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Old 01-21-2007, 03:45 PM   #1
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My husband is deployed and has been gone since July. He left strict instructions to crank "his baby" every couple of weeks. Well, I did crank it every once and awhile. The last time was probably around the 1st part of November when I moved it into our neighbor's garage. I went out the other day and it was DEAD. With the help of a neighbor, I plugged the charger up, but the alarm started blaring. Neighbor cut the wire to the alarm and continued to charge the battery.

Now, I can't get it to crank. The headlights will come on, the radio and all the 'warning" lights come on, but it will not turn over. It does nothing

Does it have something to do with the alarm? Solenoid switch? Starter??

I'm going to have to come clean and tell him I haven't been taking care of his Jeep, aren't I??

It is a 1997 Jeep Wrangler if that helps.

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I'm going to have to come clean and tell him I haven't been taking care of his Jeep, aren't I??

Yes.

Solder the wire back together and see if it fires.

You still need to fess up.

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Old 01-21-2007, 05:34 PM   #3
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Once you get his "baby" running....depending on how old the battery is he has in it.I'd put a new battery in it while you're at it and try to start it up at least once or twice a week especially if you're in the northeast.Too cold to let it sit there for weeks at a time and not start it up for a few minutes.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:39 PM   #4
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i agree with mr clifford,its the alarm wire,when it was cut it disabled the starter.just put it back together after charging the battery
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Yup, reconnect the wire and fire her up. Good as new.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:59 PM   #6
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We live in Middle Georgia, so it hasn't really been that cold. We have three small children. They keep me kind of busy and honestly, the Jeep has been the last thing on my mind.

We connected the wire back, but the alarm will not stop blaring. There is no remote for the alarm. And it is still not cranking.

Do I need to hook the wire, then put the key in and try to crank it? My neighbor has been holding the wire together with me trying to crank it.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:11 PM   #7
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Next time you talk to the hubby ask him about how to turn off the alarm and just tell him you haven't been able to start it because the alarm keeps going off, he'll understand if the battery is dead.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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That happened with my Camry,the alarm was blasting,I thought it was the battery but the battery was fine,ended up being the remote itself wasn't good anymore.
Check the remote
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We live in Middle Georgia, so it hasn't really been that cold. We have three small children. They keep me kind of busy and honestly, the Jeep has been the last thing on my mind.

We connected the wire back, but the alarm will not stop blaring. There is no remote for the alarm. And it is still not cranking.

Do I need to hook the wire, then put the key in and try to crank it? My neighbor has been holding the wire together with me trying to crank it.
There is usually a small valet switch on the center console or under the dash. Flicking this switch with the key in the ON position while the wire is connected, should disable the alarm. You should then be able to start the Jeep.
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Old 01-23-2007, 07:57 PM   #10
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Let us know how it goes, Karen. I hate to think of your hubby coming back to a dead jeep.

I could check to see if I can locate one of our tech smart members that is close to your area and get them to come help fire it up if you want.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:33 PM   #11
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got one, where at in GA are ya? i'm in columbus but i travel the state pretty often
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:32 PM   #12
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Try and put a battery from a different vehicle in the jeep. Make sure its a battery that you know is good and it should fire up without the alarm going off. If it does, then run down and buy a new battery and you're set. I think the problem is your battery is shot, the alarm is setting off due to the low power of the battery. Its a safety feature of the alarm. Sounds lame, but I had the same problem on one of my trucks about a year ago. Keep us posted.
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:38 PM   #13
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Thanks ya'll

We live in Warner Robins. I talked with him and came clean. He explained to me how I needed to do it, but I haven't been able to get out there to try it. My neighbor has been out of town and it has been a little too cool to have the baby outside.

He did say that he needed to get a new battery once he gets home.

Thank you all for your help and suggestions.

Oh, I have already told amerijeep, but I want to thank all of you participating in the magazine drive for the troops. When I told Chip, he was very excited about it. He is coming home in March, so he will not be able to receive them (if he hadn't already been gone so long, I think he would have stayed over there longer just to get the magazines ). We both still think it is a very nice thing to do for the soldiers.
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i'm pretty familiar with warner robins, if you or your husband ever need any help yall can just holler at me. and off subject, is he in the 10th mtn division? my cousin is and he's commin back in march or he is in the air force?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:44 PM   #15
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Well, we thank him very much for his service and also thank you, K, for the sacrifice you have made in your life by his being deployed and getting the job done.

My hat is off to you and your husband.
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I think the problem is your battery is shot, the alarm is setting off due to the low power of the battery.
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There is usually a small valet switch on the center console or under the dash. Flicking this switch with the key in the ON position while the wire is connected, should disable the alarm. You should then be able to start the Jeep.
Sorry but binaryking is right. I've installed alarms for years and whenever you first connect them they are set to go off untill you re-set the alarm. When the battery dies the alarm goes to factory settings and when you introduce 12 volts back into the system the alarm will trigger. There should be a valet switch under the dash somewhere that you can turn off the alarm if you are missing the remote, and just like binary said, key on, hit button, key off, then try to start.
The reason it won't start is there is a 'starter kill' relay in the alarm or by the wire cluster. whoever installed the alarm cut the starter wire and ran it through the relay, so when the alarm is going off it in effect disables the starter wire. If you know anybody that is good with wiring you can re-connect those wires and cut the siren wire untill you find a shop that can pull the old alarm out. If you go buy a new alarm most shops will pull the old alarm out no extra charge, you can get one installed for about 100 bucks at a Circuit City versus going to a dealer and paying $85 an hour.
So find that valet switch and you're golden
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There is usually a small valet switch on the center console or under the dash. Flicking this switch with the key in the ON position while the wire is connected, should disable the alarm. You should then be able to start the Jeep.
The Jeep thinks it was being stolen.

The Alarms come with a starter kill.

You will need to hook it back up and re-set the Valet setting.
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:54 PM   #18
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Hello All! I got back from the deployment back in March and have finally got to the point where I can get back into reading the fourms. I just want to say thank you to all of you for the assistance in troubleshooting what was wrong with my "baby" for my wife while I was gone. I got back, put a new battery in it and everything fine.

She found out how close a Jeep family really is even if most of us have never met. She wouldn't have gotten the inputs, support and offers to come and help get it going again if it had been any other make of vehicle.

Little things like this make it worth serving!
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If by some way you find the little help we offered anywhere near comparable to what you've done for our country then I thank you deeply. There is no comparison (on this side) for your service!
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Welcome home and thank you for your service to our country!
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Wow. This is a really good thread. Welcome back.
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Hello All! I got back from the deployment back in March and have finally got to the point where I can get back into reading the fourms. I just want to say thank you to all of you for the assistance in troubleshooting what was wrong with my "baby" for my wife while I was gone. I got back, put a new battery in it and everything fine.

She found out how close a Jeep family really is even if most of us have never met. She wouldn't have gotten the inputs, support and offers to come and help get it going again if it had been any other make of vehicle.

Little things like this make it worth serving!
Welcome home, and welcome home to WF. ^_^

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