I was driving my 90 Jeep Cherokee (automatic transmission) last night on the freeway when I suddenly lost power. The engine continued to idle (but roughly) but pressing the accelerator did not result in any increase in engine speed or vehicle speed. The car came to a stop on the off-ramp but I was able to restart it and limp along at idle speed for another few blocks until it came to a stop.
I suspected I may have run out of gas, despite the fuel indicator showing a quarter of a tank but after adding 2 gallons of gas to the tank it wouldn’t start. It sounded like it wanted to but it wouldn’t start.
What might be the problem?
The jeep is new to me but it has a storied history of getting a new engine while under warranty and being stolen twice according to the previous owner. It will sometimes stall but just restarting it always seems to work (until now)