Jeep Jeepster: Common Trouble Areas
The early Jeep Jeepster was known for its bold styling and praised for its performance. But even a road machine that’s highly acclaimed during its time has its own flaws. If you’ll be repairing or restoring a Jeepster, you have to take note of the usual problem areas so you’ll know which components to check or watch more closely as part of preventive maintenance. Here’s a quick guide for Jeep lovers and buyers of second-hand Jeep Jeepster:
Some users have encountered problems with steering. Upon inspection and repair, some of the steering issues have been attributed to improperly torqued bolts that secure the steering gear assembly. Steering loss may result from this as the assembly loosens up from the frame. The bolts must be re-torqued to fix this steering issue. You may also want to check the universal joints on the steering gear assembly for cracks or fractures. Some owners who had to deal with this problem reported that some of the joints didn’t actually meet the specifications.
Hood latches, locks, and linkages
When restoring or buying an old Jeepster, you have to check the condition of the hood latches, linkages, and locks. If they are already rusty, loose, or broken, replace them as soon as possible. Jeepster owners have reported this to be among the common problems of this vehicle model.
Problems with the vehicle speed control and accelerator pedal have also been reported by owners. Some have noted that their accelerator pedals tend to stick and touch the floor console through the arc of travel. Upon inspection, this can be modified. Consult the vehicle manual or have this checked by a certified mechanic.
One of the most common sources of rear suspension problems on the Jeepster is the rear axle bearing. Some have noted bearing failure that could easily compromise the rear wheel and axle assembly. This can be fixed through proper bearing lubrication. See to it that you use only high-quality lubricant to make sure that the bearing will work smoothly and will be in its prime condition.
My Jeep Jeepster is almost 5 decades old, so I'm no longer using it as often as before even though it still runs well on well-paved roads. I'm thinking of getting it a bubble storage before winter kicks in. However, this storage system costs around $400. Is it worth the price?
Not everyone is as lucky as you for having a Jeepster in your garage until now, so if you intend to show it to your friends and visitors even while in storage, then an indoor bubble storage system might be worth it. This storage system basically protects your ride against all kind of enemies—dirt, dust, rodents, scratches, water, and moisture—without keeping the vehicle out of sight. A capsule or bubble storage usually has two parts—the heavy-duty plastic floor and the clear plastic bubble. These two parts are joined together by a zipper, which keeps the vehicle enclosed when zipped up. The bubble is inflated by turning on the fan that's installed one end or corner of the storage system. If you want to free your car from it after the winter season, you can simple unzip the bubble cover, take it off your Jeepster, and drive off.
I always use clay bars when detailing my Jeep Jeepster. The last time I did, a friend told me to try paint cleaner as it will make paint surface cleaning faster. Is that true? What's the difference between clay bars and paint cleaners?
Both of them can rid your car's paint of contaminants, but they do such task in a different manner. The clay bars eliminate contaminants from your Jeep's paint by enveloping them inside the clay bar material. They work even on contaminants that are embedded even below the paint surface. The cleaners, on the other hand, work only on the paint surface, but they are great for stubborn dirt. If you're after the time spent in cleaning the surface, paint cleaners are easier to use since they come in liquid or wax forms and can be applied using a terry cloth, foam, or microfiber applicator pad. It is important to note, however, that even if you're using cleaner waxes, both the clay bars and the paint cleaners can't substitute proper waxing. They just leave your paint surface clean and smooth so that wax can adhere better to the paint and thus provide it with maximum protection.
My Jeep Jeepster is now spending more of its time on my garage, drawing out second look and admiration from passersby. I am still starting it up every two weeks just to prevent some components from failing. Am I doing the right thing? Any additional tips you can share?
Yes, it is advisable that you start up your car regularly to keep it in good running condition even if you're not driving it often. Make sure, though, that you let your engine get to its normal running temperature before turning it off. And if it is at all possible, go take your ride for a spin even for just a few miles. Doing so will help prevent problems like sticking brakes and clutches as well as failing hydraulics.