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post #1 of 18 Old 11-18-2021, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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New to the ZJ club

Hi,

I just bought a 1995 ZJ, bit of an impulse buy, but I've loved them since they were THE SUV I wanted in high school. Just trying to learn as much as I can, and I stumbled on this forum. I'd appreciate any advice/tips/tricks.

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-18-2021, 06:47 PM
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Hi,

I just bought a 1995 ZJ, bit of an impulse buy, but I've loved them since they were THE SUV I wanted in high school. Just trying to learn as much as I can, and I stumbled on this forum. I'd appreciate any advice/tips/tricks.

Thanks all!

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post #3 of 18 Old 11-19-2021, 04:34 AM
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Welcome. Here you will learn a lot, I learn new things every day with the help of the guys in this forum

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post #5 of 18 Old 11-19-2021, 09:12 AM
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welcome.
Which engine?
Tons of info here and very helpful members.

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post #6 of 18 Old 11-20-2021, 12:43 PM
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Yup. What Rapidrob said...fill out your profile with your vehicle specs. Year, engine, trans, etc. That way, when u have a "my Jeep is doing this..." question. The answers you get will be tailored specifically for your Jeep. It helps us ALL out.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-23-2021, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the Jeep.

It's a 1995 5.2L Laredo (100% stock) that I bought on Bring A Trailer. I drove it 100 miles with no issues at all when at speed. The only issue is a lurch when slowly breaking to a stop (usually around 10-20 mph). Any ideas?
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-23-2021, 05:04 PM
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Wow!!!! I’m jealous. That is a museum piece. I have one that’s clean but has about 200k more miles lol

I followed the auction, so I know you paid handsomely for it. That is an amazing original ZJ. And with every option you could get on a Laredo! Keep protectant on those plastics and keep it amazing!

As far as the brakes go, it sounds like it’s a sticky calliper, likely due to it not being used much. If so, Grease the sliders (with a higher temp safe grease) and you’ll be good as new

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post #9 of 18 Old 11-23-2021, 08:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Very nice Jeep.

+1 on updating your profile and / or your signature so others may assist properly.

The correct Factory Service Manual (FSM) is essential to maintain the Jeep and keep it running properly.

If the steering hasn't been changed yet, this reply shows the Moog parts I used on my Up Country ZJ. These parts will restore normal handling from the wandering from operation w/ original parts.

This reply has info on NP249 viscous coupler replacement.

Implement the TSB 18-48-98 for the spark plug wire routing.

This link has the intake plenum TSB and the plenum bolts. Follow the TSB, not the FSM when assembling the intake plenum. Use new plenum bolts. It is common for the intake plenum pan gasket to fail / leak. This reply shows the plenum pan bolt and blind hole thread chase, so that the thicker pan is not required.

Don't forget the timing chain. The engine will run MUCH better w/ a new timing chain. This reply shows the Miller 6635 tool for locating the timing cover to be concentric to the crankshaft.

A common problem on the front brakes is wear notches on the knuckle pad sliding surfaces, causing the pads to catch / lock instead of properly sliding.

Information on every single issue can be found / requested on this forum.
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I don’t think any ZJ owner has ever changed a timing chain with such low mileage lol. The average owner changes theirs between 200k and never lol.

But if you are looking at keeping things in as-new condition, definitely follow the FSM and recommended dealer service intervals.

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post #11 of 18 Old 11-24-2021, 05:40 AM
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I don’t think any ZJ owner has ever changed a timing chain with such low mileage lol. The average owner changes theirs between 200k and never lol.
What is the mileage on the OP ZJ?


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What is the mileage on the OP ZJ?
34K
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post #13 of 18 Old 11-24-2021, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Will do. What protectant should I use?
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post #14 of 18 Old 11-24-2021, 10:10 AM
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Agreed w/ the 34K mileage the timing chain is fine.

The other listed rubber parts, like steering and seals all degrade w/ age and will benefit from replacement, if not already done.


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Since you do not know the real history of the Jeep or how long it may have sat: How old was the gas in the tank? You drove it 100 miles, did you add gas? I would run a tank with a good fuel injector cleaner. SEA FOAM is N O T a fuel injector cleaner. Check all vacuum lines for cracks. Pull the rotor cap and check for deposits on the contacts. Pull a couple of spark plugs and check the condition. What plugs are in the engine now? Hard to beat NGK's Whats the condition of the spark plug wires? Many of the Jeeps PCM can be reset by removing the + terminal off of the battery for several minutes and re-connect it. This will re-set the PCM and allow it to "learn" how the engine is running? How old is the battery? I just last Sunday, replaced mine from COSTCO ( Interstate battery 800 CCA ) for a fraction of the coast of any parts store / Walmart. What a difference it made! The engine is now running so much smoother at idle.

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