Preventive Measures

JeepOverland

New Overlander
Jun 26, 2020
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This is an open list for all jeep wrangler owners that need to know of common items/parts that will fail over the jeep's lifetime. This list will be updates as time progresses. This list is a common or basic repair item list which most anyone can perform themselves while on the trail. Heavier items/parts would need to be left to a service shop.

The jeep just turned 3 years old last April and it was time to start thinking about common parts that tend to wear out or fail over the jeep's lifetime. One of these items is a nylon bushing located at the transmission end shifter cable. If this bushing even fails, your jeep would be left in limp more, wont be able to shift or left in gear. So best have someone with you to crawl under the jeep and force the shifter cable end closest to the transmission into park.

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If this happens to you and you take your jeep to the dealership. they will replace the entire shifter cable instead of addressing the single replaceable bushing. Dealership repairs could cost $200.00+ all for something we can do for as little as a $30.00 buck part. Although I've ordered the transmission end bushing, I'll soon order the shifter end bushing just to be on the safe side. Both items will be stored in a road side repair kit in the jeep at all times.
 
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JeepOverland

New Overlander
Jun 26, 2020
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North Eastern, Maryland
Another part or group of parts we will be keeping on the jeep at all times, is the Camshaft & Crankshaft sensors as these are just another set of items that tend to fail at or about 4-6 year time period. Again, I'll order these $20-$30 dollar parts and leave them in the jeep's on board repair kit.

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JeepOverland

New Overlander
Jun 26, 2020
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North Eastern, Maryland
One thing we've had done to the jeep a few years ahead of scheduled is to have the coolant system flushed. For the last 3 years the jeep's coolant system has had a very strong smell which is normal for the OAT coolants anyway. We had our service center handle the system flush and replace the aging coolant with Valvoline Dex-Cool OAT (orange) coolant. For the last 2 weeks, we've not had any smell from the coolant system. So if your system starts to have a very strong smell of coolant, could be a sign that it needs to be changed.

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