Mar 4, 2018

'00 XJ Build

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I have a few things I need to fix on my XJ.

 

1. I get a wobble around 45 MPH

2. Valve cover is leaking

3. Won't start

4. Heat/AC blower only blows on 4 (high)

 

I'll put some pictures and video to follow.

Mar 4, 2018

 

here are my new tires! wobble seems to mostly be gone

 

Mar 4, 2018

replaced the valve cover gasket but here is the mess from needing it

 

 

 

 

Mar 4, 2018Edited: Mar 5, 2018

I think my drag link end needs replaced.

 

Mar 4, 2018

battery is putting out 12.3 volts and alternator seems to be good. I pulled the battery cables while it was running. It continued to run so I think i have a good alternator.

Mar 4, 2018Edited: Mar 5, 2018

Got a new drag link and tie rod off of a grand cherokee with a V8. Think I should replace the boots on the ends?

Mar 5, 2018

I started to replace the tie rod and drag link today. (already pulled the cotter pin before I took the pics)

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 5, 2018

These weren't too bad to get off. I didn't even have a pickle fork!

 

 

 

Mar 6, 2018

Welp she's on stilts until i can get this off

 

 

Mar 6, 2018

I may have to get a new steering stabilizer. I can't disconnect it. Plus, I think i mashed the threads while trying to pop it free

 

 

 

any ideas how to get it off?

Mar 6, 2018

Wonder if i need to use a tap and die set on that tapered pin. or if i should just replace it

 

Mar 6, 2018

can you get a pic of the back side of the stabilizer? I see the problem with the stud and threads, but im confused on something 1st. what is holding the thing from slipping off if the threads and nut are on this side? not sure what could be holding it.

 

Looks like you are coming along with the jeep! I look forward to what you do with it.

 

john.

Mar 6, 2018

did you have the battery load tested yet? or the alternator tested for voltage? after talking via PM id still bet its bad battery and or cables ad connections.

 

Mar 6, 2018

I found a vid that shows that back side of the stabilizer/what your fighting. Go grab a can of PB Blaster. Hit it 3 times a day with that. put the tires back on and set the jeep on the ground. steer it back and forth in the driveway a few times each day, when you hit it with the PB. After a couple days of that grab a torch and heat the piss out of it, then beat on it with a hammer. The heavier the hammer the better. (short handled sledge) it will free up eventually. now that the ends are boogered up you will need to get a new pin for the hole/stabilizer.

 

easy to find.

 

https://www.4wheelparts.com/Suspension/Crown-Automotive-Shock-Absorber-Mounting-Stud-J0912703.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=90&t_pt=9208&t_pn=CROJ0912703&gp=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&scid=scplpCROJ0912703197726&sc_intid=CROJ0912703197726&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyvm9xovY2QIVRGV-Ch0KHQzmEAQYBiABEgIJjvD_BwE

 

if you need a new stabilizer i have a pile of them here at the house. you will be fine W/O one at all. i've not had one for over 5 years now. it's really just a shock absorber for your hands on the wheel, incase you nail something really hard. takes up some slack too, but not really that much.

 

Good Luck Brother, keep posting your progress, im digging it!

 

John.

Mar 7, 2018

alrighty...I had some tools loaned out from some cowokers. I didn't have the PB blaster but DW40. Beat the hell out of the drag link and it finally popped free. The coworkers gave me a tap and die set that I used on the end of that boogered up pin.

 

there it is put back together!

 

 

 

Mar 7, 2018

here is the new linkage with new dust boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 7, 2018

After installation my steering wheel was a bit side ways. I managed to get that straight. Now I have a Toe-in of about 1/2" on the front

Mar 7, 2018

very nice tyler! looks like you had some fun. im surprised you saved that pin. good work man!

Mar 7, 2018

as far as the battery, i put a multi meter up to it with the cables off and was getting 12.3 volts. Another funny thing happened today when i tried to start. it was attempting to turn over and over and over as i held the key to the start position. after a few seconds of holding it, the XJ started up!! any idea why?

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