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Unread 03-23-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Need Tshooting advice for '82 CJ-5 with iron Duke

Need some Troubleshooting advice: Just installed remanufactured Iron Duke using my carb, distributor, etc. When started found several vacuum leaks, replaced Carb gasket and manifold adapter gasket and it seemed to run OK but a bit rough. Discovered had canister vac and carb vent bowl lines swapped fixing that helped, but still ran rough... replaced distributor cap & rotor, smoothed out about 90%. Current problem: Idle is about 1200 RPM, and engine runs smooth, but no power - struggles to get to 45 mph! My suspicion is vacuum advance, but I apply small hand vac pump to the dist vacuum canister and it moves the base plate in the distributor just fine. The vacuum line from the Distributor is connected to the middle port of the Ported Vacuum Switch near the thermostat. I plug the line and port when setting timing, but as soon as I put the vacuum line back on the ported switch, timing goes waayy advanced and engine dies - very difficult to restart because it stays advanced. I suspect one of 3 problems: First, is the vacuum advance connected to the right source? Second, is the ported Switch bad?
or third, is my distributor sticking? Opinions? Thanks in advance! By the way its a CA Jeep so it is stock with smog gear intact...

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Unread 03-23-2010, 05:47 PM   #2
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Time for a Jeep hammer moment....

4 cylinder CJ engines use a manifold vacuum for dist adv. The delay valve maintains vacuum advance during sudden throttle openings and the coolant is below 120 the delay valve is bypassed by the vac adv CTO when the temp is above 120.
The cto valve permits manifold vac with the delay function or without the delay function to control the distributor vac adv. When the coolant them is below 120 manifold vacuum at port 1 (top) is applied to port D (middle) a hose then supplies the dist off of port d to the dist.
When the engine temp reaches 120 the vac is ported through the delay valve directly to port 2 (closes to engine) bypassing the delay valve.
Make sure the color side of the delay valve (brown if I remember) is away from the CTO lines not toward them.
(from the manual not from me)

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its not a lot but a good place to start to check to see if your delay valve and CTO are installed/hosed/working properly....

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Unread 03-23-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
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Recheck your initial timing, could a tooth off!
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