1995 4 Cyl Won't Start After Puddle - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-09-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7
1995 4 Cyl Won't Start After Puddle

Hi, all!

I bought my first Jeep yesterday, a 1995 4 cylinder 5 speed.

I had a blast in it all day, but it started raining on our way home. I drove through a rather large puddle, soaking everyone in the car

Right after the puddle, I started to lose power, heard a large backfire, and the engine wouldn't start. It turns over fine, but it won't start.

Any ideas?

-Andy

onlyin-citruscounty is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
Most common problem is water in the distributor cap. Take off and make sure it is dry inside.

MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 09:20 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
99Wrangler4x4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: GA
Posts: 2,270
Images: 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattd View Post
most common problem is water in the distributor cap. Take off and make sure it is dry inside.
x2
__________________
DONT HOLD BACK
OlllllllO
My 2.5L will your 4.0L
Never drive faster than you can see
99Wrangler4x4 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
NHrubicon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 844
Images: 1
If the distributor IS wet, inside or outside, that's where your handy can of WD-40 comes in. Guess what-it's NOT a lubricant-it is for (W)ater (D)isplacement-it's made to 'drive off' water on anything you spray. And it won't hurt electrical components but 'dries' them right off. Most likely your spark plug wires are also going to need to be pulled (one at a time) and sprayed, then put back on.
NHrubicon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 09:51 AM   #5
Newb
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7
Schweet. Got it fired up without WD 40, but will go try out the WD 40 trick.

Does it REALLY stand for "water displacement?"

Learn somethin' new every day

Any of you guys know how to get my 4 wheel drive working? Transfers into gear, but the front wheels don't have any power...
onlyin-citruscounty is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 10:01 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
Quote:
Originally Posted by onlyin-citruscounty View Post
Any of you guys know how to get my 4 wheel drive working? Transfers into gear, but the front wheels don't have any power...
Personally, I'm not up on knowledge when it comes to the 4-wheel aspect.

Try a search on the forum. If you can't find a similar thread about your problem, start a new one. You'll likely get members to answer who can steer you in the right direction. Not likely to get much help under the title of this thread.
MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 10:11 AM   #7
Newb
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 7
Great advice, thanks!

So, back to the distributor - is the current issue I'm having indicative that I need a new cap/distributor? How do I prevent this from happening again? I like puddles
onlyin-citruscounty is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 10:23 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
MattD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 285
Seeing as it's a '95, you'd probably want to start by replacing your spark plug wires (covers are probably cracked, dirty, worn which will allow water access. For the cap, you can create a silicone gasket (I think red silicone would be best, but get other opinions). Since I try to avoid water, others may know of better mods available for getting your electrical system water tight.
MattD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
2xs
Cali Smog Nazi.

WF Supporting Member
 
2xs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, Ca.
Posts: 2,379
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattD View Post
Most common problem is water in the distributor cap. Take off and make sure it is dry inside.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 99Wrangler4x4 View Post
x2
X3
A little brake cleaner or WD should displace the water, if you use brake cleaner, make sure it dries and dissipates, or you will blow the cap off the distributor, lots of bad, but pretty to watch...

and if that doesnt work, try pushing your Jeep backwards through that same puddle, should un-do your issue...
2xs is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-09-2011, 11:43 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 2,291
Quote:
Originally Posted by onlyin-citruscounty View Post
Any of you guys know how to get my 4 wheel drive working? Transfers into gear, but the front wheels don't have any power...
Check the vacuum lines at the front end, its located on the passenger side of the axle..

__________________
2013 WRANGLER SPORT 2 DR., V-6 ,AUTO,HARD TOP
(Sold)1994 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L, Bestop top
/w steel half door and slider windows
5 speed, 2.5" lift, 31" tires,rack lights
Garyk is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Remote start possible cause of major issues cah7307 JK General Discussion Forum 2 08-04-2011 07:14 AM
94 YJ wont start jbomb48 YJ Tech Forum 3 07-18-2011 06:00 PM
Jeep wont start.. Kodysteeler43 TJ Tech Forum 0 05-06-2010 12:30 PM
Turns But Won't Start... Not an easy answer Cryptos TJ Tech Forum 18 06-25-2009 07:12 AM
wont start? snowmanzz13 YJ Tech Forum 10 04-14-2008 12:14 PM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:25 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC