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My husband recently purchased a 1989 Jeep Wrangler. Overall it seems to be in pretty good condition. We took it to my dad's chevy dealership for his mechanics to work on it. His service guy claims to be a "Jeep Guy". There are a couple of things my husband wants done and this guy says shouldn't be done and I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. I think my husband's friend is influencing what he things needs done, but while this friend know alot about cars, he doesn't know anything about jeeps. So I have two questions - 1 - my husband wanted the motor mounts and transmission mount and manifold gasket valve replaced, he feels there is a lot of slippage in the motor mounts, the mechanic says that a jeep is supposed to have play in the motor mounts and they are fine - replaced just 2 years ago when the engine was rebuilt. He also said that the valve may look bad, but is fine, and if they change any of the above things, he could be looking at having problems. Does this make sense? 2) it has HID fog lights mounted to the bottom of the bumper - my husband thinks they should be on top of the bumper - mechanic says bottom - what do you think?

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First off how many miles are on the vehicle? What size engine? It could be likely that the mounts need to be changed but if they were changed 2 years ago I highly doubt they need to be changed. If everything is running good then just run it til there is actually an issue. As for the fog lights its just up to personal choice it doesn't matter if they are on top or bottom. Once I have more information I can assist you further.
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Posted on Jun 04, 2010

  • gray_wendy Jun 04, 2010

    Thanks for the quick response. Forgive me, I am not a car person myself - here is the description for the craig's list ad we bought it from : 123,xxx miles on 4.2L 5spd trans with new timing chain n gears, brand new holley 2bbl carb (easy to snorkel), oil pump, new distrib, full tune up.electic fuel pump n manual pump that was all done in the last 2 months. Does that give you enough information? Does it make sense that there should be some space in the motor mount - my husband likens it to looking like a donut. The mechanic clearly told me that the mounts need to have space for the engine to move and that doesn't make sense to my husband.



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