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Old 06-24-2011, 11:47 AM
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My 1990 Jeep Wranger YJ Drove itself out of my garage down a hill and then over a 6 foot retention wall and landed on all four tires in sand the day I placed an ad on Craigslist to sell it. Needless to say it didn't take the news well.

I was able to get it started and drive it back to the garage. It was late so I thought I'd check it out in the morning when I could see what I was doing. In the morning I wasn't able to get it started. I had to come back to it because I am moving all by myself with my two kids - My hubby got a job in Colorado and is there presently. It sounded as though It wasn't getting gas so I thought either it ran out... a complete possibility because my husband doesn't always resent the milage when he fills up and the gas gauge is broken (obviously) OR the fuel pump/lines were damaged or dislodged. I took the easy route and grabbed a few gallons and brought them home with me. It took about 45 minutes in the HOT HOT Florida sun to jump her and get gas through the engine.

It did start but was running really rough. For grins I poured in some of thas gas line cleaner since it sat for a while (2 days) after the suicide attempt. A bit better but still vibrating the vehicle. I drove it around the block and then on the frontage road to see if there was any skipping. It drove, again, rough but not too much more than usual. I brought it home and it wouldn't start AGAIN after an hour or so. And yes I did let it run a bit after the drive to give the alternator a chance to charge or whatever it does.

I couldn't get it into 4 wheel drive, it kicked out of 4 high and didn't want to move at all in 4 low. Made some noises so I put it back in two and came home.

Furthermore, I can barely open my driver's side door... I have to lift up on it. And the passenger door won't open at all. there are two very small creases under the door hinges near the fenders so basically the whole back of the jeep was pushed forward a bit.

Just thought I'd share with you my awesome week.

PS just had the transmission rebuilt LAST YEAR in Colorado. We relocated to FL for a year for my husband's job. I had Josie transported but it was stolen in route and recovered in Juarez, Mexico. Now this.

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Just when I thought this story was bad, I kept reading and it gets worse and worse.

The Jeep full off a 6 foot embankment onto sand below? I am somewhat suprised it is in as good shape as it is given that the driveshaft is intact. I wouldn't even know where to begin in your case except to pick up the phone and call my insurance company.

Good luck with everything and keep us updated.

Just curious, where are you in FL?

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Old 06-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #3
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Yeah, Bent frame. That would pretty much explain everything except the non starting and I would suspect batteery didnt take the fall well and got damaged. Call the insurance company. Just dont tell them it was for sale or they might suspect insurancce fraud.
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Sounds like you've got a mess (most likely a costly mess) on your hands. As said above, I would not even know where to start. It sounds like the body bent, therefore the doors wont open and the creases. This would mean the frame is bent. I cant imagine why the transfer case would not work though. Maybe the body bent and it is restricting the shifter from fully going into 4 low?

I'd call insurance.
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ok so my assumption is when it hit the center, being center heavy, went down on impact while everything else stayed up, their for bending the frame into a V, which is about to be quite costly, and it would explain all of the issues...
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I swear these YJ's have eyes and ears! Not near as bad as the OP but my brakes went out on the same day I posted it on craigslist. Went in and made the post and thought I should go put a little gas in her. Went to pull in the gas station drive and I couldn't stop. Decided to fix the brakes and probably not selling it now! To the OP though, ouch, poor thing. Almost certain a frame tweak happened somewhere during that fall. Probably one of those "just bad enough to screw with everything yet not bad enough to see with the naked eye type tweaks." Good Luck, keep us posted.
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Yah, I was thinking a bent frame but wouldn't that make it skip when driving, especially when driving at higher speeds? Goodness that will make it hard to get rid of! I'm between Daytona Beach and Orlando. And... only liability insurance b/c I very, very rarley drove it since we've been in FL.

I did get it started finally... and can still start it with out a jump but it takes a minute... more than usual even considering it is carburated. I can get it to idle but it is still running pretty rough. Vibrations and a sort of "putting" comming from the exaust.

Hubby is frustrated because if he was here he could just fix it. But it's just me... and walking his wife through an engine diagnosis just isn't on his agenda at the moment. lol.

All things condsidered... what should I sell this for now? Perhaps Ill just have to drag it back across America with me... Again.
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My cj5 did a similar thing the day i put it up for sale. I was cutting the grass and I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. As I approached it, the 304 v8 came to life and started off down the driveway. It ran over my edger and once i jumped in and slammed on the brakes it finally shut off. Turns out something was amiss with the soelnoid and starter as the coil and all the wires from the alternator, battery, and coil were all fried and crispy. So to the OP, check around those wires to see if it is a similar issue. Crazy Jeeps.
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Electrical system all looked good. Traced all the wires and replaced a couple of spark plugs. I don't think there is anything wrong with that aspect.

I crawled under best I could and first thing noticed the stabilizers are broken. They are knocking against the exaust systen hence the vibrations possibly? I also noticed upon refueling that it leaks gas like crazy...This may be a vehicle I part out.

@Jeffd34.. that would have been something to seee! lol
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It was pretty wild. After I jumped in it continued down the driveway even after I pulled the key out. Luckily no one was around or they could have gotten seriously hurt.
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In your sisuation I would sell it like it is. There sounds like there is a lot of work that will be done. Parting it out would require you taking things apart although you stand to make more omey only if you know what you are doing. Just put it on CL as it. Can take it to a mech and see what they think although driving with a leaky fuel line isn't the greastest of ideas.

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