Crash!

Jeep Front Damage - Click to Enlarge

Damage to Number Plate and Holder

10/15/04

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Prologue

I had a lot going on.  For three months I had been working a new job opportunity and it had finally come through.   That alone might be enough but to add to things, I was going to be selling my home of the last 13 years and moving 200 miles to a new town and a new home.  New Job, New House, New just about everything.  The last few weeks had been particular tough because I was waiting on some processing to take place so I could get a start date and give notice at my old job.  It was weighing pretty heavily on me and I supposed sooner or later something had to give.

Muster

The last several days, I had been working on the customer site.  This required a longer commute and a more complex working environment.  Suffice to say I was pretty tired by the time Friday rolled around.  I got up really early so I could get to work before the traffic got bad.   I threw breakfast down and got out to the Jeep.  It was still dark.

I drove to the end of the driveway and stopped.  Everyone who comes to my house gets the same advice when they are preparing to leave:  "Be careful pulling out - the traffic comes fast and you need to be sure nothing is coming."  I even go so far as to suggest that they watch the traffic light down the road a few hundred yards and wait for it to turn red so the traffic abates somewhat.  We have a slightly blind driveway though really it should not be a problem but people go past doing about 50 MPH so the reaction time is not what it would be travelling slower.

At the end of the driveway I looked to the left.  Nothing coming.  Light still blinking yellow like it does until 6:00am.  Looked to the right.  Hmmmm...  The car coming was about 1/4 mile away and traveling at a reasonable speed.  Plenty of time for me to pull out and go to the left.  So I slipped the clutch, started to move forward as I cut to the left, then out of the corner of my eye I saw the front of a vehicle as my headlights hit it.  And it was on a collision course with the front of the Jeep.  There was nothing I could do but lock the brakes, thank God for ABS, and brace myself for the

C R A S H!

It was like an explosion.   Pieces of metal and plastic scattered in all directions.  There was no skidding.  The minivan I hit continued in the same direction as it had been traveling, from my left to my right, and my Jeep was spun to the right and stopped moving facing to the right.  It was still running and in one piece as far as I could tell, so I drove it out of the road, because I knew that more traffic would not be far behind, even at this early hour.

I sat for a moment after the crash to wait for pain, blood or some other sign of injury.  There was none.   But I came to that sinking realization that the people in the other vehicle could be in bad shape, and for certain the Jeep was not going to be untouched.

I must admit I was pretty mad.  I did a terrible job of containing my anger towards the people who emerged from the minivan.  I wasn't aggressive towards them or trying to blame them, but I was not very friendly.  Much later as I was able to calm down, I apologized for my attitude.

My wife heard the crash but dismissed it at first when she could see nothing out the oblique view from the upstairs bedroom.  But curiosity got the better of her and she soon learned that indeed, it had been me.

And her contribution to what followed was enormous.  She got me calmed down.  She kept me in check.  And since the driver and passengers of the other vehicle spoke no English, she translated for us.  The usual exchange of info followed and the Police were summoned upon the discovery that the driver did not own the car and did not have a driver's license...

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By the time the Police came, we had moved our vehicles out of the road and were sitting on my front porch some 80 feet from the road.  But for some unknown reason the Police Officer parked his squad car in the lane of traffic and insisted on conducting a discussion with us on the side of the road.  This quickly attracted attention from the normal bumper-to-bumper traffic that goes by the house in the morning.  And eventually three people who were looking at the Police Car crashed into each other because of the distraction.  It was a disaster.  I can't understand why the officer found it necessary to park where he did, and felt a little bad for the lookee-loo's who paid for it.

I got cited for pulling into traffic, the driver got cited for not having a license, and the owner of the vehicle who had arrived to give the guys a ride was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to use his car.  Hey!  Get your tickets here!

Once all this cleared up and everyone went home, I took an inventory of the damage.  Here is what I came up with:

 

Part

Damage

Part#

Mfg

Source

Catalog Number

Comments

Value

LIGHT PAIR 100W 6IN ROUND CHROME 237

Broken

Quadratec Part #: 97026+01

KC

Quadratec

Quadratec Part #: 97026+01

 

$100 + tax and shipping

KC Driving Light Cover

Torn

Quadratec Part #: 97010+02

KC

Quadratec

Quadratec Part #: 97010+02

comes with driving light (above)

10.95 + tax and shipping if sold separately

Number Plate Holder

Crushed

KE-LPH

Kilby

Kilby Enterprises

http://www.kilbyenterprises.com/plate.htm

 

$25 + tax and shipping

Passenger side Hood Catch (external metal/rubber pull type)

