Thursday, June 22, 2017

Differential Maintenance Tips

Resolving Gear Oil Leaks in My Jeep Differentials

(Updated December 2023) Leaking gear oil can be a cause for concern, prompting a visit to the mechanic. In my case, it turned out to be a simple oversight – the plugs in my differentials weren't tightened enough. 

The Importance of Tapered Threads and Tightening

Upon inspection, it became apparent that the plugs in my differentials had tapered threads, requiring a more secure tightening than I initially applied. This oversight led to the leakage of gear oil. To address this, my mechanic Jeff decided to remove the plugs and take preventive measures to ensure a proper seal.

To enhance the seal and prevent future leaks, he applied RTV silicone to the tapered threads of the differential plugs. This additional step proved crucial in maintaining a secure and leak-free connection, ensuring that the gear oil remained where it belonged.

A DIY Dipstick - Jeff's Zip Tie Trick

During my visit to Adrenaline Off-Road in Maryland, Jeff, shared a handy trick for measuring gear oil levels – a simple zip tie. By bending and using it as a makeshift dipstick, I could easily gauge the oil levels in my differentials. This ingenious method provided a quick and effective way to monitor and maintain proper oil levels.

Jeff shared many people tend to overfill their differentials. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the oil level at a specific point, as illustrated in the picture below. 

Lastly, it's essential to consult your Jeep manual for guidance on the type of gear oil to use. Following the manufacturer's recommendations ensures that you're using the right lubricant for your vehicle, promoting longevity and optimal performance.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jeep Wrangler Storage Solution

MorRyde Ammo Can Carrier and Molle Panel Review

My New Purchase

I love my new Jeep storage solution I purchased. I ended up getting a second one. 

We all know cargo space is a premium in a Wrangler, even those JKU’s. I have tried several different options. There is that awkward space in the "trunk" of the Wranglers that make storage difficult. The space above the inner fenders in the cargo area of an Unlimited is curved, sloped and irregularly shaped, so it's often wasted space. 

The MorRyde Ammo Can Carrier is designed to use that space very effectively. Bolted in place using the same holes that the hardtop is secured with AND no drilling.

A few simple steps and the carrier is installed. Then there is the Molle grid for attaching standard Molle pouches. 

I was even able to use the space behind the Molle panel to store more Jeep Stuff. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Krawlin' For Cops

With excitement and apprehension, I headed up to Rausch Creek Off Road Park this past Saturday for a very worthy event, Krawlin' for Cops. These emotions plaque me every time I take my Rubicon out to wheel. 

My Rubicon is my daily driver. I still have several years of payments. And I am not very good at mechanical fixer' up problems. 

I absolutely love to wheel, especially over the rocks. The problem with that is, possible breakage and my skill level. Or so I thought my skill level lacked.

I arrived early Saturday to a parking lot full of Jeeps from all over. I selected to wheel green and blue trails. For me that was very exciting to move up to the next level.

My group, Group 2, was led by a very experienced Jeeper, so I was not worried about having a great spotter to help me over the rocks. 

I lined up behind the other Jeepers in my group. I was smack dab in the middle of the group. As time grew near to head out, I ended up being the tail gunner. We had three stock Jeeps in our group who had never wheeled before. 

So those Jeeps moved up to the very front for guidance.
Being tail gunner I was pretty much on my own. I have done that before, but this time was a little different. 

We were wheeling on blue trails. Blue trails are the next level up from green. My Jeep Wrangler is more than capable of blue trails, it's myself that lacks the confidence. 

I am happy to say, I came out of the days ride without any breakage. Plus, and a whole new level of confidence. I wheeled Blue 23 all by myself with NO spotting what so ever. I rocked it! 

I attribute that success to my training. I am a very lucky wheeler to have had training from four, yes count them four, I4WDT certified trainers. My first ever experience off road was with Kyle from Off-Road Consulting. His expertise and knowledge was just what I needed for a great foundation for off roading. 

Then just this past Spring I took a training class with Northeast Off-Road Driving School. Even after three years of wheeling, Scott and Jon gave me more techniques to use on the trails. 

Then of course there is Charlene Bower with Ladies OffRoad Network, who also shared some great wheeling techniques with me. But most importantly she gave me the most important words of wisdom I could have out on the trails. My new Motto ~~ I've Got This. 


On Blue 23, I was on my own to wheel across the rocks. But I was not alone. I pulled what I learned from all four of these great people to get me through the trail. Each one bringing me so many great techniques. 

I can't forget our trail guide who never wavered in his confidence in my ability, telling me I was a pro. 

So I just need to remember next time ~~ I've got this!    

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