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Unread 11-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
EvilVOG
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bought a ZJ- questions

Bought a 98 ZJ limited on Tuesday, 110k, 5.2. Basically to use as a DD/ winter beater so i could get my Challenger off the road before it gets too nasty. Here's what I know about the car:
Original owners towed it behind a camper, and took excellent care of it, and left record of it in the notes section of the manual. They fed it synthetic, swapped the wheels and put new shocks under it in '04, must have sold it not long after. The son of the people I bought it from owned it after that, and he lived in Arizona or something, and he sold it to his parents where it became his Mother's daily driver.

Truck is Immaculate inside and out. Leather is perfect, body is in great shape. Drives straight, K&N intake, Pioneer radio (no lockpick however), fairly new battery, remote start.



Haven't been able to really get under it since I work so much. Drove it back and forth to work twice already (40 mile highway trip each way). Oil pressure good, temp good. Here's what i've come up with to check more into, I know some of this is in the stickies i just have to find it.

Had to top off the ATF and power steering fluid, neither were severely low, but the atf was getting close.
Driver door hangs, but just a little.
Heat worked great on the test drive, and it does get sort of warm now, but it doesn't get hot. (again car runs at 210 right on the money)
throttle will surge 200 rpm while under cruise control. saw something about cleaning the IAT i will try that when i get a day off.
Seat heater seems to not work
There is a "clack" noise when I'm under braking coming from behind the driver's side dashboard kind of high up (not necessarily in the dashboard). Not a loud noise just strange.
Don't expect i'll ever need this tow rig in the front bumper, can it be removed?
I have a fog light switch, but cannot locate any fog lights.

Any help would be appreciated, mostly just introducing myself.

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Unread 11-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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That's a good looking zj. The tow bar up front should be able to be removed. Its probably bolted up behind the front bumper cover. With the cover off you should be able to see any wiring for front fog lights. I thought all limiteds came with them, could be wrong about that though.
My seat heater quit working on me and ended up being a broken wire under the seat
I'd try flushing the heater core and see if that helps the heat. Worked on mine when I got it this past winter
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Unread 11-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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A neat thing I do is send your vin to Chrysler. (Either input the VIN on their website or email them.) And ask for your build sheet. They will send it to you so you know exactly what went in that jeep at the factory. Also, welcome to the forum! Make sure you read the FAQ section and read up on the stickies under ZJ. There is a wealth of info on this site, and everyone will be willing to help. You already listed some common problems. (Lukewarm heat at operating temp) Do a search first though before posting about it. Pretty much every topic has been covered more than twice. Once again welcome and good luck. She's a beauty!
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Unread 11-14-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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The fog light switch should be in the same panel as the headlights, it's a little square button.
the tow hooks? yeah just unbolt them.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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...Truck is Immaculate inside and out. ...
as i was told by someone here in one of my very first posts, it's not a truck, it's a jeep

looking good and sounds like a very good vehicle. i also have the issue of the heat, have yet to dig into it - so good luck with that and keep us posted, oh and yeah, welcome to the forum
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Unread 11-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
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tow bracket for sale??
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Unread 11-14-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Driving lights should be located low in the front bumper. Zip ties work for removing the radio by the way.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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If I can get that bracket off, it will be for sale or trade.

Yeah I know about the stickies and searching, this post was mainly to say hi and for the less common questions i had. But as long as I was mentioning those I figured I would just list everything.

Hopefully it's nice Sunday for me to get into it more. My only day off. These JK's won't build themselves.
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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Congrats on the real nice ZJ buy and welcome to the forum!

Below is the thread/link for cleaning the IAC and just don't twist/pull on the pintel. It's best to just remove the whole throttle body and clean it too. Every time you disconnect a sensor, like the IAC, disconnect the neg battery cable 1st.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/h...4/#post7047001

Get an antifreeze tester and make sure they have about 50/50 mix in the rad (around -25 to -30 F) since with too much antifreeze you may not be getting any heat. But in running 210 it should be fine.

When back-flushing the heater core remove the hoses toward the front of the engine rather than removing them from the core at the firewall which can cause damage to the tubes or solder joints.

For you sagging driver's side door here's the fix with part numbers from the FAQ's.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/z...ml#post3295899

Since the trans and power steering units don't use fluid you should check for leaks. The o-ring between the PSP and reservoir is a common leak place. On the trans check to see if the pans leaking and make sure it isn't coming out of the front bell housing.

While you're lucky you don't have any major problem there's a whole lot of useful info in ZeeJay's dirty dozen thread in my signature.

While it may not be politically correct to call a Jeep/ZJ a 'truck' it's a whole lot better than calling it a 'car'.

Good luck!
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Unread 11-14-2013, 11:46 PM   #10
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i got stuck at "winter beater"
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Unread 11-15-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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Thanks Uni. lots of stuff to check out. Haven't seen any leaks. There was some oil on the day i brought it home, but i think it was actually left over from a neighbor's car. Haven't seen a drop now that i've been parking in my own driveway instead of the street.

Jeep is a brand name, which is why I don't just call it a Jeep.

The winter beater thing... it's because i drive this when it's warm:
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Unread 11-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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It's hard to tell, but it looks like the tow brackets were installed through the holes that the fog lights would be mounted in. I suspect the lamps were removed so the brackets could be installed. You should be able to reverse the process.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:53 PM   #13
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It's hard to tell, but it looks like the tow brackets were installed through the holes that the fog lights would be mounted in. I suspect the lamps were removed so the brackets could be installed. You should be able to reverse the process.
I think those go in place of the tow hooks if you zoom the page you can see the tow brackets are not in place of the fogs.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #14
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That tow apparatus is useless without the other part that it attaches to each side from the vehicle pulling it. It's not designed as a recovery point that gets yanked on either. It's only for towing.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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I wasnt suggesting they were to be used as a recovery point.
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