Ouch... My mechanic friends always recommend checking your coolant levels each week when you put gas in the vehicle. It is a good way to identify these issues before they cause significant damage.blown head gaskets, “quiet coolant leak” that was seeping into the block…warped my cylinders without any notice or warning beforehand.
no puddle or visual coolant leak. Received zero low coolant light/errors, received no engine light, received no high temperature light. Only knew i had a problem when the jeep idled really rough.
had no coolant in reservoir…so i filled it and maintained it until I could get it to a dealer (rarely drove it). First dealer thought EGR cooler (which is not covered under my EW). after this, I received the ESS light only.
Took it to a 2nd dealer…they opened the engine to find coolant in cylinders and warped cylinders beyond repair. Engine was burning the coolant and this is why there were no visual leaks (no puddles under the jeep).
edit: this happened @ 61k miles (1k miles beyond PTrain warranty). Only thing that saved me was my extended warranty that kicked in and only paid $100 deductible for a brand new engine.
After this experience, I will. I thought I would have sensors to notify me of any of these issues, since that is their purpose. Out of all the years I’ve driven and the different types of vehicles I’ve been familiar with, this has never happened. Definitely a first-time situation, hoping it is the last time.Ouch... My mechanic friends always recommend checking your coolant levels each week when you put gas in the vehicle. It is a good way to identify these issues before they cause significant damage.
You were very lucky with this one.
Solid advice....I just did the Artec armor package from my front axle for just this reason. Hydro stops are next!The factory front axle has a known week spot due to the FAD.
One option is to replace the D44's with D60's or D80's, which is a relatively expensive option, probably north of 20k
IMHO, there are a few options to make the JL axles stronger. Here are my recommendations.
1. Hydraulic bump stops.
More info is found in the link below:
Another option is to stiffen the factory front axle by using a weld on kits like the one Artec sells, as shown below:
Since a new axle is going to be installed, not a bad time to do those upgrades to a stock axle.
I have seen things like this before. The sensors will work if a radiator hose bursts and there is a sudden increase in the temperature.After this experience, I will. I thought I would have sensors to notify me of any of these issues, since that is their purpose. Out of all the years I’ve driven and the different types of vehicles I’ve been familiar with, this has never happened. Definitely a first-time situation, hoping it is the last time.
Personally, I think I had faulty sensors. Or maybe the intense heat/humidity of my location affected them or made them faulty.
I’ve posted my invoice and description of work in another thread if you are interested in seeing it.
Thanks for the recommendation.
When the Rubicon came out there was a commercial of a 2door Rubicon climbing a waterfall like it was nothing.Except thats a Rubicon in their commercial. They are portraying it as king of the sand ripping around. They should have just did a rock crawling commercial then. That's my point. Don't false adverise. And they released this commercial at the same time the new Bronco was released. Which is a vehicle that is made for that type of off roading.
Agree they were in the air and broke when it come down, but I think OP drove through the grass behind the Jeep, dropped into the ravine where the Jeep sits now, and it stopped dead. There's no wheel ruts in the sand behind the Jeep, so I think it's a flop and not a pop up the hump.I think his belly is on the hump, I bet the wheels were up in the air and broke when came back down…..
I peeled the "Wrangler" and "Unlimited" decals off. LOLWhy is there a flag on your VIN?
….you know…the a/c not blowing as cold could’ve been a thing. Maybe I assumed it was just super hot outside because we hit triple digits around this time. I also don’t run my a/c a lot…so maybe if I had ran it normally, I would’ve noticed a difference. Thanks for this tip!I have seen things like this before. The sensors will work if a radiator hose bursts and there is a sudden increase in the temperature.
When there is a slow leak like this, the sensors will respond when the overflow bottle is empty and the coolant levels in the radiator start to get low. By then some kind of damage may have taken place.
Sometimes an early warning signal will show up as the a/c not blowing as cool as normal. This is a result of additional heat coming from the engine. I have seen this take place even before the temperature gauge reacts.