So my check engine light had been on for some time indicating a large vacuum leak. In addition my engine all of a sudden started knocking very loudly Saturday before last. The noise went away but with the Shamrock run at Morris Mountain coming up I decided to take it to the shop to be checked out. The last thing I wanted to do is be an hour away from home and then have some kind of motor problem.
So long story short they did a smoke test to determine the leak was above the fuel tank ($60) and charged me $120 labor to drop the tank and fix the broken t-fitting in the vacuum line. I definitely would have done that myself and saved $120. They should have called me after the diagnosis before making the repair, but I didn't specify that beforehand so I didn't make a big deal of it, but next time I will make that very clear.
And to top it off they said they couldn't hear a knock and unless it was making the noise they couldn't diagnose. The temp. had been normal and it has maintained good oil pressure so who knows what it is. But I thought to myself that at least the vacuum leak was taken care of and my CEL that had been on for months was finally addressed.
So this morning of course my CEL came back on. The code this time - P 0742 - a transmission code. After doing a bit of reading I see one of the symptoms is not shifting into the highest gear. I hadn't noticed anything funny on the way to work but I only drive 45-50 on the way to work. On the way home, sure enough, it won't change to third gear. I need to do some more reading but I'm hoping it is something simple, haha, yeah right.
I may have just been paranoid but it also looked like the temp. gauge was just a touch higher than normal.
So after a few days of driving my CEL went off and hasn't come back on.
Yesterday my son and I drove over to Morris Mountain OffRoad park in Delta, AL just outside Wedowee, for the 2013 Shamrock Run. It's only about an hour from the house.
We had a great time even though everything g was very wet. Got there around lunchtime and met up with a group of 4Runner guys.
I was very impressed with the jeep, and I'm really loving the automatic off road.
We started out heading up the mountain. I went first and made it all the way up. I think having the t-case removed really made a difference with the ruts as deep as they were.
My son & his friend after we made it to the top.
Heading back down:
The kids doing their own rock climbing, having a ball:
Back at camp. The mountain in the background is the one we climbed at the beginning.
The kids got little metal shamrocks since this was the shamrock run. It didn't take long for them to become ninja stars...
Great idea for JK take-offs:
We had a great time. Can't wait to go back. And I'm itching for a front locker...
Well this weekend is Jeep Beach in Daytona and I wanted to make it down there so badly but just couldn't make it happen. This is the first year I even knew the event existed though so next year I'm going to try and plan for it and make it happen.
Over the last two months I've been dealing with a bad wobble between 50-55 and it has gotten progressively worse. Before I stalling the 3.25" springs it didn't have a wobble. I wondered if it wasn't related to the rough country method of drilling a new hole for the axle side mount for the track bar to recenter the axle so I thought I'd reattach the track bar to its original mounting position to see if it had any effect.
Well it didn't make a difference. So now I'm thinking the problem is either the frame side mount of the track bar, or worn bushing on the axle side of the track bar, or worn ball joints that need replacing, or control arm bushings. I know that I need an adjustable track bar to perfectly center the axle.
But because my long term plan is to set it upon 35's and replace the rough country 3.25" kit with at least a 4" kit, I want to decide which kit I'm going with before I spend any money attempting to fix the wobble with the current setup.
I'm not 100% on whether or not I'm going to go with a short arm currie setup, or a long arm setup. I still have a good bit of reading to do to make the best decision for the way I will be using it.
I've also decided to sell my Smittybilt rock sliders & SB front bumper to replace them with Poison Spyder parts. I've learned that you don't buy based solely on price, especially if every time you look at whatever it is that you really wish you would have gone with the other option for a little more money...
Last weekend me, my wife, & my youngest daughter participated in a benefit ride for a battered women's shelter. It was a combination ride with motorcycles and was just a pavement ride, but the scenery up through Pine Mountain was nice. It was a lot if fun. We had about 8-9 jeeps participate - TJ's, JK's, YJ's, & CJ's.