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Unread 07-21-2001, 04:25 AM   #16
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HAHAHA!!! Problem solved!!!! Thanks everyone for some great ideas that I hope will help someone else. I poked around a bit on my own but without any tools I couldn't do much (still building up a toolbox for my jeep, not done yet). Anyway as soon as my dad came by we pulled out a timing light to make sure the cylinders were fireing. Turns out that somehow road vibes had shaken one of the input wires to the coil loose. We checked all the connections for the coil and sparkplugs and after a little tightening the jeep fired up and I was able to drive it home. It hasn't skipped a beat in the last 2 1/2 hours of the drive so I'm pretty sure problem solved. Thanks again and if anyone else has any kind of problem like this the coil and distributer are pretty easy to access and check, give it a shot. If you don't have a timing light you can always use a screw driver to check if you're sparking.. just be careful or you might zap yourself.
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Unread 07-24-2001, 01:12 PM   #17
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I had a similar problem, I thought it was a fuel problem because it sounded like it would just stop getting gas. Engine would die then would turn over but not start back up. I eventually realized I was not getting strong sparks and replaced my distributer cap and rotor for $15 and now works fine.
Check this before spending money on exhaust system.
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