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Unread 10-20-2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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Wits end for a different reason...

My '88 cherokee has a few problems, one of the main ones being it misses on acceleration or when the engine is under any type of load. What could this be? It misses on the same cylinder all the time, but normally only when i am accelerating. When it began, i unplugged the ECM, then plugged it back in, and it went away for a while. It came back, and when i unplugged and re-connected the ECM, it was still there. I have to drive it like this to work and such, its the only vehicle i have. I've been through so many different diagnostic procedures with this, i've lost count. All i can really tell you is all cylinders are getting spark, and to the best of my knowledge, fuel. It doesnt seem to have any less power or torque than it did before. Could it be the Crankshaft position sensor? And is it bad to drive it like this? The other problem is, I have one of those oil leaks that seem to come from no where. It loses about a quart per week, and when i look from above, everything looks fine, with the average amount of dirt, and loose oil on top, but when i crawl underneath, its all over the front driveshaft, side of the block behind the exhaust manifold, oil pan, even as far back as the t-case. I'm ready to just ditch the engine, go buy a brand new long block, and use the distributor-less ignition on newer cherokees instead, but i need this to run untill i can get the $$ to do the swap. Thanks guys! Any help I can get is always appreciated, i mean it!

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Unread 10-20-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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have you swapped that plug with a diff one? try switching it out with the next one over and see what happens.
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Unread 10-21-2004, 12:23 AM   #3
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Im not even sure which cylinder is misfiring. I had a guy with the title of "master mechanic" listen to it, and ride in it, and he sayd he didnt have the slightest clue as to what it could be =P
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Unread 10-21-2004, 12:32 AM   #4
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hm. stick new plugs in it.
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Unread 10-21-2004, 12:34 AM   #5
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Take the plugs out one at a time and look at them. Find the plug that looks different from the others and swap it out as well as replace the plug wire for that one.

Also check the dist and rotor and look for damage or build up on either of them.

I would take this time to replace the plugs, wires, and cap/rotor.
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Unread 10-21-2004, 12:37 AM   #6
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will do, I need to run to Murray's for more oil anyways =P. If its not the plugs, anybody have any other suggestions?
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Unread 10-21-2004, 12:39 AM   #7
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And i actually just replaced the distributor, cap, rotor, and plug wires not too long ago, and began swapping the old equipment back on to make sure it wasnt something related to the new items, and of course, i got nothing from it
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Unread 10-21-2004, 03:22 AM   #8
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im clueless. i jsut know for the longest time i had a flat pedal and i did all sorts of things to improve it and i think ever scince the first day I owned it I actualy had a small crack or leak inbettween cylinders 5 and 6.

didnt use oil idled like crap until i put the MSd box on it, probalby would have ran on for yers longer except i ran some seafoam throguht it and drove the thing about 20 miles in 3rd gear at 4300rpm
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Unread 10-21-2004, 07:51 AM   #9
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The other thing to check is compression on each cyl. If you've got a leaky valve or ring, it won't fire even with fuel and spark.
Regarding the oil leak, I'm jeep mechanic (yet) but it sounds like a rear main seal to me.

Good luck...
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Unread 10-21-2004, 02:53 PM   #10
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Alright, ill start going through and replacing everything untill it works right =P.. I'll be sure to let you guys know what i find.
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