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Re: Help with buying a yj
Most of the drive train on a 95 is going to be very sound if normal maintenance was performed by the previouse owners.
However, one of the most overlooked maintenace issues by City folks who have purchased a SUV, is the axles. Sure they will take it to Jiffy Lube and have it topped off at every oil change, but it very rarely gets opened up, drained and replaced. Now add to that, a few weekend excursions a year or two ago, where the couple decided to get real brave a do a shallow stream crossing here nad there, and you have a recipe for major bearing, seal, and even axle failure due to rust.
Open up the differential oil filler plugs and dip a dark rolled up cloth into the gear oil, You will probably find a milky white substance that smells like dead fish on the rag. This means that water has contaminated the gear oil and permeated at least the inner components. Also check the inside of the front tires for axle grease and gear oil dripping from the seals onto the tires. Have some one turn the steering wheel while you look for slop in the Tie rod ends, ball joints, steering unit,steering shaft, pitman arm, and drag link connections. Check the shocks to make sure they havent been smashed against rocks, and check the shock mounts for the same. Check the diff covers and front and rear drive shafts for rock damage. Check the front drive shaft U joints for excessive rust. Check the rear output slip shaft for leakage.
All of these are maintenance items that can be as adversely affected by rough driving conditions and or lack of use or maintenance. The diffs are very important to check, ask for a substantial reduction in price if water is present in the diffs.
I take my Jeep "On the Rocks",usually "With a Splash of Addrenalin"