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    Default stripped oil cap wont come off

    I have 2001 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0L eng. and I cannot get the oil cap off. It just spins. When I first started to take it off it was tight and it would not move, then it just started spinning like something broke inside of it.
    Has anyone ever had this problem or know how to get it off?:neil:
    2001 Cherokee Classic

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    sounds like the directional pressure clip is broken off inside.. when that happens, FIRST get a new one from autoparts store, take a hammer and flathead screw driver, pop off the top.. them using channel locks remove the 'screw" portion of the cap. make sure when you install the new cap, it is tight but only let the thing click 3 times.
    2001 Silverstone XJ, 4x4 - Stock
    1999 Black Limited WJ, 4.7L, Qudradrive - Stock

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    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    C-ville, VA


    happens to everyone eventually. lube the hood release mech. every now & then too.

    '01 XJ + 2" OME
    '93 YJ
    with flash dance graphics!

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    also, if you don't have a channel locks, but do have a pliers or adjustable wrench, I found that you can use a standard house key. The back end of the key fits perfectly into the slots in the cap, and you can grip the key with the pliers (as close to the bottom as possible so you don't bend/break the key) and turn.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Sussex county, De/OCMD


    a member of the J-team decided to crank my cap on once. I ended up pulling the cap apart by accident. Then I had to pull the interior part out with a pair of pliers. Luckily I was able to put the whole thing back together. Have not had a problem with it since.
    96 XJ - 156K, Rusty's air intake, 7 inch powerstack filter,
    Dynomax Cat-back, custom sub enclosure, IPF 968's,Hella FF75's
    99 Xj - Its green!
    1965 Chevy C-10 - 327/370hp - in several pieces
    2004 Ford F-250 PSD CC

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    -=- originally posted by ylojelo -=-
    happens to everyone eventually. lube the hood release mech. every now & then too.
    Ohh.. good idea... haven't thought of doint that.. and fron the looks of mine it needs to be done.



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