Damn Jeeps, lol. My last bit of winter maintenance was to flush the cooling system and get fresh fluid installed. I was still debating whether I should go in and replace the 140k mile waterpump, but hadn’t made up my mind. When we got back from South Dakota, I noticed a drip under the jeep. Crap. Decided to do the entire cooling system with the exception of the radiator as that has to come out the front of the car. …

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After I finished up a Boxster on Saturday, I figured it was such a nice day that I would knock out some more maintenance on Squeaks to get it ready for the winter months. It was time for new spark plugs (every 30k in a jeep), brake flush, tire rotation, etc. I still need to flush the coolant badly, and get the front diff serviced (didn’t have enough fluid to do yesterday) which I should be able to do later …

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Thursday evening I was able to knock out the exhaust on Squeaks.  The muffler had rusted through, so I decided to upgrade the entire system 🙂 Old rusty exhaust.  When I tried to remove the few exhaust clamps that there were, they just fell apart into pieces.  While in solid shape, Squeaks is a daily driver that has seen duty on MN, KS, and SD winter roads, so stands to reason that the exhaust components are at the end of …

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Right now it is about 4:30am and you are on your second cup of coffee. You might be thinking about whether you chose the right color paint for the garage, did you really get those anchor bolts on the lift set securely, or maybe asking yourself if you should put up more lighting. Although, Maybe you are icing your low back from all that stone work. Now those are all important questions and issues to ponder, but what you really should be doing …

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New exhaust manifold showed up and I was able to get everything installed and got it back on the road.  No more leaks 🙂

Took the time on wednesday to tear apart Squeaks to replace the broken exhaust manifold studs.  Only had to cut off one bolt on the down pipe, so I was happy with that.  Could have been a lot worse.  The downside of working on a vehicle that has seen daily use for the last 11 years in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Kansas year round is dealing with the rust issues on all the fasteners. The exhaust manifold studs luckily came …

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Tried to accomplish a simple task of changing a brake light bulb the other day, and happened to roll the window down on the driver’s side……and then found out it didn’t want to go back up!  Drats.  After some diagnosis work with the volt meter, I confirmed it was indeed the window regulator.  Ran to oreilly’s and picked up a new regulator and got it changed out.  Got to love Jeeps, meant to be fixed in the field.  Even the …

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