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Paint the lock black.

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Paint the lock black.

 

i considered it! but since it's chrome and on the front of the jeep, i don't think paint would last a month.

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wow - it's been a while since i updated this again!

 

 

here in Phoenix, we mostly just hideout inside with the A/C cranked this time of year. however, we did get above the Mogollon rim a couple times to camp with the Offroad Passport folks.

 

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we've also been busy moving to the north-west edge of town - which makes for some great sunset views and awesome storms.

 

this was taken nearby on Sonoran Desert Drive, my favorite way to get home now.

 

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there's lots of wildlife out here too!

 

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in less exciting news, someone changed lanes into me. so Gadget nows has a couple little dents under the passenger door but no good rock-crawling story to blame them on! the rock rail did take most of the hit, which definitely saved her from severe body damage.

 

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she also got a check engine light a couple weeks ago with a P0306 code (cylinder 6 misfire). it cleared out on it's on after a few days. the dealer looked at her under the 5yr/60k mile warranty but only did a software update. there's supposedly a TSB saying to perform a specific flash for this year and that DTC. she was and still is running fine, so we'll see - i certainly hope it's not the first indicator of something major.

 

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i'm really glad it's starting to at least cool off most evenings after the monsoons roll through - might actually want to get outside and do some new projects soon!

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Well that sucks! Stupid Phoenician drivers.

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Bummer on the lane change K, from the photo it looks like a lot of the scratches will buff out.

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went camping this weekend, more photos here...

 

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also the misfire came back yesterday... dealer is replacing the entire head!

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this Monday i went to pull out of a parking lot and Gadget hesitated. the check engine light came back on immediately and i pulled the same P0306 code (misfire on #6) as a few weeks ago. this time i drove straight over to the dealership while the light was still on.

 

they ended up replacing the entire left cylinder head and valves assembly (part number 68227451AA). it was all covered under the 5yr/65k mile powertrain warranty.

 

i'm a little unclear on what exactly the root problem was, i need to talk with my service advisor again. i do know that cylinder #6 failed the compression and leak-down tests at 75 PSI / 28% leak-down.

 

i picked her up first thing this morning, but right away i found that at every stop, the RPMs would dip down once before settling at idle speed. i also noticed a couple other minor issues that are likely unrelated, but either way she's still at the dealer.

 

 

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got her back Friday, seems to run fine now.

 

i looked over the engine quickly and found they didn't tighten the clamp on the air intake tube attaching it to the throttle body (at all, just hanging loose)... along with one air box clip not fastened and several of the wiring harness clips are broken - they didn't even re-attach all the ones they didn't break. this has been a typical experience for me with Airpark Jeep.

 

the parts list included a head & valves assembly, but other than that it's mainly just gaskets. looks like they re-used the camshafts.

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Who ever did the job obviously has no pride in their work and that’s such a shame. Even getting paid flat rate is no excuse for no pride.

 

The retainer clips Chrysler uses can be a PITA and brittle to boot. I’ve broken plenty over the years.

However, there is no excuse for not fastening the wiring harness back to the stock location preferably with black tie strap so the rengineering is less noticeable.

 

Did they say what the problem was with RPMs dipping after the head replacement?

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Did they say what the problem was with RPMs dipping after the head replacement?

 

service advisor said they couldn't find any problem when they tested it, and it was ok when i picked it up. they had replaced the air filter for me as it was dirty and they comp'd it due to my dissatisfaction with a previous visit.

 

a different tech that just happened to be in the advisor's office at the time said the guy who worked on my rig might not have cleared all the adaptive configs in the computer and so it could have just been taking a little time to re-learn some of the adjustments it had previously stored to deal with the original problem.

 

as far as the root issue, the advisor said that "the head was worn where the cams sit, but the cam profile measured out ok, and that's why they replaced the head"... that doesn't make a ton of sense to me unless a bearing froze up and the cam was spinning the entire bearing? or i guess if a bearing cap was slightly loose then things could have wobbled around enough to wear the head?

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