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Old 01-31-2018, 03:15 PM   #1
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Just got this 2000 Cherokee today. I replaced the gas struts to hold up the rear hatch. I also put seat covers and rubber floor mats in. Not very hard or mechanical things to do. But its a start and will protect the interior. Almost forgot steering wheel cover that says JEEP.
Tomorrow I will be putting 4 tires on. General Grabber AT2 235 65 R15
Also trying to figure out why the heat is not very warm.




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Old 01-31-2018, 04:57 PM   #2
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Have you checked your coolant level? Also may want to give it a heater core flush
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:16 PM   #3
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Also make sure you actually have a thermostat. The 4.0 is designed to run hotter than most motors and some people put the thermostat thinking this helps them run cooler. Nice looking Jeep!
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Also make sure the PO didn't pull the thermostat out thinking the Jeep was running hot. The 4.0 is designed to run hotter than most. If you put one in make sure it's 195 degree opening.
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Hurry and go pull the old struts out of the trash can you threw them in and save them to install under the hood. Best thing I ever did to my Jeep.
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Today I didn't get to work on the heat problem. Tomorrows project is the heat.
Thats a good idea for the struts on the hood! Thanks. Can you post a couple of pictures for me?
Today I swapped tires.








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Old 02-01-2018, 03:40 PM   #7
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Pics are buried in my build thread somewhere. Or in one of the diy threads. Try to search it.
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You'll like the Grabbers. Great all-around tire.
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They are just like the old BF all terrains. I used to run those on my chevys. I swapped the Generals off my 97 blazer. Bought them in June. I do like them.
My dad saw them and got a set for his Ford Ranger. He likes them to and now wants to go wheeling lol.
Dad has 2 MGB sportscars a 1974 and 1975. One with a chevy 2.8 V6 and one with a MG 4 cylinder with a supercharger.
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I'd make a comment about a 2.8 being swapped into anything but for an MG that's gotta be a seriously fun car to drive haha.

Feed his addiction! Danger Rangers can be insanely fun little wheelers when done well.
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What size are those AT2s?
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They are 235/75R15 the size of the Generals.
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Today I worked on the heat problem. The used Jeep dealer I got it from told me they replaced the water pump, thermostat and radiator. The fluid was very Green and clean.
I tried to purge the air from the heater core. Got nasty rusty brown old coolant out of it.
Which had now crapped up the good coolant
Heat still not hot at all. So I took the heater hoses off the water pump. Then blasted the garden hose through it both directions until it was running clean.filled the heater core and hoses with new fluid. Careful to not have much air in it.
The heat was now coming out very hot and nice
Went for a drive and to pick up beer. The heat still coming out warm. But not as hot as it did after flushing the core.
Screw it for now. getting ready for party tonight.
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You need to clean your heater core some more. Maybe try and use some CLR in it to help loosen up the gunk. CLR can harm aluminum so don't let it soak too long.
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X2 on what Gluck said. I'm sure your glad have some heat cause it's mighty COLD this time of year in CT.
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