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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2009, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about buying a 1988 Jeep Wrangler but it makes a whining(misting sound as my dad says) when it is running. The whining sound is coming from the passenger side of the jeep. It also makes a crackling noise after it is killed. The owner doesn't know what is wrong with it, but he thinks it needs a tune up and a new distributor. It looks decent. it comes with some extras. also comes with a hardtop and a bikini top. The guy has only had 3 months. He has put a new ignition in it and all new hoses and belts. He has put a new exhaust system on it, also. The engine was rebuilt by one of the previous owners and It has a rebuilt carburetor(this is info. from the mechanic who usually worked on it, the mechanic doesn't know what is wrong with it.). The whining sound is coming from the passenger side under the hood. The crackling wire sounds like some wire burning. Something else it takes a lil' while to get up to 60 with the pedal on the floor. Does this sound like what the problem is?
How much does it sound like it is going to cost to fix?
He is wanting $4500 for it(thats what he put into it). Is it worth it in your opinion?
thanks for any help

(SORRY left this out. It is a 6 cylinder.)

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-29-2009, 03:29 PM
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whining sound could be oil pump. Its on that side. Filter may be stopped up.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-29-2009, 09:28 PM
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Crackling electrical is going to be a short somewhere.

I would say between the Ignition switch and the Coil or Starter.

There is probably a bad wire in the ignition circuit causing either the starter to short, or the coil to fire at the wrong time.

If the engine doesn't "die" right after the key is turned off, the crackle could be part of the system dieseling. The engine gets "quieter" as it is stopping, it hits the next plug and you will here it crackle before it dies completely, this may be due to incorrect timing.

$4500? you can find a fully working 88 for that if you are willing to look around.

To find that crackle, you will need to start / turn off the engine with someone watching for sparks (easier to do in the dark)

most of the time if you can "hear" electricity, you can also see it shorting as well. Watch the starter solenoid, and the coil for the crackle.

You will want to have the timing checked. You didn't say if it was an I6 4.2L or a 4 cylinder.

The 88 4.2L is going to come with a Pukegoat BA10/5 transmission.

This is just my opinion, unless you are very mechanically inclined, I would look for a late 89 or 90 YJ. 4.2L over the 2.5L, and definately AX15 transmission over the Pukegoat BA10/5. I would also suggest getting a later model YJ with Fuel Injection. Carburetors require some tweaking and extra know-how from time to time. If you are going carb'd I would recommend switching out the Carter BBD Pile-o-Scrap for a Motorcraft 2100 or 2150 (there is a guy that makes a kit for the purpose of swapping onto the 4.2L engine on EBay).

late 89 and up will have the AX15 transmission with the 4.2/4.0L, if you go 94 or later, you get the External clutch slave cylinder, of course this assumes you are getting a manual transmission and not an automatic.
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Check Blue book... unless you're into this jeep I'd say rust free $2400 or less.
If your looking to not have issues look for a Fuel injected YJ instead.

That hissing sound must be gold because that's what that guy thinks he's sitting on... although I am sure I will be throwing that much into mine at the rate I am going.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-30-2009, 09:31 AM
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check your catalytic converter, sounds like its plugged up to me.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-30-2009, 09:42 AM
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I would pass on it.

For $4500 you could get a '92-'95 4.0L.

Better fuel system (Mopar injection), better tranny, family style roll bar, etc. The list goes on & on....


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For $4,500.00 look for another wrangler, too much $$ You will most likely put another $4,500.00 in it when you're done. save yourself RUN! Don't Walk!

I should have waited for a '95 best of the YJ IMO. But I do have an '89 so I live with it and I love it even though its in pieces putting back together very slowly and can't wait to finish it to do some serious riding.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-02-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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thanks I have decided to pass it up and look at a 1991 Jeep Wrangler, no carb. The dude, who owns it, has restored it. He fixed it up for his son to drive but his son didn't like it. Now hes selling to try to help pay for his son college cost. It has a custom stereo in it. everything works perfect except for a small valve cover leak(the only reason he didn't get it fixed was he couldn't find the part).

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