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#1654 of 1888 1997 JEEP Wrangler Heater/ac problem
Oct 31, 2009 (8:59 am)
the defoster unit cuts off with the blower set anything higher then the 2nd posiston. I can hear the vacum close when i switch it higher then the 2nd setting. There is plenty of heat, but won't come out of the defoster, which I need the high setting here in Chicago. the heat selector lever, moves roughly and basically on has a high very hot setting. A/c doesn't work at all (agian do big deal here in Chicago). I bought a used whole unit, but I want to make certain this would fix both problems before I open the dash up.
Also, how do I replace this unit, if that works...I am not concerned about the airbag on the passendger side..after reading many posts.
Thanks for any input.
#1655 of 1888 Re: 1997 JEEP Wrangler Heater/ac problem [chicagojeep1]
Nov 02, 2009 (6:14 am)
Sounds like the actuator door between defrost and vent is not working properly. The slide controls on the 97 are mechanical and probably pretty easy to fix if it is just the controller.
However, if you plan on getting back there behind the dash, it will NOT be as easy and you REALLY need a factory service manual to guide you.
#1656 of 1888 99 wrangler idle problems
Nov 02, 2009 (2:23 pm)
My 99 wrangler 2.5L starts with high idle and after 2 or 3 sec. idle goes down and is very very rough. and sometimes dies out. What do I do. I replaced both o2 sen. I am getting great fuel pressure. plugs and wires are new. I love my jeep but this is driving me nuts.
#1657 of 1888 Re: 99 wrangler idle problems [billy3274]
Nov 03, 2009 (6:20 am)
No codes being thrown?
Perhaps the Idle arm controller. Perhaps you have a stuck throttle cable? If my hand throttle for my offroading gets stuck, it'll do that. I've also seen my gas pedal get stuck in the full down position while driving on occasion. Just have to tap it to get it to unstick. Mac, any suggestions on what may cause the gas pedal to stick down like that?
#1658 of 1888 Re: 99 wrangler idle problems [billy3274]
Nov 03, 2009 (8:11 am)
So does the rough idle remain, or does it clear up when warmed up?
I'd be surprised if you don't have any retained codes. Anyhow, I'd suspect either the TPS or IAT sensor, or the Idle Air Control.
However, before you start throwing parts and money at it, I'd try cleaning the throttle body if you haven't done it in a while.
Use a sensor safe throttle body cleaner, and don't forget the back and edges of the butterfly or the IAC passage.
#1659 of 1888 Re: 99 wrangler idle problems [erickpl]
Nov 03, 2009 (8:15 am)
Mac, any suggestions on what may cause the gas pedal to stick down like that?
The most common cause (on all vehicles) is a floormat catching the side of the pedal.
Other than that you just need to carefully examine the linkage from the pedal to the throttle body.
It helps to have someone else operate the throttle slowly while you observe.
#1660 of 1888 Re: 99 wrangler idle problems [mac24]
Nov 03, 2009 (11:25 am)
I have smaller mats, so that shouldn't be a problem, but I'll check into that this weekend while we build a new bumper stinger/grille hoop setup.
Nov 04, 2009 (11:53 pm)
So I have a Jeep 2006 Golden Eagle Edition. Ive done a few things to it myself...and have been using Quadratec.com for the parts and custom rear bumper and all that.
It just hit 30k miles and needs new brakes/rotors. Two of the local Jeep/chrysler dealers want around $600 for parts and labor... After a lil research of my own I think I can do it all for around 200 dollars....Wondering what rotors/brakes you all might recommend. Along those same lines....
In the next 3 months or so I would like to give my jeep a lift as I want to increase my tires from 28 or 29's (cant remember atm) to 33's. After a bit of research Im wondering if going with a lift kit like the skyjacker 4'0/3'5 for about 500$ OR spending about 200$ more and going with OME kit would be better??
Guess im asking about the quality and rep of skyjacker....Ive heard a lot more things about OME stuff then i have skyjacker. Also i remember reading in one of these pages...that jeeps front brakes are a bit weak once larger tires have been fit...should I worry about that now...or save it for later? (upgrading the brake system that is)
#1662 of 1888 Re: Need some advice [osirisra32]
Nov 05, 2009 (6:05 am)
Go for a good set of EBC Green or Yellowstuff pads for the TJ. Rotors - just get a good quality set - not the cheapos, but a decent set. No need for crossdrilled or slotted.
I'd stay away from Skyjacker personally. I've heard GREAT things about Rubicon Express, and I know of 3 on here personally that run OME - me, tsjay, and mac24. Great onroad ride and good offroad manners.
If you DO go with larger tires, your stock brakes are sufficient for 32's. At 33", it is getting questionable depending on how you drive. There is a company called Vanco that makes a dual piston setup for the Wranglers using other parts. It uses larger rotors, stronger steering knuckles, and quality pads/rotors. It is NOT cheap, but we ARE talking about safety here. You need to have some mechanical skills to do it and not be afraid to pull your axleshafts out of your TJ. But I have heard nothing but EXCELLENT reviews about it. I know the guy that developed it and he does NOT take any short cuts in his product development.
Vanco Big Brake Upgrade
When you go with a 3" lift of so, you want to consider how complete a kit is. Ideally to fit 33's, a 3" suspension lift and 1" body lift will work great. That is the setup I run and the size is just right for me both on and offroad. Additionally, consider:
- front/rear trackbars to recenter the axles.
- bumpstops to prevent too much up travel into your fenders
- adjustable control arms to keep axles in stock location vs shortening the wheelbase with a lift - these add a good chunk of change to a lift, but are well worth it for possible future mods.
- disconnectable sway bar links
I bought mine from DPG-offroad.com. Talk to Dirk. He'll help you with ANY detail questions about what is best for your rig. He has various 'kits' available based on what price point you can afford and how complete of a setup you want.
Another good vendor I've heard great things about is www.northridge4x4.com. Depending on where in the US you are, one may have better shipping.
Other manufacturers to consider:
2. Rough Country's new X-series lifts.
3. Rusty's offroad.
2 and 3 I've heard mixed about, but Teraflex is supposed to be decent. OME or RE are the only kits in the 3" range that I'd consider. RE's kit is the 3.5" kit and not bad at all. Dirk and Northridge carry both.
Nov 07, 2009 (6:09 pm)
my 97' staight 6 has lost all dash function no speedo, fuel, water temp, etc, plus no radio, or interior light. I checked all fuses both fuse panel and power distribution center.Has anyone got any ideas?