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Old 04-30-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation Wrangler advice needed for novice!!

Hi, I am basically a complete Jeep virgin but am so on for getting into the Jeep life. I just moved to LA and have only had my eye on a Wrangler for the past month.

So I went to see my first one today and took it for a test drive, and boy was it and experience! I loved it don't get e wrong, its probably more just that I am English and it was my first time driving on the other side of the road! Although there were a few things I was unsure if they were right or wrong.

The Wrangler is a 92' 2.5l 4 cylinder manual with 144,000 miles on it, and to be honest it was in pretty good nick. My worry was the the steering seemed very lose, almost like I could flick it to full lock and the clutch was engaging with the pedal almost at the top of its travel distance. I guess this may be normal but it seemed that the clutch may need replacing.

Also when parked with the engine on, if the accelerator is pressed and then released, as the revs drop there is a knocking sound from the engine, which I could only describe as being like an over fuelling sound or something, but it is every time. I could hear it best from the exhaust, it was like the engine was struggling to get back to idle?

Like I said I am a complete novice and I would be so grateful for any advice or help. Its a really good Jeep and the inside was amazingly clean and rust free! I just dont want to buy it for $4100 for it to die on me on the way home!

Thanks for any help!
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:05 AM   #2
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Find a mechanic to take a look at it. Some banks have mechanics they give ads out for, that will come to the vehicle and do a check on it for you. Welcome to the forum and enjoy the Jeep! Cheers

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144.xxx is alot on a 2.5 for that much, but if bought I'd replace the clutch and the throttle position sensor
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:05 PM   #4
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Take your time and look around. There are a lot of Jeeps out there, so you can be choosy.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for your advice guys, I have continued looking and have test driven a few more Jeeps and I have to say every one I drive makes me want one more and more!

I guess the first one was just in a bad way and worth staying away from. I still havent found quite what I'm looking for but hopefully this week will be the one where I find my girl!

Thanks again and I'm sure once I find one I will be a regular poster on here asking all the rookie questions and annoying everyone with my stupidity!
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Good idea passing on that first one. An engine knock is nothing to mess with.

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Old 05-03-2011, 11:14 AM   #7
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91-95 4.0 is what I would be looking for. It has fuel injection so there is no need to adjust the carb., and diagnostics are pretty simple as there are only a few parts that control the engine management, all of which I have for spares in my tool box. The knocking, or over fueling issue you heard, sounds like it may have been a cracked exhaust manifold which is a VERY common problem on Jeeps. You will also get the stronger AX-15 tranny if you get a manual. Do a little research on here in the tech section and check out some pictures too so you can see what you like. You can save some money if your new Jeep has a properly installed and good quality lift kit installed. Learn what track bars, sway bars and tie rod ends are and how to check them so you can point out any problems to the owner. Last but not least, cash is KEY!! Many people are selling due to necessity right now, it could save you a lot of money if you have $100 bills in your hand.

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