Originally Posted by pracso
Have 93 grand air in abs system ,not going to pay main dealer to cycle valves ...So need advice guidance on bypassing system so I can bleed without issue ..Thankfully I'm old enough to remember pumping the brakes with my ABS leg when not wanting to lock up the brakes so no Biggy if removed...Any one done it??? Cheers
My ABS system on your 97 ZJ failed just out of new car warranty. The cost of a replacement new computer board was well over $1,000.00 not considering going through and checking each break sensor. Fortunately, I live in the desert and only rarely when traveling back to Illinois or Minnesota in late fall or winter did I have to deal with slick road conditions. Finally she's almost 19 years oold and while I was doing some major renovations did I decide to look for a used computer board. None of the mechanic who worked on my 4.0L 6-Cylinder ZJ would disconnect the ABS light and for nearly 15 years since it went bad I would block the warning light with my eyeglass case. I was driving through Colorado a few times and hit slick roads but like you, I'm older and always knew how to pump my brakes or steer into a skid.
I replaces the board from a dismantler for around $400 and don't know if I will ever have a need to use the ABS system but at least it's working again.
I keep my ZJ in excellent condition and am willing to do what it requires including keeping all receipts, repair records the original sticker window price paper and manuals in case it ever makes it to a collectable. My love for this car kept growing the day I paid off the Chrysler 0% 60 month loan. The 4.0L in-line six is a basic combustion engine and easier than many of the newer cars to repair. Every time I think of how nice the new backup cameras or blind spot warning add one appear I find that there is a decent aftermarket kit I can add.
Had a huge fight with my family one year my wife needed to go from Southern California to Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and then on to Chicago to visit family around Thanksgiving. I like to drive and take on of my Golden Retrievers who is a therapy dog for me. I choose to invest in all the major repairs the ZJ needed rather than fly and rent cars. I'm really glad I did. Even if you add in the hotel rooms during the trip it was not only cheaper than flying but my Jeep was brought back to life again after only 153,000 miles in 16 years at the time. I had a few problems along the way but they got fixed and at the time (end of 2014) gas prices hit an all time low. Even took a photo in Missouri on my trip home when Regular hit $1.99 a gallon.
So not only did we save money on travel, the same money went into long term repairs. I don't know how to post on the Web gallery and probably many of those on the forums have seen these before but these pictures were taken between 2014 and the present.
Maggie is my Travel Therapy dog and this was taken in 2014 while at the hotel by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota when it hit -21 degrees below zero at the start of November. The next shot is her couch bed in the hotel room and she was 12 years old at the time.