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Unread 02-05-2002, 04:01 PM   #1
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Jeep sputtering when cold

Hello all,
My 88 Wrangler 4.2 has a problem. When engine is cold, I get really bad sputtering at about 2k rpm, and black smoke coming out of the exhaust.

When engine warms up, problem goes away, and engine runs fine.

I figured this is carb related, but could it be the O2 sensor also? The carb is brand new, but could something be holding the choke in the wrong position? I just finished giving the engine a full tune-up.


88 Wrangler 4.2 5spd
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Many exterior mods..
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Unread 02-05-2002, 05:26 PM   #2
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Yes, sounds like the choke is running too rich during warm-up. If the coil spring is not adjustable you might be able to adjust it by bending the arm. I recommend the JuiceBox ignition system to anyone with a pre-'91 YJ or CJ. Best $130 you could ever spend on your Jeep.
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Unread 02-05-2002, 11:49 PM   #3
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I have the same problem with MY 89 YJ. I was thinking about the juicebox. Do you happen to have a picture of it? Are there different models that i should be aware of?? Any advice would be great.
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