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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2011, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Reliable Jeep

I'm looking for ways of making my Jeep as reliable as possible without just replacing the motor. It's a 360 and it needs some work to run good during the winter and just as good during the summer. It runs good, just not all the time when it's either really cold, or I haven't started it in a few days.

Also, I need a way to get the steering coupler off. I don't know if I will need a puller or if there's an easier way. I haven't delt with something like this before and I have a power steering fluid leak coming out of that general direction.


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post #2 of 6 Old 04-07-2011, 10:57 AM
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hei distributor! I haven't done mine yet but I haven't read any posts of people that have done it saying that it did not improve things vastly.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-07-2011, 08:25 PM
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Reliability would be HEI dizzy, they really help with cold starting:

Another option that isn't too expensive are our Howell EFI kits, they will help with mileage, power and run-ability.
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-12-2011, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips! What about if I let it sit for a day and then try to start it and it wont turn over. But if I dump gas in the carb, it starts up easily. I understand there's probably something wrong with the carb or gas line leading to that but I rebuilt the carb less than 6 months ago. Any advice?
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-13-2011, 05:12 AM
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Insure the accelerator pump is working properly. Don't forget to give the accelerator pedal a couple of whacks before you try to start the rig. Adjust the choke. Do a search in the CJ forum, as there are a ton of writeups on this.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-13-2011, 02:10 PM
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Check that your gas tank vent lines are good (connected or plugged)
make sure your fuel filter has the return line on the top
make sure all fuel line clamps are tight
install electric fuel pump

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