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Unread 01-09-2009, 10:43 PM   #1
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Honest and experienced Jeep mechanic on Long Island?

I am looking for an honest and experienced jeep wrangler mechanic on Long Island. After 30 years of wanting a jeep, I finally got one. Itís a 2000 tj with 97,000 miles. Picked it up for $5000. I knew the jeep had a tranny leak when I bought it. The girl I bought it from had paper work from the dealer where she had it fixed about a year ago. Itís still leaking a little, about a few drops each night on the driveway. I also suspect the front diff might be leaking. I donít want to take it back to a dealer I would much rather work with an independent shop. Does anyone have anyone they would recommend?

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Unread 01-10-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Where are you on LI? I know of a 2 places in huntington, pm me if you want more info.
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Unread 01-10-2009, 01:24 PM   #3
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The front diff leaking, check if it is the pinion seal of the cover. Either is an easy fix that you can do in the driveway.

The trans leak could be a bit more tricky to pin point, is it an auto or a stick? Check around the pan and lines if it is an auto, both would be 15 minute fixes. If it is an auto and the leak is coming from inside the bell housing, it would be better to let a professional look into it.

In all honesty, you are your own best mechanic. Cars are not really complicated devices and you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and aggravation by at least looking into things on your own first. You will be surprised how many of these little leaks and noises you could look into and solve yourself in under and hour and for $10-15 instead of paying $75/hr or better to a shop.
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Unread 09-13-2009, 08:13 AM   #4
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Your a Jeep owner now, you have to learn to do repairs yourself otherwise it will be an expensive vehicle to own. Good luck.
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