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Unread 02-08-2011, 11:48 AM   #46
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I picked up a new "distributor" with a different kind of pick up. It is a stamped sheet metal that has a roughly 180 degree "blade" that gives the signal instead of a tone wheel. The gear looks and measures the same but I will blue it when I install it with a new stock grind federal mogul cam. I am curious to know what oils to use to break in this new set up and what is best to run in it forever after. Valvoline has VR1 10W-30 with ZDDP in it, but you can get a 4oz bottle of ZDDPlus to add to any oil (synthetic). STP has an oil treatment with ZDDP, but it is half a quart and thick as honey so I don't like that. I am sure I can just stick the new gear onto the shaft and run it since the cam shaft is not as bad as the OPDG, but then I am just delaying the inevitable.

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Unread 02-08-2011, 12:49 PM   #47
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If you are installing a new cam you will also need to install new lifters.
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Unread 02-20-2011, 05:26 PM   #48
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1. 2006, Wrangler Sport, 50K miles, build date is early 06
2. Nothing major yet, buy definite wear on the gear.


3. Gonna try to wait it out and get a new OPDA when they come available and most likely fogmod it.
4. Cost of OPDA
5. No, out of warranty
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Unread 03-01-2011, 02:11 PM   #49
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep
*2006, LJ Rubicon, 18000, build date 3/2006
2. Brief description of the problem and any collateral damage. Please include pictures if available.
*Engine stopped running, towed to nearby dealer
3. Actions taken to fix the problem
*Diagnosed issue and replaced OPDA, oil pump, cam shaft, all tappets & all fluids.
4. Approximate cost of repair
* would not say . . .
5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?
* repaired under extended warranty (less $100)
6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay
* nothing needed, still under warranty
7. Has the problem returned?
* not since repaired a year ago.
* update, 2/2013, 37500 miles, still ok, under service contract but still carry spare
* update, 6/1/2013 38,000 miles. Pulled to check-looks good so far. Image in main post. Just replaced with Dorman unit. Still carry a spare!
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Unread 05-01-2011, 06:28 PM   #50
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep
2005, LJ Rubicon, 49653 Mile, build date March, 2005
2. Brief description of the problem
Inspected after reading of problem of OPDA on this form and found scoring, heat damage, and gear wear

3. Actions taken to fix the problem
Cleaned and greased untill I could find a good solution.
4. Approximate cost of repair
Non yet, still investigating
5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?
6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay
7. Has the problem returned?
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Unread 07-05-2011, 06:38 AM   #51
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1. 2005 LJ Rubicon 88,xxx Jan. 05
2. p0344 code the day I bought it while driving home. Pulled OPDA (Rev - E), worn more than it should be for such low mileage.
3. Ordered new OPDA to Fogmod
4. $120 (although it's just going to go bad again)
5. Haha!
7. It probably will, and then out will come the motor for 5.3
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Unread 07-05-2011, 07:32 AM   #52
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Man I a little worried about mine being more worn than normal. I have a 2005 but, the door jam says it was built in October of 2004 and the engine I think was assembled around June I think. Its crazy though because I have the same set up the 2005/2006's have but, have technically a 2004 Jeep. 85k nothing weird yet knocking on the biggest piece of wood I can find. I don't want to pull it just because I have heard of the sync being a little off no matter how you mark it. I heard the safest way is to sync it back with the DRB but, thats an easy 100 dollars. I have been using the VR1 10w-30 for the last year to help keep wear to a minumin. Does it usually start to make a squel noise or something?
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Unread 07-05-2011, 07:38 AM   #53
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Man I a little worried about mine being more worn than normal. I have a 2005 but, the door jam says it was built in October of 2004 and the engine I think was assembled around June I think. Its crazy though because I have the same set up the 2005/2006's have but, have technically a 2004 Jeep. 85k nothing weird yet knocking on the biggest piece of wood I can find. I don't want to pull it just because I have heard of the sync being a little off no matter how you mark it. I heard the safest way is to sync it back with the DRB but, thats an easy 100 dollars. I have been using the VR1 10w-30 for the last year to help keep wear to a minumin. Does it usually start to make a squel noise or something?
The computer will self correct. I've had mine out half a dozen times with NO problems. I've swapped mine with a new one with only a sharpie and NO problems. My advice is pull it and check it.

