(sigh) I chickened out.

I was supposed to take the Jeep to the shop in town this morning. That means a) going to the hassle and stress of illegally driving into town, and b) going without the Jeep for at least a week. It’s inevitable and must be done but I finally convinced myself this isn’t a good time because I’m tending properties of absent neighbors and I might need it when Landlady comes to visit next weekend, the weather being pretty iffy.

Actually it’s just a pack of excuses: I woke up from a dream in which I had found an excellent – completely fictional – reason not to drive to town this morning. I’m conditioned not to mind tagging along with neighbors once a week for drinking water and fuel but in general I truly prefer to stay at the Lair and let the world forget I ever lived.

I’m going to salve my conscience by at least replacing the shocks myself if the local parts store has some that will work – heaven knows I have enough recent experience installing shock absorbers. And while I’m under there maybe I’ll see how hard it would be to loosen up the tank strap bolts without breaking them…

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15 Responses to (sigh) I chickened out.

  1. Ben says:

    I think you made the right choice. Doing without your wheels is a major PITA, and you do happen to be a mechanic. So handle whatever you can yourself, and then consider sending it out to the Jeep doctor for the remaining issues.

  2. Norman says:

    I re-read the July 3 comments on this, and Paul Joat made a very good point. There’s a lot of plumbing between the in-tank pump and the injectors. Is there any way to measure pressure closer to the tank? (Which wouldn’t rule out a clogged pump intake, but would test the health of the rest of the system).

  3. Paul Joat says:

    Norman, that is a reasonable point, I think there is a fuel filter in the line, but it’s doubtful that it is plugged enough to drop the idle pressure that low but still flows enough fuel to actually be drivable. The only part out side of the tank that I could see could be causing this would be if it has a return line to the tank from the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel rail, but I know as some point the 4.0’s changed over to a return-less system and I think Joel’s jeep is new enough to be that style.

  4. “illegally driving into town”
    I missed a step here. Expired plates? Untitled? Lights not working?

  5. Joel says:

    Since offending the California traffic fine gods many years ago I don’t have a license. The Jeep itself is perfectly legal.

  6. Mike says:

    Had a friend who had problems like yours that had bad injectors. He found some after market
    Bosch parts for 75 bucs that cured the problem. If your exhaust smells like fuel and the fuel pressure
    gage shows a falloff of pressure when you turn off the key a stuck injector might be the problem.

  7. Joel says:

    I do believe there’s a leaking injector involved. Actually that was my first thought; I was surprised to learn that the running pressure is so low. The pressure does drop more than it should, and when you barely overcome a vapor lock situation it’s often to run on five cylinders for several seconds.

  8. Mike says:

    Injectors are easer to replace than spark plugs and the ones he
    got improved the fuel economy more than stock.
    Four orifice if I remember right.

  9. Steelheart says:

    Joel, have you semi recently looked into what it would take to appease the Kali traffic gods to remove that stress from your life when you do need to deal with civilization?


  10. Joel says:

    You know, recently I found myself in a situation where I was forced to relax my rule about no “government-issued photo ID.” I’m old broke and going blind, and needed to get off my high horse and sign up for Medicare. So I gathered up documentation attesting to my corporeal existence, got a friend to drive me to the big town about 50 miles away, choked down a minor panic attack in the parking lot, and entered a DMV office for the first time in decades. And while there I didn’t even bother to enquire whether I was still on California’s naughty list. It’s said that there are three things in California for which there is no statute of limitations: murder, child support payments and traffic fines. I have found no reason to doubt it.

    I suppose that if a rich uncle died and I could suddenly throw money at problems I would hire a lawyer and find out what the state would accept in propitiation of my sins. But I don’t have any living uncles and I truly don’t care at this late date.

  11. Ben says:

    Key words above, “in California “. I doubt if flyover states spend a lot of time enforcing Kalifornia regulations.

  12. Joel says:

    You’d think. But it turns out departments of motor vehicles have a lot of interstate solidarity. Banned in one state, banned in…at a minimum more than one.

  13. patrick fowler says:

    Hi Joel How long has it been on those unpaid fines?

  14. Steelheart says:

    Joel, you might be able to find out without leaving your place. Just some poking around online might give you enough info.
    If you aren’t internet savvy enough to do it, you probably know someone you trust enough with your personal info to check.


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