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Old 05-06-2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help, broken door handle...

My sister just picked up her second jeep the on saturday. Its a 1990 with a 4 inch lift and 33's. Today she was in a bit of a hurry and she pulled on the out side door handle(full hard doors) and it didn't open, but the handle itself stayed open at a 45 degree angle away from the jeep and now won't open the door and won't return to flat. It this has happened and/ or you can help me get this fixed that would be a lot of help.

Also on sunday we took the jeep out to see what it could do on the trails. We were trying a little mud and got stuck. (This is not a good time to find out that you 4 wheel drive doesn't work). Anyways we were stuck for upward of three hours due to the lack of a tow vehicle or winch. I think that the transfer case may be bad. If you have any ideas that would be good to know. Thanks

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I would be looking at the front axle before deciding the t-case is bad. Check to see if your vacuum lines are attached to the shift mechanism on the front end and check to see if the vacuum lines are attached at the t-case. Your whole 4 wheel drive system is dependent on that small vacuum actuated shift fork inside there. If you have a vacuum leak or that thing is not functioning you have no 4 wheel drive. As for the door paddle you'll just have to remove the inner door panel and see if the linkage has hung up or if the paddle is broken inside. Either way you'll have to take that door panel off.


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Old 05-07-2008, 05:40 AM   #3
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yeah coyote is right, alot, a whole bunch of those yj's have that problem, i think in 93 they stoped using vacume actuated axle disconnect type front axle. it really is a dumb idea, but anyway. i am sure your tcase is fine, there are 4 vacume lines coming out of a "switch"
on top of your tcase, yellow green red and blue, yellow and green and myabe red go to your front axle, blue connects to your switch in your dash, beleive it or not that is vacume actuated to. so that little blue light is triggered by vacume pressure, anyway, those lines are prone to cracking, tearing, just not working. it is also possible that the shift motor on the front ale is bad too, those forks are pretty weak. pull the lines off the fornt axle (easy) and have someone put it in 4 wheel drive while its running and check and see if you have a vacume or not. that will help there, trace the lines if you have nothing than it is a switch, if you have a leak, replace the line. if you have vacume and it won't shift, replace the motor (sixty dollars) but keep on the look out for cable lock conversions, if your more interested in manually locking the front with a cable i can send you a link, but anyway i hope that helps.good luck
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yeah coyote is right, alot, a whole bunch of those yj's have that problem, i think in 93 they stoped using vacume actuated axle disconnect type front axle.
Nope. My 94 has it too. I'm pretty sure it a YJ thing. I believe it was discontinued when the TJ came out.

But try everything yjwrangler said then report back.
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Nope. My 94 has it too. I'm pretty sure it a YJ thing. I believe it was discontinued when the TJ came out.

But try everything yjwrangler said then report back.
Yup, it's a yj thing. My 97 tj is the first year without it
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thanks guys, i'll check out these solutions
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As far as your door goes mine used to do that but the only thing I did to fix it was remove the inner panel and use a pair of channel locks to pop the pin that slipped past the latch to its proper location and be careful when opening the door. I would advise keeping the channel locks in the vehicle for future occasions. I solved mine by buying new/used doors that are in awesome shape
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If you have full steel doors, be prepared to take them apart a million times. Mine are ancient and after about the sixth time you realize that if there was a time trial you would finish first blindfolded. I can take mine apart, do what I have to, and then put them back together in an average of three to five minutes. Have fun. Peace out.

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