Book Review

Title: Jeep Owner's Bible
Author: Moses Ludel
Year of Publication: 1998, This is the third edition of a book first published in 1992, and there is a 2004 edition available.


Bruceís Review:

This is sort of a non-model-specific Haynes or Chilton Manual. It covers maintenance and repair of all Jeep models just enough to let you know there are differences between models, and you better get a real repair manual for your specific model. Itís a fairly technical book with lots of photos and descriptions, but itís short on the step-by-step processes you need to do to accomplish the task he writes about. There are good sections on vehicle upgrades and performance modifications with good discussions about the things to consider - both pro and con - before making any specific modification. Overall, itís a real good book to get a fairly detailed technical understanding about how Jeep vehicles work and differ from each other.

What others say (selected passages):

For everything you need to get the most out of Jeep ownership, there is no substitute for "Jeep Owner's Bible"(tm) by Moses Ludel, recognized as the most comprehensive, authoritative guide to the Jeep ever published. In the words of "Jeep Owner's Bible"(tm) author Ludel, "For those who never intend to work on their Jeep themselves, the "Jeep Owner's Bible"(tm) provides basic orientation, explains mechanical features of Jeep 4WD trucks, offers valuable troubleshooting tips and makes it easier to discuss repair or modification work with a professional mechanic. For the do-it-yourselfer, "Jeep Owner's Bible"(tm) serves as a technical guide, model review, and data source....Equipped with this book and a genuine Jeep factory service manual for your model, you can
accomplish quality repairs or a complete mechanical restoration." Now completely revised and updated since its original publication in 1992, in addition to all the invaluable content of the first edition, this informative volume includes: coverage of all Jeeps built since 1945, through 1999, including Grand Cherokee and Wrangler TJ and YJ models; substantially more material on YJ Wrangler, XJ Cherokee, and ZJ Grand Cherokee; introduction of the new 1999 WJ Grand Cherokee; many new "state of the art" improvements, accessories, and aftermarket products, including factory and non-factory products available since 1992; and additional sources for parts to restore, upgrade, and modify Jeep vehicles.

This book makes great reading for new Jeep owners who are starting to feel the "Jeep Thing". It is by no means a repair manual (grab a Chiltons if you're interested in repair information), but will give you very detailed information about each area of your vehicle and provides a very detailed history along the way. For example, the chapter on winches and off-road accessories goes into great detail about the types of gears found in winches and the pros and cons of each. Each chapter is readable on its own. So, if you happen to be interested in suspension upgrades one day and are tired of reading various Jeep catalogs, flip open to that chapter and read on. Other reviews have pointed out that the information on the TJ is lacking. I have to agree on this point. When I originally purchased the book I was expecting a full treatment of the TJ with some additional information about previous Jeeps. In fact, the opposite is true. Information about the TJ has been added throughout the book, but the TJ isn't a main theme.

Moses shares knowledge of Jeep vehicle history, off-road driving tips, performance upgrades and modifications, selecting accessories that meet specific driving demands, and step-by-step technical procedures. Hands on topics include: Oil and oil filter change Lubrication Water pump replacement Clutch replacement Routine emission control service Spark plug replacement Valve adjustment Brake service Overhauling the starter motor Choosing the right traction differential From original military prototypes through groundbreaking new models, the Jeep. Owner's Bible is a celebration of an American icon and the most thorough orientation to Jeep vehicles available.