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post #1 of 5 Old 01-06-2007, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Weird Problem... Weird fix...

Heard some clankin underneath the Jeep tonight during acceleration and slowing down (downshiftin).. Never noticed it before (somethin new to me).. Knew I had somethin goin on under there.. After about 10 minutes of lookin around with some light I saw a spot where my exhaust pipe was taggin the side of my oil pan where it makes the 90 degree turn towards the motor. It only sat about 1/2 an inch away from the pan while resting.. I debated on what to do... Finally, I took a wrench and pried the pipe away from the pan.. It moved a good inch. Problem solved... No more taggin'... Any of you has this problem? I was dumbfounded on how this could have happened..

Also - Side note on something I noticed and couldn't fix.. I noticed on passenger side of the front axle where the axle itself comes out of the tubing, there was a very very very slight leak of fluid. I'm assuming there is a seal going bad in the axle, but this doesn't make much sense after only 13,000 miles.. Any of you had this problem, and I can put off taking it to the dealer until my convenience ehh? OR should this get immediate attention??


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post #2 of 5 Old 01-07-2007, 11:16 AM
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Only 13,000 miles? I would take it to the dealer for anything that upset me about my brand new vehicle.

The leak could be from a grease fitting. There are only a couple of these on your front end, invest in and refer to a Chilton's or Haynes repair manual.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-07-2007, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the problem persisted with my exhuast pipe hitting the oil pan... I climbed back underneath and further examined my options. HELLO!! Turn out, where the exhaust pipes bolt to the manifold (where the doughnut gaskets are) the bolts were loosened up a bit.. I threw a wrench on them and BAM! Problem solved! Simple and easy. Didn't think that would be my problem at all.. Not sure how they got loose, but oh well..


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post #4 of 5 Old 01-08-2007, 07:37 AM
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its always a good idea to let the dealership documents these issues, especially on such a young jeep. makes you wonder what else wasnt tightned to spec.


mine came with NO grease on all the steering components.. dry as a bone...
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-08-2007, 07:59 AM
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They build cars so dam fast, that there is always something loose, not always the same piece on every vehicle, but enough to look around under a new vehicle.

I got a new chevy plow truck in 05, and whenI brought it home, I slid under, the front rear was down a pint, and the rear down a quart, the inside of the muffler was loose, and ratteling, and the front end was never greased, so it pays to slide under and take a look.

Whenever I buy anything I spend some time underneath, I like to get to know what I missed when I bought it, and you always miss something, after owning hundreds of cars, (I buy one at a time and sell them after they are right) its become automatic, and 4wd's just make it easyer, to get under...
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