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This Week In Jeep:
Jeep JL Test Vehicle Erupts in Flames
It’s been making automotive news all over the place this week. A Jeep JL Wrangler caught on fire at the FCA Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, The silver JL Wrangler was sporting manufacturer plates (noted by the “M” on the plates) which is consistent with a Jeep test vehicle. The Auburn Hills location is also home to the Chrysler Technology Center, where new vehicles and experimental automotive technologies are frequently tested. The Wrangler caught on fire and the flames nearly engulfed the test Jeep. FCA security rushed to the scene to secure the site and the roads surrounding the burning Wrangler were shut down temporarily. It’s been making automotive news all over the place this week. A Jeep JL Wrangler caught on fire at the FCA Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, The silver JL Wrangler was sporting manufacturer plates (noted by the “M” on the plates) which is consistent with a Jeep test vehicle. The Auburn Hills location is also home to the Chrysler Technology Center, where new vehicles and experimental automotive technologies are frequently tested. The Wrangler caught on fire and the flames nearly engulfed the test Jeep. FCA security rushed to the scene to secure the site and the roads surrounding the burning Wrangler were shut down temporarily.
Not Jeepers, but they get a big jeep wave for doing the right thing.
The Jeep had just left the Dollar General Store on Highway 63 outside of Waterloo Iowa and was heading south when the driver noticed a light on the dash warning her that a door was ajar. She pulled the Jeep off the highway onto the right hand shoulder, stopped and turned on her hazard lights. Thats when 9yr old Dylan exited the front passenger seat to close the back door. That is at least according the accident report that was filed after what happened next. Adam Hoffman, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 63/Logan Avenue around 3:35 p.m. when the Toyota minivan in front of him clipped a stopped Jeep Compass on the side of the road, veering to avoid the spray of debris and the minivan careening across all lanes and into a field…. He was shocked to see the Jeep that had just been struck roll onto 9yr old Dylan, trapping him. Hoffman and another passing motorist, Joe Edwards of Waterloo, immediately stopped to lend help. When Joe ran up to the scene, he realized what had happened. ‘We got to get this off of him.’ he said. Joe and Adam ran over and pushed the Jeep back onto its wheels, freeing the young boy. “We just tipped the vehicle back up and then called 911,” Edwards said. “We pushed it up and got it uprighted,” Hoffman said. “I just had to put my mind to it. It was what we had to do.
Contributor Segment – Finding Trails Part 6 by Steve 4.3lxj
Break out your maps and follow along as Steve explains what these maps can tell us!
Voice Mail – Supercroc
Don’t Let Your Fears Stop you
Remember that video of me on the entrance to Hell’s Revenge? If you haven’t seen it you should check it out on my YouTube. It was almost a year ago I wheeled that trail. That trip to Moab was supposed to be my annual trip with my sister but she couldn’t make it. I asked around for someone to go with me and I would even pay for the hotel etc. But no one could make it. I wanted to see Moab so bad I decided to go anyway by myself. I was pretty anxious going on a vacation by myself. I ended up spending hours by myself hiking in the national Parks around Moab, eating in restaurants by myself, drivign scenic roads and visiting a ghost town by myself. However I didn’t wheel by myself as you can tell by the video. That sunset ride and next day’s wheeling was absolutely amazing. Hell’s Revenge is one of the most intense trail rides I have ever encountered. It tested my limits, my limits of my fear of heights. The video is pretty funny listening to me however at the time it was super intense…but I made it. I did it and I would so do it again. I learned that trip that if I let my fears stop me from doing things I would have missed the most amazing vacation I have ever had. So like I said I shared that experience on YouTube with my video from inside the Jeep as I slowly crawled up the entrance to Hell’s Revenge. A fellow Jeep girl watched that video recently. She was planning on wheeling that same trail just a couple of days after she watched my video. She decided she didn’t think she could wheel the trail as she was freaked out just watching my video. Here’s the interchange between myself and this Jeep Girl on YouTube.
