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Unread 08-25-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
Marcelka
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My 1997 XJ - New cylinder head

Before sharing my latest efforts on my Jeep I'll introduce myself a little bit.
I'm Dutch, living in Holland and own my Jeep for nearly 9 years now. When I bought it with a low milage (50k) it was never used for heavier work than bring kids to school and do some shoppings I guess.
For me my Jeep has to work a little bit harder: daily ride, towing a horse trailer and sometimes transport vintage cars on a trailer.
4 Months ago (120,000 miles) after being very reliable, a motor support was broken. And after a longer while of oil leakage at the head gasket and a coolant consumption, I decided it was time to take the XJ into my garage to dive in it with some tools to fix the head gasket.
Unfortunately the head appeared broken so I had to search for a replacement one. I ordered a new cylinder head in the USA and it took some months to ship it to Holland. Having the parts and screws of the dismantling well organized, and with a brand new head I fixed this job in the past days. Today I had my first short drive and everything looks and sounds fine!
Hopefully I can drive another 100,000 miles before the next big fix.

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Unread 08-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Before sharing my latest efforts on my Jeep I'll introduce myself a little bit.
I'm Dutch, living in Holland and own my Jeep for nearly 9 years now. When I bought it with a low milage (50k) it was never used for heavier work than bring kids to school and do some shoppings I guess.
For me my Jeep has to work a little bit harder: daily ride, towing a horse trailer and sometimes transport vintage cars on a trailer.
4 Months ago (120,000 miles) after being very reliable, a motor support was broken. And after a longer while of oil leakage at the head gasket and a coolant consumption, I decided it was time to take the XJ into my garage to dive in it with some tools to fix the head gasket.
Unfortunately the head appeared broken so I had to search for a replacement one. I ordered a new cylinder head in the USA and it took some months to ship it to Holland. Having the parts and screws of the dismantling well organized, and with a brand new head I fixed this job in the past days. Today I had my first short drive and everything looks and sounds fine!
Hopefully I can drive another 100,000 miles before the next big fix.
Welcome to the forum Marc. I doubt there are many XJ's in your area, hopefully this forum can be of some assistance when you need advice. Sounds like you are pretty handy with tools so the mechanical part should be easy for you.

It's nice to hear from a fellow XJ owner that's half way around the world.
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