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post #1 of 7 Old 06-10-2013, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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new to the forum and already have question. 98 cherokee has bad hesitation when starting off. im thinking fuel pump any suggestions?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-10-2013, 02:07 PM
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Kind of vague. Is it sputtering/slipping/stalling/backfiring/misfiring? Is the idle smooth?

When is the last time you did an ignition tune-up?

Check fuel pressure at the rail?

Battery terminals clean and tight? All grounds clean and tight?

Ever clean off the IAC?

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-10-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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sorry about being so vague. i just bbought it. havent had time to do much to it . it acts like it is starving for fuel.thnx for the reply.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-10-2013, 05:35 PM
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If it is the fuel pump, I would surmise that you would experience problems at times other than just starting out. But, to be sure, can you put a fuel gauge on the rail and give us the readings/behavior when you start up both at idle and as the engine gets revved?
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-10-2013, 09:23 PM
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Yeah, I'd check fuel pressure at the rail, but I bet the old engine is just dirty and/or carboned up.

Pour 1/2 can of Seafoam in your fuel tank for starters. If that doesnt work after about 100 miles, then change the spark plugs, wires, rotor cap, distr. cap and then clean your throttle body. Do NOT let the coil wire cross any of the the plug wires as it exits the distr. cap when you swap wires. Go ahead and swap the air filter element and check for vacuum leaks too.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-18-2013, 02:42 PM
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my ZJ started slow. it needed more cruck than usual. two weeks ago, it can not start after I finished shopping. It turned out a bad starter. It starts quickly with the new starter.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-18-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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well pulled the tank off replaced fuel pump runs like a top. thnx for suggestions
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