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Old 06-15-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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A few kinks in the old Jeep

Hey all ,

I bought my first Wrangler about a month ago and I love the thing. It is an awesome vehicle, but there are a few issues that need to be worked out before I consider it completely reliable... and before I consider selling my other car.

My Jeep is a 1999 Wrangler SE. 4 banger with a manual 5-speed. It is pretty clean as far as I can tell - it doesn't appear to be off-roaded or anything. This Jeep is very much stock.

First problem is it is tough to start. If the Jeep has been off for more then a few minutes it takes two series of cranks to get started. I first have to crank it for about 4 seconds, stop and wait 1 second, then crank again and it starts right up in less then 2 seconds. Once shes fired up shes strong. I have a feeling I know what this issue is, but I would like to hear from the experts before I tell the local mechanic to empty my wallet. FYI, last time they tried to "fix" it they put new plugs, wires, distributor cap in even though I mentioned what I thought it was.

Next problem is a clicking sound when I drive. When I first got it, the clicking sound was much less frequent and less loud. Now whenever I am driving straight or turning there tick.tick.tick.tick.tick that correlates with my speed. It usually only occurs when I am accelerating or when I still have the car in gear and am coasting. I could swear the sound is coming from the fronts, but it could very well be the rears. I don't think it is the brakes either. Any idea what this is and what it will cost me to fix?

I would like to get these issues worked out ASAP as my parents are coming to town next week and are borrowing my Jeep for a road trip to the Keys over night. I haven't seen them in a while so they can't get stranded in a busted Jeep.

Please let me know what you guys are thinking about these issues and what they might cost to fix.


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Old 06-15-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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First problem sounds like either the fuel pump or the one way valve in the pressure regulator that keeps the fuel from draining back into the tank when the pump is off. The first crank you prime the line, the second it catches. I believe it was like $1xx.00 something for the regulator when I replaced it, I'm not sure about the pump, but the whole assembly (pump, regulator, case, fuel gauge sending unit, basically everything you pull out of the tank) is like $3-400 depending on where you find it online.

Other problem could be a ujoint, bearing, or something else, I'm not sure.

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Old 06-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Peepers! I suspected the fuel pump anti-flowback valve as the culprit for the first problem. I think that may be a lower priority fix at this point. I don't think it is going to get worse or prevent me from starting.

Anyone have any ideas about the clicking sound mentioned above? It is beginning to worry me.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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No one has any idea what the ticking sound could be? I have searched this forum and I narrowed it down between CV joint and U-Joint, but to be honest I dont know much about either of them and how to determine what it is.

I am afraid to just take it to the shop and have them figure it out because the last time I did that they "fixed" whatever they wanted and it didn't resolve my issue.
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