Finally I'm getting to make my official build thread, if you guys have been following my other post, I've been having some "fun" getting into my first Jeep project.
So...we will just take this from the beginning...
I came across this 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo at a local finance place, they had a for sale sign in it, which made me curious. I went in the place and I actually know the manager and one of the other employees there, so after asking about it, they took me out with the keys to look at it... First off it wouldn't start, had a tick when trying to start, it had a flat tire and busted driver's side window and a ding on the roof, and the front bumper had seen a small incident...all of which I felt confident in my skills I can repair myself.
Also while I was there I checked all the usual stuff, oil looked good, didn't appear to have water in it, trans fluid didn't smell burnt and had a good red tint to it. Radiator seemed to be holding water, I had a bottle of water with me and it only took about a 3 or 4 ounces of water to see it standing still in the neck. Also I used a breaker bar and turned the engine over manually and it seemed to turn smoothly with little effort.
So they said they were taking bids on it, and that I could start the bidding at $300...so I did. After a few other mechanics came to look at it, the bid had increased to $650. They called me on the last day of the bidding and told me the bid...so I went ahead and bid $675.
So I went by later in the day, I was going to see if I could get the codes off the computer so I could research it...as I walked in the door, the manager says "it's yours!" so I was pretty thrilled about that, paid the man did the paper work and had it towed home...
First things first, took the battery, and had it tested, which showed it was low, so AZ charged it for me, I took it home and tried it again, still no dice. So then I proceeded to modify the factory connector for the solenoid on the starter. New plug, soldered on, dielectric grease, and heat shrink tubing. Still no dice...So pulled the starter, and immediately after getting the starter out, I could tell physically there was something up with the bearing and housing at the end where the gear slams out to engage the flywheel. Took it to AZ and sure enough if failed all tests and started burning when trying to test it.
So bought a new starter, came home slapped it in, turned the key, and it started...well kinda...it was sputtering and making some odd noises. So I shut it off, pretty satisfied that I at least got it to start.
Compression testing...so I had an older compression tester but wasn't sure of its condition, and thought what the hell, I'll try it anyway. First cylinder I thought I would test was cylinder #1 since it was close and easy to get to. Took out the fuel pump relay, and turned the engine over, and never got an 8th of inch of deflection on the compression gauge. Hmmm thinking it might have been my old compression gauge, I went to AZ and rented one from them...hooked everything up again...and same result 😡
So now I decided to try another cylinder, cylinder #3, and sure enough 150psi....so that told me right there cylinder #1 is pretty much dead.
So then as most of you know I bought a bore scope, cheap one off eBay for like $15. At first when I used it cylinder #1 looked aweful...but made me curious.
Here's the first two videos I shot with the bore scope using my phone
I decided to go ahead and remove the damaged bumper and anything else that was damaged
Front bumper was done, but the grill is in great condition
The brace behind the bumper was done..
The reinforcing support is pretty bashed in on the passenger side, guess I'll have to get this off and weld on a new one
The driver side wasn't too bad...
I also discovered that the mounts for the passenger side headlight was also busted..
So I removed the light all together, actually I decided I would replace both headlights in the future...
I wasn't completely satisfied with those videos, and supposedly using a laptop may help get even better videos, plus by this time I'm pretty sure I'm just going to pull the engine anyway. So decided I would go ahead and throw #1 and #3 spark plugs back in, and start it up and hopefully be able to move the Jeep around under its own power because I needed facing the garage for when I pulled the engine. I fired it up, and it actually was running better than it had, still vibrating pretty bad but it was idling pretty well. So I decided I would put it into drive since this is another component I haven't tested, the transmission. When I put it into drive and I felt it put a load on the engine, the engine started making those noises again and so I shut it off immediately. And had my dad help me push it out and around and back up into the driveway.