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Old 01-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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1998 wrangler wont crank

I have basically exhausted myself looking for the culprit. Basically to the point where I am looking for any help I can get

I have a 98 tj, manual, 4.0 liter with 66000 miles,

It died out in the cold, tried to jump it, then it stopped clicking... so i went and got a new battery, nothing....went and changed the starter, still nothing.... took apart the steering column, changed the actuator pin...nothing, changed the ignition, nothing.

I have since checked all connections and power, and grounds

I have power to the starter, I added a ground directly from the starter to the firewall, still nothing

I am at my last straw, any suggestions??

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Are you getting spark? Check the coil cap and rotor.

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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When checking for +12v at the starter, do this... while you are watching the voltmeter or test light, what happens to that +12v at the starter when a helper turns the ignition switch to Start? Does that 12v at the starter motor stay solid when the key is in the Start position or does the voltage drop down, perhaps to zero?
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by 03 sahara jeeper View Post
Are you getting spark? Check the coil cap and rotor.
I don't think it's even cranking at all, so would be hard to get a spark
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #5
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True duh.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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Jerry is correct........ I cannot tell you how many times I have seen CORRODED connections cause just this kind of issue. Take off EVERY connector........polish/scrape/grind down to BARE SHINY METAL....... this includes INSIDE the battery terminals AND outside the posts....... and at all other connections....

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