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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2002, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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I just got home tonight with my first car, and as it turns out is a 1977 CJ-5. Its the former FarmJeep, but it has now moved into the suburbs and will be living a happy home here. That is until I take it to school. But on the drive home it died on me at least 6 times while going down the tollway. It also backfired two or three times. Why is it doing this and how can I fix it. I'm very new to Jeepin so I don't know too much. I'm already loving it, but I just don't want to have to put too much money into it within the first year, and hopefully I'll still have it then.
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By the sounds of it, it could be many things. Welcome to the board. I hate to be the one to tell you this but Jeeps suck up a lot of money and it pretty much is a never ending battle!! They are fun as hell though.
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Sounds to me like you got yourself a Used CJ-5 not a new one ;-) hehehe... Jeeps are fun, and help you keep your wallet light!
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Now pbytrailz, don't scare the poor kid off! Only reason Jeeps suck up a lot of money is the Jeepers! I can think of lots of ways to spend money that aren't nearly as satisfying!

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By the way, I also think the temperature guage the previous owner put in isn't working. We drove it home for an hour going about 55 most of the way (I think since the spedometer is about 10 off) and it didn't seem to move. Is this an easy fix? Also how would I go about fixing the spedometer?
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You may be able to look in the yellow pages and find a shop that will do speedometer work. They can adjust it for you, or you can buy a new one for about $100.

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Does it start up again after a few minutes? If it does, could be the ignition control module if still Prestolite ignition (gold box on passengers wheel well). This could be a lot of things. Try to get it broke into one of three areas-ignition, timing or fuel.
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