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Old 03-17-2010, 09:14 AM   #1
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2005 Wrangler issue with starting after fill up

Greetings just got a new to me 2005 Wrangler X with 21k miles. Jeep runs great and looks like it was never taken off road.

I am having a strange issue though both times I have stopped to get gas the car will not immediately turn over in fact it does absolutely nothing until I try what seems three or four times, and sit a few minutes then suddenly it will start and everything is back to normal, then I can turn it off and start it right back up etc etc. Wondering If I am setting off some kind of sensor or have some type of vapor lock that would cause this, again its not cranking its doing nothing any similar issues with this model?

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Old 03-17-2010, 09:45 AM   #2
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Not even crank?

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Old 03-17-2010, 09:49 AM   #3
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not even crank...literally nothing (same as if you tried to start it with clutch not in for example) both times took 3-4 turns with nothing then after sitting for a minute fired up with no issue
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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that is odd.

Does anyone know if there is some sort of rollover switch that could be getting tripped when he's filling up? (pulling blindly at straws)
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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I think I figured it out there is an aftermarket ignition kill on it that you have to have a fob in pocket for, and I think the battery in fob was low, anyway the damn mfg. of the thing is now out of business and can't locate a fob for it and only have one left.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:44 PM   #6
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I doubt it has anything specifically to do with filling the gas tank. What I would do is remove both battery cable connectors from the battery, thoroughly clean them with a wire brush, I reconnect them & make sure they are tight enough that you can't move the connector once it is secured to the battery post. They can wear & get loose enough that they can be moved even when the bolt is as tight as it can go.

A battery brush with a male & female parts made specifically for batteries is only $3-4 at any auto parts store. And your battery connections may LOOK fine but they may still be corroded internally or loose enough to cause this kind of a problem. Just visually inspecting the battery connections isn't enough, especially when you are having the type of starting problem you are experiencing.

Edit: It seems like you might have a prime suspect with the ignition kill but just in case, I'd clean the battery connections anyway.

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