I get good-natured derogatory comments from my friends whenever I have my hood up, because of all the bottles of stuff jammed in convenient nooks and crannies of the engine compartment. So I thought I would find out who else does this.
I have a quart of oil, a quart of ATF+4, a bottle of power steering fluid, a bottle of brake fluid, 2 funnels, a tube of muffler sealer paste, a tube of RTV silicone, a quart of 75W-90 gear lube, a bottle of Orange Clean, a package of spare turn signal bulbs and a few paper towels.
I just find it easier and cleaner to stick the stuff under the hood rather than have it taking up room inside the passenger compartment.
So, how widespread is this storage method in the Jeep world?
There is, of course, nothing near the engine block itself, or the exhaust manifold. ATF and funnels are behind the washer fluid reservoir next to the brake booster, oil is in front of the airbox, brake and power steering fluid are between the airbox and the driver's fender, bulbs are stashed between the coolant reservoir and the firewall, gear lube sits on the passenger fender, held in place by the AC lines (piece of fence wire holding it to the line for extra comfort), Orange Clean is behind the battery, and tubes of muffler paste and RTV are in secure nooks.
I've never had a bottle or tube move from it's stash location, never had a problem with heat, and of course, never had anything sucked into the fan! That would be a mess!
Don't carry the spare tire and build some compartments and put stuff in there. If you get into a accident involving your front you don't know whats gonna go where, no matter how tight you have things wedged.
A guy I used to work with kept a gallon of ATF+4 and a funnel wedged under the hood. He had a 2WD Cherokee with the AW4 that would just pour fluid out of the tail shaft seal. The bushing inside of the tail shaft was shot and it was his beater so he never cared to get it fixed.
All my jeep must haves are in a waterproof container in the back.
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