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Unread 05-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #3271
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Of all the people that have seen this thread, read it, know about it or know about the problem, no one has the power or connections to make Chrysler fix this and make it right is wrong. Bullies aren't very popular these days. Chrysler needs to be ***** slapped.

Sell the jet and fix our Jeeps. Chrysler, it's to bad you're not just a school yard bully because if you were... things would get fixed real quick.

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Unread 05-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #3272
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Finally

I finally replaced my OPDA this morning after putting it off for months, mainly because of the fear of what I might find. Install went pretty smooth, as stated before the hold down and bolt are probably the hardest part getting them back in place. I started at 6 a.m. and finished at around 9 a.m. and took the longest to get timing notch lined up dead on (not that you have to I was just being ready for the worst). Cam gear did show some wear but it didn't look terrible and it actually looks worse in the pics. OPDA gear has un-even wear like most of the other members have found and all I can say is I am damn glad I didn't put it off through another Winter because I may have had some problems if I did. Long story short, Jeep started up just fine and after a 6mi test drive I checked for codes, NONE!! Just want to say thanks again to all the time and effort spent by all of you members and a huge thank you to Willydigger for doing a wonderful/professional job on my oil cup mod. I will report later on how the new one is performing, just feel relieved the new one is installed. To all you members putting this off, please do yourself and your Jeep a favor and pull it for inspection. I did use the aligment pin method and it is pretty much fool proof.

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Unread 05-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #3273
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Just saying; less than a year later of posting this http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/20...l#post12046262 I had to replace it because of the noise it made when first starting up. So it can "feel good" yet fail soon after.
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Unread 05-28-2012, 09:53 AM   #3274
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Of all the people that have seen this thread, read it, know about it or know about the problem, no one has the power or connections to make Chrysler fix this and make it right is wrong. Bullies aren't very popular these days. Chrysler needs to be ***** slapped.

Sell the jet and fix our Jeeps. Chrysler, it's to bad you're not just a school yard bully because if you were... things would get fixed real quick.
Well Doc, ya see it's like this. There would have to be a HUGE profit motive and public relations bonus for them not only admit the problem, but also to appear to be the benevolent manufacturer and assist the hapless consumer. In short don't buy or recommend Chrysler products if at all possible, spread the word of our situation and let the buyer beware!
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:33 PM   #3275
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My wrangler just started making this noise 2 days ago on cold start up. It last about 3-40 seconds. I called Jeep relations and they said there was no recall and wished me good luck. Maybe some one can advise me on how long I can drive it like this?
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #3276
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My wrangler just started making this noise 2 days ago on cold start up. It last about 3-40 seconds. I called Jeep relations and they said there was no recall and wished me good luck. Maybe some one can advise me on how long I can drive it like this?
Not to be a Smart A$$, but till it breaks?
Order a new one ASAP, and change it when you get it, or do one of the modifications as soon as you can. Read the posts, some can break at 25,000 or go to 55,000 I guess it depends on how it's driven?
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:40 PM   #3277
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some can break at 25,000 or go to 55,000 I guess it depends on how it's driven?
And some don't break at all (yet?), but I guess he's not eligible for that category.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:42 PM   #3278
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And some don't break at all (yet?), but I guess he's not eligible for that category.
Nope, he's got the "Laughing Chrysler Monkey"
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #3279
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I just hit 74k miles, it made the noise twice this past winter for all of 3 seconds.

She's not my DD and is only driven on the weekends when its nice to go wheeln or the beach. I took her to Rausch Creek last Fall and ran fine, purs at 500 rpms at idle still. Change the oil religiously with Valvoline every 3k miles.

CPO warranty is up at 100k or another two years. I pull the OPDA every oil change, I don't see any major issues.

Watch the OPDA will go either at 101k or two years and a day haha.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #3280
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Hard to predict when non lubricated metal to metal friction will cause a failure? Mine is an 06 with about 56,000 and did the laughing monkey once for about 10 sec. That was enough for me to make the mod and forget about that problem and go on to other mods. Good luck with everything.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 03:03 PM   #3281
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I think for me i will just replace the entire distributor assembly. They can complete the repair faster that way since i am currently traveling.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 03:13 PM   #3282
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Your trouble has nothing to do with the distributor assembly
Probably OPDA or camshsft?
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I think for me i will just replace the entire distributor assembly. They can complete the repair faster that way since i am currently traveling.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #3283
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My wrangler just started making this noise 2 days ago on cold start up. It last about 3-40 seconds. I called Jeep relations and they said there was no recall and wished me good luck. Maybe some one can advise me on how long I can drive it like this?
STOP DRIVING IT NOW! I and others failed to heed the warning sign/laugh and had to replace cam after less than a couple of hundred miles.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #3284
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I thought the OPDA and aluminum housing could be replaced as one drop in assembly? Why would the camshaft be a problem?
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Unread 06-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #3285
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I thought the OPDA and aluminum housing could be replaced as one drop in assembly? Why would the camshaft be a problem?
The OPDA shaft gear interfaces with the cam gear so if the OPDA shaft doesn't want to spin the cam gets eaten.
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