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Old 06-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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New to forum with a bunch of questions!

Hello everyone,

I just purchased a '97 Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 with 123...mi. and a couple of issues. The wife and I purchased this jeep with the intent of trail riding, no plans on rock crawling.

1) It has the starting issue (3 tries before it starts) does not appear to be holding any fuel pressure at the fuel rail after its been turned off.
2) Death wobble- been reading that the steering stabilizer is a good place to start.
3) I've noticed that various rubber suspension bushings are cracked and I would like to replace them all with polyurethane. I'd like to know best source and brand.

That's all for now. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

Pat

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Hello everyone,

I just purchased a '97 Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 with 123...mi. and a couple of issues. The wife and I purchased this jeep with the intent of trail riding, no plans on rock crawling.

1) It has the starting issue (3 tries before it starts) does not appear to be holding any fuel pressure at the fuel rail after its been turned off.
2) Death wobble- been reading that the steering stabilizer is a good place to start.
3) I've noticed that various rubber suspension bushings are cracked and I would like to replace them all with polyurethane. I'd like to know best source and brand.

That's all for now. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

Pat
In reference to the Death wobble, if you read around any most of the knowledgeable people out there will tell you that the steering stabilizer (dampener) is not the place to start. As a matter of fact they will point you directly away from that. Honestly if you are seeing rubber bushings that are cracked in your suspension that would more likely be the cause of your issue. Also, double check all of your suspension to ensure everything is torqued down correctly. When you are tightening down pay extra attention to the two ends of the track bar!! Beyond that check out the sticky at the top of the TJ forum page discussing the death wobble. Also, if you do some searching around you will find a lot of good information on the death wobble.

As for your starting issue, I can't be much help

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #3
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Fuel pressure issue: do you ever smell fuel after driving? Drive it around, go home and park it on a dry surface. Crawl underneath, look for leaks. If not that it's probably the fuel pump.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Sounds like the fuel pressure regulator for the starting issue. It's not letting it hold fuel so when you go to start it doesn't have anything until the second or third attempt. Try turning the key to let everything come on but do not turn motor. Leave it like that for a second or two. Do that three times and then turn the motor and see if it starts.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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Hello everyone,

I just purchased a '97 Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 with 123...mi. and a couple of issues. The wife and I purchased this jeep with the intent of trail riding, no plans on rock crawling.

1) It has the starting issue (3 tries before it starts) does not appear to be holding any fuel pressure at the fuel rail after its been turned off.
2) Death wobble- been reading that the steering stabilizer is a good place to start.
3) I've noticed that various rubber suspension bushings are cracked and I would like to replace them all with polyurethane. I'd like to know best source and brand.

That's all for now. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

Pat
1. It sounds like the regulator isn't holding pressure in the fuel rail.

2. You should need nothing more than a factory stabilizer..AFTER you have corrected the DW issue with figuring out what is causing it. Replacing the worn bushings would be an excellent start and when you'e done, make sure everything is torqued to factory specs.

3. You may want to reconsider the poly bushings. While very durable, most folks are driven insane by the endless squeaking. I'd look for OEM style rubber replacements from Crown or Omix-ADA.

Good luck!!
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Forgot to mention earlier, getting your tires re-balanced is an easy step to take that can help with fixing the death wobble.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:02 AM   #7
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Thank you very much for all your input

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