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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

A couple of weeks ago we took the long trip down to New Jersey to visit my family for a while. We usually take Rachelle's car because it's quiet and has air conditioning, but I needed to do some work on my car with my dad so we took the jeep. The ride down wasn't that bad. It was an overcast day and was actually a little cold, so the missing a/c wasn't a problem.

Rachelle took the train to Long Island to visit a couple friends there for a few days while I hung out at home.

My dad recently got a lift for use in his barn, so we were able to raise the jeep up to our level while working on it. It made everything soooo much easier not having to bend over for hours at a time. It looks like it would be tippy, but it's really pretty stable. We were able to climb a ladder and get in it without it moving much at all.

The main thing I needed to do to the jeep was replace the driver side front-axle universal joint. The old joint was making a terrible pulsating squeaking noise when ever the wheels were turned while moving. While we were at it, we found that the wheel bearing was going bad so we replaced that at the same time.

The other thing I really needed to do was replace the rear differential cover. The pinion seal is leaking a little (still), and the check/fill plug for the differential was completely rusted in place. The only way to check the fluid level or add any would be to remove the old cover and replace it with a new one. Below is a movie of how the differential works. It's kind of neat how they designed a way of powering both wheels while allowing them to spin at different speeds (like while the car is turning).

That's my dad doing his teacher-thing in the background explaining why you don't want the spider gears spinning since they don't have bearing.

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Manda
#1 - Sep 10, 2007 at 5:19 AM
I can't see the video.
Cheryl
#2 - Sep 10, 2007 at 7:12 PM
Neither can I. And I know I would not feel confident if my Eddie Bauer Explorer was on that lift!
Joe
#3 - Sep 12, 2007 at 7:59 PM
Install flash player: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/

My dad had Bob's old truck and his Winnebago up on that thing. I was a little nervous with my jeep up there, but it's pretty solid.
cheryl
#4 - Sep 13, 2007 at 2:57 PM
The winnebago? Boy he is either crazier than I thought or brave! We've been repairing our deck. Bob and my brother in law replaced our sliding back door with french doors and we had to grab two other workmen working on a house across the street, and while everyone was standing on the deck with the heavy doors, the deck dropped about 5 inches. Turns out the ledger board was only nailed into the siding with no footings underneath that area. So guess what Bob's been having to do this week. Rip up a few boards on the deck and tear out the split siding behind the ledger so he can fix it the right way.
Cheryl
#5 - Sep 13, 2007 at 3:11 PM
I downloaded the link above, and I even re-booted the computer. I still can't see the video. When I run the mouse pointer over the area, a box pops up and the words click to activate and it still won't do anything.
Manda
#6 - Sep 15, 2007 at 3:19 PM
I have flash player. No worky.

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