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Old 05-26-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Newbie with some stuff coming out of the tail pipe...

Hi, everyone. I just joined the forum. A lot of helpful information on these pages. I recently bought my first jeep. It's 88 2.5L 5 spd.
In the last 2 or 3 weeks I've noticed that when I first start the Jeep, quite a bit of water and wet exhaust soot, comes out. I didn't notice this before. After it is warm it stops. but it does it every time even if I drive it everyday. Is this normal? Just wondering if I should be worried.
Also, one more question. My 4WD indicator light will not turn off. I put it on 4H one day for a little bit and it has stayed on since.
here is a picture of the exhaust stuff..




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Old 05-26-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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I would dip my finger in it and smell it... it might have unburned gas, if it smells really gassy, it might be time for a tune-up, check error codes, stuck float on the carb, or ???

Other than that, did you recently take it under water or splashin'? There could still be water coming out of the muffler and it would look rusty like that.

If it smells real gassy, get it looked at by a pro right away. We don't need any Jeep fires, especially after Chadwick dunked his Jeep in a pond the size of Lake Michigan to impress his girlfriend... We need a little while without loosing any jeeps

Oh, and great job getting a picture right out of the gate. It really helps us to see exactly whats up. I'd tell you more if we could make it a scratch and sniff

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Water is a by-product of combustion. Some water is normal in the exhaust.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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thanks!

I've had the jeep for only about 2 months and I have not taken it underwater or splashing. I did a full tune up as soon as I got it so I don't think that's the problem. But I'll scratch and sniff at it and see what it smells like...
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oh and it's fuel injected by the way..
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Welcome to the forum. With the warmer weather and higher humidity, it is normal for moisture to build up in the exhaust system, but it never hurts to make sure that it is water coming out. Stand behind it with your hand close to the tailpipe and have someone start it up. It is easier than trying to scrape it off the ground and determine what it is. You will know right away what you have.
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:46 PM   #7
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cool thanks. I will check and make sure it is not gas...

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