Mopar Trucks and Stuff

The Parking Lot => Mopar Trucks => Topic started by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:22:18 PM



Title: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:22:18 PM
So I ended up with this Liberty...for free because the 42RLE is toast. The NP231 is fine, however. So we're going to rebuild it instead of buying a jy tranny and popping it in. I do have to do some rust conversion as it's lived in Michigan its whole life (garage-kept, but still).

Pulling it onto the trailer with my cheapie HF portable winch (worked great!), then towing it home with my Astro - Michigan to Maryland.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:33:45 PM
Took a couple pics after I got it home.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:36:01 PM
And a couple more.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:39:50 PM
Then I drained the transfer case in hopes that the reason it wouldn't move (except lurching forward sorta) was the transfer case had toasted itself...I found this.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:41:35 PM
Pulled the rear driveshaft, unhooked the front at the transfer case, unhooked the transfer case shifter cable and gear sensor, checked out the rust I had to play with on the rear (and more underneath).


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:43:07 PM
Got the case out after much cussing (and online searching since the stupid FSM skipped a BUNCH of steps). It's not the transfer case...it does what its supposed to, when its supposed to, smoothly, without hesitation, slop or clunk.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:44:31 PM
I had checked the tranny fluid after letting the Jeep run quite a while, in Park as required but after shifting through all the gears. The fluid still looked red, though not cherry red, and there was no gunk on the stick.

However, when I dropped the pan...


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:48:01 PM
So I'll finish dropping the tranny on the next nice day. Good news is much of it is done in order to drop the transfer case...bad news is there's a lot more work in my future.

Before I started on the transfer case fun, I replaced the battery since it had a pretty good crack right under the – cable clamp that had corroded the living heck out of the clamp and it wouldn't hold more than a surface charge. I had a new clamp here, so we cleaned everything up with baking soda, put on the new clamp and I got a new battery. Pep girls is having a 20% off a single item sale, so the new Bosch 770 CCA battery with 3 year full/96 month prorated warranty was barely over $100 with tax. Other stores had a 700 CCA battery with a lesser warranty for $122 plus tax....

Oh, and it turned out to be the original Daimler/Chrysler battery installed in Oct 2004 when this was manufactured. Not so bad...


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:48:57 PM
The driver's side fog light had been broken off for a few years, so I found an aftermarket replacement on eBay and installed that. Now I have to clean up the passenger-side lens  ::)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 07:49:38 PM
Last, I didn't want to advertise the dealer any more, plus the spare tire cover has a few tears in it. So I bought a new one ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 11, 2013, 07:59:01 PM
Looks like you got plenty to keep you busy!  I assume you're gonna beef up the tranny a little.   ;D
Good to see a new post on here.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 11, 2013, 08:21:15 PM
Yeah, you think?

I would, but there doesn't seem to be much available to beef up a 42RLE. I'm pretty sure, looking at the pan, that it's just burnt up clutch packs. Not much ferrous material in there. Mostly brass/copper looking stuff and what looks like aluminum powder (very fine and doesn't stick to the magnet).


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 23, 2013, 05:50:59 PM
Got further along today.

Finally got the front end of the front driveshaft out. Took scraping the join with a small screwdriver, spraying the heck out of it with PB and pounding the heck out of the thing with the BFH while turning it (actually, I turned the driver's side rotor to turn it - was easier) to break it loose. Took a while, too - the rust had penetrated about 1/4" into the flange and locked it in place. I'll clean that up with sandpaper before reinstalling.

Then unbolted the y-pipe after pulling the front oxygen sensors. Unclipped the rear ones but left them in place. Dropped the y-pipe and slid it out of the way. Unclipped the 3 electrical connectors on the tranny, then popped the shift cable off the shift lever then out of the bracket. Removed the starter. Removed the tranny inspection cover/reinforcement plate thing and unbolted the torque converter.

Next up are the 2 tranny cooler lines. Couldn't do them today as I didn't have either a 15/16" or 24mm wrench, but I do now. Then start unbolting the bellhousing and bolt the tranny to the tranny jack, then slide it back and drop it. Oh, gotta move the support jack from the back of the tranny to the back of the engine - left it there when I pulled the transfer case.

Rebuild kit and cooler flush will be here Monday, along with a new transfer case position switch. Apparently that's a wear part that will go bad soon, probably right after I put the transfer case back up, and it's a pita to get to when the case is installed. So new it is. Have new spark plugs, air filter, PCV valve, oil & filter here already. Oh, and I have enough ATF+4 for the transfer case, but I need more for the tranny. Have gear oil for front and rear here already, too.

I will need to clean up the rotors before I reinstall the wheels as they're pretty danged rusty from sitting for 2 years. While the wheels are off, I'll do some serious rust abatement up front. While the tranny, exhaust and driveshaft are out I have some rust abatement to do on the motor, too. Some on the rear, but the rear lower control arms will be replaced by the dealer when she's up and running - there's a recall.

Hopefully the weather will hold and I can get the tranny dropped tomorrow. We have the use of a friend's garage if needed for the rebuild process.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 24, 2013, 05:33:19 AM
Have you tried the home brew rust solution?  Works better that anything I ever found yet.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 24, 2013, 08:33:21 AM
I have both Loctite Extend in a bottle and POR-15. Both work really well for me.

The crap in a spray can has never worked for me.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 24, 2013, 09:05:56 AM
I mix ATF & acetone 50/50 for rusty nuts & bolts.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 24, 2013, 09:39:58 AM
Oh, that stuff. Hasn't been necessary - everything's come loose as it should, without a fight.

Cooler lines are removed and dripping.

Next up: move support jack, get tranny jack under the Jeep, start loosening bellhousing bolts.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 24, 2013, 10:57:19 AM
Snow, sleet and stuff here. Moving East.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 24, 2013, 11:58:13 AM
Yeah, it's about to rain here.

Put the wheels on the tranny jack and slid it under the Jeep. Slid the y-pipe back under the Jeep. Put the tools in the back and came inside.

My hands were claws in 10 mins anyway...it's raw. Overcast, 10° colder than yesterday, just as windy and the humidity's building. Icky.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 06, 2013, 07:13:39 PM
Forgot to post. Got the tranny out last weekend. Put a little block of wood between the oil pan and engine crossmember, then removed the support jack and got the tranny jack in place.

Removed the passenger-side electrical connection unclipped, unbolted the tranny end of the dipstick tube and got it loose, then used 30" of extensions and a wobbly to get the top two tranny to engine bolts out, freeing the dipstick. Then strapped the tranny to the jack, unbolted the remaining 6 bolts, slid it back off the pins and dropped it with the jack. Everything went as planned :)

Today, wire brushed and rust converted the front half (4 coats). Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll work on the back half. Can't put paint on until that stuff cures, over 24 hrs after I finished.

Tranny's strapped down in the back of my '02 Astro, waiting to visit a friend's garage so we can rebuild it at our leisure, inside and comfy.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on April 07, 2013, 05:15:58 AM
Good going!  I think Spring is finally here so maybe the weather won't be too big a factor.
I was reading over your post on checking tranny fluid.  You said you checked it in park.
Did Mother Mopar get away from the checking in neutral way?


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 07, 2013, 08:26:04 AM
Yes. The manual says to check in park at least 60 secs after starting.

Already 55° here at 10:30 with blue skies, so today's spring if nothing else ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 08, 2013, 05:57:59 PM
Wire brushed and rust converted my butt off all weekend....phew.

Got the front half brushed and rust converted Saturday, then blew a little paint on those spots on Sunday (except on easily replaceable parts, like tie rod ends).
The oil pan was the part I was most worried about, as it looks like a &%^#($* to replace (before paint, after rust converting stuff):
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/IMG_0494_zps0ce28d23.jpg)

Got the exhaust done yesterday, at least with the wire brush and rust converter. Still have to put some high-temp paint on it, but there are 3 coats of rust converter curing as we speak.
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/IMG_0503_zpse6141477.jpg)


Discovered that the rear diff cover's leaking. Good thing replacing it and changing the fluid was already on the list...
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/IMG_0498_zps7ee88294.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 13, 2013, 07:14:37 PM
Got the exhaust paint on the y-pipe and the grill paint (slightly lower temp) on the muffler and tailpipe.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/b9a158c7a6dec4b91f6a678ee85bc8bc_zps8dabfae6.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/c4cb253da0da25963449d0c8d54ea09b_zps2ff4d963.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/fec3a0430dc4d91c28c5ab9d7e1609e2_zpsf9e7ddc6.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/ca98c84bbeef3c09ff84dc7719250ec2_zpse2943b9f.jpg)

The paint on the y-pipe needs the heat, cool, heat, cool thing to cure properly. The paint on the muffler and tailpipe doesn't. But that gets to wait until the tranny's rebuild and reinstalled...

Got the new diff cover and gasket ordered, along with new sway bar end links. I have the diff oil here already.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on April 13, 2013, 07:43:43 PM
You've been busy!  Making good headway.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 13, 2013, 07:55:10 PM
Just pecking away at the little jobs. Can't do much in the engine compartment with it high in the air, so exhaust it is.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 17, 2013, 08:07:55 PM
Got a box with a new diff cover, gasket and both front swaybar end links. More little jobs to peck away at ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 21, 2013, 11:20:39 AM
Today I changed the spark plugs, cleaned the throttle blade and bore, cleaned the IAC and bore, reinstalled all electrical connectors with dielectric grease, replaced the PCV valve and air filter.

Do you think it was time?
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/0dd9a8c8a5e8f5599e481a60a4b6ff0d_zps5bcbd0b9.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/8a491dc88771bba6c20fc7983e947c06_zps96d988ff.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on April 21, 2013, 03:41:59 PM
That plug was ready for replacing.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 21, 2013, 04:10:18 PM
All 6 looked exactly the same. I don't think they'd ever been replaced. They're 30,000 mile plugs in this engine and the Jeep has almoat 79,000 miles on it.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on April 28, 2013, 12:43:28 PM
Replaced the rear diff cover and filled 'er up.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/8a312e994d80bb9438099bbeb05a0f9d_zpsc5e98ecf.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/daaaf6cec07ebc65dee4244d47e158ec_zpsf05efde2.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/e581d7e7f78aad841ace2d4d90e8307f_zps40994ac7.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/de002496b0ad1f9864ba365191c24d5e_zps18cf9be4.jpg)

Found the receipt and the rear diff oil was changed at Pep Boys. Doesn't look like they even attempted to clean off the factory red/copper RTV before applying a massive bead of blue RTV. Not sure they even cleaned the old oil off the bottom first....and the bottom 2 bolts were barely finger tight. No wonder it was leaking. The oil was clear, though.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 04, 2013, 08:23:24 PM
Came home and found this on my doorstep:
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/26de5f444bf4914e4e1a67343db38dab_zps3b4bcbaa.jpg)


Now to install that & the wiring harness.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 05, 2013, 02:20:14 PM
Installed the new hitch and wiring harness.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/1c28d9cff9cf7d657d88004a10ce0151_zpsa0049b70.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/280f1beef330f71c5aa5d28c5644d00f_zps209a3961.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 05, 2013, 04:06:38 PM
Making headway!


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 09, 2013, 08:41:06 PM
About half of the special tranny tools came in today. The rest arrive Sat and Mon, then the rebuilding can begin.

Finally.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 13, 2013, 07:08:38 AM
Something I never did, rebuild a automatic tranny.
R & R several.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 13, 2013, 03:21:54 PM
We rebuilt the one in the RV and the one in the old Ugly Van (B250).

All the specialty tools are here, so rebuilding can finally begin.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 15, 2013, 07:58:32 PM
Some thing to do after work.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 28, 2013, 04:24:44 PM
Bought a used tranny with 50,000 miles on it and a (small) warranty. The Jeep had been rear-ended and the fluid was nice and red. Hopefully, will have it by the weekend but probably early next week, then I can start reassembly - finally!

Yes, I'm still going to rebuild the existing tranny, but I'm going to take my time and do it right. In the meantime, I need the Jeep on the road so I can tear into my '02 Astro to replace the lower intake manifold gasket.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 29, 2013, 06:34:10 PM
An old saying "No rest for the wicked".  You must be meaner than all get out!   LOL


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 29, 2013, 06:37:20 PM
An old saying "No rest for the wicked".  You must be meaner than all get out!   LOL

You betcha  ;D


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 30, 2013, 08:12:16 PM
Tranny's in DC, to be delivered tomorrow  ;D


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on May 30, 2013, 08:36:12 PM
Just in time for the week end.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on May 31, 2013, 04:08:40 PM
Yup. Have to replace the AC compressor on Sam's brother's '03 Liberty tomorrow, then I can start on mine. Have to flush the tranny cooler first so I don't choke and toast this one.

Pics of the tranny in the Astro:
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/cdc098dd7f4d595c93f0887ecfd73bc9_zps46af4753.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/ee03e983ea154cc2df0fb53774c70bbb_zps7dec5b6a.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll189/LeeannS24/8a951a4e5a49b1e537f9e095b1b2b728_zpsb72d1ada.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 01, 2013, 07:13:24 PM
All right. Sam's brother's AC is nice and cold now. He replaced the compressor this morning while we drove over, then Sam pulled a vacuum for about an hour then put the whole 1.37 (!) lbs in the system in the blink of an eye.

Instant ice-cold AC.

Two cans of tranny cooler flush and the quick-connect tool in hand for first thing. Once that's clear, put the tranny up. Drop the pan, do the filter, reseal the pan. Then start reconnecting stuff.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 02, 2013, 02:14:07 PM
Got started on putting the 'new' transmission in place. First, we had to pull the transmission cooler and clean it out. Couldn't run the cleaner through the lines to clean it as the cleaner wouldn't get up to the top pipes that way.

Cooler out
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/9029525532_8599e4c26d_z.jpg)


Crap from the cooler
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5441/9029525496_a2d8abcfcd_z.jpg)

Then we flushed each line and poured off the yucky fluid
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/9029525518_d0e914f1d2_z.jpg)

I didn't take a picture, but we poured the fluid through a coffee filter and it was full of aluminum.

Then we put the cooler back in place and reconnected the lines. Next up, figuring out how to get the tranny back under the Jeep, then up onto the tranny jack. I don't have the Jeep flying high enough to slide it under on the jack.

In my Astro
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7391/9029525438_103f3e1cd0_z.jpg)

Torque converter secured for transport
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9027296449_5aed47d4a5_z.jpg)

One step up on blocks towards getting it high enough to slide the tranny jack underneath. Didn't take pics at further steps because my hands were a bit busy.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5343/9029525412_520491741a_z.jpg)

On and secured to the tranny jack
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/9027296393_074218c8ca_z.jpg)

This is where it started pouring, so we were done for the day. Had to take two longish breaks during all this to take the kid to girl scouts, then pick her back up.

Tomorrow after work, we'll get it lined up and bolted back to the engine. Then I'll peck away at getting everything hooked back up after work for the rest of the week. Just got new input and output speed sensors in Friday's mail; looks like a good thing I did.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 04, 2013, 06:49:58 PM
Couldn't do anything yesterday as we got hit with a storm with torrential downpours right about 4:30. Started today instead.

Got the bellhousing bolted up to the motor, the dipstick tube bolted in place, vent hose stuck on its tube, starter connected and bolted up.

Starter and heat shield:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7302/9029597766_27f579d86f_z.jpg)

Back a little, bellhousing bolted up:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/9029597778_f2720bf0a3_z.jpg)

Yup, I'll be swapping pans:
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3735/9027368951_8446e3e932_z.jpg)

Tomorrow, bolt the torque converter to the flywheel, bolt the inspection cover/reinforcing collar in place, connect the cooler lines, drop the pan and install new filter then install pan from old tranny, connect the electrical connections and the shift cable.

That probably will take me to dark, so transfer case, tranny crossmember, y-pipe and driveshafts will wait for Thurs evening.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 04, 2013, 09:18:53 PM
You're making a good showing!


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 05, 2013, 05:37:02 PM
Just pecking away, little by little.

Bolted up the torque converter
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/9029623388_ae7f9a5b68_z.jpg)

Then the inspection cover/reinforcing collar
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8543/9027394127_c44ba35a98_z.jpg)

Next, the cooler lines
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/9029623464_a90a645d15_z.jpg)

Then electrical connections and the shift cable
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/9027394157_ac55275999_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8407/9029623416_70c6eea875_z.jpg)

Had to work a little late and I was tired and in need of beer, so I stopped there. The pan/filter will wait for tomorrow ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 09, 2013, 08:02:57 PM
Got the Jeep reassembled and moving under its own power - mostly. Have to take apart the right rear wheel as either the discs or the shoes are seized. Unsurprising because it has been sitting for over a year and a half.

Pan (before I put magnet back) with drain plug installed
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/9052838821_558a15bd9c_z.jpg)

Mopar filter and o-ring installed
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5342/9052838879_d897097300_z.jpg)

Pan installed & rtv curing
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/9052838967_abf6baafb1_z.jpg)

Transfer case bolted up
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5464/9052839083_128f9cd681_z.jpg)

New transfer case position sensor in and hooked up - old was gritty and crunchy and lied to the gauge cluster
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9052839171_821a6621ea_z.jpg)

Transfer case cable hooked up
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5344/9052839245_31148c9f7f_z.jpg)

Rear driveshaft installed - and you can just see the muffler to y-pipe flange is bolted up
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9052863885_42e82e7f6a_z.jpg)

Diff end, front driveshaft
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/9052863931_5bfca849b4_z.jpg)

Transfer case end
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2820/9052863975_2a9eaafaed_z.jpg)

New front oxygen sensors, oldish rear oxygen sensors hooked up. Filled the transfer case before I put it up with the tranny jack - much easier. Put 3 qts in the tranny, then filled as needed to full - took 9 qts. Will re-check again. Haven't put it back on the ground because of the rear brake issue; will as soon as that's clear. I don't want to drive it around the yard except to get it to the driveway because of the quick learn thing. Don't want to burn this one up...


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 09, 2013, 09:12:21 PM
Busy, busy!  Doing good.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 14, 2013, 06:11:41 PM
Put the 'new' cargo cover in place - now guns & ammo will be under cover ;)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5496/9046977714_5b28a178dc_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on June 19, 2013, 04:17:55 PM
Drove the Jeep around in the yard for the first time   ;D

Have to re-bolt the y-pipe to muffler flange and hope that seals it up as there's a bit of a leak there. Have to bleed the brakes as the pedal's a bit unresponsive and have to replace the rear rotors and pads (might have to do the front too). I warmed it up and ran it through the gears so I could check the fluid level first and it was perfect. Went right into gear, no slush, engine flare or clunk.

Then it's ready (I hope) to switch the title over, get inspection tags and get it MD inspected and full 2-year stickers. Phew ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on June 19, 2013, 08:36:02 PM
Just about done!  You been busy.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 08, 2013, 08:10:42 PM
Got the pine sap off, then my boss paid the wash dude next door to hand wash, wax and buff, vacuum and clean the Jeep.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/9110546026_6b441ca402_z.jpg)

I went from this
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2888/9108480139_42f2095d06_z.jpg)

To this
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/9109862145_87fdbcc46e_z.jpg)

Thanks to simple rubbing alcohol. It dissolves the stuff and didn't damage the clearcoat (thanks BMW forum). Pine sap came from the untreated pine board roof of their garage.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 08, 2013, 08:13:50 PM
Did the title work and got inspection tags. Inspection is next, but tires were first (never heard of Neptune?). The Jeep slipped in rain, so I bought a set of Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S to put on instead.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9217787778_f7dbfda52a_z.jpg)

I've put almost 200 miles on them, all this past weekend, and I love them. Lots. Got 18.5 mpg even with them in mixed driving. And drove in pouring rain without a single slip.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/9217787896_39ec7584cf_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 08, 2013, 08:18:50 PM
I have to do front brakes before inspection, since they're at 2/32 with a bad rust lip on the rotor. Rears are at 6/32 with the same rust lip, so I'm doing both. Parking brake shoes are supposedly fine. I'll find out when I remove the rear rotors.

Power Stop Evolution ceramic pads (ceramic is OEM spec) with rotors that won't warp with the ceramic pads are in hand....well, the rears are here. The front rotors will be in tomorrow, then I can dig in.

Then on to inspection.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 13, 2013, 05:16:00 PM
Replaced the front brakes on my Liberty...

Passenger side
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2867/9277716205_841ce49249_z.jpg)

Driver's side
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2837/9277716301_fb579b4314_z.jpg)

Old crap
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/9277716407_f9a195f5da_z.jpg)


Did that after we replaced the AC compressor, evacuated, pulled a deep vacuum, charged...all the good stuff on the bf's cousin's '06 Liberty. The dark green (no idea what the color's called), grey leather interior, EVIC, 4 hi part time - pretty loaded. Only has 19,000 miles on it. He bought it with 16,000 about 6 months ago. Who could put only 16,000 miles on a Liberty in 7 years? I don't get it.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on July 13, 2013, 06:37:47 PM
Was it a 3rd or 4th car?
Should be just about broke in.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 13, 2013, 06:53:29 PM
Had to be. He bought it from a dealer as a trade-in. The engine compartment looks like it just came from the factory (no corrosion, no rust, no discoloration of anything). Underneath, though, has a good bit of rust. Not as bad as mine, but still. We think it was kept parked on grass.

However, a car that sat that much has its own issues. Like an AC compressor clutch that failed with 19,000 miles on it.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on July 23, 2013, 05:44:48 PM
Failed inspection this morning because the rear brakes were too rusty. I was afraid of that, but it was too brutal to do them last week in my backyard (no garage). Today was slightly less hot and less humid, with a bit of a breeze, so I did it after work.

Same as the fronts; Power Stop Evolution ceramic pads, Bendix rotors.

Out with the old...
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/9352814499_2ce0e69fed_z.jpg)

In with the new…
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5519/9352814565_bf4fb2b516_z.jpg)

The inspector told me I'd done a good job sanding/wire brushing and rust converting. He said I missed a couple spots on the brake lines, so he did them for me ;)

This is why these guys inspect all my vehicles.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 10, 2013, 09:58:34 AM
How is the new vehicle doing?


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 10, 2013, 10:13:32 AM
Running great.

I got a set of Mopar skid plates from a guy who upgraded; just need to sand, prime and paint them and bolt them up.

Still have the front differential oil to change, the belt & tensioner to replace (after I clean up the pulleys a bit) and the sway bar end links and bushings to replace.

I'm very happy with it ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 10, 2013, 06:36:40 PM
Very good!


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 12, 2013, 03:40:31 PM
Picked up a set of rock rails - cheap!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/9495695327_2fb7e3024d_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/9498494124_6a4640c3b6_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/9495695119_a07c03593c_z.jpg)

Guy was going to modify his Grand Cherokee to put them on but changed his mind. Now I don't have to remove, sand, prime and paint mine!


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 12, 2013, 05:24:34 PM
Good deal! Less work and quicker.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 12, 2013, 05:39:00 PM
Exactly ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 18, 2013, 09:28:18 PM
Drove it - a lot - this weekend. Got 18.1 mpg in mixed driving, 21.2 straight highway. Both with all 3 of us and stuff in the back.

Not so bad :)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 20, 2013, 06:27:59 PM
Got the emissions 'test' on the Jeep today - good to go for 2 years.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 20, 2013, 06:45:42 PM
Sounds like it was worth the investment! Including labor too.
 ;D


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 20, 2013, 07:01:43 PM
Definitely ;)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 24, 2013, 10:57:35 AM
Changed the front diff oil today, wiped out all the remains of bug eggs (the weird tiny little translucent orange/red clusters) that gathered while I was trying to get out the cigarette smoke and cleaned the inside of the windshield.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 25, 2013, 09:32:34 AM
Got this in yesterday and did a quickie test on the Astro (Jeep's at the back of the yard  :D )

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5469/9589396765_e2f19ce949_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/9589396943_1602c977db_z.jpg)

With a real antenna, it'll be perfect. All I had for the quickie test was a magnetic mount. We had taken the big antenna off the RV so we could put the tarp on it for storage, so that was out.

I like that it's convertible, coming with the mobile mount (12v adapter with antenna adapter together, making it even shorter), a regular 6-battery compartment and an 8-battery rechargeable compartment with AC charger. Has a button to switch to NOAA weather, a button to switch between channels 9, 19 and whatever you're on, will monitor 2 channels you set, etc.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 25, 2013, 11:58:23 AM
They get smaller all the time!
I used to be into CB'S big time but don't even use one any more.
Still a couple of old base radios and one mobile still in the box.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 25, 2013, 03:09:22 PM
Don't they, though?

They really only come in handy when you're traveling in a convoy or playing off-road.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on September 07, 2013, 01:20:50 PM
Out with the old....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7432/9696134670_d349bdedaf_z.jpg)

And in with the new
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3709/9696134770_358b951a0b_z.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/9696134894_bc752d5da1_z.jpg)

Amazing how much better the Jeep looks without the rusty rails.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on September 13, 2013, 08:18:05 PM
Swapped out the RBK headunit for an RAZ headunit. Cassette adapter backup for Sirius or iPod in case the box takes a dump, plus easier bass/treble and fade/balance controls.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7425/9738937060_07d84f53d9_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on September 13, 2013, 08:59:13 PM
I need to get a radio too. Mine works sometimes then don't for weeks at a time.
 ???


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on September 13, 2013, 09:04:19 PM
Now that would irritate the hell out of me. Must have tunes.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on September 22, 2013, 04:35:00 PM
Yesterday, the bf cleaned, degreased and lightly sandblasted the Mopar skids, then put a light coat of rust converter on.

Today, put dark primer on and let each side bake in the sun. Tomorrow, will start putting coats of Rustoleum Professional gloss on.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5500/9884349266_fa19e1dde8_z.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/9884350326_f274e45892_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on September 22, 2013, 05:11:55 PM
Looks like you'll have it all ready for winter.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on September 23, 2013, 03:05:26 PM
Working on it ;)

Got a couple coats of paint on the skids…

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7368/9904004366_09f712b713_z.jpg)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9904105153_825f46cf19_z.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/9904003886_9e97dc266d_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 01, 2014, 03:00:57 PM
How is it doing, Leeann?


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on March 01, 2014, 04:02:07 PM
Just fine, Charlie. Until this incredibly stupid winter goes away, no work on the Jeep. We're about to get slammed with more tomorrow into Mon :(

I have quick struts, sway bar bushings & end links for the front, shocks and parking brake shoes & hardware for the rear. And front driveshaft CV head to replace. Plus, of course, to bolt up the skids.

And none of it will get done until the snow, ice and cold disappears.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on March 01, 2014, 06:59:07 PM
Yep, good old winter.  We're supposed tonight thru early Monday morning.
I'm ready for spring!


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 29, 2014, 02:33:42 PM
In the meantime, I've replaced the sway bar end links and bushings, rebuilt the front driveshaft CV joint and replaced the passenger front wheel hub/bearing assembly. Shocks and quickstruts still to be installed.

CV head, before:
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2895/14678970402_2be17ea6ab_z.jpg)

After:
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3838/14656290626_5cedb59d0c_z.jpg)

End link after
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3684/14278007915_23a5cc650d_z.jpg)

Bushing after:
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/14278009475_1ed580b570_z.jpg)

New bearing (Timken)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/14298200003_a887f43248_z.jpg)

New vs old (OEM)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/14091358599_288ab6ee18_z.jpg)

And a new belt and tensioner/idler assembly
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/14095057932_d6234de4cd_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Charlie1935 on August 30, 2014, 08:30:40 AM
Looks like you'll have it ready for winter this year.


Title: Re: 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade
Post by: Leeann on August 30, 2014, 03:59:11 PM
Did great last winter. I'm just catching up on maintenance. My best friend & her husband are not mechanical in any way; they have to take it to someone to have stuff done, so regular wear items get lost in the shuffle.

At least this summer hasn't been nearly as nasty as last summer. We had something like 12 days over 100° and 20 days just below 100° last summer.