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#5952 of 23397 My Water Leak, etc...
Jun 25, 2002 (4:52 am)
I've had my 1999 Sahara since May and it's been essentially trouble free. However, a couple of weeks ago I noticed a musty smell in the interior. Further investigation revealed that the right floorboards were completely water soaked. I checked the JeepsUnlimited Wrangler forum which led me to suspect that the culprit was the design of the A/C evaporator drain tube - a fix which was addressed by a TSB which called for fitting the drain tube with a rubber elbow. I am fortunate to have a couple of local shops which let me use their Alldata systems to check TSBs and such so I easily obtained the part number and ordered it from my local dealer. The TSB calls for securing the elbow with a cable tie but being half German and overly anal about my vehicles I used a stainless hose clamp to ensure that the tube stays put. Prior to the installation I had driven the Jeep for 1.5 hours in dry conditions with the A/C going full blast and I found that in that short time a significant amount of water had accumulated in the right floorboard. We'll see if the elbow fixes the problem. On an unrelated note, I fitted the Sahara with WeatherTech rubber floor mats. The front ones fit and look great. The rear ones are of the cut-to-fit type and are a little big even after they're trimmed. That said, I really like them. I was going to get Jeep mats but no Louisville dealers stock them- how ridiculous.
#5953 of 23397 Twylie - Footman Loop
Jun 25, 2002 (6:11 am)
Twylie- Thanks for your advice a while back on the bikini top. I finally ordered it yesterday, so I should have it for the weekend. My question is this- I don't have a footman loop on my 02 Wrangler. Is this something I can pick up locally at the hardware store? I'd hate to have to pay shipping for something that can't cost more than a couple of bucks.
Is this normal to not be included with the Jeep? I also don't have the straps to roll up the rear window (not that I would very often) - just wondering if I got jipped... Thanks in advance.
#5954 of 23397 mwarren - footman/straps
Jun 25, 2002 (10:31 am)
I would have thought you should have a footman loop inside the top of the windshield. The owners manual shows that to be how the windshield is held in place while folded down. If you don't have one, you should be able to get one at the dealer for not much $. I'd ask them to provide and install it for free unless the '02 have a different method of securing the windshield. It appears to be pop riveted into the windshield frame. Sounds like it may have been missed during assembly on yours. If it was, don't feel bad; I counted a few things on ours that shouldn't have slipped by Quality Control. I chalk it up to "it's a Jeep, not a Lexus".
As for the straps to hold the rear window, I don't use mine since I remove the window. One option might be to unzip the sides of the rear window and see if you can secure it to the soundbar/sport bar. Maybe velcro or some snaps to hold it up under the rear of the soft top. I will say that the factory provided straps to hold down the windshield and the ones to keep the rear seat pulled forward are OK, but not that great. I bought a roll of double sided velcro and use it for securing anything that needs to be lashed down or held in place. It was cheap at Home Depot and I just cut a strip to length anytime I need to tie soemthing down. I think I've got about 4 or 5 lengths in the Jeep right now.
Check to see if the other '02 Wrangers are like this the next time you go to the dealership; maybe you can get them to take care of you if yours is "unique".
Jun 25, 2002 (10:51 am)
Check out the X. It gives you most of what is best about the Sport but is still a bit cheaper.
Jun 25, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Thanks- I think I'll have to pay the dealer a visit tomorrow morning. As for the Window straps- I remove mine also, but was just being curious if that was something else they forgot...Good ideas with the velcro, though.
#5957 of 23397 dwrangler-2003
Jun 25, 2002 (2:34 pm)
dwrangler, When I went to my dealer to order my '03 I asked for a copy of all the equipment that was available. He gave me a copy and also a copy of all the standard stuff for the Wrangler model line. This was for the '03's. Really not much changed if you don't consider the Rubicon. Some of the changes are that you can now order 4 wheel disc brakes as opposed to disc front and drum rear. I thought that was a good idea and ordered them on mine. I also ordered the new self dimming rear view mirror with compass and temperature. They do not have any prices yet so you kind of order blind. We have an agreement on price relative to invoice. I just don't know how much the new brakes will cost because they have never been offered before. The other new items are mostly interior refinements that have been previously discussed and are standard. I understand there are some new colors. On my copy it list the '03 colors as black clear coat, brilliant silver metallic clear coat, flame red clear coat, inca gold clear coat, intense blue clear coat, light khaki metallic clear coat, patriot blue clear coat, shale green metallic clear coat, sienna pearl clear coat and stone white clear coat. The one I ordered is a new one. I saw the Inca gold on a PT Cruiser. They did offer it on that car for '02. I think it is really sharp and will look good with all the black to accent it. Along with you I am looking forward to seeing the new prices so I know about where I will stand on cost. I already have a buyer for my '99 Dakota so I will just do the courtesy trade thing to save on the sales tax difference. To this point everything seems to be going my way. Hope it stays that way. I should have my VON tomorrow. Wasn't able to get it today because my salesman was off today. Hope this info helps you. Tom
#5958 of 23397 bama is still here
Jun 25, 2002 (5:03 pm)
Helloo jeepers..sorry i havent posted in a while, Been busy here, big holiday coming up & vaction after that WOOHOO.
Also been working on a NEW web site
check it out. its not perfect, but its a start.
Please post your personal web sites too.. we should link them together
HAPPY bday deb!!
congrats to all who got new jeeps or ordered theirs.. The family is growing!!
Jun 25, 2002 (6:35 pm)
If you don't plan on going offroad, you might be happier in maybe a Sebring convertible. They ride nicer on road, are quieter, and have an electric top. They also probably get 10 mpg better gas mileage.
FWIW, I see a bright red, older Wrangler every weekend going up and down my street with a bald dad in front, and a bald baby in back, both smiling!
Jun 25, 2002 (9:31 pm)
I noticed the gearshift knob on my 5-speed has slowly rotated clockwise, so now the I-5 diagram is sideways. Has this happened to anyone else? Anyone try stylish replacement gearshift knobs like the ones in the Quadratec catalog? Since I have a Solar Yellow Jeep, I was considering one that's black and yellow. It's kinda pricey though - around $65!
Jun 25, 2002 (9:47 pm)
While we're on the topic, is there any special trick to getting the original knob off? I'd been thinking about replacing it with something a little more stylish, but that stock knob is on there TIGHT! I tried torquing it loose with my hands, but it wasn't budging. I considered trying something more forceful, but was hesitant about damaging something....