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flamedic
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Joined: 21 Feb 2006
Location: Clifton Springs, NY

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:58 pm    Post subject: different starting problem and other questions Reply with quote

I just recently purchased a 89 cherokee from my father in law for winter rat and daily driver. my problem is when I let the jeep sit it takes longer to start it. I turn it off and then back on in couple minutes it starts fine. if I leave it off for several hours, it cranks longer to start even if i turn the key on and let fuel pump engage and shut off again. what's up anyone got any ideas. also I replaced the shocks in the rear but it still seems to sage and be little loose in the rear. when I hit a bump it seems to feel like it still bottoms out and nice little clunking sound to, but can't figure out from what. it has 67,000 miles on it so suspension is older. should i replace all bushing and springs or is there something cheeper/less exspensive. last but not least is there any way to tighten up the steering. The wheel has a little bit of play in it. please help
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Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Location: New Hampshire

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:02 am    Post subject: stuff to fix Reply with quote

Hello, I think a vacuum hose that is leaking will cause the slow starting issue especially noticed when cold. First thing to do is check all hoses for cracks/leaks. The sag in the rear is from the rear leaf springs being old. They only last 5 or 6 years if you're lucky. The soft springs is what makes the XJ ride nicely. I would bet part of the looseness in the rear is also the springs. You can buy new spring packs from Jeep or an aftermarket company but be sure to replace the U bolts at the same time. If you search this forum there is lots of info on springs including the use of stronger S10 springs. Your ride quality may suffer with these but they last alot longer. As for the steering, looseness seems to be a common occurance. Check all ball joints and tie rod ends first. You may want to watch the linkage while someone moves the wheel back and forth. I find it best to do this with the wheel unlocked but engine off so you can hear noises also. Good luck.
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