Jeep 4.0 no start troubleshooting puzzle

Weird trouble with first start of my new engine

When I put in my new engine I expected it to start up right away. I had carefully aligned the distributor, checked all the electrical connections and bled the air out of the fuel system.

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Engine replacement Jeep Cherokee XJ

How I replaced the engine in my 1991 Jeep Cherokee.

My old XJ has served me well for nearly 500,000 miles. The odometer stopped working at 444444 and I have swapped clusters a couple of times, so I really don’t know what the current mileage is.

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Transfer case linkage bushing Jeep XJ

Tightening up the linkage in a Jeep Cherokee XJ with new bushings

My son’s 1991 Jeep cherokee had a problem where when you put it in four wheel drive, it would stay there. Since he has a 231 transfer case, this was not good on dry pavement.

To get it out of 4HI, I had to crawl under neath and pop it out with a pry bar. I could see the problem right away. The bushing at the transfer case was worn out allowing the lever to move around on the rod.

I found that Amazon had the bushing so I ordered a couple. They are kinda expensive for a small piece of plastic but not too bad.

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