Broken

55176 636AB

Jeep

Jeep

55176 636AB

Torn off

 

LAMP, Side Marker Right

Broken

55155 628AB

Jeep

Jeep

55155 628AB

style varies from year to year - must be 1999 part number

 

Front Entension, Fender, Passenger side

bent

5525 4918

Jeep

Jeep

5525 4918

 1 77 Black, Textured, (K30), R; style varies from year to year - must be 1999 part number

 

Bumper, Fender

missing

J400 7541

Jeep

Jeep

J400 7541

hood cushion, will be required if missing/fender replaced

 

Passenger side fender

folded

5517 4678

Jeep

Jeep

5517 4678

style varies from year to year - must be 1999 part number

 

LAMP, Park and Turn Signal Passenger side

smashed

55055 020AC

Jeep

Jeep

55055 020AC

style varies from year to year - must be 1999 part number

 

Front Tow Hooks and hardware

bent

82202186

Jeep

Jeep

82202186

Factory tow hooks with long mounting bolts - Safety Equipment - cannot be repaired

 

Tomken WINCH PLATE W-BRUSH GD YJ/TJ TMW92224V

bent

Quadratec Part #: 12113+04

Tomken

Quadratec

Quadratec Part #: 12113+04

Safety Equipment - cannot be repaired

189.95 + tax and shipping

WARN ROLLER FAIRLEAD ASSEMBLY 5742

Crushed

Quadratec Part #: 92118+00Q

WARN

Quadratec

Quadratec Part #: 92118+00Q

Safety Equipment - cannot be repaired

$91.25 + tax and shipping

Windshield

broken

5513 5127

Chrysler

Chrysler

5513 5127

Tinted, prefer factory original replacement glass

 

Panel Radiator Enclosure (Grill)  after 1-3-97

smashed

55174 594AC

Jeep

Jeep

55174 594AC

Prefer factory original replacement parts

 

Hood safety catch After 1-3-97

Crushed

55176 731AA

Jeep

Jeep

55176 731AA

Prefer factory original replacement parts

 

shroud, fan

Broken

5202 7925

Jeep

Jeep

5202 7925

left lower portion cracked off from contact with fan

 

fan

bent

5202 7893

Jeep

Jeep

5202 7893

damaged in contact with fan shroud

 

fan clutch

Broken

5202 7892

Jeep

Jeep

5202 7892

damaged in contact with fan shroud

 

hood hinges

bent

5507 5559

Jeep

Jeep

5507 5559

may be bent - please check

 

front bumper

heavily scratched

5ED16 JX8AD

Jeep

Jeep

5ED16 JX8AD

will require one hole drilled to thread steering skid plate

 

front bumper guard

heavily scratched/gouged

52000 240AB

Jeep

Jeep

52000 240AB

 

 

frame ends

bent?

 

 

 

 

Please check frame alignment - steering out of true

 

plastic cover on back of relay box near battery (Power Distribution Center)

cracked

see drawing for part 5014 460AA

Jeep

Jeep

see drawing for part 5014 460AA

cracked from contact with battery during impact - just need plastic cover not whole kit - junk yard?

 

steering alignment

out of alignment

 

 

 

 

steering wheel no longer centered

 

front drive train

out of alignment

 

 

 

 

please check alignment and components for stress damage

 

A/C Condenser

 

#55037 482AD

Jeep

Jeep

#55037 482AD

Supersedes #55037 482AC

$400

And of course the labor and painting.   The frame was clearly shifted to the right. 

Frame Data before fixing - Click to Enlarge

The steering wheel centered steered the Jeep noticeable to the right - no surprise due to the nature of the impact.   The frame machine should take care of that.

Jeep Front DamageJeep Passenger Front FenderJeep Passenger Front Fender
Jeep Passenger Side FrameJeep Passenger SideJeep FanJeep Driver Side FrameJeep Fan
Jeep Passenger Side Frame

The winch plate was heavily damaged - the mini brush guard was pushed back and the plate bent where it mounts to the bumper.

Detail view of winch plate bend (Driver's side where plate meets bumper)Winch plate and factory tow hood damage (Driver's side)Winch Plate damage viewed from driver's sideDamage to Grill from Winch hitting
Damage to Roller Fairlead (roller holders bent, rollers jammed)Damage to Winch Plate Guard and mounting point (Passenger Side)Damage to Winch Plate Guard and mounting point (Driver Side)Damage to grill from winch

View of Damage to Winch Guard Bar and roller fairleadGrill and Radiator from Driver's sideGrill and Radiator from Driver's side

The winch was pushed back into the grill.   The A/C Condenser behind the grill was compromised.  The front tow hooks were intact but the mounting bolts were heavily bent.

