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Old 10-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Scoping out a 95 YJ

I'm going to be looking at a 95 YJ tomorrow (6 cyl, manual tranny) from a private seller. Price is well within my budget but, other than a couple things, I'm not sure what to look/listen for on my test drive AND I'm really unsure what to ask about.

I know to look for rust, check the tires, check 4WD, shift and drive into all gears, check heater and gauges, seat adjustments wipers, etc (the little things)

What about some of the bigger things to look for or any little "tests" to try and check workability?

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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I like to check all the fluids, engine oil for a milky color, leaks around axles, between engine and tranny and drive lines, the list could go on and on. Most Items can be fixed rather easily.

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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If it has 31" or larger tires you might want to check the rear axle if it hasn't been replaced already. Go to a parking lot where you can turn the wheel from stop to stop and do circles. If you hear clicking or popping from the rear end then the rear axle needs work/replacing. I did my rear axle swap for just under $350. And while driving down the road shift through all the gears and make sure while it's cold and running at normal temps that the trans shifts smoothly. With mileage the tranny can slowly start showing signs if needing to be rebuilt/replaced unless it's been done.
Also ask the PO when the last time all the fluids where changed....ex. Engine trans transfer case front and rear diffs.
There is probably more to look for but this is all I can think of right now.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #4

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Keep in mine this is an almost 20 year old vehicle you're looking at. It's more than likely going to have weeping seals unless they were recently replaced. Now, if they're pouring fluids out that's different, but weeping is normal for a vehicle of this vintage.

The guys above me listed just about everything you can check. One of the first things I look at on an older vehicle that has possibly had numerous owners, is the wiring. Lots of folks like to wire in aftermarket stereos, amps, speakers, lights, the list goes on. Make sure if it has anything added on the wiring was cleanly done.

If it's a rats nest under the hood & dash, you'll have issues later on down the road. Nothing chaps my A$$ worse than piss poor wiring jobs. That's usually the first thing I clean up on a new to me vehicle.
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