 miles. Cost 15-16.00 if you catch oil on sale. Wal-mart just has 5 qt oil jugs for 10.50 each and I have access to OEM filters for less that aftermarket but don't skimp on the oil filter. I used AC Delco before buying OEM. Everyone has an oil change theory but my last four vehicles each went over 200K using this schedule and none of them ever had an engine issue or burned any oil. Just to note: I have and still am in the automobile business since 1968 professionally plus a back yard mechanic before that. My current TJ has over 75K and I expect it to make 200 easily.

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Where in Tx are you?

You're going to have better luck meeting fellow jeepers....and get help that way.

If you're anywhere near Midland, I'd be glad to help you. And I'm certain fellow Jeepers elsewhere would also be willing to help.

I like teaching people, but the internet is a difficult place to do that In my opinion. I like hands on approach.
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and another thing .. its a jeep not a car . also make sure you top off your headlight fluid.. tjs are notorious for using that up quickly
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and another thing .. its a jeep not a car . also make sure you top off your headlight fluid.. tjs are notorious for using that up quickly
that must be why my brights arent workin
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I would suggest just investing in a Chilton or a Haynes. It will give you "how to" and the amount of fluids needed.
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You did not include oil and filter changes. I do mine every 3,000 miles. Cost 15-16.00 if you catch oil on sale. Wal-mart just has 5 qt oil jugs for 10.50 each and I have access to OEM filters for less that aftermarket but don't skimp on the oil filter. I used AC Delco before buying OEM. Everyone has an oil change theory but my last four vehicles each went over 200K using this schedule and none of them ever had an engine issue or burned any oil. Just to note: I have and still am in the automobile business since 1968 professionally plus a back yard mechanic before that. My current TJ has over 75K and I expect it to make 200 easily.
Also remember that if you have a 6cyl engine, it uses 6qts of oil, not 5. I don't know what the 4cyl holds.
Preventative maintenance is a MUST, but also keep in mind, that Jeep of yours is a pretty stout vehicle. (especially the engine)
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Well the good news is everything you mentioned you can do yourself. Also as stated go to an autoparts store and invest in a haynes or other manual for the Jeep. This will have step by step instructions and good pictures.

Here is a good site for learning terms and tech info:

Jeep TJ Installation Write-Ups by 4x4xplor.com
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:26 PM   #9
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I really like the Jeep Service Manuals. I think they might be pricey but as a novice...I have really found it valuable.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #10
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Also the service manual is good with torque specs. So you should (I would think) buy a 1/2 and 3/8 inch torque wrenches. I would suggest buying ones with lifetime warrenties. It is what I did and I have found them very useful. Also a floor jack and 4 to 6 SUV jack stands.
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I cannot find a service manual in either chiltons or haynes, they only show up to an 04, nothing newer. If anyone knows of a site where I can order please post. thanks
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:47 PM   #12
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Chrysler Publications 800-890-4038

140 bucks for the paper manual for 2006 Jeep or 90 for a CD.

Personally I would go with the CD and print out the page you need when you need it.

I have the 1999 Jeep service manual and it really is helpful. I have bought the repair manuals "Haynes" and so on before and frankly I thought they were overpriced and under quality on poor quailty paper.

Just my 2 cents.
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Or, you could avoid the general nature of chiltons/haynes and go here:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-s...hlight=manuals

Get the 05 manual. I've been using it for my 06 and haven't found a flaw. I'm beginning to doubt that Jeep did a 06 manual at all.
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Yo might find this site useful, I have Jeep.US41.org
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well, since I first posted I did change brake pads and spark plugs myself.
I used the tech write ups off internet.
Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
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Haynes has a book that i picked up from autozone for $24. It covers everything fomr a 1987 to 2008 Jeep Wrangler. It includes the older 4.2 motor and the 4.0 and 2.5 engine issues. It saved me thoe other day when installing my spark plug wires. I bumped a wire off and didn't know it until i had 2 wires off at the same time. I refered to the firing order and problem fixed.
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Haynes manual isn't near as good to have as the factory serice manual but its still good to have and gives pretty good instructions/detail. Its what i used for years until I got my hands on the fsm.
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Chilton or Haynes for 2004-2006?

I've only found manuals that to up to 2003? Is there one for 2004-2006?

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I would suggest just investing in a Chilton or a Haynes. It will give you "how to" and the amount of fluids needed.
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Frequently your local library will have manuals. My wife is a reference librarian and she helps lots of people by finding the manual they need, the section that deals with their problem and then makes copies so they can take it home.

Give your local library a call and see if they can help you out.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:49 PM   #20
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I'd like to buy one, but couldn't find one on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I might give the library a try. Thank you for the tip. Have a good day.
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well, since I first posted I did change brake pads and spark plugs myself.
I used the tech write ups off internet.
Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
If you can change brake pads you shouldn't have problems with any other maintenance item. I have a 2001 Wrangler, have done all my own maintenance repairs for years but have a rear brake shoe replacement coming up that I've never done on a Chrysler product before and the description in the Haynes manual sounds a little imposing with all the cables, springs, and guides to disconnect. All my experience with rear brake shoes have been on GM vehicles, which aren't as complicated as the Jeep looks.
Good luck on all your work, we never know what we can really do until we try the first time.

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