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98 Wrangler
02-19-2008, 10:41 AM (This post was last modified: 02-19-2008 10:42 AM by Rupe.)
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98 Wrangler
It's got a cast iron 4 banger push rod engine with standard trans. 110 k on the clock.

My brother's daughter came home over the weekend with several issues (over heating / skipping) and he decided to take it to his local garage where they removed the head and found a crack between #2 & #3 cylinders and a VERY burned valve. (almost half missing) I told him to stick a reman head on it but he tells me there's a history of oil use and he's leary of future problems after the over heating. I countered with the replacement head was the cheap route and keep your fingers crossed that the oil issue was due to worn valve guides. He could always sell the car in a few months to recover costs if it wasn't perfect.

I mentioned getting a unit from a salvage yard and he'd already checked that idea and came up with several high priced replacements that had high miles on them so asked me about ATK reman engines.

Long story made short she owes money on the car so junking it is not the best option.

Anyone have experience with ATK engines? I haven't used one from them in 20 years and I was not impressed back then. Have they gotten any better? Any other remans out there worth looking at?

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02-19-2008, 09:06 PM
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RE: 98 Wrangler
Never used that brand. We use Jasper and Ford remanufactured here. I agree with you that a used or reconditioned head may be the best bet. But if he is determined to replace engine, there is probably not much you can do, except replace it for him. Good luck.

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02-20-2008, 12:50 AM
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We talked about me doing the work but it was too far to drive the car down here running on 2 cylinders with steam pouring out of it and a tow would have also been fairly expensive.

Like I said before, a reman head would be the cheap / easy way out but might not yield satisfactory results in the long run.

Personally, I would do the cheap fix and trade it in or pedal it in the local bargain paper while the KBB price is still decent. I just can't see dropping a few grand into a 10 year old car that might have other issues and is driven by a kid.

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02-20-2008, 01:27 AM
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RE: 98 Wrangler
what kind of condition is the vehicle in . does a/c work , interior in good shape ,carpet worn , headliner sagging ? does he have a large payoff? If he does he may need to repair and drive it to recoup loss. One problem you may encounter putting a fresh head on a high milage eng ,esp one that has been overheated is that the increased compression may cause ring blowby. If you go reman , i've had very good results with Jasper.
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02-20-2008, 11:08 AM (This post was last modified: 02-20-2008 11:36 AM by Rupe.)
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Most all of that is being considered with the bigest factor being the loan balance. The kid makes decent money but being young has an interesting twist on where the priorities are, if you know what I mean. That's why she bought a Jeep with a rag top, which is not all that practcal here in the northeast come winter. My guess is the car was used seasonally by the first owner and it spent winters in a garage. It's in decent looking shape.

Reman head with outside labor and misc supplies is around $800. Reman engine plus misc and my brother's free weekend about $1600. Bottom line as of today is a reman engine going into the vehicle.

Isn't it funny how parents get smarter as their kids get older?

(odds are that I will be asked to lend a hand at some point)

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02-20-2008, 10:04 PM
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RE: 98 Wrangler
He buying the beer? And if bourbon is good, will have retired pick me up and we will help.RolleyesBig Grin

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02-20-2008, 10:26 PM
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I learned a long time ago that the beer is for the disassembly only. Going back together we save the beer till we knock off for the day, especially when we are paying for our own parts and have limited time!

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02-22-2008, 02:27 PM
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Sorry I have not been posting the last 6 or 7 days. I have it set-up to email me when a new thread is started. I have the email notification sent to support@autowebrepair, which I rarely check. Then a copy is sent to my personal email address so I am sure to get it. Well I found it strange I had not received a notice in several days. I found out that may support email address was so full it had reached its allowable limit (max. MB). So it was not sending a copy to my personal email. I have it fixed now.

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02-22-2008, 09:23 PM
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WHEW. We thought we had lost our fearless leader.

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