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Unread 05-05-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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$400 Jeep Fiasco

How could I back out? I'd called about a 2000 WJ with 100K miles and "engine problems" advertised for $2000. THe owner said he'd take $1000 for it. I priced moving it (it was in Salt Lake, I'm in Idaho) and priced some engine options. When I talked to the owner again he said he'd take whatever I'd give him over what the scrapper would pay him. Which was 400 bucks. I picked it up on Sunday. Now I'm into it for about $800.

What's wrong with it? I don't know yet. The owner said he'd taken it to a shop where he was told "It's got a bad lifter, gonna need a new engine."
On the way home "it died."

My plan is to pull the engine and take it down to find out what the real issue is. I'm tempted to pull the radiator, but don't know if it will be necessary.

My first question is, which manual should I get? I'll probably rebuild the engine myself. This will be my first.

Anyway, here are some pics. I'm happy with the jeep. I thought it was a base Laredo, but it is the "Up Country" package. Nice speakers, suspension, skid plates, heated leather seats, sun roof. I think it will look nice with a 3" lift and some 265/70/16's.

http://imgur.com/PtEhwEv,hWGKXwx,bAV...VNcoHn,W1PjwV2

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Unread 05-05-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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Hmmm. No Pics.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
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Somebody send the link of how to pits pics please.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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click the paper clip and then find a picture
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Unread 05-06-2014, 08:39 AM   #5
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Or use a photo hosting site, such as photobucket or imgur, then copy and paste the [img]yourphoto.jpg[/img] link into your post. You could also just post the KSL.com ad if it's still up as well.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 10:12 AM   #6
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You can't post a pic directly until you have 25 tech posts... I think? So yeah, do what Jeeples said.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 10:30 AM   #7
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You can't post a pic directly until you have 25 tech posts... I think? So yeah, do what Jeeples said.
Yeah, I think you might be right.

That's ok, just post the links here like I described, then one of us that has been here long enough can work some magic to make it happen.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 03:52 PM   #8
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Or use a photo hosting site, such as photobucket or imgur, then copy and paste the [img]yourphoto.jpg[/img] link into your post. You could also just post the KSL.com ad if it's still up as well.
I found the jeep on the last day it was on KSL. I need 25 posts? Guess I'll put some frivolous/opinionated/presumptuous comments over in the tech section.

"You're low on blinker fluid"

"Sure, that Cummins 24valve is a direct swap into a Wrangler, no modifications necessary"

"My brother's old chemistry teacher's neighbor says his came with factory lockers, so it must be true"
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Unread 05-06-2014, 04:37 PM   #9
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Find out what's wrong with it before you pull the engine. It may not have to come out.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:27 AM   #10
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Find out what's wrong with it before you pull the engine. It may not have to come out.
That is fantastic advice that I should have followed before I took the intake off. Based on the assessment that it sounded like a lifter... maybe it's a lifter...
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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:48 AM   #11
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The PO said it died on the way home from the mechanic's shop. I think I'll drain the oil and see if there is any metal. If so, I won't be tempted to button it back up and start it.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 07:08 PM   #12
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Find out what's wrong with it before you pull the engine. It may not have to come out.

I may be the first person in history to be disappointed that there weren't metal shavings in his oil. I picked up a battery today. Now I start putting it back together.

Quiz question: What sounds like a lifter and makes a 4.7 die?
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Unread 05-07-2014, 07:19 PM   #13
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May have a few different things going on. I doubt the two are related.

I've had a VSS stall the truck. Maintaining throttle pressure kept it running- when coming to a stop lower throttle pressure while staying on pedal and brake a bit harder to compensate.

Since the cams are the highest point- I think they'd be more likely to wear than the lifters. If you wind up needing motor parts, you may want to chat with Nick at airram.com.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #14
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Cams look great. I have the valve covers off now. I'm seeing some tiny metal bits where the oil pools.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 08:51 PM   #15
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Post the links to the pics up and some one can repost them for ya.... Click free.
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