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Old 09-12-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Engine Dillema

Ok, we got the Jeep my cousin bought that supposedly had a blown motor. Put a batter in it and it turned over. Seemed to want to fire, but, backfired. So, we decided to try and pull start it. After a couple of minutes of backfiring, it started up, but, momentarily. It would not build any rpm's, made a little engine noise with oil coming from the drivers side of the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder. Were not mechanics so we were baffled. Looked at the fuse box on passenger side and found that mice had been in the fuse box. Took the cover off and mice had eaten the coating off of a lot of the wire. Crap... Now he needs a new wiring harness. Then we just happen to get a phone call from a guy who heard we might be looking for Jeep parts. He has a totalled 99 Wrangler with 36000 miles and is willing to sell everything for around 1600$. He said it has the 4.0 six cylinder, 5 speed, wiring harness, computer, I think about everything he will need. His question: should he just buy another 4 cylinder, or, should he go ahead and buy the totalled "parts" Jeep and swap it over. I told him to get on the forum and ask, but, he said he felt more comfortable about me posting for him. Sorry about the long post.

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Old 09-12-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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I guess it depends on where the jeep was hit?

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I guess it depends on where the jeep was hit?
I think were going to try and contact him tomorrow to see if we can take a look at it. Do you got any ideas on the 4 cylinder? Like I said, we got it running, but, it wouldn't really build rpms and it was smoking and backfiring. It has been sitting since winter, and, if the mice got into the fuse box, what is to say they don't have a huge nest in the exhaust. I told him we should unhook the exhaust from the manifold and see if that does anything. There is no oil on the passenger side of the engine, just the drivers side. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The least amount of money spent the better. Once we get it running, then we can get to work on the other goodies. Thanks for your response and any future suggestions.
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If at all possible, go for the 6.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:29 AM   #5
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take a good look at the side of the motor thats in it where it spit out oil and i would almost guarentee that you find a crack or hole. the way that your describing it sounds exactly like a thrown/broken rod. if at all possible get the parts jeep and put in the drivetrain. the 4.0 is worth every penny over the cost of the 2.5L. also see if it has a d44 rear?! lol
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1st make sure the totaled engine in the parts jeep runs and runs well. pull the oil plug and check for any metal in it etc same with tranny. As for the 4banger I say go with the 6, you will need to do some work to make it fit, new motor mounts etc.. but life will be better...one thing to consider emmissions controls get that to!
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:47 AM   #7
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As long as everything that will be needed from the 99 is in good shape 1600 is a good price.I paid 1800 for a totaled 99 4.0L standard wrangler and swapped everything from it to my 97 4.0L auto and made mine a standard with the newer engine.My motor mounts worked but the tranny mount had to be swapped also.You will need all mounts,computer,and all the wiring,if yours is not a 99 you will also have to change the dash wiring on the inside as the 100way connector under the dash is not the same from the earlier years IE 97-98 and my even be different due to yours being 4cyl anyway.
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Check it out. Depending why the vehicle was totaled the engine and drive train may be intact. If it is take it and swap it over. Maybe I missed it but what year is your jeep? I know the parts jeep is a 99.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:51 PM   #9
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Check it out. Depending why the vehicle was totaled the engine and drive train may be intact. If it is take it and swap it over. Maybe I missed it but what year is your jeep? I know the parts jeep is a 99.
My cousins Jeep is a 2000 se, the totaled one is a 1999. He was supposed to call the guy today, but, I haven't spoke with him tonight. I will find out more tomorrow. Thanks to all..

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