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Posted by AUM1955 , 16 February 2008 · 91 views

:love: Greetings Devotees, I have added a section for those members who may need some advice on vehicles that are experiencing any issues with their car's or trucks. As a Technician for over 30 years, I may be able to give some insights on what these issues may be and give advice as to your next step. I feel I can offer these services for God and Gurus to all of your at no charge. While I may not be able to fix your car unless I have a hands on approach, I can at least offer verbal advice. I get calls all the time on my phone dealing with such things, so why not offer to those that are my Divine friends. I have added a comment to this blog on some basic maintanence tidbits. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question ;) .
Sincerely, IDF :love: , don




Many people have problems with their vehicles through simple lax of maintenance. Here is a short list of issues I have encountered that could lead to issues that may develop in the future, if simple maintenance is not adhered to:
Check tire air pressures three times every week (preferably when the tire is cold). As you drive the vehicle, the air pressure increases 4 psi due to friction as the tire spins. Also a low tire can cause excess resistance which can cause the tire to premature failure as well as effect fuel mileage. Also, an overinflated tire will build up excess heat which may cause it to wear prematurely and in a worst case scenario cause it to explode.
Keep your fuel tank full, or at least 3/4 full. The reason being is that in new vehicles the fuel pump is placed in the fuel tank. While this may seem a dangerous engineering design, it is not. The fuel pump is a basic electric motor that pushes fuel to the fuel line, fuel filter, pressure regulator and ultimately the fuel injectors. Now, the pump can build up heat and the fuel in the tank, ACTS AS A COOLING AGENT, that keeps the pump from overheating. Hence...longer life. So keep that tank full.
Change to engine oil every 3000 miles, and rotate the tires every other oil change or 6000 miles.
Alignment check twice a year.
Check all fluid levels once a day or at least twice a week.
Flush the coolant twice a year.
Change the transmission oil at least once a year.
Flush the brake fluid every two years. Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it absorbs water. This can cause metal components in the system to corrode causing these components, like brake lines to rust from within and can cause premature failure. Also the boiling point in brake fluid that is water contaminated can cause brake fade in extreme conditions.
Change the spark plugs at least once a year. I laugh when the auto industry states they will last 100,000 mile, well this may be true, however spark plugs tend to seize in an engine which makes removing them very difficult. I have had a few cases when a customer will bring their vehicle in for a tune up due to, either the check engine light is on or it's running rough with 150,000 miles on the engine. Well the spark plugs either extract hard or break in the cylinder head. Now you know what that means :o :blush: :angry: . Anyway, replace them periodically, and with original equipment.
Safety inspect twice a year, brakes, front end, lights, tires, etc.
These are just a few but most important items. Common sense is the key here
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Thank you so much SO MUCH for all of this wonderful information, and the opportunity to tap into your wisdom!

Help! Lets see.... 1995 Jeep Wrangler, 4cyl,manual... (This is the part where you sit down...) 300k mi. I am so blessed w/this car, very little problems til it hit 200k mi. Had engine replaced at 265k mi. w/ used engine from wreck. Replacement engine had 90k mi.

So, had the valve cover gasket replaced. 24 hrs. later-- leaked. Oil on firewall. Resealed at what looked like a "weak spot" on the gasket. Then lines/tubes/whatever were checked for blocks to see if that was backing up the pressure to blow the 2nd gasket. They were clear. I was told that it was a head gasket, but it doesn't sputter and backfire while driving. I was told it was pistons. I was told to count my blessings that it ran so well for so long, and to take it to the junk yard. Did some heavy duty praying and (trumpets) it seems to be o.k.... no evidence of oil leak. Fluke? Should I trust it?

History of the car? I'm so proud! Original parts replaced---- starter/alternator at 192k... rear brakes at 224k... clutch at 245k.... tranny in early 232k... radiator/engine at 265k.... catalytic converter at 205k... rocker arms at 75k... ignition switch at 280k... hmmm. yeah, thats about it...

So, what do you think? Is it time to dig the hole and buy the headstone?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

JoElle
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Thank you so much SO MUCH for all of this wonderful information, and the opportunity to tap into your wisdom!

Help! Lets see.... 1995 Jeep Wrangler, 4cyl,manual... (This is the part where you sit down...) 300k mi. I am so blessed w/this car, very little problems til it hit 200k mi. Had engine replaced at 265k mi. w/ used engine from wreck. Replacement engine had 90k mi.

So, had the valve cover gasket replaced. 24 hrs. later-- leaked. Oil on firewall. Resealed at what looked like a "weak spot" on the gasket. Then lines/tubes/whatever were checked for blocks to see if that was backing up the pressure to blow the 2nd gasket. They were clear. I was told that it was a head gasket, but it doesn't sputter and backfire while driving. I was told it was pistons. I was told to count my blessings that it ran so well for so long, and to take it to the junk yard. Did some heavy duty praying and (trumpets) it seems to be o.k.... no evidence of oil leak. Fluke? Should I trust it?

