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post #181 of 711 Old 11-12-2009, 11:11 PM
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I had the same problem with mine, here is what I found. Moisture/corrosion would create a path from the crimp connector on the wire to the outer grounded surface of the sensor. Clean it up, put dielectric grease on it, then take a plastic screw cover and cut the top cap off of it and flip the bottom piece over the sensor to cover the upper crimped edge of it.

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post #182 of 711 Old 11-13-2009, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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I had the same problem with mine, here is what I found. Moisture/corrosion would create a path from the crimp connector on the wire to the outer grounded surface of the sensor. Clean it up, put dielectric grease on it, then take a plastic screw cover and cut the top cap off of it and flip the bottom piece over the sensor to cover the upper crimped edge of it.

Here is a pic of the screw cover: (I think I picked them up at Home Depot)

awesome idea. I figured out that grouding path like you described and wrapped some electrical tape around the sensor, encompassing the wire, crip and all. I went to the car wash to test it out, soaked the sensor with the pressure gun, and it still works great.


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post #183 of 711 Old 11-20-2009, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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regular maintenance turned into a disaster

Oil cap plastic guts exploded-


This is stuck in the valve cover-


Picked up a new cap from the dealership....something so simple turns into a mess.

Not my day today...gonna stay away from all tools and mechanical instruments.


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post #184 of 711 Old 11-20-2009, 12:29 PM
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I had the same problem with mine, here is what I found. Moisture/corrosion would create a path from the crimp connector on the wire to the outer grounded surface of the sensor. Clean it up, put dielectric grease on it, then take a plastic screw cover and cut the top cap off of it and flip the bottom piece over the sensor to cover the upper crimped edge of it.

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regular maintenance turned into a disaster

Oil cap plastic guts exploded-


This is stuck in the valve cover-


Picked up a new cap from the dealership....something so simple turns into a mess.

Not my day today...gonna stay away from all tools and mechanical instruments.
mine got stuck on, had to pry it off. after that i super glued the crap out of it. no more ratching oil cap

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mine got stuck on, had to pry it off. after that i super glued the crap out of it. no more ratching oil cap
i don't understand why there is even a ratchet mechanism in the oil cap...what critical purpose could it serve? Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier just to write on the cap - do not overtorque?


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one would think? i dont understand why, except they prob. make alot of $$$ on it breaking.

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Mine has been like that since I got my jeep...I just use channel locks to get it off/on.

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post #189 of 711 Old 11-20-2009, 03:56 PM
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I used an oil filter wrench on mine when it did that. I have one that's a rubber strap and was able to grab that little piece and twist it loose. I then put the two pieces back together and have been ok ever since. I guess I need to get a spare cap for the time it decides to blow up in my hand
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It was no problem for channel locks and the new cap is on....its just one of those Jeep things that makes me wonder WTF the engineers were thinking....

I could never design vehicles. They would be entirely too function, too reliable, too easy to work on yourself and would simply make too much sense.


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post #191 of 711 Old 11-22-2009, 08:29 AM
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the next time the Jeep Engineers have a Q&A on Jeep Forum, we have to ask them why the engine oil filler cap has a ratcheting mechanism. What were they thinking???

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post #192 of 711 Old 11-22-2009, 11:52 AM
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Remember, especially with vehicles, engineers have to assume that their average consumer isn't going to know diddly-squat about automobiles (even something as simple as an oil filler cap). If they were to do as you say and put a "DO NOT OVER-TORQUE" label on the cap, some dumb blonde would go and break it and sue Jeep claiming "over-torque" was a technical term she shouldn't need to understand.

The real question we should be asking is why did they make a ratcheting mechanism that breaks so easily. Personally, I couldn't give two ****s if it's ratcheting... just so long as it works

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regular maintenance turned into a disaster

Oil cap plastic guts exploded-


This is stuck in the valve cover-


Picked up a new cap from the dealership....something so simple turns into a mess.

Not my day today...gonna stay away from all tools and mechanical instruments.
haha my old TJ did that every time i would try to change the oil when the engine is hot so i used to start every oil change with a channel lock in hand..
i would pry the top of the stupid ratcheting cap off and turn the underneath part with the channel lock.. became part of the oil change

oh and about the jeep engineers thingy i guess we can put that on the list of stupid design ideas like torx bolts and 42RLE behind the 4.0..lol


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post #194 of 711 Old 11-23-2009, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Holy crap dude, that's sick!

Btw, how's the tranny holdin up after the rebuild?
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