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Old 08-02-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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I will be needing my 90 YJ to be my daily driver. I've changed out the wires, cap, rotor, plugs, fuel filter, changed engine oil, oil filter, transmission fluid, brake fluid, clutch fluid, new battery, and fixed the necessary things that needed to be changed when I bought it. However, what are some other things I should look into in making sure this thing runs top notch.

I am getting starting issues which seemed to have gotten worst since I've bought it...I'm thinking maybe fuel pump, fuel pressure, or just a bad carb? Any suggestions?

Also, anyone else here use their YJ as a DD? If so, how has it been for you?

Thanks in advanced!

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I drive mine 30 miles every day. Have had it two years. '88 with the 258. One thing I have to do with mine is make sure the choke linkage is clean or it will not release causing very high idle. It took a few months, but I got the hang of what it "likes" and doesn't like, especially pertaining to starting (hot/cold/warm). I'm looking for a Motorcraft to replace it with, so hopefully it will solve most of the minor issues I have.

Never gotten stranded with it. It has a little more "personality" than my wife's '07 Accord, but so far has been pretty much as reliable.

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Old 08-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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I drive mine 30 miles every day. Have had it two years. '88 with the 258. One thing I have to do with mine is make sure the choke linkage is clean or it will not release causing very high idle. It took a few months, but I got the hang of what it "likes" and doesn't like, especially pertaining to starting (hot/cold/warm). I'm looking for a Motorcraft to replace it with, so hopefully it will solve most of the minor issues I have.

Never gotten stranded with it. It has a little more "personality" than my wife's '07 Accord, but so far has been pretty much as reliable.
Thanks for the input 88Sahara..one thing I am noticing is when it does give me starting issues I need to press the pedal to the floor to get it started...but this morning even that didn't work, it took about 4 tries to finally get it fired up.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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As to the DD I drive mine every day and I love it, mine only has the 2.5L but it works for a commuter I'm getting new ring and pinion gear put in soon so I can't wait to get 4th and 5th gear back.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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I am getting starting issues which seemed to have gotten worst since I've bought it...I'm thinking maybe fuel pump, fuel pressure, or just a bad carb? Any suggestions?

Also, anyone else here use their YJ as a DD? If so, how has it been for you?

Thanks in advanced!
I have an 89 with the 4.2L. I did most all the things you mentioned above. The one thing I didn't see was whether or not you had the timing checked. Mine was running, but rough. I had the timing checked and now she purrs! I drive a minimum of 50 miles a day, and have offroaded it a little.

You might have someone (or do it yourself) check the timing. Can't hurt!
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:11 PM   #6
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I have an 89 with the 4.2L. I did most all the things you mentioned above. The one thing I didn't see was whether or not you had the timing checked. Mine was running, but rough. I had the timing checked and now she purrs! I drive a minimum of 50 miles a day, and have offroaded it a little.

You might have someone (or do it yourself) check the timing. Can't hurt!
Yes, that is something I didn't do yet. A friend of mine is a mechanic, I'll definitely ask him to check that! Thanks for the input!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:32 PM   #7
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Air filter

Keep that air flowin smoothly...

Also clean your carb. Disassemble it entirely and soak it in carb cleaner overnight, or buy a rebuild kit.
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Also clean your carb. Disassemble it entirely and soak it in carb cleaner overnight, or buy a rebuild kit.
Better yet, replace it with a carb that isn't a complete and total POS like the factory emissions carb is.
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ahahaha!! I know that stock carb suckz..I did change the air filter as well...forgot to mention that
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Thanks for the input 88Sahara..one thing I am noticing is when it does give me starting issues I need to press the pedal to the floor to get it started...but this morning even that didn't work, it took about 4 tries to finally get it fired up.

When mine is cold, I give her about three or four good pumps on the go pedal. Normally fires right up. Part of the joy of owning one of these things is getting to know what they want. But, they don't always tell you. They make you figure it out
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Kinda off subject but your starting methods are funny and remind me of a old subaru brat I had a long time ago. I was the only person that could start it. I always left the keys in it, first of all it was a subaru brat I mean who would want it and second of all it they did they couldnt start it. Funny how carbed vehicles have a personality you have to learn. My father in law has a 81 CJ7 with the carbed 258 and it starts flawlessly! Go figure its the only one I have ever heard of being easy to start.
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Kinda off subject but your starting methods are funny and remind me of a old subaru brat I had a long time ago. I was the only person that could start it. I always left the keys in it, first of all it was a subaru brat I mean who would want it and second of all it they did they couldnt start it. Funny how carbed vehicles have a personality you have to learn. My father in law has a 81 CJ7 with the carbed 258 and it starts flawlessly! Go figure its the only one I have ever heard of being easy to start.
Yep that's exactly how I feel, like I'm the only person on the planet who can start the darn thing. I'm definitely leaning to a better carb though! Going to clean it out again this weekend and see if that helps until I can buy a new motorcraft mc2100
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So I soaked my carb with carb/choke cleaner, let it evaporate and did it again and went through the steps about 3 more times. When I started it up some really bad stuff blew out of my exhaust...I mean pretty bad it literally burnt my nose! However as I sprayed carb cleaner in the carb and revved the engine lightly I noticed it ran almost like a new car - I mean smoooooth! So my question is, was all that stuff that shot out of my exhaust the cause for my starting issues and is this normal build up of junk for a 90YJ?

Thanks again WF!
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So my question is, was all that stuff that shot out of my exhaust the cause for my starting issues and is this normal build up of junk for a 90YJ?

Thanks again WF!
Yes, and not just the YJ......Any older carburated motor would do the same thing. Need to get all that junk clear of the carb to make 'em purrrrr.

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