History of the car? I'm so proud! Original parts replaced---- starter/alternator at 192k... rear brakes at 224k... clutch at 245k.... tranny in early 232k... radiator/engine at 265k.... catalytic converter at 205k... rocker arms at 75k... ignition switch at 280k... hmmm. yeah, thats about it...

So, what do you think? Is it time to dig the hole and buy the headstone?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

JoElle



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Greetings JoElle :pronam: ,
With God and Gurus Blessings :love: :praying: ,welcome to the board :) .
Keep the Jeep :lol: .
It looks as though you keep her well maintained. From your list, you basically rebuilt her. With 300k, she's been to the Moon :lol: . Did you purchase her new? If so you definitely got your monies worth.

As far as the oil leak. Was there a leak before the valve cover gasket was replaced? If there wasn't a leak before the work, then there is an issue with cover gasket(not torqued properly), or the cover seat is bent or warped. It's possible the head gasket could be the culprit, however if she didn't leak before the valve cover work then I'd question the work. Maybe buy a new valve cover and gasket or at least check the old one for any surface defects that may cause the gasket not to seal correct.
At any rate, with the mileage on your ride I would start looking for another vehicle and keep the Jeep as a backup. Keep driving the Jeep till she gives up the ghost, so to speak. As long as she starts and stops, good brakes, the front end is tight, tires are good, all the lights work and there are no "major" fluid leaks.....drive it JoElle.
I have just the car for you. It's called a Bugatti Veyron ;) . Very nice looking ride ...hey. At $1.4 million it is however the most expensive production car in the world. Ah...the material things of the world...crazy :blink: !!

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Seriously though Jolie as long as the Jeep is safe and the fuel mileage is manageable, I would keep her on the road. Just keep in mind that nothing lasts forever and not to get too attached. It wouldn't hurt to keep an eye and ear open for something newer.

Thanks for the question JoElle. I hope I shed a bit of light on your vehicle situation. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. :rolleyes:

I hope you find this board helpful in our pursuit to the Divine Truth :love: .

:love: With God and Gurus Blessings :love:
IDF, don :pronam:
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    Greetings Devotees, I have added a section for those members who may need some advice on vehicles that are experiencing any issues with their car's or trucks. As a Technician for over 30 years, I may be able to give some insights on what these issues may be and give advice as to your next step. I feel I can offer these services for God and Gurus to all of your at no charge. While I may not be able to fix your car unless I have a hands on approach, I can at least offer verbal advice. I get calls all the time on my phone dealing with such things, so why not offer to those that are my Divine friends. Sincerely, IDF :love: , don

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    Many people have problems with their vehicles through simple lax of maintenance. Here is a short list of issues I have encountered that could lead to issues that may develop in the future, if simple maintenance is not adhered to: Check tire air pressures three times every week (preferably when the tire is cold). As you drive the vehicle, the air pressure increases 4 psi due to friction as the tire spins. Also a low tire can cause excess resistance which can cause the tire to premature failure as well as effect fuel mileage. Also, an overinflated tire will build up excess heat which may cause it to wear prematurely and in a worst case scenario cause it to explode. Keep your fuel tank full, or at least 3/4 full. The reason being is that in new vehicles the fuel pump is placed in the fuel tank. While this may seem a dangerous engineering design, it is not. The fuel pump is a basic electric motor that pushes fuel to the fuel line, fuel filter, pressure regulator and ultimately the fuel injectors. Now, the pump can build up heat and the fuel in the tank, ACTS AS A COOLING AGENT, that keeps the pump from overheating. Hence...longer life. So keep that tank full. Change to engine oil every 3000 miles, and rotate the tires every other oil change or 6000 miles. Alignment check twice a year. Check all fluid levels once a day or at least twice a week. Flush the coolant twice a year. Change the transmission oil at least once a year. Flush the brake fluid every two years. Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it absorbs water. This can cause metal components in the system to corrode causing these components, like brake lines to rust from within and can cause premature failure. Also the boiling point in brake fluid that is water contaminated can cause brake fade in extreme conditions. Change the spark plugs at least once a year. I laugh when the auto industry states they will last 100,000 mile, well this may be true, however spark plugs tend to seize in an engine which makes removing them very difficult. I have had a few cases when a customer will bring their vehicle in for a tune up due to, either the check engine light is on or it's running rough with 150,000 miles on the engine. Well the spark plugs either extract hard or break in the cylinder head. Now you know what that means :o :blush: :angry: . Anyway, replace them periodically, and with original equipment. Safety inspect twice a year, brakes, front end, lights, tires, etc. These are just a few but most important items. Common sense is the key here.

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