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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2000, 11:02 PM
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can\'t get my cj7 running

I hope this msg isn't too boring for this newsgroup, but I need some advice please. My 1984 CJ-7 258 was sitting for about 3 months over the winter and now it doesn't want to start.

So far I know the starter works, the carb is getting fuel (I even tried starter fluid...), and there is spark (I held a screwdriver up to a spark plug wire and saw an arc). After these first few checks, I replaced the spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor and ohmed out the spark plug wires - all were between 4k-7kohms. When I try to start it, the engine just won't fire up, not even any backfires. However, stepping on the gas does rev up the engine while its trying to start.

Can someone help me figure out what to check next?
Thanks a bunch in advance!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 10:38 AM
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Re: can\'t get my cj7 running

Sounds to me like a case of the ignition timing deciding to go WAY off, did the distributor come loose?

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Re: can\'t get my cj7 running

timing or compression problems, start with a compression check.

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Re: can\'t get my cj7 running

try running some fresh gas to the carb ,It may have gone stale .or you may have water or condensation in the gas tank.or lines...Hope you have oil in it.(did you winterize it after parking it ? )although nothing is impossible....I don't think your timing would go out of wack just sitting.Although your lifters may have leaked .

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Re: can\'t get my cj7 running

I agree, drain the tank, the lines and the carb then get some fresh gas.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 10:38 PM
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Re: can\'t get my cj7 running

thanks for the inputs guys.

Just now, I tried pouring some fresh gas in the carb and that didn't work. Also, the distributor wasn't loose, so I'm pretty sure the timing didn't get all out of whack.

Is it possible that the ignition switch on the steering column has a bad contact or something, so that when the key is in "ON" position it doesn't make contact?

it seems like I'm running out of things to check...

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