It might not squeal or give any advanced notice. I don't recall for certain that in the cases of failure there was advanced notice. Mine squealed (thankfully), but if I were you I wouldn't wait for a squeal that may never come.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 12:57 PM   #54
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep
2006 lj Rubicon. built November 2005. 12,500 miles

2. Brief description of the problem and any collateral damage. Please include pictures if available.
Worn drive gear after inspection
3. Actions taken to fix the problem
Took it to dealer and they replaced gear under $100 deductible.
4. Approximate cost of repair
$100 deductible Chrysler good guy warranty. Have dealer invoice.
5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?
No, I found out later I could of done my self for way cheaper, Chrysler made money off of me.
6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay
n/a

7. Has the problem returned?
Have not checked it, did buy new OPDA just in case.
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Unread 09-18-2011, 08:53 PM   #55
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Let's keep this thread alive. I have not yanked mine yet and I am at 57k. Once I do I will return with my observations.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:30 PM   #56
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I've had my new new fogmodded opda in for less than 1,500 miles and i'm already having issues again. I'm right at 90k miles on my 05 LJ Rubi.

My guess : Cam gear was too far gone. I'm going to pull the opda out this weekend and inspect it.

I'm planning on trashing the motor next summer for an ls1 swap. I've been a happy owner of many Cherokee's, and I've never had the kind of issues this LJ has.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 01:11 PM   #57
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Are you certain the OPDA was installed exactly the way it came out? Could it be off just a hair?
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Unread 09-20-2011, 05:53 PM   #58
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep
2006 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, 60K mi. built June '06 (among the last to roll out of Toledo)

2. Brief description of the problem and any collateral damage. Please include pictures if available.
Laughing Monkey a couple of mornings, not diagnosed as OPDA for 100+ miles, engine shut down at 65mph, failed OPDA and damaged cam.

Shaft at upper bushing


Upper bushing and seal


OPDA shaft gear


Cam gear


Cam lobe (all lobes were similar and I have no way of knowing the relationship between their condition and the OPDA)


3. Actions taken to fix the problem

Replaced OPDA, then again 2k mi later when I replaced cam, lifters, etc.

4. Approximate cost of repair

Approximately $3500

5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?

They promised to cover 75% "as good will," then decided not to include either OPDA, the first dealer visit (where I went to have them inspect the cam gear and recommend to Chrysler that they should cover it) or any of the 18qts of VR1, bottle of break-in additive and 3 oil filters required for proper cam break-in. They shorted me about $700, as I recall. Glad they helped, but they didn't do exactly what they said they would do.

6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay

Contacted service writer at known customer service oriented dealer, explained entire OPDA thing to him, and asked if he would inspect it and help persuade Chrysler into helping. Paid for first OPDA "replacement" (I'd already replaced it, but they needed a service ticket in order to inspect and make a recommendation to corporate). Based on dealer inspection and service writer influence, they agreed to reimburse me 75% of the total cost (which, again, they did not)

7. Has the problem returned?

Not yet (knock on wood)
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Unread 09-20-2011, 06:14 PM   #59
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep

2006 Wrangler Rubicon, 31K mi.

2. Brief description of the problem and any collateral damage. Please include pictures if available.

Laughing Monkey a couple of mornings, hopped on JF right away, looking for the cause. Only put a few miles on it before doing the oil switch.

3. Actions taken to fix the problem

Complained to Jeep, got a new cam, complained to jeep somemore, got a new OPDA installed today @ 33089 miles.

4. Approximate cost of repair

$377.00 for OPDA
$43.50 for the install
$26.39 in taxes

Total cost to me: $445. 89 (Before refund from Jeep)

5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?

Covered the cost of the cam gear and got just about half my money back (IIRC) for the OPDA/install.

6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay

It all started with me contacting Jeep via the link on their web page, then it was several phone calls and e-mails with two different customer service reps.

7. Has the problem returned?

Not yet.
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Unread 09-21-2011, 07:34 PM   #60
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1. Year, model, mileage, and build date of your Jeep
*2006, LJ Rubicon, 24,000, build date 3/2006
2. Brief description of the problem and any collateral damage. Please include pictures if available.
*Engine stopped running, towed to nearby dealer
3. Actions taken to fix the problem
*Diagnosed issue and replaced OPDA, oil pump, cam shaft, all tappets & all fluids.
4. Approximate cost of repair
* would not say . . .
5. Did Chrysler pay for or reimburse any of the repairs?
* repaired under extended warranty (less $100)
6. If Chrysler did pay, what steps were taken to make them pay
* nothing needed, still under warranty
7. Has the problem returned?
* not since repaired a year ago.
Decided to purchase a Chrysler extended warranty (5yr) to cover future costs of this opda failure. Have almost recovered the cost of the service contract with two axle u-joints and a front drive shaft. This Wrangler is the most unreliable vehicle I have owned in 50 years.
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