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Old 01-07-2009, 06:39 PM   #1
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Jeep dies on steep hills

Hey Everyone,
I'm new here and this is my first post.

I have a 88 wrangler 6cyl. It keeps dieing on me when ever I am on a steep incline. It seems to be worse when on sand or loose surfaces. I cant think of any possible causes, I am new to jeeps. It's not bogging down. It just coughs, then dies. sometimes I cant even get it to start while on the hill, I have to roll down and restart the engine when im level.

Any help would be awsome.

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Old 01-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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Hey Everyone,
I'm new here and this is my first post.

I have a 88 wrangler 6cyl. It keeps dieing on me when ever I am on a steep incline. It seems to be worse when on sand or loose surfaces. I cant think of any possible causes, I am new to jeeps. It's not bogging down. It just coughs, then dies. sometimes I cant even get it to start while on the hill, I have to roll down and restart the engine when im level.

Any help would be awsome.

Thanks

Adam
It is carbureted. The gas is sucked into the engine from a float bowl which is filled by a pump. The newer fuel injected or the older throttle body injected are not as affected by incline or tilt. I have an 89 with the same problem. I put in an MC2100 carb and a distributor with points and condenser, and an MSII blaster 45,000 volt coil. It runs great now and no more stalling. If you are running the original carb and coil, I would suggest upgrading.

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that was perfect


weber carb is a common upgrade on the 4.2's, i would look into another carb bro.

do not try and rebuild it, tune it, or anything else for that matter on that CARTER carb ya gots there, you will be wasting yer time.

it is great however, to hear you are wheelin it!!
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i have never heard nice things about the weber. i have one and really dislike it. i have decided to put up with it until i can get a small block under the hood.
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i have never heard nice things about the weber. i have one and really dislike it. i have decided to put up with it until i can get a small block under the hood.

wow, thats unfortunate,

i would have to say its prolly the MOST common upgrade for carburated jeeps
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Not sure if the YJ's use's the same internal carter design as the CJ's. But if so there are two long thin pickup tubes that can get clogged with crap. If you remove and clean these out with brake cleaner and a pin, this did wonders on the CJ's. The other area that might be an issue is one of your vacum lines could be leaking.

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Thanks so much for the replys.

I have one possible fix i found out about, though I'd run it by you all.

I was talking with a friend that runs carbureted drag cars. He had the same dieing issue when he would do a wheel stand on takeoff. He fixed the problem by installing jet extentions in the carb. Do you guys think this is a possible fix.

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Ok, so i tried the jet extensions in the carter carb..... no dice. It actually started to stall on less of an incline. So i finally sucked it up and bought a mc2100 kit off of ebay. i cant wait to see the performance after i slap the puppy in. thanks everyone for your suggestions and help.
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stumpbuster do you have any expirence with the weber carb? i think there about has to be some thing wrong with mine. it has very little power and seems to run rich.

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