Lets start this off right. Names David Moved to FL a few months ago and iv owned my jeep for several years. I'm a software engineer and I do hardware reviews for a few diffirent tech sites. I'm new to these forums mostly lurked alot and I know what its like to be a heavy hitter and helping the new guy. I've put in a few hundred thousand posts on the various tech networks.
That said im going to try and make this read interesting and logical. I will try not to burden the vets with another idiot but I want to show you im not just some guy with a few certs and a soldering iron. But like anyone else starting out just show me I can keep up I promise.
Little about me iv helped friends rebuild a few engines from supras to 4runners I can gap a valve and weld a floor board. Pcs are just my thing. I dont have many tools anymore since I moved but im more then willing to work with what I have. I put $$ into everything to do it right. I love my jeep, last year my brake pads needed to be changed I got 4 new rotors ceramic pads all the way around. ceramic brake shoes e-brake full rebuild kit rebuilt the calipers and added a copious amount of never seize. That said if I absolutely must I will use a shortcut im in the middle of buying a house so I might need to mickey mouse something here or their. Go easy on me. I know new guys should help more then they ask questions but unfortunately I cant do that. I want to know alot more about my jeep and I am in love with it I will do anything that is needed give it to me straight. I will work with you and answer questions coherently need a pic show me and I will get it. I will multi quote and do w/e I will make sure I help you help me. Go easy I want to play with the big boys but im afraid to get my tires dirty.
OK lets do this.
Alyx is the reason my fiance hates me most of the time. Other then the PCs everyware my car is my #2 passion.
It is a 4spd 1998 GC limited 5.2 all time 4wd (quadra trac t-case) 199k miles no smoke compression tests out.
What I have done
- new brake system
- new radiator
- new tires
- tune up (full synth, cap, rotor, bosch plat fuzion 4 plugs, bosch distance plus oil filter, tcase drain and relube, tranny flush, front/rear diff flush)
- Spectre C.A.I
- track bar solid adjustible
- new shocks all around
- 2 new steering stabalizers
- 2 new front hubs
First When I idle in park sometimes I hear a rattle like an exhaust rattle this sounds like it comes from the tail pipe. outside the car it sounds like its comming from the muffler (I have replaced this before) banging on it yeilds no results. I have looked and cannot see rub points. If I am in drive and stopped the sound is VERY loud.
My sources for a fix came from here
and a few places that suggested cat. What are your thoughts? The car doesnt rattle when I am not
sitting in the drivers seat. It also does not happen sitting anywhere else in the car. A few have suggested tc (tcase or torque converter?) bolts. Is that realistic? to be able to control the sound like that by getting in and out?
My next issue is a doozy. I will try to be brief.
A few weeks ago My jeep gave my fiance a scare. It lost power and stalled and made a loud pop. She was alone. A few days go by and I try to recreate this problem. and cant. However one day it happens to me bringing her to work.
driving fine doing about 40.
Engine loses power while braking to stop.
Battery level drops to around 9.5v
put car in N and feathered gas no response.
MASH gas engine backfires and rpm skyrockets
let off gas and she feels like she is going to die (I have replaces IAC motor 4 times)
light turns green rev and hold at 2k rpm and drop into drive. make it to parking lot and drop her off.
Car doesnt feel right. like a misfire. accel and throttle response feel wrong. tranny feels like its having a hard time (filled with cement)
shut off car
start it up
This problem can be replicated 70% of the time since this happened by bringing the engine past 3k RPM on a hard accel. symptoms return almost the same way. Close to full stop or seconds after a stopped take off.
suggestions here range from CKS (crank position sensor) TPS/MAP, rotor plugs (new) and ignition switch. I have ordered a TPS and CKS. they are on the way.
My next problem is dash related. First this VIC coolent sensor stuff. I replaced it the first time it happened. It seems to be a bad solder joint in the vic from what iv read online. can anyone show me where or a howto? Ill fix it no problem.
Next is dimmer switch/light control. On 4 out of 7 days of the week my lights act up (I work nights) they will flash on and off both interior and exterior. My light control is set to auto. If I switch it to off and back to auto this usually fixes it. Lately though it is more frequent. On top of the increased frequency, my dash itself starts to dim and almost go out (this does not effect exterior lights) playing with the dimmer or pushing on the dash near the dimmer fixes the problem. Any idea what needs to be replaced here?
My brake system is next on the chopping block. For the past few months I have had this strange problem with my brakes during stopping. this happens 100% of the time. regardless of comming from high way speeds or 25 to stop. at the end of my stop ~5mph my abs system seems to engage. my brake peddle will pulse and kick back. at the end it will make a long groan sound and the jeep will pull to the left. (the wheel also turns) I can stop the pull by firmly holding the steering wheel however I can feel the resistence.
I have read this can be a problem with a caliper locking up. I sprayed brake clean on both the left front and right calipers. and nothing has changed. some also suggested it is a problem with the ebrake causing drag and I was told a quick test is to ebake and pull the ebrake to see if it happens. It still happens.
visual inspection of the rotors indicate everything is normal. they both look worn and neither look scorched. my ABS light does not come on during any of this and my fluid does not leak and is full.
my last issue seems to be suspension. when going over a bump my left front tire almost seems to bottom out witha resounding "bang" like axle hitting stuff. I have replaced all my shocks and the front right does not do this. I weigh a massive 160lbs but somehow i doubt im doing it. also if I am accelerating quickly and let off the gast i hear a pop and feel a slight jerk. almost like a "catch up" affect.
thats about it for that. next question. my fan clutch is frozen would this be a direct replacement? I get most of my parts from rock auto.
ok doctors tell me what iv got.