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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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First jeep, slight problem.

Just bought my first jeep
its a 1988 YJ
it has
6" suspension lift
4" body
33 12.50 tires
4.11 gears
Holley carb

When i first start it it wont start unless i give it a little gas..
is this normal?
also it wouldnt start this morning.
tapped on the solenoid and it started right up..
any suggestions?

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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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oh and when i first tried to start it this morning
it cranked once and i noticed a small puff of white smoke coming out of the steering colum.
would this have something to do with the solenoid?
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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The solenoid doesn't use gas, it may have been stuck. If you still have the carter carb yes that's very normal to give some gas first. As far as the smoke from the steering colum..? There shouldn't be any.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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it has a holley carb...
i just thought it was wierd that it wouldnt start..
i saw a small puff of smoke..
tapped the solenoid and it started back..
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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oh and when i first tried to start it this morning
it cranked once and i noticed a small puff of white smoke coming out of the steering colum.
would this have something to do with the solenoid?
First thing you'll want to do is run, don't walk, to your nearest store and buy a fire extinguisher.
You might have an issue with the ignition switch. Don't know the correlation between the switch and solenoid, I'm sure someone else can help there.
Yes, it's normal for a carbureted engine to start by feeding it some gas. Modern fuel injected cars have an electric fuel pump so you don't have to pump the gas pedal to start them.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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so you think i need to pull the colum off and check the wires?
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #7
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so you think i need to pull the colum off and check the wires?
You shouldn't have to pull the column, the switch is mounted to the column and is connected to the key tumbler be a rod. The switch can be removed without dropping the column.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #8
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If it were my Jeep, I'd immediately disconnect the battery, then start troubleshooting that electrical issue asap.

When it made a puff of smoke - did it smell?

Don't wanna end-up like this:

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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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yea it had an electrical smell to it
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:53 AM   #10
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I have got to see what a four inch body lift looks like. And a six inch suspension lift with 33's.

Please post pics for posterity's sake.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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alright i'll get a few in a min..
i do plan on taking the body lift off lol
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:12 AM   #12
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ok went out to start it and it cranks maybe 1-2 times then stops everytime i turn the key?
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:27 AM   #13
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so i got it started and found that my turn signals have quit working...
i'm guessing the smoke was the turn signal wire burning?
still having the issue with the started but it will start if i keep trying..
guessing i need a new starter/solenoid..
sucks that i just bought the thing yesterday.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #14
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From the sound of it, a carbureted motor is something new to you. If not, the next few lines will be redundant and insulting. I apologize in advance if they are.

How I start my '87:
- put the pedal to the floor 1 time and release.
- turn the key
- the engine should start and idle between 1500-2000 rpm
- when the temp gauge starts to get close to the first line above bottom, tap the gas about half way down and release (this will release the choke)
- engine should now idle between 600-900 rpm.
- drive away


The smoke from the column needs to be looked immediately, if not sooner. If it smelled, and you're losing functionality in the column (eg turn signals), something shorted. Get it fixed.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:51 AM   #15
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thanks i appreciate the help.
and yes only thing i've owned with a carb is 2 stroke dirtbikes..
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