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This podcast is one of the best podcasts I have found. Each week, Tony, Josh and Tammy cover the latest Jeep news, product reviews, guest interviews and plenty of “whatnot”. Great job guys! BTW – my 2 Jeeps are colors – Flame red and Hypergreen.
Troubleshooting a No Start Issue
A no start condition, on your Jeep or really any engine, is usually caused by a lack of fuel, or a lack of spark, or a lack of air (and this last one generally falls into engine compression or lack thereof). Knowing that the cause of the problem lies in just one of these 3 specific areas will help you figure out what tests you need to perform, to find out what’s causing your jeep not to start. I’m going to share some of the most basic insights and tips that will help you narrow down your troubleshooting efforts. Before I jump into the specifics of what causes a no start condition, I want to clarify the difference between two common terms you’ll hear come up as you diagnose the problem on your Jeep. Cranks but Does Not Start Condition: In this type of condition, you turn the key and the engine in your Jeep cranks (turns over) but it doesn’t start (run).
Voicemail: Nick from Oregon “The Jeep Game!”
Tonia Childers, a Mental Health professional and Jeep Owner
From The Mind Of NickyG
Jeep Momma’s Product Review
Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio
- Portable CB radio with 40 CB channels, 10 NOAA channels, and 4 Watts of output power
- Power with six AA batteries or included cigarette lighter adapter for mobile use
- Instant access to NOAA Radio, channels 9 and 19; Dual Watch monitors channel 9 and additional channel
- ANL (automatic noise limiter) and squelch control for improving reception and eliminating noise
- One-year manufacturer’s warranty
Camp Fireside Chat:
Josh continues on rebuilding his NP242J
Tammy gearing up for trail ride this weekend
GO TOPLESS DAY IN MAY
There’s a lot happening in May for the annual Go Topless Day which is a spring tradition when we celebrate the return of warm weather and sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep by taking the top off. To find an event near you go to https://www.allthingsjeep.com/go-topless-day.html
Interview coming up wiht Jean All Things Jeep
Michael P. May
We are having our first annual JEEPfest located in Eleanor West Virginia.
The event is on May 4th 5th and 6th
I was told by Chris at Rpmextreme that you can do some advertising for us. Our website is Eleanorjeepfest.com What do I need to do to set this up.
Jeep parade, show n shine, obstacle course, trail rides, music, food, vendors, raffles, door prizes, bonfires, camping, and much more.
Big Dog Offroad Presents – Mud Bunnys Go Topless Weekend
When: May 18th -20th
Where: Big Dogs Offroad in Gore, Viginia
More Info: https://www.bigdogsoffroad.com/index.html
Fully caged Rollover Jeep, food vendor, hot showers, electrical campsites, a sandy beach, 600 yard shooting range, 3000 foot drop in total trail elevation, 4 large mountains and 3 large lakes. Yea… I think they might have a lil something for everyone. All Big Dog events benefit Humane Society, ASPCA, BARCs Animal Rescue Center, and The Gore Volunteer Fire DEPT.
Cal4Wheel and GenRight presents The Hi Desert Roundup
When: May 25 – May 27
Where: Slash X Ranch Cafe off Hwy 247, in Barstow, Ca.
More Info: Come out for a whole weekend of wheeling, amazing vehicle games, and a ton of family fun! So far, JUST on the facebook page for this event, there are over 100 other Jeepers confirmed going, and another 987 interested,…. So this is kind of a big deal. This event helps support keeping the offroad trails in California open, so it is REALLY important that if you live in the golden state, that you come out support the hobby and passion you have with your fellow 4×4 lovers out on the trails!
5th annual Jeepapalooza 2018
When: May 18th-21st
Where: Courtenay BC, Canada
More Info: All proceeds from this event go to the BC Cancer Foundation to help their efforts in finding a cure for cancer.
Don’t forget about The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The night of May 6th!
Links Mentioned in Episode 329:
Deegan 38 Jeep Story: https://www.extremeterrain.com/throttle-out-april2018.html