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Old 08-06-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Jeep not starting

Went to start my jeep after driving it 4 hours earlier and nothing happened at all. All lights work but there is no cranking or clicking sounds when starting, nothing happens besides the dash lights coming on. Battery terminals are all clean, no corrosion and the battery is no more than a month old. Thinking it could be the starter or solenoid? This ever happen to anyone else?

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Check the ignition fuse maybe? Only know that because it blew when we were on the trail once lol.

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Old 08-06-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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Check the ignition fuse maybe? Only know that because it blew when we were on the trail once lol.
All ignition and main draw fuses are good, the solenoid clicks once right when you turn the key but that's it, so definitely started I'm starting to think
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:39 AM   #5
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I checked the voltage and it's right at 12 volts, water level is fine, and it's a brand new battery as well. Probably should have said this before it's an 09 wrangler X manual
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:49 AM   #6
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See where the voltage goes when it has a draw on it. Autozone will do the indepth battery test for free... It wouldn't be the first new battery I've seen crap out quickly.

try push starting it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:51 AM   #7
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Do you have a manual? Sounds to me like maybe the clutch pedal sensor? Or similarly whatever it is in the automatic that determines if the shifter is in "P". Maybe put it into neutral and then back into park? I would be a little surprised if your starter just randomly quit without any prior symptoms. This sounds like a sensor/electrical problem to me.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:57 AM   #8
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See where the voltage goes when it has a draw on it. Autozone will do the indepth battery test for free... It wouldn't be the first new battery I've seen crap out quickly. try push starting it.
Definitely gonna go get that checked out, but push starting didn't work
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:59 AM   #9
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Do you have a manual? Sounds to me like maybe the clutch pedal sensor? Or similarly whatever it is in the automatic that determines if the shifter is in "P". Maybe put it into neutral and then back into park? I would be a little surprised if your starter just randomly quit without any prior symptoms. This sounds like a sensor/electrical problem to me.
Yes on the manual, and I definitely see it as an electrical problem as well, how would you check the clutch pedal sensor? I've also had a lot of people tell me it could be a bad ground wire
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:43 AM   #10
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Never having done it I'm not 100% sure, but there are some other forum posts from people looking to override the switch so that they don't have to clutch in to crank the engine. I found this:

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I would suggest just trying to bypass the switch initially, if that lets your engine turn over then you've found your culprit.

Also I saw a couple posts that said putting the transfer case in 4-low engages a relay that overrides the clutch safety switch, so maybe you can just do that to test it out? I've never tried it so maybe someone else can chime in here, but that may be the easiest option yet.
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Battery!
Only one way to rule it out, and i'd do that before i started going through a myriad of other things. Just my opinion.
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Never having done it I'm not 100% sure, but there are some other forum posts from people looking to override the switch so that they don't have to clutch in to crank the engine. I found this: Clutch safety switch - JKowners.com : Jeep Wrangler JK Forum I would suggest just trying to bypass the switch initially, if that lets your engine turn over then you've found your culprit. Also I saw a couple posts that said putting the transfer case in 4-low engages a relay that overrides the clutch safety switch, so maybe you can just do that to test it out? I've never tried it so maybe someone else can chime in here, but that may be the easiest option yet.
Tried the 4low bypass, no luck
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Only one way to rule it out, and i'd do that before i started going through a myriad of other things. Just my opinion.
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Always check the simplest solution first. As annoying as it is, there's a reason your cable company always asks, "Is everything plugged in?"
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Turn your head lights on and try to crank it. If the lights dim when you are turning the switch, it's your battery. If the lights are good and nothing happens with the starter, your starter is fried. Ask me how I know? LOL!! I fried the starter on my 2014 JK on a ledge 4 weeks ago trying to bump start it in 4L with no clutch.
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Starter came disconnected that I couldn't see until I pulled the heat shield off, but now I can see where this would reconnect, help?
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Starter came disconnected that I couldn't see until I pulled the heat shield off, but now I can see where this would reconnect, help?
Thanks Adam04 for making me check it was plugged in!
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:40 PM   #17
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Starter came disconnected that I couldn't see until I pulled the heat shield off, but now I can see where this would reconnect, help?
Thanks Adam04 for telling me to make sure everything was plugged in! get that reconnected and it started right up, just had to pull that annoying heat shield off before I could tell that it was disconnected
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Glad it worked out!
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Why didn't Push Starting Work???? if it was a starter wire not connected issue.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:03 PM   #20
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Why didn't Push Starting Work???? if it was a starter wire not connected issue.
I couldn't tell ya haha just glad I got it figured out

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