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post #1 of 4 Old 05-28-2019, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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New to JK from Upstate NY

Hi y’all Jimmy from Otisville NY.
Let me just say my 1st week of owning a Jeep has been quite an adventure.
Picked up my first 2012 JKU Rubicon 6 speed on 5/20/19 with 279xxx miles. That’s right 280k miles for 2012 crazy enough.
Dispite the mileage body was in exercise shape just some surface rust near front axles, all stock & had recently installed 2014 motor with 25k miles (Original factory motor lasted 278k miles!!!), rebuilt transmission & rear axles.
So after some bargain I was able to drive home with my for $16k thinking I got a deal of lifetime. Only downside (that I knew about) was that it had pretty bad windshield crack & no carpets.
Next day leaving from DMV I realized check engine light is on. Freaking out checked OBD2 sensor came out small evap leak. Took it to my mechanic got it fixed (bad canister) along with the windshield for total $550. Not bad.
Then I decided to install carpet myself using “Bed-rug” (9 piece) that I got it for $444 on eBay. Quality seemed crappy but hopefully will do its job. We’ll see.
Then just last night driving back from work around midnight I decided to go 4x4. It worked fine before but for some reason when I tried to put it back to 2WD transfer case somehow threw me in neutral.
Not being able to engage in gears I as stuck in middle or nowhere stranded scared sh*tless not knowing what to do.
After watching some YouTube videos I realized it could be a simple fix. Opened up my center console with moderate level or frustration, found all intact. Then I moved to undercarriage realized transfer case cable was loose. Lower bushing was bit loose but still intact. Then I realized the linkage was loose and the retainer wouldn’t hold its place. I was like WTF how could this happen with the “NEW” transfer case?
I called my poor wife at 1am to get me some zip ties. After temporary fix I was able to drive home safely 2WD. Just ordered all bushings & hopefully will take care of that mess. I’ll probably drill a hole on the bracket and run wires to hold the cable in place.
After just a little more than a week & putting less than 300miles I’m slowly turning into a mechanic.
Always scared of what’s gonna break next but still puts smile on my face every time I go behind the wheels.

Oh Jeep life.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-29-2019, 06:18 AM
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Wow, that is a crazy week.

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Welcome, if you are going to buy a jeep with that many miles you need to turn wrenches or your mechanic will be happy taking all that money you saved buying a high mileage jeep.
I would check all the tie rod ends, control arm bushings, unit bearings, and brake calipers.

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Yes the dirt man all those components have been replaced with factory parts. I made sure over the phone and after examination and seeing the receipt full or parts worth over $12k. However though it is a high mileage car so I’m sure it’ll require more attention. I was just shocked knowing there are just so many loopholes on factory parts and how they could have made better from factory. I’ll probably slowly upgrade with better aftermarket parts starting with ball joints & steering stabilizer. I’m not planning on lifting my Jeep but do wanna run bigger tires maybe 33 12.50 tires
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