I bought this Jeep about 28 months ago, but have been deployed about 20 of those months and havent really had time to put serious work into the thing. However, I have taken it to shop after shop trying to chase down answers to the electrical issues. It was backfiring and losing a lot of power, so I took it to the first shop and was told it needed a new coil. Off brand Coil Installed. Then it completely failed. On my way home from work one day, I was going up hill, and as I would give it gas it would bog down until finally it backfired and cut off. It then stopped working until I got the ignition coil replaced again. MSD 2 installed. After a few months of running (poorly) and having a few other things replaced, I brought it to the shop to have some random electrical things fixed such as converting the push button start back to a key start and other things. There, the mechanic told me that when the key is left in the ACC. Position the distributor would begin to smoke. He said that it needed a new wiring harness because the one it had was the wrong one. I told him that I would do it myself (instead of paying for 22 hours of labor). I purchased a Painless wiring harness, and after a couple weeks of putting in time after work I had it installed. The entire time I couldn't help but realize that the wiring harnesses looked exactly the same, and while following the instructions and contacting the staff at Painless I also noticed the harness was hooking up the exact same way as the one I pulled out. Once completed, I attempted to start the jeep and the distributor began to smoke again. You can imagine my frustration after buying a 750 dollar wiring harness in vein. A year and 2 more deployments later I am trying to convince my wife to keep it, but shes got a point why keep a jeep that never runs that I dont drive. I WANT HER TO BE WRONG.
have the same problem?
Monday, October 6th, 2014 AT 5:32 PM