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Old 01-20-2014, 11:48 AM
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YJ "Happy Hulk" recent maintenance...just sharing

I had a 'wiggly' steering column in my '94 YJ last summer. I took it to a local shop where they do a lot of work on old Jeeps. It was good for about 10 miles before becoming worse than ever. So, I decided to take it to my main mechanic...a bit farther away. Turns out Mike had moved to the mountains about 10 miles from where I live...as the crow flies. I took seasonal use roads and then the switchback filled road up to his shop in Alice Colorado. Every time I'd take a sharp right the jeep would turn off and the steering would lock...I had to shake the wheel and restart it. Really dumb to be on the road with it but that what hill billies do when it seems like a good idea at the time.

Mike put in a good used column for me but he also noticed an axle leak. Upon investigation, the axles were twisted. So, new titanium axles went in.

Just recently in -20 degree weather I left the headlights on. The battery was dead when I found out about it...totally, cold, blank dead. I tried to charge it but it didn't seem to take so I bought a replacement. Both the old and new are Optima Red Tops. Yesterday I went out to swap batteries and I noticed the trouble light under the hood was pretty bright...so I gave it a crank and it started right up.

I took it for a short ride up the Moffat Tunnel road West of Rollinsville, CO. Pushing my luck I turned it off a couple times...started as if there had never been a problem.

Now I've decided to just wire in the new battery as a dual. We do mostly solo trekking in the Rockies so more juice on board would be a good thing.

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Sounds like a fine experience. Glad you got the Jeep back on the road.

I do quite a few solo runs here in Oklahoma, mainly exploration style stuff. The main thing to remember is take it slow & don't bite off more than you can chew. If I find a good trail that looks sketchy, I'll tell the boys & we come back out as a group as soon as we can all get together.
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