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Old 06-29-2010, 01:49 PM
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Will not start

I have a 2008 Jeep Rubicon, I live in a community off the road system in Alaska, so I have no way to get it to the dealership. I called Lithia in Anchorage and they told me that mechanics could not help me over the phone???

Here is the problem: Will not start, I press the clutch in, turn the key, and nothing happens, no click no noise, nothing. Now when the key is turned on all lights on the dash come and plenty of battery. I have trouble shot all the simple things. My first guess would be the safety on the clutch is bad, or not making connection to allow starter to get hot.

Any ideas? or can you advise the location of the safety switch on the clutch.

Thanks Mike Carpenter McGrath Alaska
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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does it start without pushing the clutch?

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:33 AM
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Well, I disconnected the battery for 30 min and it started. But I have another problem. When I start it, it will run for a few seconds and die. You must cycle the key back to the full off position and then restart. Often it will start for a few seconds and die several times before starting and running. I was told that when you cycle the key to the off position the fuel pump is also cycled and when you restart the fuel pump runs for just a moment prior to ignition giving the engine an amount of fuel for start up. This could be why it runs for a moment then dies. This theory would suggest the fuel pump is the problem. Any ideas on this one, and does anyone know where the fuel pump is at on a 2008 Wrangler? I think in the tank.

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Hey Mike, I have an automatic that does the same thing it seems that it is flooded. When our jeep wont start we push the gas to the floor and turn the key on to start it seems to start. There is a problem here with the fuel being pumped in too soon before the jeep starts thus periodically flooding .In the owners manual,check at the back and you will find a section on starting cold/hot. this may help.
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