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The Jeep Experience Newsletter, Issue #022
December 01, 2009
Welcome back to the Jeep Newsletter for "Real" everyday Jeep Lovers. Here at 4 The Love Of Jeeps I respect all Jeep enthusiasts from the hardcore racer or competitive extreme rock crawler, to the guy or gal who simply takes pride in his/her bone stock Jeep...just because it IS a Jeep.
Readers Jeeps of the Month
Lee from Utah and his 50 year old CJ5..Click Photo for More Info
Michael's cool big black modified Jeep Liberty..Click Photo to See More Info
Thanksgiving here in Texas was really nice this year. The traditional turkey and dressing proved delicious as always, with the addition of the not-so-traditional brisket and Mexican food choices (only in Texas!).
I have a lot to be thankful for, and although times are tough for many of us (economy, world affairs, job losses/cut-backs, uncertainty, etc.) we can always find many things to be grateful for..such as family, friends and loved ones. I am particularly thankful for YOU, the Jeep Community who have made this website so much fun to produce, and to those who have sent comments, questions, Jeep photos and great stories about YOUR Jeep experiences. You are most appreciated!
What's New at 4 The Love of Jeeps Headquarters
Well, if you got the last Newsletter I told you about my '87 Comanche needing a state inspection. Man I love these 4.0L engines! It passed the first go-round with flying colors.
From that inspection I realized that there are some simple tricks I have always used to increasing my odds of passing those confiscatory tax revenue producing regulations...so here are some useful tips which have always helped me.
Before an inspection try doing these at a minimum:
1) Change the oil and filters (air, oil and gas)
2) Put in new spark plugs with the appropriate gap
3) Get the motor up to peak temperature by driving around until the gauge reads at the warmest (normal) level. Even better...run on the highway at the highest legal speed..then pull into the inpection station with the engine good and warm.
4) Make sure your tires have at least the required minimum tread on each one.
5) Check all safety lighting such as headlights, parking lights, back-up lights and brake lights.
6) Check for cracked or worn windshield wiper blades and mechanisms.
7) Check the horn
8) Make sure brakes are functioning properly
By doing a simple tune-up, oil change and self-inspection you will have reduced (or eliminated) the fail rate of most emission and safety checklist items.
Oh, before I took the Comanche in for inspection I noticed a weak #1 cylinder which had fouled the spark plug over time. Even though I thought the Jeep was running okay, this cylinder was not firing completely.
When I changed the spark plugs...WOW!...there was a significant power boost and I now know why my gas mileage was lower by about 3 miles per gallon. So a little maintenance can pay big dividends.
I hope these tips help the next time you need an inspection. Each State has their own requirements, but the fundamentals remain essentially the same.
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As always...thanks for your support..and remember...just because you have a roll cage..doesn't mean you have to use it!
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