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#11947 of 23397 New Jeep...Questions
Jan 21, 2004 (1:48 pm)
I just purchased a brand new 2004 Wrangler
SE 5 speed manual a few days ago, having traded in a 97 Wranger.
I have two questions.
First, I've had a very hard time shifting
into first gear from a stop. Is this normal
for a brand new jeep; is this common? I really
have to force it into gear, which I don't
like to do. Every other gear shifts fine. It
seems to work much better if I shift into second,
then first from a stop, but that doesn't seem
Also, my SE did not come with factory installed
fog-lights. How hard would it be to install
them now. I know they switched to activating
them from the headlight stick, but my headlight
stick doesn't pull out since the fog lights weren't installed factory. Anyone installed
fog lights on a 2004 Wranger?
Thanks in advance...Shawn
Jan 21, 2004 (2:44 pm)
You can target shoot up in Los Padres National Forest as long as you are a quarter mile from a road and a mile from an established campground (I think). That means there are lots of people who target shoot (and hunt) around Frazier Park. Email me and I can give you some specific places that the locals go (also a couple of nice dirt roads and some fun hiking trails leading from them, one that goes to a walk in campground).
I think that the Angeles National Forest is more restrictive for target shooting, but I don't know that for a fact. There is another nice dirt road near Gorman (in Angeles National Forest) that is normally spectacular in the spring.
The pindle hitch can put up with more rough terrain than a regular ball hitch (as I remember from my past Army days). I also remember that military vehicles don't use the same voltage on their batteries (can't remember what they do use, though), so you would have to re-wire and probably change the lights on a military trailer, unless it was already done (the one on the posted link mentioned that it still needed re-wiring).
Jan 21, 2004 (3:11 pm)
Hi Shawn! Welcome to Jeep Wrangler and CONGRATS on that new Jeep!
I don't think what you describe is normal at all. You should not have so much trouble shifting into first gear, assuming you have the clutch depressed all the way. I would make the dealer fix it under warranty.
Can't help ya with your fog light question, but I'm sure some others in here can and will.
Once again, welcome! Stick around and become a regular here.
Have you hugged your Jeep today?
Jan 21, 2004 (3:56 pm)
Fog Lamp installation is a snap as an aftermarket installation.
I installed some IPF 968 foglamps (huge 7" lamps) in the stock location. If you have even a basic understanding of connecting wires and can run some around the engine bay through the firewall, you can do it easily. If you want I can shoot some pics of my installation (have to take em first) and show you how I did the installation. I have a 97 SE and did it in about an hour and a half (took my sweet time).
I can also point you to some good deals for those lights (or you could go with Jeep brand).
Installation for a 2004 I imagine would be virtually identical.
Jan 21, 2004 (5:32 pm)
I'm beginning to see "offroad" camping trailers around here at the dealers. These look just like any other camper except for the 31x10.50x15 tires on them. I see no reason why a local welder or utility trailer dealer couldn't build/order a typical 5x8 or 5x10, or any size trailer for that matter, with the larger tires on it. The only price increase I can see would be the cost of the extra lift springs and larger wheels and tires. You should be able to get a 5x8 for well under $1k.
#11953 of 23397 airbag light @ no horn
Jan 21, 2004 (6:02 pm)
Airbag light on horn not working. I've checked fuses and replaced horn relay. Still no change. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Harry
#11954 of 23397 airbag light @ no horn / hswintek
Jan 21, 2004 (6:34 pm)
Has the dashboard got wet recently?
The problem is likely to be related to the clockspring, either it's faulty or has developed a bad ground.
In case you're wondering, the clockspring allows the electrical components in the steering wheel to maintain a connection while the steering wheel is turned.
To replace it (it can't be repaired), the steering wheel needs to be removed, and therefore the airbag needs to be disconnected. This is more than entry level stuff, so you first need to get the solution independently verified.
If you want further explanation post again.
Jan 21, 2004 (7:06 pm)
mac_you're the man. thanks. gotta go for now. pressed for time. will get back to you .much appreaciated thanks again----sorry i'm a slow typer. harry
Jan 21, 2004 (7:17 pm)
Check my profile (click on my name) - my email address is public. I had forgotten that you are familiar with this area - one of the spots isn't far from Pinon Pines. Thanks for verifying that I was right about military using different voltage for their vehicles. After I posted the message I got to thinking that perhaps I wasn't really remembering correctly.
hswintek - what year is your Wrangler? The only reason I asked is that some '98 Wranglers had a problem where they would lose all dash gauges and the airbag light would go on. There's a very easy fix to it, but wouldn't apply if yours is newer than that.