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Unread 02-21-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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I'm buying a clean '90 wagon after I totalled/sold my '05 wrangler (first jeep, my baby). A few questions for you all. What problems too look for, what are the common maintenance issues, what to replace, and what is the first thing you did to it. Any help is welcomed.

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Unread 02-21-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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Full fluid flush FIRST THING.
There are many things that you can upgrade, but its probably best to drive it a bit and see where things are at. Do all windows work, what kind of mileage is it getting. It will let you know what it need after a few days.
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Unread 02-22-2015, 02:42 AM   #3
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I'm buying a clean '90 wagon after I totalled/sold my '05 wrangler (first jeep, my baby). A few questions for you all. What problems too look for, what are the common maintenance issues, what to replace, and what is the first thing you did to it. Any help is welcomed.
I'd fix any issues clean up check for rust underbody by gas tank area were rust can get out of hand
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Unread 08-07-2015, 09:34 PM   #4
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10dwenger, give us an update. I owned my 90 GW for 10 years and drove it 50K.
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Unread 08-11-2015, 10:22 AM   #5
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Like mentioned above, check for rust around the fuel tank skid. A couple other areas to look for rust are under the carpet by the rear doors, under the carpet by the front seats (moisture here also corrodes a couple wire connections). This rust is generally caused either by leaking windshield gasket (if you are lucky the frame isn't rusty) or by clogged floor vents (leaves etc can clog them). Leaves can enter the grille on top and clog the vent drains as well as the heater core.

Mechanically, keep an eye on the timing chain cover. They are aluminum and can crack/corrode.

Outside of these things, just remember it is a 20+ year old rig and needs TLC...
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