1987 Jeep Wrangler Engine Cuts Out

Tiny
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  • 1987 JEEP WRANGLER
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
  • 224,000 MILES
We had a part broken in our steering column and we were unable to remove the studs that hol everything together on the column around the ignition switch so we replaced the whole column. With everything back in place we are able to start the jeep but when we turn the stering wheel the jeep dies.
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Saturday, November 6th, 2010 AT 8:58 AM

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Tiny
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I JUST WENT TO "PM" AND COPIED THIS MESSAGE I SENT YOUOBVIOUSLY YOU MISSED IT THERE!!!

I wanted to make sure you got something in a timely manner.......I see there was no activity at you question----so what if I look dumb.....I am just trying to help you, if I can.

I left your question alone in the forum..........Just in case somebody does have your RIGHT ANSWER! (a lot of times you will only get one answer, I did not want to blow that for you!)

I am not found to be a fool in here (PM), if I cannot assist you, sometimes with stupid questions, since I am unfamiliar with your rig......only your would see I was an Idiot!

See my profile, Imma CJ Guy and I know them pretty well...I also answer in the CJ 5 & 7 forums a lot, selected other forums too!

I answer in "PM" (private message) If I am unsure of a situation......or if I might can help or not!

Another reason I responded is I do have a lot of CJ manuals----2 of which include your '87 Wrangler, so even though I have little hands on, with your rig, I do have the "MAP"........I understand "Maps", I was a Airborne Ranger '82-'87.....Hand me a Map, and I've Already Been There!

Your issue is sorta strange, and at 1st glance, I would say you have an ignition wire shorted to your steering shaft etc.

Give me some more info:

Did your swap go smoothly, or was there some "MOMENTS" in there? Such as?

If you move the steering wheel....Lets say 180 degrees, will it fire up?......Does it do the same thing in that position?

What about one full turn from where you are now?

Remember, its hard enough to talk someone thru stuff, even if you are holding their hand!

What about under the hood, is there wires or connectors(ions) that could be contacting your steering (from one end to the other)

Does it only die when your steering is under Strain (being torqued) or will it die with the slightest, no pressure movement?

I haven't hit my Manuals yet,

Respond with answers, and any additional info that you haven't divulged yet!

Your Turn (reply to question)

The Medic

Below, you can see the 2, I've almost built from scratch. (Maybe Wrangler dumb, but not CJ!) This is under the hood of my "Newest Jeep", 1977 CJ5, w/ 4 bbl, and many User Friendly modifications.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/411289_100_0327_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/411289_100_0328_1.jpg



Of course we got Ole "WILLY" too, 1946 Willys


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/411289_YOU_WISH_YOU_HAD_A_REAL_JEEP_006_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/411289_100_0305_1.jpg

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