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Old 12-19-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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I'm New Have Some Concerns & Questions

Hey everyone! I just bought a 1997 Wrangler TJ with some high miles -160k - I know a lot but for $3200 i just couldnt pass it up. I bought it from an older man that owned it from it's birth.

So here are my questions (I did do a search already as well):

1. When the jeep is at idle it sounds great but as soon as I put any gas down there is a high pitched ticking. Doesn't go away even when warm. From the search i have done it seems to either be a lifter. I am going to do Lucus with a new oil change but im wondering if it isnt something more serious.

2. I am having a hard time getting the clutch into first gear. I may need to replace the clutch i know but could this be the clicking - the master cylinder?

3. There is that air condition unit with a belt on the front of the jeep - every 10-15 seconds the middle part of it spins - is this normal? I also noticed a little spark next to it as well. What do you guys think.

Well thats it for now - once these are fixed or addressed i plan on doing some heavy mods to this bad boy. Like the lexus forum clublexus.com i always document for others to see the progress and new home made mods. So you guys will be hearing a lot from me. Im excited to own a jeep and look forward to everyones replies.

Have a great night.

Garett

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Old 12-20-2008, 01:24 AM   #2
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I'm no super mechanic, but these are my opinions.

1. Where is the "ticking" noise coming from? It could be a lifter, or it could be a cracked or loose exhaust manifold. You might also want to check the timing chain to make sure it's not loose while you're in there-160,000 is about time.

2. shouldn't be the clutch master making the ticking noise. I recommend changing the clutch master and clutch slave when you change the clutch, but that's just my opinion. sooner done the better, you don't want to get stranded somewhere.

3. the front of the air conditioning compressor where the belt runs on the pulley has a clutch on it too. When the system is activated(either with heat or a/c on) the compressor will cycle, meaning that the clutch will engage/disengage- meaning the middle of the pulley will spin for 10-15 seconds, or however long the cycle lasts...

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Old 12-21-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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Update:

Did some work on it this weekend. Searched everywhere for a manifold leak but couldn't find anything. From the research i have done it seems to be the exhaust manifold, i guess this is a common problem with the wrangler.

Question is how do I check for an exhaust manifold leak?

Also what are some fixes I should address so I dont get stranded with the high miles?

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:06 PM   #4
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Hey everyone! I just bought a 1997 Wrangler TJ with some high miles -160k - I know a lot but for $3200 i just couldnt pass it up. I bought it from an older man that owned it from it's birth.

So here are my questions (I did do a search already as well):

1. When the jeep is at idle it sounds great but as soon as I put any gas down there is a high pitched ticking. Doesn't go away even when warm. From the search i have done it seems to either be a lifter. I am going to do Lucus with a new oil change but im wondering if it isnt something more serious.

2. I am having a hard time getting the clutch into first gear. I may need to replace the clutch i know but could this be the clicking - the master cylinder?

3. There is that air condition unit with a belt on the front of the jeep - every 10-15 seconds the middle part of it spins - is this normal? I also noticed a little spark next to it as well. What do you guys think.



Garett

2- "Having a hard time getting the clutch into first gear"? Do you just mean getting it to shift into first? it could be sticking synchros. Have you tried dropping it into second (or reverse)and then first before releasing the clutch on first.

3)That's your AC fan clutch, it'll cycle the compressor off and on depending on the pressure that's built up in the ac system.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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3) The AC cycle sounds a little quick. Its probably low on refrigrant i would recharge it with a little leak stop.
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