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Old 09-02-2008, 10:56 AM
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Unhappy New Jeep owner and I have a problem!

Hi guys! I am the proud owner of a 1999 Wrangler TJ here in Costa Mesa, CA. I've owned her for about a year and have never had a problem with her until yesterday. With it being Labor Day we drove to a local "off road" spot and went along the trail. On the way back I noticed my check gauge light was on and the battery gauge was over in the high red. I pulled over not knowing what to do and turned the car off. When I tried to turn it on again it wouldnt even turn. I opened the hood, checked the battery and realized what was bolting the battery down was completely loose. We tightened the screws back up and had someone jump start us. Once we got the car turned on the jeep showed some signs of life but not much (she started to beep and turn over). Then we tried holding the gas pedal down while starting the Jeep and she started, but we couldnt let the gas off or it would die. I was able to drive home but my foot never left the gas pedal. When I got home Jeepy idled really low when there was no contact on the gas. Turned her off and of course now she wont start again.
Is this a common problem? Should I get a new battery? Should I take her in immediately? With it being Labor day yesterday nothing was open.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to the ONLY Jeep Wrangler forum worth its weight! Glad to have you along for the ride! I am definitely not a mechanic, but the gauge (assuming it's accurate) may indicate an electrical system problem. Might not hurt to take it in to have the system checked. I'm sure, though, the Lone Rangers of mechanics on this site will be along soon to rescue you with better advice. Again, welcome!

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Old 09-05-2008, 12:18 AM   #3
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If I had to guess....

The battery was damaged from bouncing around....

Damaged Post, Terminal, or wasted cable,

Buy a Red Top Optima and get a better Battery Anchor and swap out both cables while you're at it. The whole job won't take 30 min.

Since the Jeep ran... I would rule out another short caused by the knocking around.

Although you might test the alternator.

Let us know what you find out.

BYW welcome to the Forum.
See you on the trail again soon,
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Itís just that Iím Pavement Impaired.
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