97 JGC 4.0, backfired, split muffler in half..please help
First off, Merry Christmas everyone
So I started having a problem with my jeep the other day, I was driving home and all of a sudden my Heep cut off on me. THough nothing of it.. at first. Then the next day it drove fine. Yesterday rolled around and we were driving on the high way and my car started sputtering a little bit, and then back fired my fiance says sprks flew out of the back, and died. It would start up and then die again. Did this for about thirty minutes. At first I thought it may have been because I put seafoam in my tank to clean it out, as maybe some gunk was going through my fuel lines. Finally started it back up and drove home, sputtered a few more times and died one more time. Here's where the fun begins, so tonight I get home and decide to drive my jeep and see if it is still doing this. Starts up ok drives fine for a few minutes. Then I stoped at a red light, got going again and sputer sputter backfire stall. Wait a few more minutes, start it up, runs for a sec, then stops. repeat twic starts up. I decide to punch tohe accelerator got clean the crap out. It backfired and got a big puff of smoke. Then I get going and it does it again. Turn it on and give it some gas, and KA-BOOM. Then my car starts to run much better, but is much much louder. So I drive home, look under it and tada, my muffler is spilt in half down the seam. Dunno what the issue is.
My dad says the muffler may have been clogged,
The day before the issues started I put seafoam and chemtool in the tank and through the seafoam through throttle body as my gas milage has been decreasing.
I think I need a new fuel regualtor and ordered one after the first time it started(as my car sat for 3 years before I bought it five months ago)
Other than this issue my jeep is great. Any suggestions?
Oh and after my muffler blew the check engine light came on...finally LOL
This is really depressing to happen on christmas... I need my wheels. THanks and God Bless