Time to start the hacking away at the jeep to-do list, first up smog
I am trying to do my pre-smog work, pulled my plugs and they look like crap. I have uploaded a few pics, This is on a 258. Spark plug is half black/half white and the black portion is chunking off. I have looked inside the spark plug cylinder and do not see any coolant, possibly running to lean? How do I tell?
Don't forget the 258 manifold sucks and some cylinders will run rich and some run lean if the manifold heater is not working.
Also how you do the plug test is important. IF you want accuracy, you need to start with new plugs and see what happens after a run.
I drove around for about a week and it started running real bad, wont go over 30mph. Pulled the plugs again and they looked like below. Still burning half black and half white. My thoughts are that after a few months they will start getting really bad again.
Driveline snapped on my test drive after to checked all the plugs and made the the cables were connected, guess I will worry about this problem later. One note to all new jeep owners, when you test drive your jeep in the rain, carry you cell phone so can call for a ride home.
took the top off today and of course we got an unexpected storm. Going to try the Nutter bypass tonight since I just passed smog and wont have worry about it for 2 more years. Hopefully I dont run into any issues down the line because CA is so strict. Jeep is not running good at all, went from blowing white smoke to just being sluggish at low RPMs. I did a compression check and it between 123-130. I was impressed.
Heh, I took mine off a couple weeks ago - right before all the storms we had. Wet seats every morning. Didn't care in the least (especially on the days my wife had to drive it to work because I had long distances to travel)! Yours is way too new, and has much fancier stuff on it smog- and carburation-wise than mine. So I can't be much help there beyond saying that you should tune it up to the specs, ensure there aren't any vacuum leaks, carb is rebuilt, smog gear is working correctly, etc. We have a cross to bear out here in CA and written on it is CARB. :-)