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blackpepper 09-14-2011 03:10 PM

Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Coolant leaks, brakes and some other things to consider. That's what's on my mind for the last few weeks. I've been so busy lately, haven't had time to sign on and participate on the forum but I was hoping to receive some participation from you all. I have a Jeep and it needs to be fixed, often more than I wish to admit. I just ran out of my warranty a few hundred miles ago and I'm due for some work on the rig.

I need new brakes and rotors on all four corners. I want those black rotors that I've seen here on the forum, but I can't find them anywhere. I'm not concerned about slotted or drilled rotors, I just want a tried and true company that I can purchase from without worrying about the source of the metal and it's quality. I've always bought OEM and I'm not far from going down that route again, but what pads should I buy?

The EGR valve is also on the list. Has anyone compared the "auto parts store" EGR to the Mopar unit? Is there any difference in quality between the two?

Spark plugs are on my list, I plan on buying them again from ROCKAUTO.. I bought sixteen plugs last time for under $30 and I was really happy to have them installed for $127 in labor. For anyone reading, I bought Champion 570 copper plugs.

Water pump. This is another issue I'm at a loss over. If it turns out that my water pump is bad, the new one to be replaced will be my third pump. I guess this is something a shop has to do to test the system when it is cold to determine if the coolant leakage issue I've been having is due to the pump, hoses or the radiator (any known radiator issues out there?). I bought a JET thermostat, and I was getting leakage after a while so I bought another one plus many clamps for various hoses to make sure they're on tight but it still leaks like crazy and occasionally the needle will point due north on hotter days with the A/C on. No major overheating issues to note. How much is a water pump?

I have a crack in my valve stem on my right rear tire. I need to add air every few days and I was wondering where is the best place to get one for a TPMS equipped Jeep?

I'm probably going to change all of the o2 sensors because I get the occasional P 013A code which has something to do with the sensors.

This is a list of things that I need to purchase, and I would like to have all the parts and just dump them and this laundry list on my speed shop for them to fix. Then after that I'm prepared to pay for anything else that they notice (I've contemplated a brake and coolant flush).

I plan on tweaking my CMR tune that I haven't had installed for months now.. (, but first things first is to make this Jeep feel like new again. I have 86k miles on heem and I would like to have it ready to tackle another eighty-six.

Things that I have done to this point is the 4x4 service and oil changes. The transmission was serviced at 55k miles and I think I'll change the fluids down there next year. I've looked at wkjeeps for other things to do, and I'm running out of ideas. I have the extra cash to knock all this out so if you all have any opinions or ideas that I've missed, let me know and I'll try to check back.

I appreciate the insight and thank you for the help.

01grand 09-14-2011 03:46 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
I believe the rotors you are referring to come from r1concepts, a vendor here. Their premium line comes with a black e-coating on the non friction surfaces and they come in drilled, slotted, both, and neither. Pads you will have to read others reviews on, I prefer ceramic for their low noise and less visible dust on the wheels, but they dont always seem to stop as well until they are warmed up.

If you are near a discount tire shop they should be able to replace the valve stem no problem.

I dont know enough about the hemi to be of much help on the rest of your list, but when you fix whatever is leaking in the coolant system you might as well flush it then when you will be draining part of the system anyway.

Also, I have heard Jeeps are picky about o2 sensors and dont like aftermarket, especially Bosch. They have kinda been on my list but no codes yet so I have put them off. On my WJ I believe the OE sensors are made by Denso, so buying that brand somewhere other than the dealer should be ok, but I'm not sure if they changed that for the WK.

Good luck with everything and remember: Just Empty Every Pocket! :lol:

r1concepts 09-15-2011 01:00 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Hey Black Pepper,

I believe you are referring to our premium series rotors which comes in black e-coating on the non friction surfaces. You can find our group buy pricing here:
Depending on what you want in a brake pads: low dust, low noise, braking power, or extended life. Let me know and I will direct you to the best pad for what you need.

If you have any questions regarding brakes, please feel free to send me a PM.


blackpepper 09-15-2011 06:38 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Thank you very much! Do you offer the black coating on non premium rotors? Just curious.

I bought a TPMS valve stem/sensor off eBay for thirty. I found a new Mopar Egr valve on eBay for sixty seven. Ordered plugs. I got an oil change yesterday and added seafoam to my full tank. Now just gotta find time to have the coolant system looked at.....

JeepCoop 09-15-2011 06:47 PM

Damn son das a lot to do!! Git er done :)

blackpepper 09-15-2011 06:54 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Sure is! You know I have been stalling big time. Dude, put seafoam in yiur tank. I think its getting the Shit out. Very happy. I already seafoamed the booster line and crank case and right before my next oil change I will do it again.

JeepCoop 09-15-2011 06:55 PM

Snap really?! Is it easy? And finally, where'd ya get it? Lol it's the one thing I haven't done

blackpepper 09-15-2011 06:58 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Ya I read a great writeup on an ls1 forum. Just pour, no funnel. Full tank! Once the gas nozzle clicks, just add seafoam and hit the trails to slosh it up and mix it up good lol. Don't fill up until the gas light comes on or else you'll just dilute the solution.

JeepCoop 09-15-2011 07:01 PM

Hmmm ok sounds easy enough. Where did you get it??

blackpepper 09-15-2011 07:04 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help
Any auto store bro. Found a can on sale for seven bones.

JeepCoop 09-15-2011 07:08 PM

Coo I'll go check it. Was gonna do a lil night sesh n check all the lights lol thanks brotha maing

Chaoul1 09-15-2011 07:21 PM

Re: Feeling like a newb, busy these days and need some help is a great place to buy your Waterpump unless you know of another place.

Greg...Seafoam is fun when you put it into your Vacuum line haha.

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