Factory Tow Hook Mounting Point damage (Passenger Side)Frame EndFrame End

The right fender was all but torn off the vehicle.  The front bumper was still straight but heavily scratched and one of the rubber bumper pads was gouged up.

Passenger Fender showing top near hood openingShowing straps in place for A/C plumbingShowing straps in place for wiring
Showing assembly of headlight and grill area Passenger sideShowing assembly of headlight and grill area Driver sideFan Shroud Cracked off (lower driver's side)Fan Shroud Cracked off (lower driver's side)
Showing bent grill/radiator support rod (Passenger Side)Showing bent grill/radiator support rod (Driver's side)

Damage to Grill from Winch hittingDamage to Grill from Winch hitting

Former location of driving light (Passenger Side)Former location of driving light (Passenger Side)Damage to Number Plate and Holder

Damage to Passenger Fender and lightingMiss-alignment evidence on swaybarUpper Frame Area (Front passenger side)
Upper Frame Area (Front passenger side)Upper Frame Area (Front passenger side)Inside Passenger side front fenderDriver Side Front Suspension
View of underneath near front driver's sideDriver's side lower control armDriver's side upper front frame

Passenger Side Front SuspensionView of underneath near front driver's sideDriver's side shock covering and suspension

View of Driver's Side Frame from belowView of Driver's Side Frame from belowView of Driver's Side Motor Mount from belowSteering Shaft linkage from below

Radiator mounting area viewed from Top (passenger side)Damage to lower driver's side radiator shroudFront under Frame from below (passenger side)

Radiator mounting area viewed from Top (driver's side)Thick adhesive that covers hole and holds wire near relay box on passender side near batteryCrack in Relay box where shifting battery hitThick adhesive that covers hole and holds wire near relay box on passender side near batterySway Bar Connector (passenger side)

Steering linkage from below (driver's side)Steering linkage from below (driver's side)Front under Frame from below (driver side)Front under Frame from below (driver side)

LetteringLeft FrontFrame EndNot EnteredFrontTrack Bar

Right Front Fender (NOT)Right Front Fender (NOT)Steering ShaftSteering ShaftRight Body SideEnd view of lower right cowl area

Fender mounting and battery traySteering BoxFrame Rail ends (Front)Hood Latch

Rocker Protection (Right)Rear Fender Flare removedBody lettering removed (right)Right Rear Fender AreaRight Side

HoodWindscreenWindscreenWindscreen

The fan shroud met the fan and the net result was a warped fan and munched fan shroud.  The battery shifted despite being well anchored.  It cracked the end cover of the relay box, a part that only comes as a component of a new relay box kit.  It can probably be sourced from a junk yard.

I could go into a long unhealth harangue about my experience with insurance and the body shop.  The main issue to be resolved was the now common "OEM vs. Aftermarket" parts debacle.  My insurance covers OEM parts.  My vehicle parts are commonly available from several dealers.   For some reason the body shop insisted over my written selection to use OEM parts that I was not entitled to OEM parts and would not be getting OEM parts.  I call to the insurance company appears to have corrected that situation though I am going to be watching very closely as it goes back together to be sure that it is not slipped over on me.

To the body shops credit, they quickly let me know that they were unable to source the winch plate, roller fairlead, and number plate holder.  I offered and they "allowed" me to get the parts and bring them to the shop.  I put a call in to Jeff at Adrenaline Offroad and he got them shipped to me at my house.  At this writing I am only waiting for the number plate holder.

When going over the parts to be replaced it surfaced that they were going to replace my factory front bumper and one of the rubber pieces.  The factory cost was about $180.  They allowed me to order an Garvin bumper and pay the additional cost, which eliminates the need to purchase the bumper later.

While the vehicle was in the shop, I removed the J.K.S. "Quicker" Disconnects and shipped them to J.K.S. to be refurbished.  One of the hard bushings was cracked and a couple were a little chewed up. 

Relay Box End Cover (Cracked)Battery Hold Down (Battery shifted and cracked Relay Box)Damage to Grill from nut that holds roller fairleadToo out of focus to identify

Though this damage was not caused by the accident, it was a good opportunity to get them fixed when the vehicle was not being driven.  I did save my factory connects so if the parts are not back when the Jeep is finished, I have options...

I cannot recommend this to anyone.   I was in a fog for almost four days.  The dealings with the insurance company and body shop, for me, are something I would not wish on my worst enemy.  And while I am very grateful the insurance covered a rental car, it's tough to drive a Ford Taurus when you're used to a Jeep.

See my separate write-up for details of the repair...

 


 

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