Headlights, Tailights, Floodlights, there are a lot more trust me.
Blower Control Fix
One morning I get a call from the misses saying that she can not get her heater to work. Of course I just figured it was on of those things and more than likely either a fuse blew or who knows. Later that day she calls me and tells me that she can get the fan to work only if she has it in high. Ah I've seen this one a few times on the net and I know exactly what it is. Question is where is it on an 1998 XJ? Did some searching around on the internet and nothing could tell me so I just took it at faith and ordered the part anyways from a friendly forum member that just happens to work the desk in parts.
My wife informed me that her Air Bag light was on and she had no use of her Horn. Later investigation led to the discovery that here Cruise Control was not working either. After a bit of reading and asking a few questions on the net I discoverd that her ClockSpring has failed. You might ask whats that? A ClockSpring allows the Steering Wheel to rotate and route electrical signals from the Steering Wheel to the rest of the Jeep.
Clock Springs can fail due to twisting of the steering wheel with the pitman arm disconnected or simply with age. Her 98 XJ is 10years old so it was time for a replacement. I found a replacement on JeepsAreUs.com. Just make sure when your looking for a replacement you note that the one you are buying might or might not support Cruise Control. If you do have Cruise Control you will need the 3 wire version and if you do not you will need the 2 wire version. From the looks of it you could use a Cruise model in a none Cruise, but not the other way around.
Intermittent Wiper Switch Install
For years and I do mean years since 2000 Ive always wanted variable wipers. My wifes Volkswagon had them. After a few years of turning the wipers on and off then on and off I got sick of tired of it and often either drove with the wipers on when they didn't need to be or left them off when they should of been on.
A few years later 2006 to be exact we found a 98 Cherokee with all the bells and whistles. I'll be damn it has Variable wipers. I was then annoyed and said thats it. Last week my wife asked me what I wanted for my Birthday and I said tires and I got em. My wife then said why dont you buy that windsheild wiper thingy your always complainging about. I had a mission and I wasn't going to give up. I did some searching and I knew Jeepsareus would have it, sure enough.
Replacing a 98 XJ Door Lock Actuator
As soon as my wife purchased her "New to Her" 98 Cherokee Sport it of course started to act weird. The rear right door look would sometimes work and most of the time wouldn't work from the drivers side central lock button. It wouldn't of been a big deal other than that's the exact location our 1-year old boy sits. I looked around and checked with the dealer and I wasn't in the mood to pay what they where asking. I was quoted over $100 from one and close to $150 from another. I would of paid it if I was 100% sure it was the locking actuator and not the wiring in the door. I jumped on Ebay and found one for $30 shipped. Of course I was taking a chance that it didn't work or my wiring was shot. Cheap leap of faith. =).
sPOD Panel, Harness and Relay strip
Lights, winches, radios and numerous other gadgets go with Jeeps like Ice Cream goes with Birthday cake. The problem all of gizmos and gadgets we seem to think we need is dash space. Sure we could cut up our dashes with drills and saws and mount switches all over the place, but then that begins to distract us from the reason we fell in with our Jeeps in the first place. "Slimpity" We all like it simple so I found a product that keeps it simple. Currently Im running 6 switches on my dash which are ARB comressor, front locker, rear locker, spot light, winch power and winch in/out. I have the desire to install front rock lights, rear rock lights, rear spot lights, York compressor and a CB power switch because Im to lazy to bend over to turn it on and off. Well thats more switches than a normal dash can handle.
Along came a guy name John who owns 4x4s-pod. He explained a product that hes been working on for a while and it just hit 4Wheeler magazine. At first I was uh, huh so its in a magizine. Sure enough I look and there it is. What caught my attention wasn't the fact that you can mount this thing on your windsheild above your dash, but the fact you mount this box under the hood and you simply add/remove accessories as you see the need. Alost like Plug n Play with a computer. Now I had to have it. =) He shipped me the works. Panel, wireing harness, terminal block, cover and every other piece that works together to complete the system. I call it a system, because everything works together like it was designed. Here is a first look at the quality of this product when it first arrived. Simply amazing.
1000 Watt Power Inverter Wiring
You know how some projects start with a simple purchase at your local warehouse store or appliance outlet. This project reminds me of the 50” big screen that we purchased many years ago that prompted the building of a family room because the living room was too small for the TV. Well this project isn’t likely be get that extreme…..yet.
It all started at one of those yaga monster warehouse stores where on one of the end caps was a 1000-watt power inverter. That’s 1000 watts of continuous power, not a surge of 1000 watts for a half second before the overload kicks the unit off. My eyes got big when we looked up at the price tag of less then seventy dollars. Before the brain ever had a chance to consider the balance in the checking account that inverter was in my shopping cart and on its way to its new home.
After reading the installation requirements we knew we had a project on our hands. The manufacturer was recommending a minimum of 2 gauge wire, no longer then 5 feet
1998 TJ Blower Motor Resistor
If your heater is just working at the high position, chances are that the blower motor resistor is not working properly. The high position is not managed by the resistor, so since the blower was working at high, I knew the switch was good.
24 Volt from 12 Volt Conversion
The military waterproof ignition system works well as far as providing spark when it is wet. It has a slight problem when starting of the engine. After installing this system, the starting problem just went away.
The distributor was designed to operate on a 24 volt electrical system. This system provides 24-28 volts during run. Just like the 12 volt systems provide 12-14 volts.
Normal operation of the 24 volt waterproof system on 12-14 volts is fine. In fact the current through the points is reduced and therefore they should last longer than in 24 volt operation.
80 to 120 Amp relay system
Do you have a high amp drawing device in your rig like a Tarus fan mod, but can't find a relay at a reasonable price? Why not build your own system with cheap available parts. Plucked from a thread on jeepsunlimited forum.
Circuit layouts and a in depth discussion. The thread says for TJ's only, but I think its because the author is annoyed that there isn't a forum to post to all Jeep models.
Relays are widely used in electrical applications where one circuit is to be energized or turned "on" by the presence of a voltage, provided by another circuit. An example of this is when an automotive radio sends out a triggering voltage to turn on an external amplifier or activate a motorized antenna. Anywhere a switch can go in a circuit, a relay can replace it, (as long as there is a triggering voltage available to activate it). The switch in a relay is more often called a solenoid. A solenoids is like a piston that pushes outward when energized with electricity. This push mechanically trips the switch in the relay, completing circuit and allowing the switched voltage output.
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