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Broken Hood Latch

How do I open the hood if my latch cable broke?

  1. reach up underneath between electrical fan and move the hood latch rod bracket with your thumb.   Video
  2. or remove the front header panel/grill 

 

Rear Wiper replacement

Upgrade

2007-2011 GMC Acadia - modern looking.  Some say they've seen them snap too easily.

Long Arm Suspensions

Mfr Price Pros Cons
DirtBound - 3 Link 825.00
  • Rubber joints on the axle side - smoother ride
  • 4th link can be added
Rubber joints limit flex
IRO Rock-Link (3 Link) 829.99  

Engine

Knocking Noises

  1. Check Starter Bolts
  2. Check Flex Plate Bolts to make sure they are tight
  3. Check for cracks in the Flex Plate

Overheating

  1. Bad Waterpump especially if it happens at high speed
  2. Worn fan clutch (if overheating at slow speeds) 
  3. Broken or missing fan shroud
  4. Clogged Radiator
  5. Air trapped in the upper radiator hose.   Disconnect and burp the system.
  6. Transmission (the cooling lines connect to the radiator)

Troubleshooting your steering

Infamous Death Wobble

  1. Tires out of balance
  2. Improper tire pressure
  3. Worn tires or broken belts
  4. Bad Alignment
  5. Loose Trackbar bolts at frame or axle end
  6. Worn trackbar bushings
  7. Worn Tierod ends

Wandering

  1. Loose or worn tie rod ends
  2. Bad alignment
  3. Loose trackbar
  4. Worn tires 
  5. Worn ball joints 

Pulsating steering wheel during turns

  1. Bad axle u-joints in front axle

Whining when turning 

  1. Low power steering fluid

Chevy S10 Steering Box

Some XJ owners swap out their steering boxes for a 2004 Chevy S10 steering box.

  1. Same fitment 
  2. Stronger

S10 vs Durango Box

  1. S10 uses bearings vs Bushings 
  2. S10 comes with an extra bearing
  3. S10 is supposedly stronger than the Durango box

 

Power Windows

Power Windows Not Working

  1. Check the fuses
  2. If only one window doesn't work, its likely the Window Motor that needs to be replaced.

Slow Power Windows

If your window takes forever to roll up, lubricate your window tracks.

XJ Window Parts List

  • 97 and up - 4 door

    • Driver Side front:

Steering pulls to the right on acceleration

  1. Check your tire pressure and make sure both sides are equal
  2. Check for loose leaf spring ubolts
  3. Check leaf spring bushings
  4. Check for loose steering components
  5. Check for broken leaf spring

Durango Steering Box for the XJ

There are two possible part numbers for the Durango Steering box. 

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