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Old 11-20-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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HELP!!! '97 TJ oil pressure/burning oil...

I have a issue that seems major... Burning oil and oil pressure gauge drops out. I changed my oil on Friday the 15th using 20/50 and tonight was 3 quarts or more low. I noticed when I changed the oil on Friday that chunks were in the oil. I pulled them chunks out. I inspected them A day or so later... it was sand! Not good right?
Please help me out with ideas an d routes to go

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
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If YOU indeed have sand in your Crankcase, at the VERY MINIMUM, your looking at an Engine Rebuild, or a New / Rebuilt Exchange. Most likely the latter would be the least expensive route.

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:15 AM   #3
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BTW ~~~~~ Did you piss someone off, or have any enemies ? You can bet that would be the direction I WOULD BE LOOKING ! HOW ELSE would Sand get into the Crankcase if it were not for somebody putting it there ? By the sounds of your description, your NOT JUST talking about Sand Dust caused by a faulty Air Filter / or missing Oil Fill Cap during a full week of Dune Riding, Sand is HEAVY.
NOT TO MENTION → The Springs isn't the Friendliest City in Colorado to live, let alone to even pass through.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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BTW ~~~~~ Did you piss someone off, or have any enemies ? You can bet that would be the direction I WOULD BE LOOKING ! HOW ELSE would Sand get into the Crankcase if it were not for somebody putting it there ? By the sounds of your description, your NOT JUST talking about Sand Dust caused by a faulty Air Filter / or missing Oil Fill Cap during a full week of Dune Riding, Sand is HEAVY.
NOT TO MENTION → The Springs isn't the Friendliest City in Colorado to live, let alone to even pass through.
So you think someone purposly did that?
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:51 PM   #5
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yes that was my 1st thought as well.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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So getting barried in the mud where it made it past my air filter couldnt have caused that?
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:39 PM   #7
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So getting barried in the mud where it made it past my air filter couldnt have caused that?
MUD is one thing ~~~ SAND is entirely another.
BUT to answer ~~~ Boggin would be a POSSIBILITY to your issue,
ALTHOUGH I would hope YOUR Jeep would be a little better sealed
in the Motor Department. I know this ain't your FIRST BOGGIN TRIP
looking at your Photos. And I'm sure you would know the Jeep would of
shut down if it were ingesting that amount of crud. Were you able to drive
the Jeep home after getting stuck at a depth of your Air Intake ?
I guess stranger things have happened.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #8
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So you think someone purposly did that?
BUT YES ```` I'm sticken to that Story, REGARDLESS what SHE says.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:26 PM   #9
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do you have sand residue in the filter, or throttle body?
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The air filter area yes.... havent checked the throttle body but will
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Do you still have the oil filter? I'd cut it in half and see what it looks like...a lot of sand in it?? I'd also drop your oil pan and clean up any sludge in it. If someone F'd with your Jeep, find them and make'm disappear...bury them in the sand!
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #12
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Why would anyone run 20/50 oil in a 1997 Wrangler anyway? The spec says 30 weight.
I would never run 20/50 oil in my 1997 Wrangler Sport. This seems to be just asking for trouble.

Like it was suggested, I would drop the oil pan, clean it, replace the oil filter, take it into a shop and have the engine flushed and inspected for compression, and only use 30 weight oil.

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