I would call this a tech thread because it's all about what we've learned through this website, Haynes/Chiltons, FSM's and friends.
I'm wondering, do "simple" repairs still make you happy?
Last night I swapped out the power steering pump, got the v-belt properly adjusted and belched the system. Works SO much better now. 3 years ago I would have been at my buddy's house watching him do this project. Last weekend, when the pump took a final puke, my attitude was, "OK, who's got the best unit for the cheapest price?" and off we went to go grab a new pump and reservoir. Still made me smile when everything went as scheduled and I didn't have any "extra" parts when I was done.
1996 White ZJ
1987 Maroon YJ (sideways build)
1996 Forest Green XJ
I was the same way, if I ever ran into a problem I would go to my friends garage and we would figure it out with the help of his dad. The first time I had to do a hub assembly and ujoint on the D30 it took a weekend because we couldnt get the hub assembly separated. Just last Thursday I was driving my GFs cherokee and the hub assembly blew out at 7pm. I said screw it, took everything apart, rode the bike to the store, buttoned it up and cleaned shop by 9pm. Im very proud of the knowledge Ive gained by owning a Jeep(thanks to JeepForuml lol) and I have such a well equipped garage now that people come to me for help and tools
89 Wrangler-3.5" HD BDS lift,M.O.R.E HD 5/8" booms on 35" KM2s
99 Cherokee-2 door,5" lift on 35" KM2s
04 Grand Cherokee Overland
72 Chevy Nova-in progress http://tiny.cc/BRASSBALLSOFFROAD
Oh yes. Even better is a complicated problem that turns out to be a simple repair. I was on the phone with AAA to get a tow and found the ecu wire unplugged (Po had it jammed in a fuse for power). Saved a tow. About 3 months ago I bought a harbor freight wireless winch controller for the warn. I was fretting the install because I tried a $20 eBay one that requires splicing wires. It ended up plugging directly in and working perfectly! I would be cool to see a thread of simple fixes. Now if I can only drop in a cs144 alternator with the $15 si to ci adapter to fix my charging system, I'll consider that another simple fix.
Gotta luv it when a simple DIY repair works.... I just completed some work on my 4.2 i6 prompted by a poor idol condition... swapped out a pulse air solenoid and air diverter valve as 'ta-da!!' runs like a champ now! Hardest part was tracking down the issue but after a couple hours of sweat and cursing, the feeling of having it finally run right can't be beat, and to do it yourself makes it even sweeter.....
I'm now 42 yrs old, but when I was a kid I loved helping my Dad do repairs. He was a mechanic and could fix anything. He's now gone and I miss having him around to help me out, but I realize that I learned a lot from him and now am passing it on to my sons (ages 12 and 16). They helped me change the starter on our 1993 YJ last Saturday, and I'm confident that the next time they can do it by themselves. So yep making simple repairs with my sons and seeing the results brings me a lot of satisfaction.
My horn didn't work when I got my Jeep. I ran a jumper wire from the battery and got it to sound. About 6 months later, when I had time to look at it, I pulled the steering wheel off and cleaned all the connections, pulled the bulkhead and cleaned them but all to no avail. I finally found a good schematic of the horn circuit and found the relay under the dash. $7 and a new relay from O'Reily's later and voila! Horn works. 8)
Treat every situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it pee on it and walk away.
My spacer was rotten between the skid plate and frame. Cut it out, welded new nuts on the frame and installed galvanized pipe cut to 1 3/4" to fit verticaly in that spot. Took five hours of fooling around and repainting. I'm very happy with the simple repair.