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Old 09-17-2013, 03:47 PM
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Wife Panic

I got a panicked call from my wife yesterday afternoon telling me to get into town right now, she was stranded at the convenience store, something about the Jeep shutting itself off, she wasn't going to go into details but she insisted I come right now! I got into the Oldsmobile and drove to town wondering and worrying about her the whole way. As I pulled into Casey's I saw our Jeep Cherokee sitting between the pumps closest to the store at a strange angle with my wife sitting in it. I parked the Olds and walked over to her. I saw the problem, the turn signal was pointed straight up and the key was pointed down. I told her we should push it out of the way and she told me I wouldn't be able to steer it. I began to push it backwards, turning the wheels as I went. She saw that it would indeed turn and helped me push. We got it out of the way and I took a good look at it. One of her friends came up and they started chatting away. She told the friend that I would probably haul it home to work on it. The friend wondered how I would haul it and my wife replied, "He will just drag it home with a tractor."

I was wishing that I would have drove the pickup in so I would have had some tools with but the car is a lot faster and she had me worried so I didn't want to mess with firing up the diesel. I did happen to have a hammer and garden sheers in the Jeep and I used them to break the plastic cover on the non-tilt part of the steering column so I could access the switch rod. I had the Jeep running in a couple of minutes and drove it home.

From what I gather on the internet there are 4 bolts that have a tendency to loosen up in these columns. I fished one out that was laying loose in the plastic cover. I bet they all worked out. I ordered a special tilt wheel pin puller from NAPA but it didn't come in today since they had to order it from Omaha since they were out in Des Moines. When the puller comes in tomorrow I can pull it apart and fix it. I have a wrecked parts Jeep just in case I can't find all the bolts or if it's too worn.

I have a great wife but she doesn't like to deal with breakdowns.

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Old 09-17-2013, 04:31 PM
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I hear ya.

My wife still complains about the day I had her stick her comb in the choke to get my old '68 Torino to fire up. (351C w/ a 3310 Holley)

This was in response to a panic call in 1980 or so ...
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:45 PM
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Our ZJ developed the dreaded p0351 stall issue. I resoldered the board inside the pcm and now it runs fine but my old lady is too shell shocked to drive it anymore. Now it's going to new home after owning it for 6 months and I get to pay craigslist markup on a low mileage import sedan... I feel your pain.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:59 PM
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Jeeze, you guys have it easy, I get a call that she bumped into someone leaving the park and ride after work, said the breaks felt "funny"
I get there, the brake light is on (1988 tempo) and the half the master is dry . She says its been on for weeks but she forgot to tell me. Blown rear brake line.....unreal.....weeks!
Then 6 months later calls and says her van (aerostar) made a funny noise, then Seemed to run over something and smoke and quit. I rush home, she has walked already cause its a few blocks away from where it broke, we drive to it together, and guess what she ran over? Most of a con rod and piston......big exit wound in the block..... ask her how long was it knocking for? She says.....again.......a few weeks........sigh.....it did however fire up with your foot on the floor and make it home......at 15mph.....smokmg.......and shaking.......yep......18 happy years......but my wife is not a "car girl" lol
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:06 PM
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Is she still a Ford fan, bygddy?

(Sorry couldn't resist.)
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:56 AM
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Is she still a Ford fan, bygddy?

(Sorry couldn't resist.)
Lol....drives an 09 Charger now......
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