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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Prepping a 5.9 for a cross country trip and 3 months in Seattle... then a trip back

Hey everyone. New to the forum, helping out a friend who is moving from the North East to the North West and I'm basically acting as the interim mechanic. I'm a car guy and have worked on many vehicles, but more importantly...I never give up...
The 5.9 has been taken care of well and is just shy of 200k miles. Has the common issues - the zj common problems thread is awesome BTW - and I'm going to tackle the parasitic drain and VIC problems first. Fingers crossed for it being a rear hatch switch rather than entire bcm. The VIC I'll see when I get my hands on the beast, but until then its all planning and preparing.
Wanted to reach out to the forum for any tips or advice. If it helps the 5.9 will be in the northern jersey area if anyone has recs on work that can't or shouldn't do myself and knows any shops etc.
Its essentially bone stock but has the front axle removed after some issues with the VC I assume.
Wanted to start this thread so I could keep one place for the work I have to ask you guys about .
Hoping I'll be able to get some good advice. And anyone who can save me from any nightmares gets a beer of the month club trial!

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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Do the plenum fix if you haven't already. I would look at getting the vc fixed and the front DS installed, even on dry pavement AWD is a huge difference. Mileage hit won't be bad, but not having awd or 4wd when you need it sucks.

Check sway bar bushings and front CA's, the front CA's are a big cause of death wobble.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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Death wobble...dealt with that on an Explorer...huge pain but you are right and I'll check it out.
Was the plenum covered on the common problems thread? Share link if you can.
Thanks for the feedback I knew you guys would come in clutch...
I'll keep the community posted on progress...and problems...
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/p...-kits-1379306/

It's a problem with the basic design of the engine. Aluminum and steel expanding at different rates. The 318 and the 360 (5.2 an 5.9) are pretty interchangeable and need the same fix.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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Sweet thanks for the heads up...

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Unread 05-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #6
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Anyone know if the rear hatch and window lift supports from autozone are any good? Brand named mighty lift.
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Unread 05-15-2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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I have em in mine and there still going after a year. Well i did have to warranty one because a weld broke where it mounts.

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Unread 05-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #8
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I would look at replacing all control arm bushings, sway bar bushings, tune up, all fluids change, shocks, steering components if they are old and worn, check brakes and tires, ect. I would seriously consider doing the plenum repair for a drive like that. Not only will it help the mpg and power but it will save a lot of wear and tear on the motor from all that oil being burned.

Where in the NW are you relocating too?
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Unread 05-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #9
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I would look into installing a trans-cooler for any long distance travelling. The 46re didn't come with one from the factory when it really should have.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #10
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I would look into installing a trans-cooler for any long distance travelling. The 46re didn't come with one from the factory when it really should have.
Yea a trans cooler is a must.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 11:31 AM   #11
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Unread 05-16-2013, 11:48 AM   #12
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But with the AAA policy, don't get it til you need it. Do get their 800 number and put it in your phone...

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Unread 05-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #13
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I'll try to get as much as is needed done. Have only two weeks left and not too much time unfortunately. As I have been inspecting the car, it has thrown no codes, except for one for the IAC and that was in the log before I got it. I was planning on replacing that already when cleaning the throttle body. The car idles fine and doesn't stall, but read it is a simple thing to clean and good to do.
I bled the air out of the power steering and much of the slop is gone now.
There are no perceptible leaks that I can find.
I will look into the plenum. How long of a job is it and can I grab the parts at Autozone?
The power drain is minimal and I have traced it to the rear hatch switch.
Anyone have a link to removing that? Basically the light randomly decides to work when you open the gate. I'll try to fix that tonight when I replace the lift supports.
Thanks again for all the advice. T minus 12 days till we take off.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 12:51 PM   #14
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NVM about the link for plenum was posted already.
Thanks again kg6mov!
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Unread 05-16-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...2018_2695_2735

That any good?
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