I replaced the rad on my 2000 the summer of 2007, I thought the clamp on the bottom of the water pump was a little tough, but the channel locks saved the day, keep working at it. I thought disconnecting the automatic transmission line from the radiator was the long pole in the tent for that job.
My Pontiac Montana minivan was much worse than the Jeep for hose replacement, had to remove the coolant overflow tank and the computer to get to the upper radiator hose clamp, talk about a pain. And to get the lower radiator hose clamp back on...wow!! Just the change the air filter in this thing, good grief, and the engine has to be rotated forward to get to the back three spark plugs or to change the alternator...don't get me started.
Each vehicle has their weak spot for ease of maintenance, for instance the radiator drain **** on the Cherokee radiator, but you just have to keep plugging away and figure out what works best. If you can't get it one way, try another angle or different tool. Once you get it down it will be a lot easier the second time.
2000 Sport 4X4 4.0 inline six, AW-4 Automatic, stock
Original Owner 308,000 miles
Last edited by mhall02; 01-20-2009 at 09:19 AM.