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Old 11-24-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Want to know why im pissed off??

Well drove up to the nearby hills to do a little snow wheeling. Made it 1/4 mile off the road and I think I lost a freeze plug coolant just drained now I'm sitting at a nearby gas station waiting for a tow.... What the hell this is some b.s.

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Old 11-24-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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Bad luck. I hope everything gets better soon so you can get back out there!

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Old 11-24-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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This is Gods way of keeping you from breaking something very expensive or getting hurt......
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This is Gods way of keeping you from breaking something very expensive or getting hurt......
OR discovering the ARK!!!! where were you?
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Yeah dude really...Dark here for hours.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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Well, yeah that sucks. But it could have been worse. Just imagine if your temp gauge was inop and you cracked the block too. Whether you drove 10 miles to go play in the snow, or 10 miles down the highway.....I think the freeze plug was destined to give out. Call your insurance company too. Many cover free or reimburseable towing expenses for the first 50 miles. You may be good. And then this is one of them unforeseen setbacks that may have been covered with an extended warranty. We will never know so, don't sweat it. You are ok, the Jeep will be fine, and the snow will be there next week. By then, you'll be having a blast!
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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Dude, my block heater came out of mine when I was 50km in the bush, luckily I had friends with me that towed me out. It also happened to me in my old chevy truck. I know your pain, just imagine what would have happened if you made it out to where you were heading and it happened.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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Yeah thanks everyone!!! I had the whole cooling system replaced 2 years ago and now this haha. I was in forest hill California. Yeah it's a definate set back because it's my daily driver haha. I shall keep my head up! Haha yeah coolant just drained like she was taking a long piss! Haha before and after pics! Ha nice drive then tow time! Well thanks everyone just thought I'd share my story!
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:47 PM   #9
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just did one on my th 2 bucks worth of parts 14 hours of work. it was the worst one..... inside the bell housing had to drop skid plate, tcase and tranny.... on the bright side serviced clutch, bearings, tcase and tranny well it was there
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:31 AM   #10
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I went on the search for the leak. Found it! There where two cracked mini freeze plugs under headers that were leaking bad. They were about a 1/4 the size of the ones on the side of the block. And to get to them and have enough room to work I had to remove throttle body, pulley, head gasket, headers intake manifold , and just about 15 sensors and different clips. After working all day for two plugs at 1.19 a piece... Definitely a pain in the ***. Well there are the only pics I took.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:04 AM   #11
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I had a similar Wtf situation 2 months ago. Just put all new brakes and drums on and 35" tires on the jeep the day before i was going to get painted. And I'm at a friends house and another buddy of ours is busting my balls about how it can't wheel and will just break " cause that's a jeep thing". So naturally I had to prove him wrong. Got a couple miles away and onto his property and am bombing around a field when the unmistakable sound of an axle shaft braking echo through the night air. Followed by my tire pulling out and dragging to a stop. Brand new Brakes are gone. MIA. Awsome. So after they stop crying from laughing so hard. One of them went to get a truck and tailor. While putting the jeep on the trailer the ass end slipped off and blew a hole in the sidewall of my 1 day old tire... and now its stuck halfway on the trailer with one blown tire and nothing on the other side. 3 hours later we made it home. It was sup0used to be a 5 min joy ride.2 months later I'm finally driving my jeep again. Decided to change out the d35 for an 8.8 after that. What a night.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:19 AM   #12
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I had a similar Wtf situation 2 months ago. Just put all new brakes and drums on and 35" tires on the jeep the day before i was going to get painted. And I'm at a friends house and another buddy of ours is busting my balls about how it can't wheel and will just break " cause that's a jeep thing". So naturally I had to prove him wrong. Got a couple miles away and onto his property and am bombing around a field when the unmistakable sound of an axle shaft braking echo through the night air. Followed by my tire pulling out and dragging to a stop. Brand new Brakes are gone. MIA. Awsome. So after they stop crying from laughing so hard. One of them went to get a truck and tailor. While putting the jeep on the trailer the ass end slipped off and blew a hole in the sidewall of my 1 day old tire... and now its stuck halfway on the trailer with one blown tire and nothing on the other side. 3 hours later we made it home. It was sup0used to be a 5 min joy ride.2 months later I'm finally driving my jeep again. Decided to change out the d35 for an 8.8 after that. What a night.
That is no good! At least she's up and running again! I've been want to to get a set of 35s everybody else says the d35 will hold up and other say it will snap like a twig.... If you don't mind me asking what was the price for the 8.8 ?and did you regear? 4in lift?

I almost feel like saying it would have been easier to get a cherry picker and pull the motor so that I had room to work. We were using the alternator and grill as a step ahahah!
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:39 AM   #13
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Ya it was an expensive day. So far for the 8.8. M.o.r.e bracket kit-$350, axle from 2000 explorer-$200, SOLID diff cover - $100, new brakes including brakes pads and calipers-$225, hardlines-$10, self etching primer and paint -$150, Richmond gears and install kit, -$250, ebrake cables-$75, eaton e locker-$750, superior axles super 88 kit-$550. Plus misc. Little stuff like cutting wheels, diff fluid, tap for breather valve relocation, and por-15, welding and gearing if you can't do it yourself will cost ya too. It adds up fast. Ha. Didn't realize till I was balls deep into it. $2500 later
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:53 AM   #14
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I was wondering at first if the block had actually frozen, and that's why the plugs cracked? Looking at the photo of the coolant, it looks like plenty of Prestone in there though. Assuming this is your '98 with 79,000 miles per your jeep profile, yeah, that pretty much sucks and seems like it shouldn't have happened. Any chance a PO let it freeze without enough A/F?
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I was wondering at first if the block had actually frozen, and that's why the plugs cracked? Looking at the photo of the coolant, it looks like plenty of Prestone in there though. Assuming this is your '98 with 79,000 miles per your jeep profile, yeah, that pretty much sucks and seems like it shouldn't have happened. Any chance a PO let it freeze without enough A/F?
There is no way it was frozen I was stuck in snow when it happened but I was not super deep at all I just got side ways on the trail and had no traction. The jeep was never turned off for more than 2
Minutes. Not sure but I don't even think my oil pan was touching the snow.... Yeah I never leave the hose without a tub of coolant in the back because it drinks coolant like a parched man drinkin water in the desert. Maybe it was a small leak and just got big. Not sure. Yeah it's a 98 with now 79,689 haha so I don't see how it would happen and especially where it was coming from. Under header? Could have been called and expansion plug? I don't think it was lack of a/f because it's Always filled. The only time it was low is when it started to drain...

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