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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Bad weekend wrenching

So, my weekend consisted of installing a new radiator and a new rear main seal. First I tackled the radiator. Everything went good until I was tightening up the thermostat housing and heard a snap. Yep, I cracked the housing. I live 40 min from the nearest parts store with one in stock. So I jb welded it. Put it all back together on Sunday morning and once it heated up, it was pouring water out. Needless to say, I missed work on Monday to finish it. Also on Sunday I did the rear main. Everything seemed to go good with that. Until this morning. Its leaking way more than it was before. I'm bent. All that hard work for nothing. Oh well, guess I'll tackle it again next weekend.

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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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I hate when that happens. Good luck!
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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I feel your pain, wish you the best of luck.
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That damn thermostat....Because some idiot stripped the lower bolt before when I replaced mine I couldn't fix it myself in the parking lot at my college so I ended up having to pay a shop to fix it...good luck man!
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Unread 04-23-2013, 05:48 PM   #5
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On that rear main make sure you install it facing the correct direction or you'll get the problem that your having. Also it's a good idea to install it misaligned with the edges of the main caps.

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Unread 04-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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been there, done that.

2 weeks ago I was going through something similar.


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Unread 04-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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i can relate. on sunday i dropped my trans pan to reseal it cause it was leaking. finish it up, put in all new fluid, and hour later i come outside and its leaking all over the place again. ****. starting to think the pan may be warped
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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Glad i'm not the only one! What do you mean by misaligned?
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Unread 04-24-2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your experience
think everyone here can relate ...(we own jeeps) haha

After finishing up my lift, cv axle, brakes, wheel spacers... take it out for a drive the following weekend (I only drive the zj on weekends)
this happens


I am thinking the thermostat was stuck... jeep got really hot and blew the hose right off the radiator lol
while swapping out the thermostat I thought the whole time....please bolt...dont snap... please dont snap on me
luckily the bolts came out without a fuss and the ole thermostat looked like hell and was solid.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #10
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Glad i'm not the only one! What do you mean by misaligned?
I don't know if I can explain this right without pictures but I'm at work so I can't draw it up.

Basically you install the top part of the main seal by sliding it up around the crank, continue pushing the end up around the crank by about 1/8" - 1/4" so that the other end sticks out the same amount. This way the two halves of the seal aren't lined up with the main cap and engine block. This helps prevent leaks.
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