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Old 03-19-2016, 03:34 PM
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My new JK Progress

Sorry no pictures to post,I am from the old school and the camera I do have is negative 4 pixels.I might as well draw with crayons pictures of my jeep,it will look better

About a month ago I got my first jk....

I have had cj's,yj's and tj's....I was never brave enough to purchase a jk so I waited years until the prices would come down.

I am one cheap basitd.

So its a 2007 with 144,000 on it...

It had some leaks here and there,nothing major but looking at is closer I decided to do an engine gasket kit.

Here is what I found.

One broken manifold bolt.

In doing the water pump and this entire work in general for preventative maintanence in not knowing its history,I did the water pump and had fun with a broken water pump bolt.

I liquered up the coolant housing that leaks on these things with rtv and sealed her up good.

The timing chain was so loose it dropped vertically.Put in new chain and sprockets.

I did basically every gasket except for the rear main seal which isnt leaking which may have been already replaced before.

Added some fuel injection clips which were missing which hold them to the lower manifold.

Somebody had worked on this thing before and not replaced them,whoever worked on this thing didnt even bother tightning down a lower manifold bolt which was troublesome and tight to screw in and just left it the way it was.I put some never seize on it and one washer as it did seem like it didnt want to go in,and was able to tighten it to spec.

Someone had done the transmission service before and didnt put the magnet back in in the pan!

I did the axle fluids,tranny service and changed the transfer fluids.

I fixed one wiper which was never fully slid on right.

I fixed the cruise control.I figure I would do the cruise stalk first and change that out and go from there.I got lucky and now she works.

Both manifolds were cracked and I replaced them.One manifolds tube was cracked almost 360 degrees!!

In the future I plan on doing a hood vent and an oil cooler to cool things down a bit.

All I got left is to fix two small dents and do some painting and investigate the noise coming from the blower motor which may have debris in it and she's good to go...

Add a hood light thats not there and fix one broken seat belt.

I figure with 144,000 to just do the gaskets,the engine seems strong with no problems or weird noises....I am hoping to get many more out of the engine till she craps and dies....

Other than that she seems decent,but with no fault divorce out there.....(rim shot)

Honestly,compared to the tj's,yj's and cj's....This thing is like a caddie to me.Its the 4 door model.

Getting older,it rides pretty good.

Jeeps will turn you into a shade tree mechanic!!

lol...It has a two inch spacer lift with 35x12.5x17's...

So,I thyink I got her running good......for the moment!

I also replaced the power steering bottle,as the power steering was whining and no more noise now.

While I was in there I replaced the tensioner and idler pulleys.

I also replaced the fuel rail and injector bushings as evidence of fuel leakage was on the fuel rail.

What took a long time was cleanup of parts,the manifolds and engine parts.One head gasket had been replaced but not the other.The other head gasket didnt look to far from failing and possibly looked some coolant had been leaking but just a very small portion.I didnt bother flattening the heads out and having them machined or checks,I know I should have but my budget is real tight.I torqed them down right and used new gaskets obviously and new head bolts....

I used stainless hardware for the manifolds,the water pump and the troublesome exhaust flange bolts from the catalytic converter that connects to the maniolds with lots of never seize....

I feel like I am driving a bus compared the shorter wheel base jeeps....

I get in sometimes and I am like,"power windows,what is that???" LOL

Cruise control,I thought cruise control was 4wd low!! LOL

So yeah,thats about it.

I knew she needed a slight tweek to get errr back to normal,but the price sometimes is cheap for a reason.

I think sometimes of the fatherless children of America who need dads to turn wrenches with,instead of being exposed to only their moms,grandma's and female school teachers.

Jeep on.

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Old 03-19-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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damn that thing had more problems then my wifes 2010 jeep commander 160 k km she bought used 2 years ago. Hope you got a good price!

BTW if you think the 07 is a caddie, wait till you get a 2012+ with the Pentastar 3.6L
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