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Old 04-24-2018, 04:34 PM
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When was your most recent breakdown?

Last night my Jeep broke down on me while I was trying to leave work at Midnight. I was conveniently parked in someone else's paid parking spot too. So I fire up my Jeep, throw it in 1st and give it a little gas then the thing immediately dies and would not fire back up. I had to push it back into the parking spot and diagnose from there. Long story short I got a ride from my girlfriend (who was in a great mood after being woken up at almost 1:00am)

This morning I go to diagnose the problem again (while everyone is poking their nose into the guy who broke down) First thing I did was depress the Schrader valve which revealed that I had fuel. Next step was diagnosing spark...immediately I looked into the crank position sensor since the Jeep shut down instantly instead of slowly dying due to poor spark. I went out to Autozone and bought a new Duralast CPS (I know Duralast but I had no choice). After installing it, the jeep fired up and I was on my way.

Thank god for the mighty reliable 4.0 so easy to work on.

That being said, what is your most recent breakdown and solution? I was so stressed out about getting my Jeep towed and paying for parts that might not solve my problem.

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Old 04-24-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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I've never been stranded by any of my Jeeps. *knocks on wood*

But I have been stranded once many years ago after losing a u-joint on the highway in my firebird. Yup, I called for a tow back to my house... Sucks to remember but when the u-joint let go it sheared the spider gears in the rear differential; that wasn't cheap to fix.

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Old 04-24-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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Ran out of gas. Smh.


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Old 04-24-2018, 07:06 PM   #5
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Not much of a breakdown but could have been a roadside catastrophe if I didn't catch it in time
changing the oil in the YJ and I found a crack in the drain pan I've never hit a stump rock or anything but now the pan from the 31-year old rig has cracked somehow go figure. Fixed now. Weird
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Ran out of gas. Smh.


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The last two times...
But, I carry a can now. Ya know in the YJ’s the fuel gauge is just a suggestion, right?
Honestly, my old heeps are the only vehicles I’ve ever owned that I really don’t care if it breaks something.
It gives me a reason to “Upgrade”.


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The last two times...
But, I carry a can now. Ya know in the YJ’s the fuel gauge is just a suggestion, right?
Honestly, my old heeps are the only vehicles I’ve ever owned that I really don’t care if it breaks something.
It gives me a reason to “Upgrade”.


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Haha. Yeah. I was test driving the gas tank that I had just installed and the pickup tube apparently couldn’t reach the 3 gallons I’d dumped in.

I just had a radiator leak turn into a shiny new radiator, so I know what you mean.


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Haha. Yeah. I was test driving the gas tank that I had just installed and the pickup tube apparently couldn’t reach the 3 gallons I’d dumped in.

I just had a radiator leak turn into a shiny new radiator, so I know what you mean.


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Gas was also the last 'break down' I had. Funny in a way, because I ran out climbing a hill, coasted back to the flat so I would be out of the way and it started right back up.
Since I'd hit a couple good bumps going up the hill I thought something came loose, so spent almost a half hour checking out wiring and connections before I figured out the pickup was to short to reach the gas past a certain angle. Figured out that it left over 3 gallons in the tank that couldn't be used, so I extended the tube enough to put it 1/2 inch from the bottom. By my calculations I get nearly 50 miles extra by being able to use all the gas in the tank.
I thought it was some mistake a PO had made, but since then have heard a lot of people had the same problem.
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Gas was also the last 'break down' I had. Funny in a way, because I ran out climbing a hill, coasted back to the flat so I would be out of the way and it started right back up.
Since I'd hit a couple good bumps going up the hill I thought something came loose, so spent almost a half hour checking out wiring and connections before I figured out the pickup was to short to reach the gas past a certain angle. Figured out that it left over 3 gallons in the tank that couldn't be used, so I extended the tube enough to put it 1/2 inch from the bottom. By my calculations I get nearly 50 miles extra by being able to use all the gas in the tank.
I thought it was some mistake a PO had made, but since then have heard a lot of people had the same problem.


The weird thing is, I didn’t have the problem with my original ‘88 plastic tank. When I swapped in a replacement from a ‘95, the problem happened. I noticed that my 88 didn’t have the plastic basket thingie in the tank that protects from issues like the one you describe, but the 95 tank does. I was wondering if the sides of the basket were keeping gas out of the range of the tube when it got low enough. I just haven’t gotten the motivation to drop the tank for a third time to make adjustments yet.


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Wednesday. It cranked a little funny that morning, but I rolled the dice and drove 28 miles out to work. The roll came up snake eyes at 5:00 when the key turn only returned a relay click. Luckily got a ride home and returned the next day with my pickup and tow bar. Battery is a year old and I had replaced the starter 4 years ago when I first bought the YJ. Long story short- the solenoid had separated from the starter, both screws had backed completely out and were loose in the drive housing. $130 lifetime guaranteed replacement and it cranks like a D-9 Cat.
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I brought the 94 from the back to drive to work. Parked in front and started loading up, looked underneath and saw a big spot growing in front. Been having a slight leak for a while but couldn't trace it. Water pump finally let go after I replaced it 3 years ago. Drove back around the house and parked it threw my crap back in the KJ. Replaced the water pump and bought a spare for next time.

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