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My 97 TJ will start but it runs very rough and shakes violently, then dies.

Discussion in 'Wrangler TJ (1996-2006)' started by jca634, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. Mar 10, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    jca634 [OP] New Member

    Mar 10, 2017
    A couple of months ago when it was extremely cold, i started the jeep up and drove into town. On the way the jeep started to run very rough and lost all power and died. I had to get it towed home. Since then, it will start but shakes and sputters and then dies, especially when I try to put it in gear. I am not very mechanically inclined but I did replace the O2 censor on the exhaust a few months ago and this feels nothing like that. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Is there a diagnostic tool anyone can recommend that i should purchase to confirm what this is? Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated...the wife does not want me spending money on it with a mechanic since it is a toy.
  2. Mar 15, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    CoTJ Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    Get it pressure tested. Not expensive. That will tell you if you have compression in the cylinders. Sounds like it might be missing, Could be rings, pistons, valve or a head gasket. Check your oil see if you have any water or if it smells like fuel.

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