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Old 07-15-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Help with starting my Jeep first thing in the morning.

I need some help figuring out a starting issue with my 1987 6 cylinder Jeep Wrangler. This is only an issue the first time I start it in the morning when the jeep has sat unused overnight for a longer period of time. The Jeep runs great the rest of the day. It takes a couple tries to start the Jeep in the morning. It turns over, but it doesn’t catch and start. Once it starts, while in neutral, I have to give it a little gas to keep the Jeep from stalling. Once I drive about ¼ of a mile it starts to idle fine and doesn’t want to stall out. Note that the starter & flywheel have been replaced recently, and had a carburetor overall a few weeks ago. Anyone have any ideas on what it could be?

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
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is the choke working?

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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yeah,does not sound like the choke is working..I would take it back to the guy that built the carb
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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I agree with the choke, the choke is not staying open. You can check this pretty easy by taking the air cleaner off (if its the original carter) and when cold push the throttle this should open the choke plate and leave it open. Also you can verify gas is going carb prior to starting when the gas pedal is pressed?
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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Automatic choke. Check the setting. Loosen the 3 screws but don't remove them. Turn the black dial to see if there is tension on the spring. If there is you should be ok. If not, you have a broken spring. If it's working set it to 1 notch rich. When cold take off the air cleaner and manually set the choke. The carb plate should be practically closed.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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I just replaced the fuel filter, which hasn't been done in a long time (a suggestion I read in another post). Working on the choke now. I loosened the tree screws and set the one to the first notch to keep the flap slightly open. Do I re-tighten the other 2 screws when I start the car first thing in the morning when the car is cold, and how tight should they be?
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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I just replaced the fuel filter, which hasn't been done in a long time (a suggestion I read in another post). Working on the choke now. I loosened the tree screws and set the one to the first notch to keep the flap slightly open. Do I re-tighten the other 2 screws when I start the car first thing in the morning when the car is cold, and how tight should they be?
Tighten all of the screws, just don't over tighten to the point where you'll break the plastic. Just snug it. When you moved the indicator there should have been some resistance from the spring. If there was it should be ok unless there's another issue. I would also spray the linkage with carb and choke cleaner in case something is hanging up.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:29 AM   #8
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After working on the issue yesterday, using suggestions provided, I started the Jeep this morning and there was a huge improvement. I made a few more tweaks, per what was written above, and no stalling. Thanks everyone for your help, and for taking the time to write specifics.

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