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09-22-2010 08:11 PM
rbjackson I've seen that jeep on craigslist. Ill probably go check it out. Thanks
I think I have a working thermostat, probably should check it.
09-22-2010 03:05 AM
Pyro8541 there is a good parts jeep in wahiawa. i have the guys number if you need it. its a 89 yj you can go pull the parts or they can. it has a 3.5" lift leafs and shackles that are in good cond. if you need some help with the column let me know, i just rebuilt mine this weekend.

my radiator was falling apart, i thought it was working until i found that my engine was running at 160 without a thermostat. something else you should probably check for. i was not running with one and didnt' realize it. when i did finally realize it and put one in, the radiator wasn't working.
09-22-2010 01:43 AM
rbjackson
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Originally Posted by trebor46 View Post
It's possible for the center pin to have broke on your leaf spring, allowing the axle to shift. I would check that out and replace both front springs if not them all
Good call, center pin is definitely missing. Can't even see where it should go. Any ideas on how to fix that? Thinking about suspending the body on something, pulling the U-bolts and jacking the axle up. Then I could slide it to where it goes and drop a new bolt through it… I know. I need new springs. I'll get around to it.

I was at DLI.

Finally got to do some work on it this weekend with a buddy. Replaced the steering damper. Old one didn't have any resistance. Bushings are all missing from the links, anywhere I can get those? Steering damper helped the play in the steering. Also replaced the valve cover gasket which cut down on oil leakage but I found a new problem. Whenever the vehicle is on there is a very steady drip coming from between the oil pan and the drive shaft cover. Thinking I may need to replace the oil pan, either that or if there is a gasket up there I may be able to just replace that but it sounds like somewhat of a project.

And what is the deal with the radiator. Heard other people have had problems with them falling apart. Mine looks like it is full of rust and maybe other things. Does it need to be replaced or can I just flush and refill.

Finally, figured out how to clean my air filter and that helped the performance considerably. Idles smoother and doesn't choke out as easily.

If anyone has ideas about the oil leak could use the input, leaking quite a lot while vehicle is on.
09-20-2010 10:57 AM
MadMaxx Nah his swaybar bushings are shot which is probably due to this axel being off center.
09-17-2010 12:41 PM
Dr. Venture Wow look in the one pic the removable sway bar links.....Is it me or does the upper bolt not look tight? Elongated perhaps?
09-17-2010 12:29 PM
toshpate thanks bud now I dont feel sooo bad about all the issues with my 89 that the BF hates. at least maybe your 4x4 works the vacuum system on mine is fried I think. Good luck keep us posted and found out on a different thread cavalier seats will fit in it with out any mods, just a fyi on that ha ha
09-17-2010 11:35 AM
Dr. Venture HOLY CRAP!!!! That is Rusty!
09-17-2010 11:26 AM
wasomma
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Originally Posted by rbjackson View Post
Well I lived in Monterey but the moving company was from Salinas
you at DLI or NPS?
09-16-2010 10:48 PM
rbjackson Well I lived in Monterey but the moving company was from Salinas
09-16-2010 06:47 PM
wasomma
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Originally Posted by Walkingstick View Post
Keyword: Salinas.
Fact
09-16-2010 05:31 PM
Walkingstick
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Originally Posted by rbjackson

Group called M.I.D. out of Salinas, CA. You would think that the contractors the government uses to move military personal wouldn't do stuff like that right? I wouldn't say a majority but probably 1 in 3 people I know out here had stuff broken or stolen. Maybe more.
Keyword: Salinas.
09-16-2010 05:02 PM
trebor46 It's possible for the center pin to have broke on your leaf spring, allowing the axle to shift. I would check that out and replace both front springs if not them all
09-16-2010 03:19 PM
wasomma
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Originally Posted by rbjackson View Post
Group called M.I.D. out of Salinas, CA. You would think that the contractors the government uses to move military personal wouldn't do stuff like that right? I wouldn't say a majority but probably 1 in 3 people I know out here had stuff broken or stolen. Maybe more.
I was stationed out in Monterey, CA last year. My buddies had alot of issues shipping stuff from DLI to where we are now. Shady company and the military doesnt do shit about it.
09-15-2010 02:45 PM
MadMaxx
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Ok. I finally got some tools and can get to working on it. Also I grabbed a buddy who has had more experience with suspension problems. We both agree that it does not look like the jeep was in an accident. There does not appear to be any frame damage also the body and the rest of the suspension shows no signs of a collision. But it does look like the axle has slid back a bit on the leaf springs. Has anyone ever heard of this happening. Looks like it could have happened if you hit a rock or something and the U-bolts were not tight enough. Also any ideas on how to fix it. I though about putting it up on a high jack loosening the U-bolts and trying to hammer the axle back to where it goes.

That's a possibility... those front springs really should be replaced though, with the ends bent back the way that they are, it's only a matter of time before they fail. Also replacing the springs will make it easier to see exactly what's wrong with the front axel and fix it. If the axel did slide back on the springs then chances are the springs or the spring perch may be damaged. There is a nub on the spring that the perch sits in to keep the axel in place.
09-15-2010 12:17 AM
rbjackson Ok. I finally got some tools and can get to working on it. Also I grabbed a buddy who has had more experience with suspension problems. We both agree that it does not look like the jeep was in an accident. There does not appear to be any frame damage also the body and the rest of the suspension shows no signs of a collision. But it does look like the axle has slid back a bit on the leaf springs. Has anyone ever heard of this happening. Looks like it could have happened if you hit a rock or something and the U-bolts were not tight enough. Also any ideas on how to fix it. I though about putting it up on a high jack loosening the U-bolts and trying to hammer the axle back to where it goes.
09-14-2010 04:56 PM
rbjackson I do have a question. Going to sound ignorant but I don't know the technical terms. Can the axel slide back on the springs. Front driver side axel looks like it has slid 3-4" back. It looks like it was sitting farther up. I'll post pictures later but I don't know if that is even possible.3
09-14-2010 04:55 PM
rbjackson
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Originally Posted by bobjenkins View Post

BTW what kinda moving company steals your stuff?=!?!
Group called M.I.D. out of Salinas, CA. You would think that the contractors the government uses to move military personal wouldn't do stuff like that right? I wouldn't say a majority but probably 1 in 3 people I know out here had stuff broken or stolen. Maybe more.
09-14-2010 02:35 PM
YJ94PaulyDFromJersey My dude, the thing that looks good on your jeep is the floor pedals. Nice. As for everything else, i'd get a girl friend that likes it. Then you'll still be happy about the purchase. As for the fixes, yeah, parting out is a great option for sure.
09-14-2010 12:50 AM
bobjenkins Am looking forward to seeing your progress!

BTW what kinda moving company steals your stuff?=!?!
09-14-2010 12:31 AM
whiteyford11 Check on the North Shore there used to be a guy down there that had his own Jeep graveyard. The only info I remember about him is he lives in Waialua and his name is Lawrence if you talk to enough guys someone should know how to get ahold of him.
09-14-2010 12:20 AM
rbjackson Ok try to hit these all in one.

Spent $2500 on it. I'm driving it about 5 miles a day at sub 35mph. I'm waiting on some money that will buy me time but the military isn't too quick on reimbursement.

It is a plastic cover and I have a new valve cover gasket that will hopefully cut down on the leakage. New cover may come later.

Don't want to admit my wife is right yet…

The jeep may have been in an accident. I probably should have done a Carfax or something on it but I only had 20 minutes to make the decision.

For all those of you with ideas for checking the frame and suspension, thanks. Never done any work on suspension before, most of my experience was with engines between '87-'92 but I've never had anything lifted or 4x4 and being from southern california rust wasn't nearly the issue it is here.

I do have a lot of experience working on cars and am pretty handy, I have buddies that are willing to help me work on it and have access to car shops on base that have lifts and everything I need to work on the suspension. Time also isn't a huge issue. The two biggest time consuming issues are work and the beach, so I could take time off from either and get stuff done.

I know parts are going to be hard to find and I don't know if I can try parting out another jeep, or is that a bad idea? Is it a bad idea to salvage parts for suspension?

I will let you all know as I start getting stuff done and hopefully I will have tools on Wednesday so I can start working on it.

Appreciate the input.
09-13-2010 04:58 PM
Timberwolf Those springs look bent at the rear mount. I'd start there if the frame is straight and solid. That should re-center the axle and cut down on the DW and leaning.

The key-like rattling is probably those swaybar quick disconnects that look like they have no bushings in them.
09-13-2010 02:23 PM
corima I reallydont think you should be making that your primary vehicle. Not being on the mainland, your access to parts and supplies is going to be more difficult and more expensive.
09-13-2010 02:14 PM
ParaCAD
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Originally Posted by wasomma View Post
holy balls, i hope you didnt spend too much for it, even the screwdriver is rusty!!!


I laughed out loud at that one..lol Didn't even notice the screw driver the first glance...then i laughed harder
09-13-2010 02:09 PM
Fweaky
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Originally Posted by wasomma View Post
holy balls, i hope you didnt spend too much for it, even the screwdriver is rusty!!!


I'd say you have a pretty smart wife!
That is definately a project for someone who has...
1. Lots of free time and money.
2. Lots of mechanical no wait magical abilities.
3. Single with lots of time and money and friends with magical mechanical ability.

Theres only one way to tackle a project like this...fix anything that needs to be fixed to make it safe to drive first. Then prioritize what needs fixing that will prevent further damage to other parts or pieces.
09-13-2010 01:28 PM
MadMaxx From the way you explained it and from what your pictures show, my guess is that your jeep has been in a pretty serious accident. The fact that your axel is off-center as much as it is, is most definately the cause of your death-wobble, also in the pictures that you have showing the difference on each side you can see that your spring ends are bent down these will need to be replaced. I just replaced the front springs on mine myself and it cost me around $200 in parts.

Quite honestly this may not be worth it for you to spend the money on fixing up especially if you need to watch your money. Getting that front axel fixed is going to cost quite abit depending on how much damage has been done to the frame and/or mounts and that is just one of the many things that you will need to fix before you could consider this thing safe to drive.
09-13-2010 08:12 AM
wasomma holy balls, i hope you didnt spend too much for it, even the screwdriver is rusty!!!
09-13-2010 05:59 AM
4Jeepn I am guessing selling the wife and keeping the jeep would not be an option?

As for the oil, you have 4.2 they leak, does it have a plastic valve cover or metal aftermarket? The metal one's help a great deal but you have to drill and tap. IF it is metal, I would remove and put down new rtv high temp sealer on it.

The axle being shifted back, are the springs bent? And signs the frame is bent? Check the trac-bar as well, go;s from the axle to the frame.(could also be source of dw) That's all I got for this early.. keep us posted.
09-13-2010 04:29 AM
whiteyford11 For everything else I might be able to help you out and if not I have a real good hookup for a cheap but damn good mechanic.
09-13-2010 04:26 AM
whiteyford11 You could fix the fender flares the cheap way that is pretty common out here.
Go to your local home supply store pick up some garden edging and just bolt it to the flares you have now.
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