Turn key and gauges flicker. Jeep will not start. - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-03-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4
Turn key and gauges flicker. Jeep will not start.

2004 Wrangler, I6, Manual transmission.

While I am sitting here waiting for a friend to pick me up, I wondered if anyone had any input on this. I have had no problems at all with my Wrangler until about an hour ago. I just drove it to the mailbox and got back in to start it and nothing. The gauges will flicker, as in from 0-100mph or 0 rpm to 4000rpm or no fuel to a full tank, etc... and it will not start. It is obviously an electrical issue, but aside from the battery, I do not know where to start. I am going to pull the battery and take it to local auto zone, but beyond that where else should I be looking?

Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Eric

lifeofe is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
I am JD & It's my Dream

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
 
JDsDream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Peach State
Posts: 26,947
Images: 4
Clean your battery connections, any amount of corrosion, no matter how insignificant it seems, can cause this. In time this will kill your battery completely. Your guages are jumping because the comp is trying to reset. If the battery is not already shot, cleaning the connections should get you going. Same thing happened to mine. Oh and welcome to the forum

__________________
The kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

To All Of Our Forum Veterans and Active Service Members.
Our Debt To You Is Greater Than We Could Ever Repay.
Thank You

Become a Supporting Member!
JDsDream is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4
I moved recently and in the process took all my tools out of the Jeep and forgot to put them back in. So nothing has been done yet. Everyone and everything I have checked so far says the battery. It's the OEM (I know...) and need to replace it anyway. It's just frustrating because I have not had any issues and had started it less than 10 minutes before this happened. I stopped to pick up my mail and got in and went to start and this.

I did clean the cable and connections within the last month and that was the first place I looked. It all looks just as clean as it did before. I checked for any loose grounds or exposed wiring and came up wit nothing. The fuses looked good. I am hoping all it is is the battery. I am a bit strapped for cash at the moment and really cannot afford to start randomly replacing things or get it looked at by a shop,
lifeofe is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
I am JD & It's my Dream

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
 
JDsDream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Peach State
Posts: 26,947
Images: 4
borrow a battery from another vehicle and see if it starts. I had the same experience. Drove my Jeep about 20 miles, parked for 15 minutes and when I got back in, nothing. Just clicked when I turned the key. The guages started jumping and would continue even without the key in the ignition. Shutting the door would make them stop. I had mine towed, (like you no tools on board). Picked up a new battery, cleaned the connectors and she has been good to go since. That was back in July. So this one I am willing to bet on.
__________________
The kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

To All Of Our Forum Veterans and Active Service Members.
Our Debt To You Is Greater Than We Could Ever Repay.
Thank You

Become a Supporting Member!
JDsDream is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
Newb
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4
That was it. The battery was toast. Put a new one in and started up instantly.

Thanks for the responses!

Eric
lifeofe is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-03-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
I am JD & It's my Dream

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
 
JDsDream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Peach State
Posts: 26,947
Images: 4
Glad to here it. Just make sure you keep those connectors clean.
__________________
The kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

To All Of Our Forum Veterans and Active Service Members.
Our Debt To You Is Greater Than We Could Ever Repay.
Thank You

Become a Supporting Member!
JDsDream is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-09-2009, 08:02 PM   #7
Newb
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SE IDAHO
Posts: 5
mine did it too

My 06 also did the same thing. Dealer said no problems, so took it to a battery shop and it had a 3 inch crack in it and only giving 40% power. Replaced it and no problem since. But this week FYI it has high temp on the gage, screaming belt and a glazed iddler gear. Waiting to hear from the shop what the "H" is going on with it. Only 23,000 miles and this is what I got.
laydyrider is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 09:55 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 95
Exact same thing on Saturday! Took battery to Checker Auto and the reading on the meter/monitor actually came back as "Unstable"... "unstable"? What the hell kinda diagnosis is "unstable"? Jeffery Daumer was "unstable", Hitler was "unstable"... a battery is either good or bad... but not unstable... haha so I asked the guy for a "stable battery"... worked first crank...
toplessartist is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 10:12 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
mrcarcrazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Midland/Odessa, TX
Posts: 3,549
Nothing worse than an unstable battery. Any little thing and they become "homicidal, suicidal", or some other "cidal"
mrcarcrazy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-12-2009, 03:58 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
woods453's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 170
woods453 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-09-2014, 11:50 PM   #11
Newb
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Had the same issue. Wildly fluctuating gauges when ignition key was inserted; Jeep would not start.

Used Auto battery contact cleaner and new terminal bolts, tampered down tight… $8. 20 minutes… Back in business.

MFMauceri is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC