Yet another thing I never did before…

I never ordered away for fancy aftermarket shock absorbers.


I’ve gone through three sets of stock rear shocks in less than two years – granted the third set is still working but it’s only a matter of time because they’re just clearly too short. The jounce is fine but the rebound is murder, pulling them right off the Jeep. So I wiped away a tear and spent some of my housesitting money on these, and we’ll see if that helps.

I’m still procrastinating on leaving the Jeep in town for a week or two to get the fuel and cooling systems fixed once and for all but it’s pretty clear it’ll have to happen before long, whether I drive the jeep there or have it towed. There’s a new nasty front-of-the-engine noise I suspect is coming from the already leaking water pump, and I’m absolutely not willing to replace that in the driveway.

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8 Responses to Yet another thing I never did before…

  1. Zelda says:

    Is anything on a Jeep ever “fixed once and for all”???? Oh hahahahahaha and guffaw. Remember what Jeep stands for: Just Empty Every Pocket
    and be ready to do it again. And again. And again…

  2. Ben says:

    It looks like that is a fan belt-driven water pump rather than being part of your valve train, but still a frozen water pump would turn your issues into a tow job. So yea, get-er done.

  3. flatlandclimber says:

    Do the water pump yourself.

    If you can handle shocks and diy solar power, the water pump is no big deal.

  4. Klaus says:

    Joel, has that Jeep been lifted in the past? A suspension lift will require longer travel shocks while a body lift lets you maintain stock suspension except the pitman arm I guess. I’m thinking it has a small lift kit and that’s why you are ripping out stock shocks.

  5. terrapod says:

    I second flatlandclimber on the pump, easy job and if you use some red rtv instead of a gasket (follow the instructions) it will never leak until the main shaft seal and bearings fail again. Double check that the pulley is inline with whatever drives it too.

  6. Joel says:

    Yeah, the Jeep has a lift kit but I don’t know more than that. According to the story I heard it came this way from the dealership.

  7. The Neon Madman says:

    If you are worried about driving the Jeep yourself, you could ask someone else to do it for you, no?

To the stake with the heretic!