Iím new to this forum but not new to Jeeps.
Here is my dilemma;
My YJ has been neglected for over a year.
She is just sitting in the driveway.
Iíve been on the fence whether to fix her up or sell her for
next to nothing and just be done with it.
The check engine light is on, smokes a bit from the exhaust.
And hasnít had an oil change in as much time.
Here is what I want to do;
Work on her myself Ė my husband is gone for months at a time
And when he is home only has enough time to work on his own Jeep.
We have plenty of tools and I know enough to get in trouble.
I donít want to get my husband involved, want to do this myself.
(Iíve had this Jeep before we even met)
I just need a little guidance.
So I ask you YJ gurus, what three things would you start with?
Throw anything at me and ask me tons of questions!
Thanks in advance for any help!
Not sure what "smokes a bit" means to you. So, lets say it smokes a little.
1. Change the oil.
2. Find out about check engine. You can buy a code reader or go to a parts store like advance or Pep-Boys and they will let you borrow one for free. Could just be an O2 sensor.
If everything else is good,
3. Determine smoking problem. Could be something as simple as needs a ring job.
Or could be smoking because it is burning rich, which could be caused by bad O2 sensor which could be why check engine light is on. So, see numbers 1 and 2 above. Hope this helps.
A Rancher told me that back home he can drive his Jeep all day and not get off his own property; I said "I've got a Jeep like that too"!
"Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong" (Paul :-ř)
1) Give it a wash inside and out.
2) Oil change with Seafoam, check your fluids and pressures, and drive it for half an hour. See if the smoking stops. If not, consult a qualified mechanic.
3) Get an OBD reader and get the code. Clear it, see if it comes back after a few more drives.
If it's purely sentimental, and you just want a jeep to drive, I humbly suggest pulling the steering wheel and grill off, and selling it. Hang the grill and put the wheel on your next jeep. Yes, I'm serious . But if it's rust free, and you have some time & money to put towards it, ... well, you know what to do!
what color is the smoke? does it smoke all the time, or only just for a short bit right after it's started?
Also, I don't know when they switched to OBD2(thought it was 97, when the TJ came out?), but my 93 is OBD1, and you can get the codes by cycling the key and counting the number of times that the check engine light flashes.
maroon 1987 Grand Wagoneer. stock for now...
Moltz really called this one. Wash (so you can inspect it), change the oil (you know it's old), figure out the code.
Show us some pics of the outside / inside / frame / motor
It might be old and dirty, but that doesn't mean its n bad shape (or maybe it is?)
Do what others said about the smoke. Fresh oil, drive for 30 minutes. If the smoke clears up then you're good. If not have someone take a look, do compression and leakdown tests. should be cheap-ish (they'll charge 30minutes or an hour maybe)
I totally agree with what has been said so far, oil change, check the code, clean it up, and I would add to be careful the first time you move it in case any brakes are stuck or froze from sitting a year. Then drive it some to see if it quits smoking or if it uses oil. This forum is great for finding answers to questions you have and if you have the desire, I am sure you can get it back on the road.
1. Replace the plugs/wires/rotor/cap
2. Change the oil
3. Give it a thorough cleaning (inside and out). Take your time, when cleaning, so you can make a note of any rust. You might have to peek under the carpet, if you still have one. Nothing sucks more than hopping in your vehicle and having your feet push through the floor.
I'm so happy to see so many replies! Thank you all for helping me on this journey!
I'm going to take pictures of her from all angles and post them later today.
Then tell me what you think.
I wish it wasn't 111* outside. Makes it hard to get motivated.
(I understand the saying: A sentimental Jeep is an expensive Jeep.
We had an 85 Scrambler - for years we tried to fix up. We had three Jeeps at the same time then.)
So, today I'm going to see if I can read the codes myself and if I give up -
going to see about renting a code reader.
The smoke color is a light, light blue. It puffed smoke upon acceleration.
Last time I started it, seemed like the smoke was coming out all the time, I got scared the neighbors
would complain so I shut her down. Thanks again and I'm off to check out what sea-foam is.
And find some info on reading the codes myself.
Looks great! 4.0, Not a lot of (visible) rust, straight body, etc... If it were mine, I'd dump some money into that and make it how I wanted it. If you want a jeep, you've got a great start there.
Even if you ended up putting 1000 to fix the motor, you'd have a brand new motor which is not bad at all... The rest of it looks great. Of course we can't tell if the ball joints, ujoints, wheel bearings, brakes, transmission, transfer case, etc...etc.. are in good shape by the photos.
Can I change my vote? I choose 'sell her for next to nothing', and I'll give you 3000 for her!
Yes, It is a Mountain Off-Road shackle reversal. Installed in 2000.
It had buggy spring on it too. My husband took them out without my knowledge one day.
The axles have mounts for a SOA - but never I went through with it.
It is VERY dusty inside and out. I'm ashamed of the condition and neglect.
The seat covers are worn out but the seats underneath are pristine.
I'm having trouble finding any place that rents code readers. (((sigh)))